It’s showtime! The wedding countdown is almost over and you’ll most likely be a jumble of emotions – excitement, anxiety, stress, and 10 other things you’ve never felt before in your life. While you’re processing all that, it is equally as important to stay organised, because the wedding day can be hectic, and you don’t need that extra stressor or two to ruin your special moment.
Here’s how not to be the dreaded bridezilla!
Wedding Countdown #1: Make a list
We love lists, especially for planning an event as big as a wedding day! Lists will help you keep track of everything – what you need to do and what you need to bring with you. Check off each item as you go along the next morning so that you can be sure nothing is missed out. (A double, triple check definitely wouldn’t hurt!)
Here are a few things you’ll want to remember:
- Emergency Kit – check out our Wedding “Oh Shit” Kit to ensure you don’t forget anything!
- Vendor payments! Make a list of all the payments you need to make, and then pass it on to someone you can trust to ensure that all of your vendors are paid on time – a family member or reliable friend is always a good choice here.
- Give the wedding rings to someone reliable in the wedding party – the Best Man is typically the person to do this but if he isn’t the most reliable, then give the rings to someone else who you know will bring it and then only get that person to pass it to the Paige Boy or Best Man when they get to the venue.
- Wedding day itinerary – a step-by-step rundown of the day’s schedule. Everyone involved in the wedding needs to have a copy of this which includes, both parents of the bride and groom, siblings of the bride and groom, the wedding party, the officiant, the venue manager where your wedding ceremony and wedding dinner is held and of course, all your vendors.
- Wedding attire – your wedding gown, veil/headpiece, wedding dinner gown, cocktail dress, accessories, undergarments, shoes, a change of shoes, etc.
Wedding Countdown #2: Communicate with your vendors
Give everyone one last buzz to confirm their call time and also to ensure they have all the necessary details, including the wedding day itinerary.
After checking in with your vendors, minimise the stress by designating his or her tip/ang pow amounts. Pack them into individual envelopes and write their names, name of the company, and what role they have in your wedding on the envelopes (just to be doubly sure that no one gets the wrong envelope!). You can then hand them to your wedding planner or trusted bridesmaid to distribute them for you.
Wedding Countdown #3: Chill!
RELAX as much as possible the day before. Spend time with your family and friends. It is incredibly important to look well-rested because you need to look fresh in your wedding photos. It’s probably best to keep events the night before the wedding low-key so that everyone in your families can rest and prepare for the wedding too.
Wedding Countdown #4: Stay hydrated
Drinking water will help to lower your anxiety levels, apart from increasing your energy and even, relieving fatigue. Do not confuse staying hydrated with other sorts of liquids like caffeinated drinks or worse, with alcohol! We’re talking good ol’ H2O here, people! In our hot, humid climate, staying hydrated is crucial – especially if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Fainting ain’t a good look! Best of all, staying hydrated puts you in a very good mood. So, drink as much water as possible!
Wedding Countdown #5: Eat healthy
The meals you have the day before your wedding day can help you to prevent bloating and even puffy eyes. So, opt for food that energises you and also provides the vitamins and proteins you need. Do not eat anything “risky” – stay away from shell fish and chillies so that there is no danger for an upset tummy. It might be easier to grab fast food to avoid the hassle of actually cooking, but even if you don’t have time to cook, there are plenty of healthier options to eat outside. You can eat whatever you want after the wedding!
Wedding Countdown #6: Pack your personal items (and some extras!)
When it comes to your wedding day, over packing is not necessarily a bad thing. One of the most overlooked items is CASH. Make sure to make a trip to the ATM and pass the cash on to a trusted person to hold it for you. If possible, once you’ve packed everything, load them into the car designated to go to the wedding venue. Huffing and puffing while lugging bags into the car in the morning is not how you want to start the day!
Wedding Countdown #7: Tech check
While we love our gadgets and “till death do us part”, when they break down, we can’t figure out why and how to fix it 99% of the time. While it’s usually beyond our expertise to prevent this from happening, there are other preparatory measures you can take. This includes fully charging all the devices, test out all the gadgets to ensure they’re working, pack all the cords and cables you need, and format those memory cards (the last thing you want to see is “memory full”!).
Wedding Countdown #8: Final run through of your vows/speech
All eyes and ears will be on you and your groom as you say “I do”. So, it doesn’t hurt to practice! Crystal clear diction is what makes or breaks a speech. So, take your time and pronounce your words clearly. If you want some advice, do a real run through with your best friend and see what they have to say about it. If you’re both giving speeches, it is critical to run it by each other. This way, both of you will be in sync and your speeches won’t be repetitive. If you’re the nervous type, have some notes with you so you don’t miss anything out.
Wedding Countdown #9: Primp and prep
Check out our Essential Wedding Beauty Plan! Go get your mani/pedi with the girls, moisturise your skin, and put on one of your favourite facemasks. Remember that now is NOT the time to be experimenting with new beauty products! You definitely don’t want to end up with irritated skin on the day of your wedding. Only use the products that you use regularly.
Wedding Countdown #10: Rest, again
RELAX needs to be another item again in our list, just to show you how serious we are about this! Watch an episode of your favourite show, do some yoga, read a book, or anything you enjoy basically, to calm your mind. Then, get as much rest as possible and SMILE!
By Ann Lee.
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