As a newly engaged lady myself the one piece of advice I receive time and again is to enjoy every minute of my wedding day as it ‘flies by’.

This makes sense if you compare it to the length of time you have been with your partner, the length of time you were engaged and planning this big event only for it to be finished within 24/48 hours.

All the worrying, planning, booking, hen/stag parties are complete and you are faced with the most important day of all – your wedding day!

Here are some of the top tips I’ve received to date :

Wedding Morning Planning

Make a plan of your wedding morning a week before the day itself. What is the latest time you can leave for the church / civil ceremony? What time do you want the wedding party up at? Figure out the hair and makeup times for everyone, how long does it take you to put on your dress? Make sure and factor in the all important champagne breakfast.

Make a plan and stick to it – perhaps share it with your maid of honour and ask her to help you stay on track!

Wedding Emergency Kit

Think of the key things you need throughout your wedding day.

This may be medication, your lipstick, tissues, wipes, money? The list is endless and individual to you. Obviously you cannot be bringing a massive bag around with you so miniature everything will be your best friend. Again, this is where your bridesmaids come in handy ask them to mind the bag when you are working the room / getting photographs taken.

Have your emergency bag packed the day before you leave and it will be one less thing to worry about :).

Make A Speech

If you are a member of the local toastmasters club this ideal no doubt appeals to you however if the prospect terrifies you hear us out!

It can be as long or as short as you like but it will be a fabulous memory for you and an great opportunity to show your gratitude to your friends and family for attending whilst also giving you a chance to say a few adorning words for your other half.

Eat

The amount of brides and grooms who said they didn’t eat a thing on their wedding day astounded me.

I understand the fear of getting something on your dress/suit is stuff of nightmares it is essential that you eat and drink enough throughout the day to prevent headaches or the champagne bubbles going straight to your head.

Feed Your Suppliers

Your photographer and videographer are with you for whole day – so make sure they are well fed and watered while the celebrations are going on.

Ask them if they are happy to eat at the bar while the main meal is being served to your guests and get the cost charged to your room.

Let Things Go

A summer wedding doesn’t always guarantee glorious sunshine, your hair may not turn out the way you imagined or you get an unwelcomed blemish on your face the morning of your wedding – these things happen and there is nothing you can do about it.

No one will notice nor will they remember it in years to come!

Try your very best not to get upset or stressed about anything out of your hands, it’s not going to be a deal breaker and it’s not going to ruin your day.

Be Happy

Take a moment with your partner to think about your journey thus far, be it your wedding journey or your relationship journey this really is one of the most unique and wonderful days of your life!

Take stock and congratulate yourself on how far you have come! Appreciate how lucky you are to have found your soul mate, and to be marrying them before the people you love.