Attention potential and current Bride(zillas)!
Stop text-harassing your M.O.H. and quit complaining to your coworkers about "how hard it is to coordinate flower arrangements with Bridesmaid dresses." Trust us - neither of them care. Planning a wedding is undoubtedly one of the most magical, albeit stressful, parts of THE Big Day. From choosing the venue, navigating wedding dress trends, deciding to cross your 5th cousin off the guest list, curating your signature wedding #Hashtag, and dealing with an abundance of extended family, the 'before' is a lot messier than you ever thought it would be.
But don't buy a ticket to Fiji to elope just yet - we're here to help. From extensive first person experience, in depth wedding blog stalking, and hours spent watching Say Yes to the Dress, we have compiled a wedding tips list that will have your $300 an hour Wedding Planner shaking in her Louboutins.
- Stay organized
Your wedding should be as organized, if not more, than your Quarterly Report. Forget a wedding binder (it's no longer 2008, is it?), create an email specifically for all things I Do. This should be linked to a Google Drive and Google Calendar that will both be utilized for the same purpose. That way, you can easily share every detail of your wedding planning with the people who matter - i.e. your Bridal Party, your mom, your Therapist, and maybe even your significant other.
- Do Photos Before the Ceremony
Is there anything cuter than a groom crying over how gut wrenchingly beautiful his soon to be wife is? We don't think so either. Consider a ‘first look’ photo session so you can get some amazing photos and enjoy an intimate moment before the craziness of the ceremony starts. This allows allows you to get the majority of the staged photos in advance, allowing you to actually enjoy the cocktail reception and spend more time with friends and family who have traveled (sometimes long distances!) for your special day.
- Stay True to Your Personal Style
This is your wedding after all. Just because your Mother in Law says that she thinks strapless dresses are "too showy" does not mean you shouldn't waltz down the aisle in one. Saying "I Do" is a big deal and your immediate family and friends may think their input is necessary in every aspect, even if you'd prefer they just shut up and tell you how pretty you are. In 30 years when you look back on your wedding photos, you'll want want to see the dress and floral bouquet that you wanted.
- Remember What's Really Important
So much preparation and effort goes into your Big Day, your actual wedding can feel like a blur. Remind yourself to slow down and take the time to really enjoy the wedding you so meticulously put together. Dance with your Bridal Party without worrying if the caterer got your memo about the dressing options and enjoy your cake without worrying if your gluten free cousin is rolling her eyes. When it comes down to it, you are celebrating the beginning of your new life with someone who absolutely adores you - there's nothing that can put a damper on that.
We may not be able to craft the perfect seating chart that keeps your gossipy Aunt away from your drunk Uncle, but we can alleviate some of the stress of planning to say "I Do" by taking care of beauty for you and and your entire Bridal Party. ManeStreem is the one stop destination for all things Wedding Beauty. Say goodbye to juggling three different companies for hair, makeup, and nails - we have it all.
Book your Wedding Glam in the next 30 days and we'll throw in a complimentary $75 trial - completely on us! 💋
Happy Wedding planning!