This article speaks to the bride because the bride makes or influences the wedding plans. When it is all said and done. She is the one that should be happy. She is the most important person on the day and her happiness should be ensured.
Assuming you took care of all the necessary paper work, location and catering. Start thinking “What Ifs”. Even with the best plans in place. There are things that can happen beyond your control. So if possible, try to have back up plans for the major parts of the wedding day’s proceedings. With all those bases covered . You should now be concentrating on yourself and how to make the best of your special day.
Choosing your Dress , Veil, Shoes and of course the Rings.
Your wedding dress should be selected based on the location and time of day of the ceremony.
A long dress with 6′ to 10′ of tail dragging behind is usually more suited for a church or indoor wedding.
While a shorter one or one that can be buttoned/hooked up to make it shorter is better for a beach or outdoor locations.
The Veil/Tiara/ Head Piece/Rose are all things that are fitted to your hair. They should be light weight and secured firmly to the hair. You don’t want to be making adjustments during the wedding. For the rose in the hair. You should confirm how you will be standing before the marriage officer, so that you can know what side to place it. When fitting these hair decorations care should be taken to ensure that the comb like areas are pushed deep enough between your hair so that they are covered or hidden.
Shoes should be stylish as well as practical. Remember, you will be wearing them for several hours. Ensure that your shoes fit comfortably before the day of the wedding. Walk around indoors and outdoors several times on different days. I’m sure you would like to be smiling not grimacing on your special day. A new pair of shoes that was only tried in the store once then worn on the wedding day is a risky thing to do.
Last but by no means least. The Ring aka. The Bling, The Rock etc. etc. is a very important component of the wedding . However some couples choose to use a substitute when doing their wedding out of country. For those of you who plan to have the “real deal” on location out of the country. It’s best to have it insured. A lot of things can happen from point “A” to point “B”
Another out of country factor to bear in mind is the possibility of your finger joints swelling when you move from a country of cold climatic condition to a warm one. Testing the ring on location before and or applying some form of lubricant just before the ceremony should help to get you over this bump.
Rehearsal and Order of Proceedings
Large or Small. You should demand a rehearsal. Very few proceedings happen without glitches. So you can minimize or eliminate potential mishaps by ensuring that people go through the motions of what they are supposed to do on the day. Religion, Tradition and Location can dictate the format of proceedings. In recent times, couples have chosen to deviate from the norm. Especially in Negril Jamaica where weddings on the beach carries a flexible and relaxed theme. Be sure that your wedding planner, the marriage officer and the wedding party knows the format you decide on.
During the ceremony there are a few things that will help to enhance your photographic record of the occasion. Ensure that your maid of honor/matron of honor is aware of her duty to be there for you every step of the way egs. always checking your hair, face, necklace/pendant dress etc. and making adjustments if necessary. The officiating minister will tell you what to say and do so you won’t even have to think unless you wish to do personal stuff. You and your fiancé should be looking at each other as much as possible. When the ring is going on angle your hand so that your guests can see the ring and for that first kiss, try to do it in a way that your heads don’t block the view of each other.
After the signing and presentation of the marriage certificate it’s usually time for the photo session. Assign the task of shouting and getting people in place for photos to your maid of honor or another capable person. Your mission is to be flexible, smile and look pretty.
At the end of the day. The Photos/Video are part of the treasured memories you will have to cherish for life. So don’t be shy. Make suggestions to your photographer and be receptive to new ideas. This will help to ensure that you get unique photos and “Bragging Rights Swagger”
At the reception you may not be asked to say anything. Toasts and other formalities will happen around you and your photographer will be busy capturing the moments. So eat, drink, smile a lot and be merry.