Moments to Remember

Tips for Your Wedding

Eat a breakfast that is high in protein and complex carbs.

This food will take a while to break down in your body and keep you going, which is important since brides and grooms can go long periods without eating.

Give yourself plenty of time to get ready

You want to be able to relax and have a good time with your bridesmaids while being pampered, not stress over whether you'll finish in time and end up rushing. If you're getting your hair and makeup done, expect it to run over. The absolute worst thing that happens is you end up finishing early and get to enjoy some quiet time with your best friends

Wear a dress shirt when getting your hair styled

Brides often wear T-shirts that have to be pulled over their freshly coiffed hair at the end. Dress shirts, however, can be unbuttoned without doing any damage to your beautifully done hair

If you bought new shoes for the big day, be sure to break them in ahead of time

Otherwise you're liable to feel awkward in them and have sore feet. If you bought a bra specifically for your wedding dress, you should probably wear it a few times before your wedding day as well

Ask your officiant to include a "deep breath" moment so you can look over the audience

Everyone else has been observing the special ceremony except you, take a moment to look around if only for a few seconds

Pack flats for the reception

You'll most likely want to wear heels for your ceremony but your feet won't forgive you if you wear those for the entire day.

Make a list of things that you want to keep after the wedding day

You'll want items like an invitation, a reception programme, a menu, a cake box etc. Appoint someone to collect these items for you

Have a co-ordinator for the day

This person doesn't have to be hired but you need someone to keep things moving. You will generally be aware of your own schedule but its that other persons that you need to worry about like the makeup for bridesmaids etc

Plan alone time with each other

This is a biggie. "You need to make a date with your new spouse during the reception, even if it's just 5 or 10 minutes. Sneak away to a secret spot," says Lisa Vorce of Lisa Vorce Co. in Los Angeles. If your ceremony and reception are at the same site, take a few moments to hang out in a dressing room. Or, if you're driving from a church to the reception, go alone rather than riding with the whole wedding party. "When my husband and I got married, we had a driver take us from the church to the reception, and our photographer rode along in the front seat. It was such a refreshing break to talk about the ceremony, read the surprise inscriptions we'd had engraved inside our rings, and talk about what we were excited about at the reception," says Hurst. This could be just the car ride from the ceremony to the reception, leave the bridesmaids behind.

Do a rehearsal for your makeup

You most likely will use a makeup artist who you are already familiar with so at some point before the wedding day, get made up as you would for your wedding to get a sense of how long it will take. The same applies for your hair. You don't want the artists to be futzing about trying out shades and styles on the day of the wedding.