To Do list on the morning of you wedding day
So, the big day has finally arrived, and all those months of planning and anticipation are now ready to go into action. Whether you’ve spent the whole night tossing and turning in anticipation or slept like a baby, there are some things you should do on the morning of your wedding day to make sure you’re as fresh and prepared as possible for the huge day that lies ahead. We want all our brides at Seacliff House to be as relaxed and carefree as possible, so these are some helpful hints from happy brides we’ve picked up along the way.
Establish a timeline
Setting a timeline of how you want the day to unfold can save a lot of unnecessary stress and pressure. The best way is to consider what time your ceremony is starting and work backwards from there. Consider things like whether all bridesmaids need to have showers in the morning, how long hair and make-up will take, whether you want the photographer to arrive to take pictures while you’re all getting ready, and so on. This is important even if your ceremony’s not until later in the evening, as you’ll be surprised how quickly time can fly once things get going.
When we say stay hydrated, we don’t mean down so many champagnes that the whole ceremony becomes a blur. We know how tempting it is to crack the bubbly and have a toast over breakfast, but just remember to drink alcohol in moderation and make sure you drink plenty of water. Stocking yourself up with water nice and early means you’ll be well hydrated for the day ahead, and any frequent trips to the bathroom will still be nice and easy before you have to battle out the ladies’ room in your wedding dress.
Don’t skip meals
Your stomach may be full of butterflies, but don’t let your excitement levels override your appetite. Even if you’re not feeling hungry, it’s so important you make time to sit down and eat breakfast to keep up your energy levels. Make this part of the celebration and organise something special with your bridesmaids the day before – we love croissants, bagels, berries, muesli and frittatas to kick start the perfect wedding day. Keep healthy snacks on hand and have something light prepared for lunch if your ceremony’s not until later in the day.
Make a pre-wedding playlist
There’s nothing like music to get you in the right mood, so why not create a pre-wedding playlist of all your favourite songs to play while you and your bridesmaids get ready. They could be songs that get you in the mood to party, or mellow songs that help you relax, but either way music is the perfect way to set the tone as you prepare for the huge day ahead.
Pack a small bag with essentials
When designing your look for the day, you’ve no doubt added a small clutch or purse to your ensemble, and now is the time to fill it with wedding day essentials. Don’t over pack this, as your bridesmaids will likely be armed with their own emergency bag containing Panadol, Band-Aids, hairspray, safety pins, fashion tape and other supplies for emergency situations. Your bag should just include make-up for touch-ups throughout the day (ask your make-up artist to bring extras of the colours they use), perhaps a few bobby pins and your phone, unless you’ve decided to go off-grid for the day.
Charge your phone
On your wedding day you should spend as much time away from your phone as possible so you can embrace every moment of the day, but having a charged and reliable phone is a must. Believe us, when the big day comes your mobile will get a real work out as friends and relatives call or text to wish you luck or ask last minute questions. Plus, you never know if you’ll need to contact a vendor and you’ll want a few candid photos of your own as you get ready. Your bridesmaids will be in the same boat, so make sure there’s enough electrical outlets for everyone and bring a power-board if you want to be super prepared.
Treat your feet
Unless you’re going for a barefoot boho wedding or have decided on wearing flats under your wedding dress, chances are you’ll be spending most of the day in heels. Savour the moments that your feet can relax and stay out of heels while you’re getting ready, this way your feet won’t be as tired later on and you’ll be ready to tear up that dance floor with your new groom.
With all the craziness of the day unfolding around you, it can be easy to forget what the whole day is leading up to. We know it’s hard with timelines, hair, make-up and unforeseen glitches, but take the time to breathe, ground yourself and embrace this incredible once in a lifetime experience.