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Practical Wedding Tips - What Not to Do

17 DEC 2012 HAZEL ANDERSON

There is so much information out there giving practical advice on 'what to do' for a seamless happy wedding day I thought I would mention some of my experiences on what 'NOT TO DO' instead. All real people and real wedding situations.

DRINKING ALCHOL THE NIGHT BEFORE

Show some restraint or better still just don’t do it!! Believe me it’s not a pretty site when I had to hold back the hair of a bride while she vomited down the toilet during her hair and make up appointment the morning of her wedding because she over indulged the night before. She has forever lost out on her big day because she had a hangover which was totally self inflicted....

DON’T FORGET TO EAT BREAKFAST!

You may not be hungry at breakfast time on your wedding day and you have probably not had the best sleep in your life the night before. You have an emotionally charged day ahead. It’s possible you may not eat properly again until early evening. You really do not want the first glass of champagne to overwhelm you which in turn makes you even more emotional. I am not suggesting porridge plus bacon, eggs mushrooms, fried bread toast and jam (although if thats what you want go for it). At least eat a small bowl of flakes or toast and some fruit to give you energy as you will be running on adrenaline for most of the day. This should stop you feeling faint or worse passing out during your vows as one of my brides did. Luckily she was a slight bride. We caught her easily and brought her round in less than a minute. Yes, that is a story for that couple for the rest of their lives that she fainted at the sight of her groom!

DON’T FORGET CUT OFF THE PLASTIC TAGS

Cut them all off before the big day! There is enough mayhem in any room just before you leave to be married without the panic and scratching around to find scissors to cut off all the plastic tags of new clothes. (Good job I always carried a small pair around with me the number of times they were needed.) Oh yes, remember to remove the price from the soles of any new shoes. It is usually the men who forget to do this and if it is a religious ceremony where you kneel to be blessed, you do not want your guests to be impressed that you picked up your Italian wedding shoes for a knock down price!

DON’T FORGET COMFORT COMFORT!

As we are on the subject of shoes, how can you truly enjoy this exciting day if your feet are killing you? The four inch strappy sandals may look great in the shop as you try them on but remember you may be wearing them in excess of twelve hours. In truth if a long dress is being worn your feet are rarely seen so comfort is the key. This advice comes after I had to swap my shoes with a bride who was crippled with pain after wearing her wedding shoes for less than twenty minutes. We had already left the hotel for the outdoor location and ran out of options. Good job we wore the same size, it was no problem at all for the bride, her feet were covered but I must have looked a little strange walking up a mountain trail dressed casually with white satin court shoes with diamond bows!

A couple more sentences while we are talking about ‘comfort’ which you would think I would not need to say but you would not believe the situations I have been in, so I am going to say it anyway.

Do not turn up at the hairdressers with a polo neck jumper. It will have to be ‘cut off’ you when you come back to dress. Go to the bathroom before you put on your wedding dress!!!

Enough said!

I HAVE MANY MORE STORIES BUT THIS IS PROBABLY ENOUGH FOR NOW!

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