Weddings: 5 tips to prepare before your big day

I’ve worked in the Brisbane wedding industry as a photographer for 12 years now, and if there’s one thing I always say, it’s that a wedding day very rarely goes exactly to plan. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not trying to be a negative nancy here but more of a realist. Let’s face it, if you can prepare mentally for the odd glitch you’ll be in a better frame of mind if something does slip up on your wedding day. From my point of view, here are 5 tips that I believe can help you prepare for your big day.

Book a hair and makeup trial

I’m going to let the cat out of the bag and be completely honest here… this is something I did NOT do on my wedding day and I’ve always regretted it. I ended up with hair and makeup I didn’t love and I was also nearly an hour late due to the hairdresser not understanding what my mum and I wanted. Not good. Find someone whose work you absolutely adore and research them and their reviews. Work off the referrals of friends as well as they’ll be able to give you their honest recommendations. And always allow for extra time because things don’t always go according to plan. Having some extra time up your sleeve will allow for this.

One other tip I have is book your hair and makeup trial on the day you’re having your Brisbane engagement shoot. This is a great opportunity to be picture perfect in your engagement photos and have you feeling your best. Win win!

Break those shoes in!

Oh heck, I’m all for this one because there’s nothing worse than wearing shoes that kill your feet and leave you with blisters. If you’re worried about potentially leaving any unsightly marks, practice wearing them at home or at the office with a sole insert. I’d also consider investing in a beautiful pair that is of really good quality. Remember: happy feet = happy bride!

Pack your emergency kit

I believe you can easily be prepared for any setback with a well put together emergency wedding kit. This is something that your bridesmaids or maid of honour can help prepare and take with you on the day. Items to include would be deodorant, perfume, bobby pins, waterproof mascara, lipstick, Panadol, anti-histamines, band-aids, a small sewing kit with scissors, breath mints, hand sanitiser, wipes, tissues, cash etc. Another good tip is that these can make for great little bridesmaids gifts as well. You can find some super cute ideas like this one on Etsy.

Relax and pamper!

Take some time for yourself! This is super easy to recommend and one that I think every bride deserves. Take your girlfriends with you or go on your own and enjoy a facial and massage; get your nails done; have a spa day; look after those beautiful brows and lashes. Making yourself feel special and practicing self-care can go a long way to easing your stress levels and having you relaxed and ready on your big day. Remember: you deserve it!

How to pin a buttonhole

Honestly this one is my favourite tip and I’ve left it to last for good reason! Nearly all of the grooms and groomsmen I’ve met over the years haven’t a clue how to do this. I’m definitely not knocking you guys out there AT ALL! It’s just that it tends to not be thought about.

So you order your beautiful flowers and know what you want. Your day then arrives and there’s confusion on where and how to pin them exactly. I’ve seen a couple of really great florists include written instructions on how to do this when they deliver flowers on the big day, but not everyone does. My advice would be to practice. This Wikihow article has good basic instructions and visuals on how to do it. You can also have mum or your groomsmen on hand to help out (it’s always lovely to see mum helping in the wedding photos). This will ultimately save time on the day too meaning more time for a couple more drinks. Wins for the boys!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips!

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