People will be telling you that your wedding day will be a blur, but we don’t believe that has to be true.
We believe that the more you stop to pause, breathe, and SAVOR, the more you’re going to remember the day as it was. How it sounded, how it smelled…and how your heart felt as you were ready to marry your best friend!
When you slow and savor, you’re gonna be cooooool as a cucumber. Each moment will mean that much more knowing you were fully present in the moment!
(PS – As wedding photographers, this is one of our favorite parts of our job! We feel so lucky to hang out with our couples all day and remind them to slow down and savor.)
How do you make sure you’re staying present on your wedding day?? We’ve compiled FIVE easy tips for a wedding day full of laughter, memory-making (and memory-keeping!), and lots of savoring goodness.
1. Zzzz’s and Proteins
Resist the urge to stay up until the wee hours of the morning toasting with family at the rehearsal dinner. A full night of sleep can do WONDERS and will leave you feeling refreshed for your big day! (You might have a little trouble sleeping from excitement, so be sure to get to bed on time!)
In the morning, fill your tummy with a breakfast high in protein and good (or at least tasty) carbs. You’ll need the energy to avoid a mid-day slump! The more energy you have throughout the day, the more you’ll be able to ground yourself in the moment instead of slugging through the day.
2. I Will Survive… with the Help of Comfy Shoes and a Kit
Comfort is KEY to enjoying your wedding day!
Remember that time you put on a brand new pair of heels and comfortably strutted around town all day without a blister or foot cramp? Oh wait. That NEVER happened.
Save your soles -and your soul- by breaking in your wedding shoes before the wedding. Then, pack some stylish flats to throw on at the reception after you’ve looked absolutely fabulous in your gorgeous pair of Manolo’s at the ceremony.
While you’re at it, pack yourself an emergency day kit with items like a bleach pen, tampons, a sewing kits, bandaids, a mirror, mints, tissues, powder, chapsticks, and anything else you may need to battle mini disasters. The less you’re distracted by how much your feet hurt, the more you can focus on the present moment. 🙂
3. Check, Check, and Check
Prior to your wedding day, sit down with your wedding planner (or a friend who’s helping on the day of!) and run through the timeline and her checklist for the day. If you have any last minute concerns, or questions, address them before the morning of your wedding, and then go to bed.
They’ll take care of the rest, so you can spend your energy taking in every wonderful moment of the wedding!
4. Let it Be
You may envision your wedding day going perfectly, so when things don’t go as perfectly as you’ve imagined… don’t sweat it. Instead, focus on the details and moments that are turning out fantastic, and laugh the rest off! It’s probably outside of your control anyway, so don’t let any mishaps steal away your positive energy.
You’ve hired a dream team of vendors that will take care of every little detail, so your job is just to enjoy! Remember what’s most important: you are marrying the man of your dreams!
5. Take a Deep Breath!
We can’t emphasize it enough: Don’t forget to breathe!
Take a few moments throughout the day to pause, slow your roll, and notice what’s happening around you.
Here at Clove & Kin, we take the time to stop and remind our couples to pause throughout the day, because we think it’s so important to ground yourself in the present!
Our most favorite moments to pause? During the first look, just before walking down the aisle, and the moments before entering your reception. Take a deep breath and listen to the laughter of your loved ones at the cocktail hour. Feel the breeze on your skin as you look at your new husband during the ceremony. Watch your parents dance with each other in the midst of the crowd at the reception. These are the kinds of moments that will stick with you for years to come if you take the time to savor them.
In the midst of all the fun and celebration, remember what brought the two of you together. Remind yourself of why you’re there. At the end of the day, your wedding is about your love and commitment to one another. Don’t forget it. Go celebrate! Dance your little heart out—you deserve it!
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