Hello, loves! Whether your wedding is fast-approaching or in the distance, be sure to save this post! Today we’re revealing five tips for the morning of the wedding to ensure it goes off without a hitch.
Getting ready for your wedding is memorable because it is filled with all the excitement and anticipation for the day ahead. Plus, it’s a great chance to chill with your bridal party and relax, get pampered, and primp to look your best.
And before we start, every bride needs one of these cups, am I right? It’s the cutest! By WrittenByJane.
Read on to see the five essential tips every bride should know before the morning of the wedding to make you feel happy and relaxed. Sure, there may be a jitter here and there, but these relaxing ideas will keep stress at bay. Enjoy!
Morning of the Wedding Tips
First, what’s all the fuss about the morning of the wedding? Well, typically that is when the bride and her bridesmaids get hair and makeup done, get dressed, and then travel to the ceremony together.
Where to Get Ready the Morning of the Wedding
Ideally, you’ll want a great central location where everyone can get ready together — and a place that has a bathroom facility with mirrors, sinks, electrical outlets, etc. for all the hair curling, styling, and makeup-applying. This can be at your home or in a hotel room. If you’re simply meeting with your bridal party on the morning of the wedding (where everyone is dressed and ready-to-go), you needn’t go over the top. You can simply meet everyone at the ceremony itself in a separate room, usually in a Bridal Suite offered by your venue.
What to Wear Morning of the Wedding
Wondering what to wear on the morning of the wedding? Great question: the best thing to wear is anything comfortable that does not need to go over your head to remove when getting dressed. For instance, if you wear a sweatshirt, when you lift it up over your head to put on your wedding dress, your hair and makeup could get messed up.
Instead, choose something like a robe, a button-down shirt, a zip-up hoodie, or a button-down pajama top and comfy pants that can easily be removed when it’s time to get your wedding dress on.
To avoid any mishaps in front of the camera, or if bridesmaids are not fans of short bridal party robes, try these long-length robes as an alternate.
If you must wear a shirt or tank top, make sure it is one with a little stretch or are more of an oversized design like this so you can wiggle out of it down your waist versus tossing it over your head. :)
You can also browse the best getting ready outfits for fun + unique suggestions.
How Early Should Getting Ready Begin on the Morning of the Wedding?
The getting ready portion can begin as early as needed to allow enough time for bridesmaids, the bride, moms, flower girls, etc. to get hair and makeup done, depending on who is getting theirs done together in a group.
If you’d like to keep things on a schedule for order, you can get this printable and editable timeline template by VespertineAndCo, which will be very helpful to give out to your bridal party ahead of the big day.
Typically, the morning begins around 8 am. This allows plenty of time for relaxation, sipping on coffee, eating fresh fruit or donuts, mimosas, listening to music, chatting, and getting ready leisurely. This is also a good time to give the bridemaids their gifts, fyi!
To keep stress at a minimum, don’t invite too many people to join in the pre-wedding festivities. This works best in small groups.
Stress happens when brides forget to eat or they are incredibly thirsty. Avoid this by serving foods, ordering food in, and making sure everyone has plenty to eat.
That’s the keyword for the morning of the wedding: no, not donuts! Okay, yes, donuts. (Always donuts.) But also, leisure! This should be an exciting time where you feel relaxed, comfortable, and serene; not anxious or overwhelmed. You should be surrounded by your bridesmaids, your mom, and anyone else special in your life as you prepare for the exciting day ahead.
Bridesmaid Ideas for Morning of the Wedding
What are some things the bridesmaids can do on the morning of the wedding to make it extra-special for the bride? Good question! Ahead of time, the bridal party can create a Letters to the Bride book, which is a HUGE hit for the bride to open and read on the morning of the wedding.
PRO TIP: do this BEFORE hair and makeup, as her mascara is sure to run while the tears of joy flow and she reads sweet, sentimental notes from her loved ones!
Next, make sure SOMEONE in the crew brings a steamer. This is a big deal. There will be a dress, or many dresses, groomsmen suits, flower girl skirts, etc. that need to be steamed to remove wrinkles, even if you try your very best to prevent it. A steamer like this one is sworn by and has racked up over 24,000 reviews on Amazon for good reason. It’s awesome.
This is probably one of the biggest tips for the morning of the wedding: a garment steamer will save the day, I tell ya!
Keep The Groom Out
Ha! If the partners aren’t seeing each other before the big reveal at the ceremony, make sure you keep ’em separated with these helpful door knock signs. They’ll help avoid an accidental reveal before it is time. Plus, they make cute photo props for your photographer to capture.
Have food and drinks available.
This is sometimes something we recommend as one of the MOH duties, but it bears repeating here. You’ll want to offer food and drinks to your wedding party the morning of the wedding. Nothing too fancy or complicated: orange juice, coffee, mimosas, and/or water are some suggestions.
– Use these glass carafes to have drinks at the reaady: lemonade, orange juice, champagne, water, etc.
– Order food in and have plenty of napkins, plates, and silverware for everyone.
If you want to order drinks in for a special toast (or if you forgot and you want to offer some fun cocktails to the crew), try Drizly. They deliver!
And don’t forget plenty of coffee for the crew. These cute bridal party reusable cups make a great (+ affordable!) gift they’ll use long after the wedding day. By CoffeeTimeDesigns.
To serve coffee at your bridal suite, the eaiest and less messiest way to do it is with a Keurig coffee maker like this:
Someone in your crew probably owns one, so you can have them bring it along. Then, all you need is a big pack of coffee pods for everyone to use. This is my go-to.
Bring makeup remover wipes.
If you have one take-away from this list, let it be that you need makeup remover wipes, HA! This is always the case at some point of the morning, and you’ll be the one to save the day if you brought some. These remove the most stubborn makeup messes, like eyeliner that is wayyyy too winged, clumpy mascara, liptstick that is just the wrong shade, and so much more.
I swear by these for weddings: they’re gentle, oil-free, contain no alcohol, and they WORK. Plus, they’re individually packaged so people can take them, as needed, and they’re terrific for travel or to stow in everyone’s clutch purses for the duration of the wedding day. Get them here.
And that just about does it! Don’t forget to eat, drink lots of water, don’t drink too much alcohol or coffee (you’ll have to go to the bathroom 100x and that’s not easy with a wedding dress on!), have fun, smile, relax, and enjoy! This is a special part of your wedding day that ought to be remembered.
What are you planning for the morning of the wedding?
Tell us with a comment below! We’d love to hear from you. :)