The key to success for any major event is to “prepare, prepare, prepare”. The night of your rehearsal, take it very seriously and make sure that your Bridal Party takes it just as serious as you do. Make sure that if you are going to have music played during your ceremony that the person is at the rehearsal with the equipment and actually plays the music during the parts of the ceremony that the music is to be played.
The day of your wedding, tell your Bridesmaids and Groomsmen to be at the church, or location you are to meet one half hour earlier than you really need them, however do not disclose this to them. Inevitably people run late at every wedding, so this will prohibit them from being late (hopefully). When the Groom and Groomsmen pick up their tuxedo’s, make sure they check their tuxedo packages and verify that they have cuff links, shoes, bow ties, etc., before they leave the tuxedo shop. Confirm the Monday before your wedding with all of your vendors, such as photographers, DJ’s, Limo Companies, etc., and confirm the times they are to be at the respected location.
For the Bride and Bridesmaids, be sure to pack an emergency kit including, two sizes of safety pins, straight pins, flour (in case the Brides dress gets dirty, it can actually remove the stain or dirt), also bring two sided tape, superglue, needle, black and white thread and a matching thread for the Bridesmaids gowns. While you are getting ready, it is a wise idea to have water available for everyone, as well as snack foods, such as small sandwiches, veggie and cheese tray. Drink plenty of water before the wedding. If you are out of town and having a wedding in Colorado, you have to realize you have to consume twice as much water as you do on a normal basis or you will get a tremendous headache and dizziness at the altitude.
Remember to bring the rings, as this is often times overlooked. Have a list of things you need to do made before the night before the wedding, at the latest and designate someone to double check that list so that you know who has what. For Brides wearing blushers (veil), make sure that your blusher has been pulled back before leaning over to light the unity candle. Blushers ignite as fast as gasoline. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen them go up in a flash and cause serious injury.
Most importantly of all, try to relax because the day will go by in the blink of an eye. Hire professionals with a lot of experience and never hesitate to ask a vendor to do something for you that you need or would like (i.e.; asking a Photographer for a special picture, asking wait staff to bring you a glass of water, etc.), these people are here to help you. Take a look at our Helpful Links page for some recommended wedding vendors.
If you are going to consume alcohol prior to the ceremony, keep it in small amounts because alcohol combine with nerves can prove to be problematic. Most importantly, remember to enjoy your day.