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Here Comes the Bride!-7 Things to Remember Before, During, and After Your Wedding

Weddings can be very stressful, and as the bride, you’ll be faced with a lot of decision making and a lot of responsibility. Throughout all the stress and chaos that occurs before, during and after your wedding, it’s very important that you remember the following seven things.

1. Plan everything.

There are a lot of decisions that need to be made for a wedding, and you can easily become overwhelmed. It’s very important that you get yourself as organized as possible. Some people use wedding planning binders to ensure they’re not overlooking any important aspect, and some use website checklists or apps like The Knot to help them. The more organized that you can get, and the sooner you start to plan your wedding, the less stressed out you’ll be in the long run.

2. Consider your wedding party.

When it comes to making decisions for your bridesmaid dresses, wedding colors, bachelorette/bachelor parties and everything else, you’ll want to consider your wedding party. For example, if your bridesmaids are made up of individuals with varying body sizes, you’ll want to make sure that you’re choosing a bridesmaid dress that complements them all. If you’re choosing a tight fitting bridesmaids dress, you’ll put off the bridesmaid that’s a bit heavier than others or even those who may be pregnant.

3. Get plenty of sleep.

Chances are your nerves will make you restless the night before your wedding, but it’s very important that you do whatever you can to get a good night’s sleep. You’ll probably need to wake up early to make it to your hair appointment, get your makeup done or simply start getting ready, and you’ll be mentally exhausted throughout the day ensuring that everything runs smoothly, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re well rested. This way, you’ll have the energy to make it through the day, and you’ll be able to boogie all night long.

4. Relax.

There are certain things that are going to be out of control on the day of your wedding, and you need to stop worrying and stressing over these items and instead breath and relax. For example, you cannot control the weather, so if it’s raining or snowing, you and your guests will get through it. If some guests who RSVP’d don’t show up, so be it. All that matters is that you’re about to claim your eternal love for your fiancé in front of your family and friends.

5. Be nice.

Your wedding party has done plenty to help you get to this day, and all of your friends and family members are taking the time to participate in your wedding day, and because of this, you need to make sure that you’re nice to everyone. Make sure that you take the time to say hello to all of your guests, and even though you’ll be busy, make sure to pose for pictures with anyone who asks.

6. Enjoy.

You’ll be surprised at just how quickly your wedding is over, so make sure that you not only enjoy the day,  but also make sure that you enjoy your honeymoon once the wedding is over. Pretty soon, you and your spouse will be back into reality, and you may even wish that you could go back to your wedding day.

7. Send thank you cards.

You have a year to send out thank you cards for your wedding, and this is very important. Those who attended your wedding like to know that you appreciated their attendance, so make sure that you don’t put this off until it’s too late.

Caroline Jones is an experienced wedding planner and prolific writer.  She is always writing about planning tips, dress design ideas, and the best destination wedding locations.

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