Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What not to do on your wedding day!

The day has arrived, your WEDDING day.  A day to enjoy, treasure, all while making a lifetime of memories.  Your day should be spent with your closest friends and family, filled with love and excitement and there are of course a few things you shouldn't be doing on your wedding day.

Your wedding day is NOT the day to:

~color your own hair, touch up your roots, or give yourself any self-created hair treatment.  If you wish to style your hair or have your best friend do it, so be it, but make sure you have tried it out a few times prior to your wedding day.  Make sure you pay attention to how long it takes to create and how long it will last, this way you know how much time you need to really allow yourself the day of your wedding. 

~create your or your bridesmaids' bouquets!  Your day shouldn't be spent creating, wrapping and making your own bouquet;
it is just that simple.  And even worse is if you plan on picking up your flowers the day of your wedding and then trying to fit this event in.  As usual, the main issues end up being time and depending on an outside source to have the flowers you wish to have.  I always recommend having your bouquets created by a professional.  Even if you have taken a DIY course, or seen others put together their flowers, it isn't the same thing as having a professional take care of it. Remember there are things many florists do to preserve your flowers.  This allows them to stay fresh, keep their color, perkiness and last throughout your day. 

~a wedding cake. There is no reason you should be creating your own cake or cupcakes the day of your wedding.  The average person may have seen dozens of cake challenges on the Food Network, but this does not mean you are up to creating a masterpiece.  There is a level of skill in making sure the cake sits level and isn't sinking on one end.  Creating cakes is an art form and while cupcakes may seem like an easy replacement for cake, decorating each one takes a great deal of time.  

~self tanning products. Now they have come a long way from streaky orange messes but these should be used for at least the month prior to your wedding, mostly to make sure your skin looks natural. Plus remember once you have found your tanning color to try on your dress and see if you like how it looks. 

~try make-up you have never used before the day of your wedding could result in an disaster.  You want to for one look like yourself, just a brighter version of yourself.  If you are using make up you have never worn before you may apply it wrong, you may have a reaction to it and break out, and last of all, you have no way of knowing how long it will last on your day. Have a few trials, make sure you know what you would like to look at.  If you are having a professional or a friend do it for you, having a photograph of your trial will always help.

~wear your wedding shoes for the first time.  You will be on your feet more than you will be sitting on your wedding day, so we recommend you try your shoes out before hand.  Wear them to your bridal shower, and even to the rehearsal if you can.  This gives your feet a trial run, and a chance to see how they work in different settings.  If you are outside for your wedding, make sure your heel won't be sinking in.  Some shoes are very slippery and it is always worth finding out before hand.

~try your undergarments with your dress. Make sure you can stand being in them, make sure they don't slip and move more than you would like them too. Plus make sure that when you are in your dress it is serving the purpose you purchased it for. If you can't breath after 5 minutes, it isn't going to work on your wedding day.

~take your own photographs.  While our friends are amazing and they might rock the digital camera, it is worth it to hire a professional photographer for at least a few hours.  If you can't afford to have them for the whole night, see if you can work out a deal with one.  There will be certain photographs you will want to enlarge and keep forever; having someone taking a few formals will be a nice touch.

~forget to eat.  Make sure you have breakfast, just something simple to eat that will get you through the day.  Plus remember to have plenty of water and few simple snacks throughout the day.  This way you aren't starving by dinner time, and your stomach will thank you.

There will always be the people who want to do everything themselves and that is great but remember, there are plenty of professionals out there who will work within your budget, and your vision.  With their guidance you may end up with more than you thought you could have.

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