Wedding planning is a pretty full-on job from the get go. There’s so much to consider, from booking your venue to finalising the menus, and with such a lot whizzing through your head it’s easy to allow your own needs to get forgotten about.

The real key to having a wonderful day, once all the big stuff is sorted, is to go with the flow – you can’t control everything – but that being said, there are some little things that you can do to nip any niggles and issues in the bud.

A small amount of personal prep is all it takes, but it’s always the things that newly weds only think about in hindsight that would have been really handy. Fortunately for you, with over 20 years working in the wedding industry, I’ve met my fair share of brides and attended literally thousands of weddings! With my top wedding planning tips for a savvy bride, you’re bound to have the perfect day.

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Wedding Planning Tips for Savvy Brides-To-Be

Pack Your Survival Kit

 

A bridal survival kit is a bit of a must for all brides-to-be, full of things that you would never think of that often turn out to be invaluable on the day. Here are a few unusual items that have been known to come to the rescue:

 

  • A piece of white chalk – perfect for covering up any wedding dress blemishes, should they appear throughout the day.

 

  • Protein bars – Nerves and excitement can be a real appetite suppressant, but don’t let yourself suddenly get to the point where you’re starving. An emergency protein bar is a great thing to have to hand.

 

  • Fashion Tape – Avoid any wardrobe malfunctions by coming armed with fashion tape

 

These, along with the obvious aspirin, tissues, dental floss, mints and makeup for touch ups will have you set.

Be Honest

 

If there’s something that you really want, or really don’t want make it clear to whoever needs to know well in advance. Don’t just go along with things to make everyone happy, because your upset is bound to come out when you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed on the day.

Honest communication from the start of wedding planning is key to getting the day you want.

 

Test Your Shoes

 

We all know that new shoes can be a bit of a pain – literally – and being in pain is the last thing you want on your wedding day.

Practice wearing your shoes around the house ahead of the big day, so that they’re broken in a and comfortable to wear when the time comes to walk down the aisle.

Obviously, no matter how much you test drive your shoes, discomfort can still strike, so don’t forget to bring blister plasters with you just in case.

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Get Personal

 

You’re going to spend most of your time in a spin on your wedding day and often newly weds regret that they didn’t get to spend much time with their new husband or wife, which is of course what the day is all about!

Avoid getting caught up in a whirlwind and missing out on this beautiful time, by figuring it out during your wedding planning.

Allocate yourselves some alone time after you’ve said your ‘I dos’, so that you can cry and kiss and cuddle and share the moment with each other. You will be so glad that you did this – this is the sort of memory that will last you a lifetime.