Hire a professional wedding coordinator! This is so absolutely critical to having the wedding you have always dreamed about!
Your florist should deliver your bouquets to where you are getting ready, not the ceremony venue. Since you never know when the mood will strike for a great photo, you’ll want your bouquets there and ready to go.
Know the many benefits of a 2nd photographer! Just to name a few: capturing reactions during the vows, photographing the guys getting ready at the same time as the girls, capturing artistic angles of all the special moments during the cocktail hour and making sure to cover all the incredible details of your reception site.
If possible, arrange to have your formal photographs taken before the ceremony at the “1st Look.” Getting this step out of the way early in the day frees up your time to spend with your guests. You will be able to spend more time at the cocktail hour catching up with loved ones without stress. It’s a new age, so it’s no longer considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding.
Have food delivered to your getting ready location. It may be hectic, but take the time to have a bite before the wedding since it will be a while before you have the opportunity to eat before the reception.
Prepare an emergency bridal kit with clear nail polish, mints, a sewing kit, stain treater, Visine, safety pins, bobby pins, pain reliever and mini deodorant.
Be sure to have a hair and makeup trial at least a month before your wedding. This will give you peace of mind to know exactly how you will look and give you the opportunity to change things in advance if necessary. Make sure to bring all jewelry to the trial to see how makeup shades work with the pieces.
Also...PLEASE allow for a “1 hour buffer” finishing time for hair and makeup. This alleviates the number one reason wedding schedules end up running late. Also, make sure to hire professional hair and makeup artists. This will insure you have plenty of time for all the portraits you want to take before the wedding.