33 tips for brides-to-be!

33 tips

First off, congrats on your engagement (that never gets old, right?!). I’ve compiled some wedding planning and day-of tips to help you not only survive but enjoy this special time in your life. Happy planning!

xo- Kate


  1. Create a vision for your big day and when you have to make a tough call, come back to that initial vision.
  2. Keep a notebook on you at all times (or start a new list in your phone) so you can write down reminders or notes! Getting your thoughts down on paper will help you relax knowing it’s recorded somewhere. I like to use a small blank notebook, buy Avery NoteTabs and create my own tabbed sections (such as To-dos, To Buy, Ideas and Notes).NoteTabs
  3. Realize that there is no way to please everyone so you might as well do what will make you and your fiancé happy. I know that’s tough for us people pleasers, but the moment you accept that fact, the easier it will be to make decisions.
  4. On the days where it all seems to be too much, take a deep breath and do something with your love completely non-wedding related. Chances are they’re feeling the same way.
  5. Write down the top 3 things you want out of your wedding and focus on them rather than trying to make everything a priority.
  6. Another tip for those overwhelming days: remind yourself why you’re getting married. I’m willing to bet it’s not to just have a big party…that should help bring you back to reality.
  7. Develop a list of special moments or people you want pictures /with that are outside the norm. Your photographer might not know you want a picture of just you and your Great Aunt Sue! Be careful to keep the list fairly short to make sure your photography can actually capture those important moments.
  8. Try to make use of downtime, such as waiting in line at the grocery store or riding the bus, to reply to vendors, peruse Pinterest for bridal hairstyles and update your wedding website.
  9. Build a wedding website. I like The Knot’s free option that is very easy to use and personalize. You might ask yourself if it’s a waste of time but I found it helpful to put all pertinent information in one place and direct wedding guests there rather than answering the same question 10 times a day. You’ll still get questions but it’s easier to answer with a simple link.
  10. If you are nearing your RSVP date and haven’t heard from some of your guests feel free to touch base with them. The United States Postal Service is definitely NOT perfect 😉
  11. Even Wonder Woman needs help now and then. Pick a few projects you are willing to part with and hand them off to friends and family. They’ll be happy to be a part of it.
  12. If you plan to create a slideshow with images of you and your future hubby to share either at your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception, check out Animoto. It is easy to use, brings your photos to life and makes for a professional looking slideshow.
  13. Planning to wear a veil? Don’t feel like you need to pay a fortune for it. You’ll find plenty of options, colors and lengths on Etsy without blowing up the budget!
  14. If your wedding dress features a hook and eye closure, ask your tailor triple enforce it during your dress fittings. You don’t want the clasp popping open seconds before you walk down the aisle. Yup, that happened to me…
  15. Get small samples of your wedding day perfume and keep them in your wedding day clutch so you can refresh your bridal scent throughout the day.
  16. Create a day-of emergency kit with items such as mints, clear nail polish, Band-aids for blisters, chalk (for possible dress stains), deodorant wipes (I like DERMAdoctor MED e TATE antiperspirant wipes) , tissues, lipgloss, bobby pins, etc.dermadoctor-med-e-tate-wipes
  17. If you are able to work it into your budget, a videographer is worth every penny! The day and celebration goes by so quickly and you can’t be everywhere at once. If you end up getting your wedding day on film, I recommend popping open a bottle of champagne a few months later and reliving your big day!
  18. For those of you having a reception at a venue where it is not all-inclusive, plan out any gratuity you want to pass along to your vendors a couple weeks in advance and put them in labeled envelopes. Ask friends or family to help pass them out so you aren’t left dealing with it on your wedding night.
  19. Looking for a way to thank your parents and wedding party for being a part of your big day? On treat.com you can create cards with personal pictures and messages to let them know exactly how much you appreciate their involvement.
  20. Plan to do a trial for your wedding day hairstyle…and do as many as you need until you love it! Some stylists will do this for free or a small fee.
  21. Buy two or three pairs of earrings for your wedding day so you have some options to choose from on the day-of – every perfectionista loves some options! Keep the receipts and return whatever options you decide not to wear.
  22. Be careful a few weeks leading up to your wedding to avoid tan lines, scrapes, bruising or twisted ankles. All of which are no good. If that doesn’t quite go according to plan, there’s always Photoshop!
  23. Taking a honeymoon immediately after your “I do’s”? Packing a couple weeks in advance will help keep your stress level down and your to-do list short as you approach your wedding day. It doesn’t hurt to pack some first aid supplies just in case (throat lozenges, Band-aids, Advil, allergy meds, etc.).
  24. In lieu of a wedding gift, exchange personal cards with your groom and open on your wedding day (prior to seeing each other) and have your photographer capture the moment when you read them. It makes for a cute photo combination down the road. Cards
  25. Take Emergen-C every day for one week leading up to your wedding and for at least a few days afterward. This will help prevent you from getting sick post-wedding when your body finally has chance to relax.
  26. Get a facial a week before the big day but to test it out a month in advance to make sure you don’t have a negative reaction.
  27. Remember to try and enjoy the week before your wedding. Chances are you will be busy – but are also likely be surrounded by friends and family. You don’t want to spend that time with your cranky pants on.
  28. If you plan to take an immediate honeymoon, DO NOT plan to start those thank you notes or complete name change forms on your vacation. Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime trip. The to-dos will be there waiting for you when you get home!
  29. Get the morning of your wedding day started right by eating a healthy breakfast and playing your favorite jams. I made a “get ready, you’re getting married!” playlist.
  30. Some things won’t go according to plan. But that’s okay. You’re marrying your favorite person in the world – and if that’s the only thing that goes right, the day was a success.
  31. Sing and dance like your little wifey heart out! Your wedding night is a celebration of your love and your life together – make sure you enjoy it. Don’t feel like you need to spend the whole night ‘doing your duty’ and mingling. Your guests are more than welcome to come chat it up and dance the night away with you on the dance floor!Kate_SINGING
  32. This is a big one… At your wedding reception, grab your hubby and be sure to literally take a step back and watch the masterpiece you created. You’ll be happy you did!
  33. Last but not least… Be present, be happy, be married!

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  1. Kristen says

    This list is perfect for brides-to-be! Thank you for sharing, I will definitely keep these in mind as my big day approaches!

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