Now that my wedding is over, I would like to talk to you about some things I never heard or read about before, but which turned out rather crucial on our wedding day.
Anyway, it was a fabulous day, and I wish you all have the same dream-like experience (hopefully without issues at all)!
1. If you wear a gown with a hooped skirt: Be sure the skirt is of good quality. Mine broke just before our photo session. (You know, that metal ring inside which should keep the tension of the skirt, just ripped the tulle.) I could not walk with my dress not being suspended, I stepped on it and made grass stains on it. Sister had to run into town to get a new hooped skirt of better quality.
2. This skirt issue should be fixed by the dress vendor, I thought. But no way, they were unwilling to send us a new skirt (it was 1 hour before the celebration, I could not go there myself!) Make sure your dress store is open on your wedding day and ask what they are disposed to do in case anything goes wrong with your dress.
3. Have it very, very clear with all of your vendors who will take care of what. We had told our florist that the flowers in the church must be arranged by them. They showed up and brought a huge box of flowers, but they were not fixed and my dad had to help them to get it done in time. Not funny on a wedding day.
4. Make-up was well done, but I could have done the same by myself. It's all in practicing and finding what suits you best.
5. I stressed way too much about an emergency kit. I just had NO TIME to think about make-up refreshments or anything.
6. This dress issue continued over the day. Even with the new skirt, I could hardly walk. I decided to change into a short dress for the first dance. If you want to wear your great gown all night, practice walking in it for more than 5 meters in the store, with your shoes on.
7. If you can afford it, have a professional photographer with you during the reception. Family and friends will have their cameras clicking all the time, but it's just not the same quality, and you will be happy to have good pics even of difficult situations (darkness, moving people...).