In celebration of it being my anniversary month, I decided to share a few wedding related posts throughout the month for you! If you’re a bride-to-be, you definitely won’t want to miss these posts.
One of the most important things to plan in all of your wedding planning is the morning of your wedding. I feel like most brides tend to focus all of their energy on the prep the months leading up to the wedding and the ceremony & reception, and end up forgetting about how important it is to plan the morning of, as well!
After my own wedding 3 years ago and being a bridesmaid/matron of honor in a few other weddings, I have come up with some tips that’ll be helpful to you to plan the most perfect morning of your wedding.10 Tips For Getting Ready The Morning Of Your Wedding Click To Tweet
10 TIPS FOR GETTING READY THE MORNING OF YOUR WEDDING:
1. Have A Set Schedule With Buffer Time // It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that having a schedule for everything to do with your wedding is hugely important, and the same goes for the morning of. The best place to start planning the morning schedule is by basing it all off of when you need to be at the next place, whether that be the first look location or where the ceremony will be.
We didn’t have our first look until 2:00 pm, so I had a good amount of time to work with for the morning schedule.
Some things to consider when planning your morning schedule:
- What time you want to wake up
- Time to be alone and reflect
- Buffer time in between each big part of the morning
2. Eat Breakfast & Drink Water // I know, I know… you don’t want to get bloated. And to be honest, you probably won’t be hungry on your wedding day due to the excitement of the day. But brides, you have to eat breakfast and drink water. You don’t need to have some huge, hearty breakfast but definitely eat some fruit, a cereal bar, and even a bagel or some toast. You won’t look bloated – promise! It’s important to hydrate yourself, too. I recommend having a bottle of water with you at all times throughout the time you’re getting ready. When you’re hydrated properly your makeup stays on better, your skin looks more youthful, and you’ll feel overall fresh and ready to go. Breakfast, snacks, and water will all help you to be energized for the very exciting and draining day ahead!
3. Lay Out All Of The Details For The Photographer // Most photographers will come over and capture you getting all ready for your big day. Whether this is the case for you or not, be sure to lay out all of your details (wedding dress, shoes, garters, etc.). Even if your photographer isn’t capturing you getting ready, having everything out and ready to go will help you!
Details to lay out…
- Wedding Dress
- Bridal Bouquet
- Bridesmaids Bouquets
- Bridesmaids Shoes & Dresses
- Any other special details you want to be captured before the wedding
4. Put The Music On // Music is something that sets the tone for everything. The morning of your wedding, you want to listen to all of your favorite songs and love songs ever. It’ll get help get you even more pumped up and ready for your big day. To help you out, I’ve created a little “morning of” wedding playlist for you on Spotify! Listen below or subscribe to it on Spotify. 🙂
5. Have Your Bridesmaids Get Ready First // You know the whole saying, “saving the best for last!” – yeah? Well, you’re the BEST on your wedding day and therefore, should go last when getting hair and makeup done. Let your bridesmaids get up earlier and start their hair and makeup before you.
As far as when it’s time for you to get ready, I recommend getting your hair done before doing your makeup. Your hair is easier to spruce up when needed than your makeup is, so saving your makeup for last will keep it fresh for the festivities.
Speaking of getting ready, make sure you’re able to get ready in a room that has amazing natural light. Lighting is everything and when you’re getting ready for your wedding day, you want the best lighting possible for doing your makeup and for photos.
6. Have Your Bridesmaids Pack Everything Up For You // Hairspray, bobby pins, and everything else that goes in your wedding day emergency kit… make sure your bridesmaids take care of packing all of that up for you. They’ll be ready first, so they’ll have plenty of time to get everything together for you.
Things to include in your emergency kit…
- Makeup Setting Spray
- Dry Shampoo
- Safety pins
- Clear Nail Polish
- Mini Sewing Kit
- LipSense Gloss (because every bride should wear LipSense on their wedding day. I have some beautiful bridal colors left in stock if you’re interested!)
- Water Bottle & Snacks
- Deodorant & Body Spray
7. Indulge In A Mimosa (Or Your Favorite Beverage) // The morning of my wedding, I didn’t have a mimosa but I did have a cocktail (Southern Comfort & Ginger Ale) and it was a great decision. While I wasn’t nervous at all on my wedding day (it strangely felt like a normal day lol!), it was nice to have one of my favorite drinks to get settled into the day.
If an alcoholic beverage isn’t your thing, indulge in whatever your favorite drink is!
This would also be a great time for a toast, too!
8. Dedicate A Good Amount Of Time To Photos // Photos of your big day (from start to finish) are really important. While your photographer will be taking candid shots while you’re getting ready, you want to have at least an hour (if not more) dedicated to taking your bridal portraits, as well as your photos with just your bridesmaids.
It’s always easier to get your bridal portraits done right after you’ve finished getting ready. After your bridal portraits are taken, get photos taken of you with your bridesmaids. It’s important that you take your time so you can get all of the shots on your list. Taking these photos before all of the festivities will make less of a rush for getting photos with family, the whole wedding party, and your couples portraits.
If you can take any photos before the ceremony, definitely do! This helps make a smoother transition from ceremony to reception. Plus, it really helps your guests out. They want to celebrate with you, but if you’re off taking photos for over an hour in between the ceremony and reception, it can put off the wrong message.
9. Enjoy Your Time With Your Ladies // These are your last moments as a “single” lady with your ladies, so enjoy them. Laugh a lot and spend some quality time with them. Keep making memories! Sing along to dance music in the car on the way to the ceremony, thank them each separately and all together, and really just soak in these moments with them. They’re going to be doing the same.
10. Spend Some Time Alone // Your wedding day is the biggest day of your life. It’s also the most exhausting day, haha. I’m keeping it real! So, it’s important to have some time alone at some point on your day. I couldn’t sleep in, so I had a good hour or so to myself just reflecting on everything. I’m so glad I have that time alone because the rest of the day was packed with socializing! Spending time alone before the wedding is so essential.
There you have it – some of my tips for getting ready the morning of your wedding day! These are some special moments, so soak them up!
What are some other wedding related posts you’d like to see covered by me?