Tuesday, August 13, 2013

{Guest Post} SIMPLY PLANNING: Tips for your Wedding Day

Today I have a special guest post for you guys all about how to have an amazing wedding day! And of course I had to add in some fun pictures... Hope you guys enjoy!! [Note: My additions are in light gray.]

The days leading up to your wedding can bring an array of emotions ranging from excitement to fear. From the floral arrangements to the marital ceremony and reception timeline, you're naturally going to worry about every aspect of your wedding as even the most minute details can affect the outcome of your special day. No need to fret‚ you can avoid a major wedding day meltdown by remaining calm, focused, and organized.

Even if you have a mental list of all the last minute items that must be completed before you exchange vows, there still may be elements that have been accidentally overlooked or issues that arise unexpectedly. Although you and your wedding planner may have all your bases covered, you should still be prepared for gaffs that could put a damper on your special day. Because even the most seasoned bride and groom can forget certain wedding day necessities, here are a few tips that will ensure your day goes off without the wrong hitch.

Map Out Your Wedding Day 

Although you've gone through the rehearsal of your marriage ceremony and reception and are sure you have prepared for anything that may occur, you should still develop a detailed schedule of your big day from start to finish. It's best if you create a list of tasks that need to be done and when each item should be completed. You should also include a timetable which designates when each activity of the day begins. Remember to include essentials that are needed for the day, such as your 77 Diamonds wedding rings, and take an inventory of the accessories and party favors that will be used during your ceremony and at the reception. This list should be provided to everyone in your wedding party and those involved in its planning.

[ABOUT THE AUTHOR]: Courtney Smallwood is a freelance writer that creates posts on everything wedding and beauty. She thinks that getting ready for your big day is one of the most important things you can do - along with looking fabulous! She is married to her husband, Thomas and has 2 children.

I love the idea of going one step further and having schedules for bridesmaids, groomsmen, and guests... especially if you are planning a destination wedding where there are multiple events in different locations. One of my favorite ideas is to have the wedding day itineraries in welcome bags passed out at hotels where you have set up room blocks. It's also a nice idea to add some little goodies into the welcome bags. For example, if you're having a destination in Savannah why not incorporate some goodies that are native to Savannah, such as pralines or some treats from Savannah Bee Company?! Here are some awesome examples of some fun + creative wedding day itineraries!

Hope for the Best, But Prepare for the Worst 

Even the most organized, well-planned weddings can go wrong. Whether it be something minuscule like a mix up with the food being served or a larger catastrophe such as a clothing malfunction, things don't always go according to plan, therefore you must expect the unexpected and take any unanticipated mishaps in stride. Guard against wedding day blunders with an emergency wedding-day kit stocked with supplies such as hair accessories, safety pins, a small sewing kit and stain remover, so you'll have everything you need to fix any calamity‚ no matter the magnitude.

If you're lucky enough to have me as your planner then you won't need to worry about having a wedding day emergency kit... but if not... look at how adorable these Bride + Bridesmaids Emergency Kits are from Pinch Provisions? Can I buy one just to have for everyday emergencies? Seriously though. They had me sold at glitter + polka dots. 

Relax Before Your Special Day

As you are already aware, preparing for your wedding can be both stressful and time consuming, so it's essential that you maintain your composure during the days leading up to your nuptials and on your big day. Keep in mind that your wedding is a celebration; therefore you should be bursting with joy, not overwhelmed and flustered. Although you may be too excited to relax, you should try your best to spend the day before you walk down the aisle resting or indulging in activities you enjoyed before the pre-wedding frenzy. Let your maid of honor or another member of your bridal party take the reins and deal with any remaining duties while you pamper yourself.

[About the Author] Courtney Smallwood is a freelance writer that creates posts on everything wedding and beauty. She thinks that getting ready for your big day is one of the most important things you can do - along with looking fabulous! She is married to her husband, Thomas and has 2 children.

Well, I hope ya'll enjoyed this guest post reading about tips for relaxing before your wedding day! I think it's so important that you allow yourself to pamper yourself and chill out because your wedding will be over in a blink of an eye and so making sure you make the best of every minute is so crucial! And of course having some ridiculously amazing looking stationary pieces + emergency kits never hurt anything. 

{Photo Credits} [Timeline] 'While You're Here' via Style Me Pretty, photography by Chaz Cruz // Itinerary on Books via Brooklyn Bride, photography by Brandon Kidd // Winter Wedding Itineraries via Style Me Pretty, stationary by Paisley Quill, photography by Kate Mathis/Martha Stewart Weddings // Fold-out Itineraries via Molly Jacques Illustration, stationary by Paisley Quill // Palm Springs Welcome Bags via Green Wedding Shoes, stationary by Yes, Dear Studio, photography by Honey Honey // Seahorse Totes via Style Me Pretty, photography by Style Art Life // Minimergency Kits for Brides + Bridesmaids via BHLDN // Minimergency Kit via Pinch Provisions

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