With the big day just around the corner, the chances are that your bride to be has planned everything down to the finest detail.
But have you done your part to get ready?
Have you written the perfect speech? Have you chosen your best man? Have you thought about your grooming routine, so that you look your absolute best?
If you’re getting heart palpitations just thinking about all the things you still need to do in the run up to your wedding day, fear not. This list of tips and tricks has you covered—so you’ll be fully prepared for everything in the run up to the special day.
Weddings require a lot of planning and your other half has probably been dreaming about this day since she was a little girl. So, she’ll have a few ideas about how she wants the day to go.
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get involved in the process. If you want a certain band or have menu ideas, don’t be afraid to speak up. This is your day too, after all!
There’s a good chance that your fiancée will love your input—not only does it show your interest, but it also takes some of the pressure from her shoulders.
Unless you’re a born performer who thrives off being the centre of attention, there’s a strong chance you’ll be nervous about giving a speech.
Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure your speech is a success.
Firstly, make sure it isn’t too long. It’s important to give thanks (parents, best man, bridesmaids) but you don’t want people falling asleep as you launch into an awards ceremony monologue.
Next, make sure to include some humour. Weddings bring up a lot of big emotions and laughter is a great way to offset the seriousness. Share funny stories your guests can relate to and keep it sincere (stay clear of jokes you found on the internet).
If nerves are an issue for you, leave plenty of time to prepare your speech. Practice it regularly, perform it to friends, and put together some prompts in case your mind goes blank on the day.
Remember, above all, everyone is there to celebrate the special day with you. No judgements. We’re always harder on ourselves than others.
When selecting your groomsmen, bear in mind they will play an important role in your marriage celebration. From organising your stag do, to bringing rings to the ceremony, make sure to pick reliable friends—making the day easier for you.
It’s all well and good putting up with Gary’s lateness and Paul’s drunken carnage on a regular day—but this is anything but a regular day.
Choose friends who will support you, offer advice when needed, and stay calm if there is any sort of crisis on the day. You’ll want the best people in your corner.
Your wedding day isn’t the time to hold back on your emotions and make a display of being macho. Embrace your inner romantic and go all out for the person you’re marrying.
If your wife to be is doing most of the wedding planning, make sure to give her a much-needed night off. Cook her dinner, rent her favourite film, and remind her why she’s chosen you to share her big day with.
On the day of ceremony, surprise her with a handwritten letter to read before she walks down the aisle. Write about all the reasons you love her and some of your finest memories together. It will be something she cherishes forever.
Maybe your fiancée has turned a blind eye to your appearance over the years—no more talk of trimming unruly hairs. But don’t think for a minute that this means that you can turn up to your wedding day without making the proper effort.
Indulge in the full works so that your bride swoons at the sight of you.
To begin with, think about facial hair. If you want a clean shave, consider treating yourself and your groomsmen to a hot towel shave ahead of the day. If stubble is more your thing, get to know the speed of your beard growth. Do you look your best on day 3 or day 4? For full on beards, invest in the proper beard products (oil, shampoos, and conditioners) to keep your facial hair groomed and glossy.
Don’t stop at shaving either. Pluck away all those rogue ear or nose hairs, consider waxing your back if you know it annoys your other half, and even get a mani pedi to soften up your skin ready for your wedding night.
Your bride could spend hours and hours contemplating the perfect dress to wear to your wedding, so you should put some serious thought into your suit too.
Make sure to get measured, ensuring a perfect fit on the day, and ask staff for advice on how to properly tie your cravat or tie—completing the look.
And don’t forget about those little details. Shine your shoes and even go as far as to select a special pair of cufflinks in mother of pearl, enamel, or crystal. You need to make sure that every aspect of your attire is spot on.
On the day of your wedding, be prepared to have each moment scheduled to the minute.
Start your day nice and early, leaving time to tick everything off your list—as well as allowing time to account for any unforeseen events. Also, remember to eat a hearty breakfast, so you have good energy reserves.
If the nerves are getting to you, it’s an idea to schedule in time for exercise and meditation. Being active or spending some quiet time alone is a great way to calm yourself and release some of that nervous energy.
Through all the excitement, though, bear in mind that what you’re doing is affirming and celebrating your love for your partner. Whilst your wedding day may at times feel closer to a circus than a ceremony, it will all be worth it when you get to finally make the woman of your dreams your wife.