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We spend so much money and time on our weddings. Many of us get engaged and start planning our big day years before it takes place. We plan the music, the flowers, our journey to the ceremony, the wedding breakfast, the dancing and the food. We even consider how we want our wedding night to go once everyone else has left the party. But, so many of us forget to think about the morning of our wedding.
We assume that we’ll be busy with hair, makeup and final preparations and we fail to realize that this is an integral part of our day. It’s your last few hours as a single person. It’s your last chance to really stop and enjoy yourself before all of the madness of the day begins and it can set the tone for the rest of your day. If your morning is filled with magic, and you leave for your wedding feeling happy, relaxed and in control, the rest of the day is bound to run smoothly and follow the same path. If you spend the morning running around, being passed from person to person without a second to yourself, you might find that you’re not in the fantastic mood that you would hope to be on the best day of your life.
So, why not take some time to think about how you’d like the morning of your wedding to go. Here are some ideas that could help you.
Think About Where You Want to Stay
Traditionally, the bride stayed at home with her parents, and the groom went off somewhere else the night before his wedding. But, now that so many of us already live with our other halves before we get married, things are changing.
If you want to be surrounded by home comforts, you might prefer to stay in your house. Some brides like to go back home to their childhood house, and others, prefer the luxury of a hotel room. Think about what would make you the most comfortable and relaxed the night before your wedding, and where you would be most happy getting ready before you leave.
Who Do You Want to be With You?
It’s also traditional not to stay with your husband to be the night before the wedding, and not to see each other on that morning. But, there’s no rule. It really is up to you, and might largely depend on how superstitious you are.
You might be more comfortable staying with your partner and having the whole day together. Or, you might prefer to spend your morning with your close friends or bridesmaids. Either way, don’t feel like you have to invite people to help if you’d rather not. If you think being surrounded by people will stress you out, it’s ok to get ready on your own or with just your mom or a close friend.
Plan a Playlist
Music is one of the best ways to relax and unwind. But, it’s also a great way to have some fun. Spend some time putting together a Spotify playlist of all of your favorite tunes for the morning. Include some calming music, some fun hits and some songs that make you think of your partner.
Invite Your Photographer
Remember, these few hours are a part of your wedding day. If you are getting ready with your bridesmaids, it can be a really special time. Check out this List of Wedding Photographers to find the right person, then invite them to take some photos of you getting ready. But, perhaps not for the whole morning. You might want some quieter time.
Buy Yourself Some Flowers
Flowers are a big part of your wedding. They add beauty and color to your décor. Flowers can also make you feel relaxed and at peace. So, buy yourself some for the room that you will spend the morning in. Fill it if you want. Try to use them to create a peaceful and harmonious space.
Take Some Time Out
Your wedding morning is going to be busy, and it will be easy to find yourself stressed out and tired before you even meet your car to get to the ceremony. Try to plan your morning to leave time to relax. Arrange it so that you have a little time, either first thing in the morning before you even think about hair and makeup, or between finishing getting ready and leaving. Have a glass of prosecco, and a light snack to keep you going and calm your nerves.