We have been there, done that. Shelling out our best wedding day tips for brides-to-be.
The simpler the wedding planning process, the more you can focus on what matters most: which is to enjoy your wedding day. Complex schedules and tight timelines take the joy out of any event. Enjoy planning simple - give yourself pockets of time to breathe, and be in the moment with your loved ones.
We are surrounded by families and friends who are more than willing to help and support us if something goes wrong. It is extremely convenient in Singapore - most things we may need, is just a phone call away, or a short trip to the shopping malls.
DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
Just when I thought a wedding is supposed to be the height of the experience, 90% of my brides tell me that they can't wait for their wedding to be over. If you find yourself lost in the sea of details that stresses you out, it may be time to re-evaluate what's truly important for the event. Since it is a once-in-a-lifetime event, hire a wedding planner, or leave it to a friend who has phenomenal hands to remove that weight off your shoulders.
start the day with a light breakfast
Brides feed everyone on their wedding day, except themselves.
You need to feel fit and fresh on your wedding day, and food is the key to ensuring that. Be kind to yourself, it's your wedding day after all. Take a light breakfast even when you have no appetite, or have your bridesmaids carry snacks for you and the groom. Trust me, you will be starving when you get back to the hotel at the end of the event.
- Bread with nut spread
- Cereals with fruits and nuts
- A hearty salad with chicken breast
- Meal replacement drinks
- Vitamins and supplements
- McDonald breakfast
INTROVERTS, DON'T BE INTIMIDATED BY THE CAMERA
You may not feel comfortable being the center of attention. You are the star of the day, no matter what. Have a joyful wedding day by knowing that those clicks from your photographer's professional DSLRs are helping you freeze those beautiful moments that can never come back. Each smile into the camera is a photo in return.
SKIP BEAUTY TREATMENTS (with down-time) BEFORE YOUR WEDDING DAY
As your big day approaches, you have a lot on your plate. Don't try something new right before the wedding. I have brides succumbing to beauty treatment temptations. They end up with bruises on their arms, chemical peel (scabs), redness from facial extractions, or even extreme tan lines from swimming etc.
Select treatments that make you feel amazing!
- Book a Massage
- Book a relaxing spa appointment
- Manicure and Pedicure at your favourite salon
- Get a refreshing scalp massage and treatment
- Get your lash extensions done
Adopt a positive mindset
A positive mindset is your best friend on your wedding day. It makes you think of good things, and makes you happy. Focus on what went right - instead of people, or situations that did not go according to plan. There are bound to be unforeseen situations that are not within your control. Remember, don't sweat the small stuff.
Prepare your SPEECH early
The makeup session is not the perfect time to write your wedding speech.
Plan, and write your speech early. Let the speech be the least of your worries. Weddings are personal occasions, and full of emotions. You’re in control of what to say, how much to say, and how you can manage your emotions in front of the people who are attending your wedding. If you are an introverted bride, don't feel pulled by tradition to type out a long list of people to thank, or describe to the audience how much your parents / parents-in-law have done for you. Could these heartfelt words be communicated to the respective people in private, instead of publicly?
- Consider the majority of the audience.
- It's okay to keep the speech short and sweet
- It's okay not to mention everyone's names - they are there to support you, and they don't need to be credited publicly
- If you have a joke, include that. Everyone loves a good laugh
TAKE CONTROL of your happiness
It’s not about what your parents want, or what your friends did during their wedding. Your wedding day is a representation of your partnership with your husband. Make it work for you, reflect both your personalities and make it unique.
- Delegate responsibilities
- Focus on what matters most
- Don't sweat the small stuff
- Start the day with a light breakfast
- You are the star of the day
- Don't try new beauty treatments before the wedding day
- A positive mindset is your best friend on your wedding day
- Plan, and write your speech early
- Take control of your happiness