Your wedding day is fast approaching, and the excitement of your big day is tangible. The table settings are organised, your dress has been tailored, the RSVP’s are beginning to fill your letterbox.
Your wedding day is going to be etched into your memory forever. Each and every finer detail has been thought about with eagerness and vigour and you are ready to spend your special day with your nearest and dearest, celebrating the love you have found in your significant other.
Be sure that your day goes off without a hitch and celebrate in comfort (and style!) with our essential tips to alleviating stress on you and your husband-to-be throughout your nuptials.
1. Outsource, outsource, outsource!
This one may sound a little obvious, but there could be unexpected variables to your day that you might not have anticipated.
• Having the photographer to your home to stage pre-wedding photos?
Organise for a cleaner to come through the afternoon before so that you don’t have a sudden panic that you haven’t emptied the dirty dishes from the kitchen sink.
• Providing your own floral centrepieces for your reception tables? Have your florist deliver them directly to your venue and prompt the staff on how you’d like them to be displayed.
• Need to feed your bridal party prior to saying your vows?
Remember, this day is more of a marathon than a sprint, so let your well-intentioned mum or aunty whip up her famous finger food platters to appease the masses and ensure you all have the energy to get through the day and night in one piece.
If there are any jobs that you can allocate for today, do not be shy in asking. Your friends and family will want to help you, even if they aren’t sure exactly what to do. Avoid disappointment by being very clear in your explanations and try to relax in the knowledge that someone else is in charge of that task for today.
2. Stay comfortable
You have found an exquisite dress, sourced beautifully matching heels, had your hair styled and makeup perfected. You look a million dollars. But the day is long ladies. It’ll start early in the wee hours of the morning when your flock of bridesmaids arrive for a pampering session and it won’t end until tipsy Uncle Joe is finally ready to part with his sherry and leave the reception. You are in for the long game, so it is wise to make arrangements to be as comfortable as possible.
We suggest the simplest way to do this is to discreetly slip into a pair of gorgeously comfortable leather flats in place of your sky-high heels once you are seated at your bridal party table for speeches. Your guests won’t even notice that you’ve switched from your heels to your flats as your dress will do most of the work in hiding your costume change, but we promise you that your toes certainly will. While heels are an absolutely gorgeous addition to your gown, most podiatrists recommend only wearing them for a few hours at a time, so switching to an elegant and comfortable pair of Cammino’s Clara flats will see you able to meet and greet your guests, dance to your hand-picked music playlist and run off into the sunset with your hubby with grace and ease. Clara’s soft Italian leather is malleable enough to stow away secretly in your purse and will offer much needed respite to your toes and arches after a full day in heels.
3. Take time to connect with your partner.
An especially valuable piece of advice for every Bride and Groom is to remember to take time to connect with each other amidst the sea of planning, nuptials and ceremony. Try taking some time away with each other to look back at your crowd of guests, escape to a private room or balcony for a few minutes just to hold hands and chat, and try to create memorable moments where it is just the two of you. Practicing this kind of mindfulness on such a chaotic day is a sure fire way to create lifelong memories of the day you’ve been dreaming of for years.
You have spent an immeasurable amount of time and energy ensuring that your wedding day is perfect – the guest list, the flowers, the menus and the first dance have all been carefully considered. And armed with our tips, you can have the best possible time at the biggest event of your lifetime.