Updated: Apr 1
So your big day is nearly upon you, and you've put soooo many hours into planning it. It's time to relax and enjoy celebrating with your loved ones! These are three of my favourite tips on how you can make sure you really make the most of your best day ever...
1. Before you walk down the aisle, ask your guests to put their phones away.
It's your special day. All of those months or even years of planning have led up to the moment you walk down that aisle. You step through the door to your favourite music, the mood is set, the wedding planner fixes the train of your dress, your bride or groom turns to face you for the first time....
And you can't see anybody else because they're all watching you through the screens of their mobile phones!
This is a personal bugbear of mine, but I would always suggest prompting all of your guests to keep their phones in their pockets. Even if it's just for the ceremony. Let the professional photographer do all the work, and the shots they get will be so much more stunning as there will be no phones in sight and your loved ones will be fully immersed in your love.
2. Make time for just the two of you.
Your wedding day will rush past in a blur, believe me. You'll feel like you haven't spent very much time with anybody because you'll have so many people congratulating you, asking you how you are, and asking you if you'd like another drink! It's lots of fun catching up with your nearest and dearest, but don't forget about your number one.
It's difficult to spend more than a minute with your brand new husband or wife after your wedding breakfast. To make sure you get that breathing space together, ask a trusted friend to find a quiet place for you to both get away from the crowd and take it all in. You won't regret it!
3. Get someone to save food for you.
If you're anything like me, you will have put a decent amount of time into making sure the food you serve to your wedding guests is spot on. Whether it's a daytime roast or a nighttime food truck, or canapés, or a cheese cart, or a doughnut wall; make sure a plate is kept aside for you!
As soon as the buffet is announced people will flock to it. And you'll probably be too busy bouncing from person to person to even notice! Even if you're too busy celebrating to tuck in, somebody should be appointed to bring a taste of everything over to you so that you don't miss out. You don't want to put lots of effort into your planning and not get to experience everything.