This list covers just the emergency supplies that I thought would be helpful on your big day. Pack these up in a tote bag and keep it easily accessible in the bridal dressing room and during the dinner and/or reception, and hope you never need to use it - but if you do need to use it the Bride will be forever grateful.
1. Mini sewing kit with scissors, needles, thread, buttons, and safety pins: For those “make it work” moments.
2. Tweezers: From stray hairs to splinters, you never know when you’ll need these nimble helpers.
3. Baby powder: Hot summer days, crowded prep rooms, and nerves can all lead to sweat. A little moisture-absorbing baby powder will help the bride feel fresh as a daisy. It’s also great for keeping beaded bodices from scratching or chafing the bride’s underarms.
4. Extra undergarments: For when baby powder just doesn’t cut it.
5. Cotton tips & makeup remover: Eyeliner mistakes happen.
6. Blotting papers: For absorbing shine and oil, not your fancy makeup.
7. Tampons/panty liners: Even if you don’t need one, someone else will.
8. Nail polish (one clear top coat; one in the shade you’re wearing) and a nail file: Polish chips and stocking runs don’t stand a chance.
9. Tissues: For those happy tears (and any accidental eye pokes with mascara wands).
10. Mini first aid kit with Band-Aids, burn relief, liquid bandages, and antiseptic: Safety first!
11. Medicine (pain reliever, allergy medicine, antacid): Take precautions for the big three issues that can attack at any moment—especially under stress: headaches, allergies, and indigestion.
12. Sunscreen: Even if the wedding is indoors, if the wedding party will be outside for photos, make sure to have this on hand. (Depending on your climate, add bug spray for the same reason. Unscented for both!)
13. Towelettes: For freshening up on the go.
14. Deodorant: Chances are, someone probably forgot to use it this morning.
16. Museli bars or other easy-to-carry snacks: Nobody wants a hungry bride on their hands!
17. Straws: So the bride can stay hydrated without messing up her lipstick.
18. Super Glue: For fixing shoes, nails, jewelry, head pieces, and more.
19. Pen and paper: For last minute reminders, thank you notes, and secret messages between the bride and groom.
20. Breath mints: Hand her one right before she walks down the aisle, so the first kiss is minty fresh.
21. Stain remover pen: For spills and would-be stains on the dresses.
22. White chalk: If something gets on the wedding dress and it just won’t come out, you can usually mask the stain with chalk. No one will be any the wiser.
23. Lighter: For sealing the edge of frayed ribbons.
24. White duct tape: It’s true what they say—it can fix anything! Grab a roll of the white variety just in case that “thing” is worn by the bride. (Stick-on hemming tape is also a good nice-to-have.)
25. Lint roller: Especially helpful for the groom and groomsmen’s suits.
26. Cash: Just in case! Include some change in case the bride suddenly decides the only thing sheneeds is a soda from that machine down the hall.
27. Dental floss/toothpicks: Just in case those snacks in the bridal suite try to overstay their welcome.
28. Eye drops: Don’t let red eyes ruin your beauty prep! (Side note: if the bride wears contacts, make sure she brings an extra pair, contact solution, and a case.)
29. Extension cord and phone charger(s): The bride is stuck in the makeup chair, her phone’s about to die, but she needs to make a call..
30. Toothbrush and toothpaste: It’s not uncommon for a bride to be so excited when she wakes up that she forgets to brush her teeth.
31. Extra earring backs: You never know when those little guys will go missing.
32. Hair elastics and bobby pins: You can never have too many on hand. (Add hairspray and a comb/brush while you’re at it.)
Did we miss anything on your wedding day emergency list?
Wedding Shoe Mistake: #1 – Forgetting to break in your shoes before the wedding.
The last thing you want is to wobble down the aisle or deal with blisters on the best day of your life. Once you buy your wedding shoes, break them in please you will be sooooo glad you did!!
Shoes feel a little tight? Try this - wear your shoes under your desk at work to break them in before the big day.
Wedding Shoe Mistake: #2 – Wearing the wrong wedding shoes for you.
White wedding shoes are not a requirement although it is traditional but, you can wear a coloured shoe - bonus points for being able to be worn after the wedding day. Also, heels aren’t your only option. If you don’t like heels or never wear them, don’t, you won’t feel comfortable in them if you’re not used to the added height and, you should stay true to your own personal style. A certain style of shoe isn’t set in stone: it’s more important to be yourself and feel comfortable in what you’re wearing.
Wedding Shoe Mistake: #3 – Not having these two key shoe accessories.
Two things I’d recommend for your shoes on the wedding day: 1) Anti-slip Heel Grips that stick instantly into the heel of your shoes and help prevent slipping, chafing & blisters. 2) Sole Grips: these are put on the soles of your shoes to keep you from slipping on wet surfaces and are black so blend with the sole of your shoe.
Cost: $9.95ea for 1 pair and can be purchased online or in store at Nine West who have stores in ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC & WA.
Wedding Shoe Mistake: #4 – Not shopping around.
Wedding shoes can be downright expensive! Besides, if your dress is so long that it hides your feet, don’t spend a fortune on something hardly anyone will even see. When you do find the perfect pair, shop around to get the best price. Nine West have a very good selection of white shoes; pumps, peeptoes, strappy styles, wedges, flats and many more. Stores are located in all states across Australia and location addresses can be easily found on their website.
