Three things you MUST make time for on your wedding day

August 3, 2016

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Your wedding day has arrived and you can’t believe the day is finally here. The year of planning, late night Pinterest pinning and endless DIYing are done. You are finally going to be a married couple!

While your wedding day is all you have imagined to this point, the day flies by (almost too quickly). Before you know it, your late night limo has arrived to take you and your hubby to the hotel. It is all over and you feel like you blinked and missed it all. To avoid this, check out our THREE things you MUST make time for on your wedding day.

Each other:

This is the most important one! At weddings we often see our couples seperated the majority of the wedding day. It’s easy (almost too easy) to spend time apart due to guests and family pulling you in all directions to congratulate you. My recommendation is to schedule time in your wedding itinerary for a guaranteed thirty minutes (or more) of us time. You won’t regret it! Whether that be spent together reflecting on the day or just sneaking off for a quick nap make sure you find the time. I understand that not all couples are as pumped as we are about first looks (when you see each other before the ceremony) so there are many other ways to still spend time together:

* Skype/ Facetime chat in the morning- Perhaps your getting ready locations are too far apart?

* Grab a Starbucks together or enjoy breakfast in bed before beginning the day

* Go for a walk, share your excitement and reflect on the last year of planning that brought you to today.

* First look- After the photographer captures the moment ask them for a few minutes alone with no cameras.

Sharing this time together will help calm the nerves and allow you to share this special day with each other. This leads us to our next moment alone. After our couples are pronounced husband and wife we like to steal them away to take the moment in and just share a happy dance together. You did it and this moment should be celebrated! This is also a great opportunity for your photographer to organize your family for photos more easily with you not present. Lastly, later in the evening, find the time to sneak away again together for sunset photos or just grab a drink and enjoy a moment together to talk about those great speeches!

Your Family and Special Guests:

You probably see your parents on a regular basis and may not think to take the moment to share this special day with them but you should. This is a special day for them just as it is for you and they can’t wait to spend time with you. Perhaps schedule a first look with your parents after you are dressed and ready to leave for the ceremony or add an extra chair at their reception tables so you can join in during dinner.

Others to remember to make time for are your special out of towners that took the time to travel and share in your day. Many couples forgo the receiving line so add a bench infront of the headtable to invite guests to come by and say hello, thank guests by visiting each table or write a special thank you card for them and leave it on their place settings.

To your vendor team, remember they are the ones there to ensure your day is exactly how you imagined and the ones working hard behind the scenes. Take a moment to do a big group hug and share your gratitute to them. This is a great opportunity to hand out those thank you cards and/or final balances 🙂

Breakfast and Lunch:

This is commonly forgotten amongst the hundred other items on the to do list. If you are staying overnight in a hotel, schedule room service (breakfast and lunch) the day prior to avoid dealing with one more thing the morning of. If you are staying at home, plan a big breakfast party and delegate this task to a parent or friend with killer cooking skills. The wedding day is a busy one and it is a long time before dinner so I encourage you to carry a few granola bars and water bottles with you. We don’t want anyone hangry or dehydrated! Also make a note with your caterer to make up a plate for you and your wedding party so you don’t miss out on those delicious appetizers you spent months planning and tasting!

If you liked this advice, share it with your engaged friends OR say hello and let me know you enjoyed it! Wishing you all the best with your big day!