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So you've been waiting for this day for so long... and it's here... and chances are things are somewhat chaotic! Aunt Karen's luggage got lost and doesn't have a dress to wear, flowers are late, the weather isn't cooperating, the hotel got 3 reservations confused and so-and-so needs to change rooms. If it can go wrong, chances are it probably will.
It's easy to get swept away in the craziness of the day, that's why we've compiled a list of a few key things to remember.
1. Remember Why You Are Getting Married
That special someone, who you may or may not have taken out some frustration on (Lord knows I did!) - just take a breath and remember why you are marrying them. My hubby is the most patient, caring person in the world, and when I remind myself of how damn lucky I am, the stress dissipates. Because at the end of the day, it's YOUR day. So try to relax and enjoy every moment of it.
2. Make An Emergency Kit
Things you may not think of prior to an emergency happening: floss, extra deodorant, safety pins, makeup wipes, feminine care products, etc. This can be done well in advance and keep it close by while you are getting ready. Especially if you partied to hard the night before with your wedding party and have somewhat of a hangover, that Emergency Kit will be vital! Sometimes you can buy pre-made kits which is a good idea since it has the right quantities. Savvy Bride offers one as well that is a little more in depth than possibly your homemade one - especially when it comes to the dress care. Either way, being prepared is the best outcome.
3. Make Someone Responsible For Your Phone
This is a big one - while you are getting ready, it is YOUR time. You will have people trying to get in touch with you. It's hard to believe, but some guests will have no problem trying to contact you for menial things. So try and anticipate what those things might be. Example - if your venue is at a different location than the ceremony, make sure to include instructions. Grandpa probably isn't versed in using Google Maps, so break it down and provide the most info as possible prior to the day (on paper so they have it). And unless you want to be texting while you're getting ready, make a sister, mom, or MOH responsible for your phone. Because you can't text and drink champagne at the same time!
4. Pack Your Honeymoon/Hotel/Overnight Bag The Week Of Your Wedding
Whether your are leaving the next day for that romantic honeymoon, or even just thinking of doing brunch - pack your outfit and bag ahead of time. Waking up and trying to get organized is tough. Some things to make sure are in there? Comfy shoes, lip gloss, a change of undergarments, hair ties, etc. We all want to look super cute the next day, but looking good might be the last thing on your mind! There will be a lot of people that want to say their goodbyes, and while you may just want to take a long bath and relax, you'll most likely feel compelled to "make an appearance" in the lobby and say goodbye.
It's a short post, but you'll love yourself afterwards for being prepared. Planning a wedding is tough work, and being able to relax and enjoy the outcome is almost as tough! Be ready for anything :)