Wedding Shoe Mistake: #5 – Forgetting a spare pair.
Stuff happens: heels break, your shoes can make your feet hurt, or you may want heels for photos but sandals for dancing. In any case, bring a spare pair of shoes just in case.
Wedding Shoe Mistake: #6 – Skipping the pedicure.
Whether you go to a spa or DIY at home, get a pedicure! I think a pedicure is not only a luxury you deserve for your wedding day, but a must if you’re going barefoot, wearing sandals, wearing peep-toe heels, or even if you’re wearing closed-toe (you’ll still want your feet to look nice for the beach on your honeymoon).
Wedding Shoe Mistake: #7 – Wearing the wrong wedding shoes for your dress.
It is best to buy your wedding shoes before your dress fittings. The shoes you choose will play a large part in your overall look. If you want to wear flip flops or go barefoot, you’ll want your dress to be long enough to cover your feet. If you want to wear heels, you’ll want to make sure your dress is lengthened to allow for the extra height so it’s not too short; and, the same goes for wearing flats. You don’t want your dress to drag on the floor.
So, to recap the most important points: wear the wedding shoes that are best for you, be true to your style, be comfortable, and have a few emergency shoe accessories just in case!
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If you’ve already hired professional vendors for your wedding, you know that some are easier to gauge than others. Photographers; Well, you should make sure you like their personalities as much as their portfolios, but you can generally get a pretty clear understanding of what the finished product will look like just from their websites alone. Marriage Celebrants;It’s a little harder to tell if they’ll be great, unless you actually see them perform a ceremony.
Wedding planners and coordinators fall somewhere in the middle, because the job is both visual and logistical. And logistics are hard to showcase on a website. Not everyone has it in the budget or desire for a planner or coordinator but if you do they can make your wedding smoother and more organized, and in some cases, even save you money. But that doesn’t mean all coordinators and planners are created equally, or that everyone is going to understand and value what you’re trying to do with your wedding. As with any other person you’re hiring to play a key role in your wedding, it’s important that you do some research before you sign over your hard earned $$$$$.
Before you get to the part where you & your intended sit down and talk with a prospective planner or coordinator, do your due diligence. Do some research, check their website and online testimonials- get a feel for who they are and what they do.
Once you’ve done your basic selection, set up a time to meet in person (because people’s Internet personalities and real life personalities don’t always match up).
If you’re not sure what kind information you should be asking at this point, here are six quick questions that can help you figure out if they will be a good fit for you and your wedding. Think of it as a mini compatibility test:
WHAT IS THEIR GENERAL PHILOSOPHY ABOUT WEDDINGS? Most planning professionals make their basic philosophies pretty clear on their websites. If their main focus is creating elaborate floral displays, or renting you the very hippest chairs, that will be obvious. If they take on weddings in a variety of prices points and styles, that will also be clear. If you can’t find someone whose philosophy fits yours locally, remember that most planners love to travel, and will often do so at pretty affordable rates.
DO THEY HAVE A MINIMUM BUDGET THAT THEY WORK WITH? There are plenty of high-end planners that won’t touch a wedding that costs less than, say, $20,000. You should be looking for a planner that fits your budget goals, not working to make your budget fit your planner.
WHAT TYPES OF VENUES DO THEY WORK IN? Coordinating a wedding in the local four-star hotel, and coordinating a wedding on a semi-remote beach are very different jobs. You want to hire someone with some experience working in venues that are similar to what you have booked.
DO THEY DO DESIGN? (DO YOU CARE?)
Some planners are also design professionals, or work closely with a team of people whose job it is to make your wedding look stunning. Some are just logistical pros (who often can recommend independent wedding designers, if that’s something you care about). It’s important to know if your planner is going to be pushing for a visual look, or just helping you stay organized.
HOW DO THEY DEAL WITH DIFFICULT FAMILY MEMBERS?
If you know you’re going to need help with your controlling mother-in-law or your emotionally manipulative dad, check in with anyone you hire about what their approach is for dealing with family issues. You want to make sure that their style will fit your family.
DO ALL THEIR WEDDINGS LOOK THE SAME (AND HAVE EXACTLY THE SAME VENDOR LIST)?
Lot’s of planners specialize in a particular type of wedding, ones that they have put together over and over again, with a similar team. If you want a variation of that ballroom wedding or art gallery cocktail party that a planner always throws—then by all means hire them. But if you’re looking to create something different, make sure you hire a planner who can accommodate your vision, instead of just pushing for their own.
If, after meeting with them and running through your questions, you decide they’re a good fit, ask for references from recent clients. Review sites and testimonials pages are helpful in narrowing down your options, but most couples will never leave a negative review about someone who worked on their wedding, unless that person really messed up. A quick call or email with a recent client will give you a better understanding of what it’s like to work with that vendor. Are they reliable and punctual, but maybe their bedside manner could use some work? Are they super creative and great with guests, but a little less organized than you’d like? Find out, and decide if you can live with that reality before you book them.
DID YOU HIRE A PLANNER FOR YOUR WEDDING?
WHAT QUESTIONS WERE MAKE OR BREAK FOR YOU?
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D ASKED?
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