From making sure you eat to signing off social media, these tips for the morning of your wedding will make sure the day starts off on the right foot. Between hair and makeup, prep photos, getting dressed, and being at your ceremony on time, there is A LOT that has to happen and you want it all to go smoothly. Here are our top ten ways to make sure getting ready on your wedding morning goes off without a hitch!
Make sure you are well rested.
You have a long day ahead of you. The key to surviving it is a good night’s sleep. Set a bedtime for yourself the night before the wedding. You may find it hard to fall asleep because you are just way too excited for the next day, so be prepared with a foolproof shut-down sequence. Put all screens away at least 30 minutes before bed, relax with a bubble bath, light a lavender-scented candle, or partake in your favorite way to unwind. Either way, getting at least eight hours of sleep the night before your wedding will allow you to feel refreshed and ready to take on the best day ever.
Stretch and breathe.
If the wedding day jitters are rearing their ugly heads, consider an early morning yoga session on your wedding day. Yoga is a fantastic way to calm your mind and body and center yourself. Many find it an extremely helpful way to release all of that wedding day stress and enter the day with a clear head. It doesn’t matter if you stream a class online, follow along with a YouTube video, or head to your favorite yoga studio. You’re bound to feel relaxed and more present after some guided meditation, stretching, and deep breathing.
Fuel your body.
Your wedding day is not the day to skip the most important meal of the day. Be sure to factor time for breakfast into your wedding morning timeline. Choose healthy options that will keep you fueled and focused without making you feel sluggish. Be sure to have plenty of snacks on-hand as well in case anyone gets the munchies throughout the day. Depending on what time you need to be ready, you may also want to plan for lunch for yourself and your group. There are lots of great options for catering services that can be delivered to your home, hotel, or venue, or you can set up your own spread. Whatever you choose, just be sure to eat!
Set the schedule in advance.
A wedding day is a well-timed series of events. If one aspect of it runs behind schedule, it could throw the entire rest of the day into a tailspin. Around two months before the wedding, begin working on the wedding day timeline, and, in particular, the morning of. Ask your hair and makeup team how much time they will need to work on everyone in your party. Designate the order in which hair and makeup will be done. Allot time for putting on your dress, accessories, shoes, and veil, as well as time for touch ups. Know what time you need to leave your getting ready venue to make it to the ceremony on time (or better yet, ahead of schedule). Be sure to build in buffer time in case anything runs late or there is unexpected traffic. On your wedding day, it’s better to be early than late! Print the timeline, keep it visible, and put someone in charge of making sure the morning runs according to schedule.
Blast some music.
There is nothing more fun than jamming to your favorite tunes with your favorite people. Create a Spotify playlist that includes all of the best party songs that are sure to put you in a good mood, or tune into your favorite radio station. Crank up the volume and be prepared for an all out dance party to ensue. Not only will the right music help to create a killer atmosphere, but a great playlist is bound to get you even more excited for the day ahead (as if that’s even possible, right?).
Pop the bubbly.
Your wedding day is a celebration and no celebration is complete without a little champagne. Get fancy with a Make Your Own Mimosa bar complete with fresh fruits and garnishes, or pour those bubbles straight into a flute. If alcohol isn’t your thing, opt for sparkling cider instead. The point is to have a fun drink on hand to toast to your big day and the newest chapter of your life. Just be sure to not consume too much! Have fun and enjoy yourself, but don’t get so tipsy early on that you have trouble making it through the day!
Wear something cute.
You’ll be photographed more on your wedding day than on any other day in your life, and this includes while getting ready in the morning. Look camera ready with cute PJs, a robe, romper, or even a tee with a fun wedding saying on it. Of course, you can also go all out by asking your wedding party to wear coordinating outfits while getting ready. Not only will this help to get everyone in the wedding day spirit, but the photos will be adorable.
Allow yourself to be pampered.
Sit back, relax, grab your drink, and let someone else take care of getting you ready. One of the best ways to truly feel pampered on your wedding day is to hire a professional hair stylist and makeup artist (check out our favorite Pittsburgh wedding beauty teams!). Even if you consider yourself skilled in these areas, sometimes it’s nice to just let other people worry about it. Plus, the pros know how to make your hair and makeup look last allllll day so you’ll still be ready for your close-up even as the last song plays.
Pack an emergency kit.
Something will likely go wrong on your wedding day. But with a little preparation, you can make sure any wedding day snafus stay minor. Set your day up for success by packing an emergency kit that includes everything from scissors, extra bobby pins, and a portable phone charger to snacks, Band-Aids, and drinking straws. Check out this post for a complete list of what to pack in your wedding day emergency kit.
Give your phone to someone else.
It may be tempting to document your wedding day and share it with the world to see. But today of all days should be about being present and really experiencing each and every moment. Your wedding day will fly by (don’t say we didn’t warn you) and you don’t want to waste a single minute trying to Instagram it instead of living in it. Hand your phone off to someone else so that they can handle any emergency calls or texts and trust that your photographer and videographer will capture all the memories for you.