1 – Know that no morning will fly by as fast as the morning of your wedding day, and you will need a military time plan and check list to ensure everything goes smoothly. Ask yourself questions like, when are the flowers arriving? Who is getting hair and makeup done first? What time do you need to be out the door?
2 – In this master plan, decide how you are going to relax in amongst the madness and adrenaline. One of my friends who got married in Canada last year hired a private yoga teacher to hold a class for the Bridal party the morning of her wedding. It was such bliss. And don’t forget, there is always time to breathe.
3 – Hang, hang, hang. Ensure everything anyone is wearing is HANGING on a hanger. Especially your dress, and veil if you are wearing one. I’d also advise ensuring getting your shoes out, and anything else you plan on accessorising with so there is no last minute panic the morning of.
And on the subject of keeping things crease free, I’d honestly recommend buying a steamer - you can easily buy domestic ones online (not expensive either!). Do not underestimate the magic of these things.
4 – Ensure in your wedding photographers scope, they are there in the morning to capture all the action. The ‘getting ready’ photos are absolutely beautiful and really capture a big part of the day. This is partly what inspired me to launch my own range of Bridal and Bridesmaid robes. I chose fabric which doesn’t crease, and photographs beautiful so that everyone looked the part for these photos that you can keep for a lifetime.
Also delegate someone to keep the area tidy-ish for these photos. Removing any rubbish, and unsightly objects for the shots!
5 – Stock up on prosecco, and or champagne. With orange juice for a buck fizz, or a peach puree to make a Bellini. And have nice, photo worthy champagne flutes to sip them out of (thinking of those photos at all times!). And if you are sensible, drink lots of water too!
6 – Eat. Nerves can get the better of you, but line that stomach of yours. Often people get married around midday, so it is likely that lunch will be skipped. The day before buy lots of plain and delicious bits that will tempt people. Warm croissants and strawberries always go down a treat.
7 – Have something to play music off, and even better have a playlist made with all your favourite ‘feel good’ songs. Beyonce, Katy Perry… a bit of ABBA for the MOB. Get them on, and get in the party spirit. It will help create a great atmosphere wherever you are getting ready.
8 – Plan what space you and your Bridal party are going to get glammed up in. If you are having a team of hair and make up artists, it is likely they will want to go somewhere with lots of natural light. Also think through mirrors too. If you don’t have mirrors where natural light is already, get your hands on some mirrors that you can move about. Depending on how big your Bridal party is, will depend on how many mirrors you will need too.
9 – Pull together an emergency kit, including the following essential things. Bobby pins, for hair that falls out once your hair team have left. Your chosen lipstick for the day… often make up artists will use a lipstick on you, but take it away with them. Therefore ensure you’ve got yours preselected and on hand at all times. Same goes for your nail polish colour to cover up any last minute chips. A small bottle of water and mints to have pre walking down that aisle is a good idea too!
10 – And finally, don’t forget to clean your engagement ring. May sound obvious, but I’ve seen so many Brides at the last minute realise that their engagement ring is lacking it’s sparkle. If you find yourself in the same position, fairy liquid and an old toothbrush works miracles. Pop it in your right hand once it is looking as good as new for the ceremony (the tradition).