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Designate someone to keep you hydrated and drinking lots of water! At the wedding I was at last night the groom got dehydated and was puking throughout most of the reception. The bride and groom ended up leaving a little after 10. It was sad!
Everyone kept telling us how quickly the night goes by, stop and look around, and that is great advice however I think DH & I were really lucky in that we really got to experience our entire evening. We got tugged here and there by family wanting pictures, doing toasts, talking to people, etc -- but we both remember every single thing about our day & night......maybe we are just lucky, and maybe going into the day trying to pay attention to everything helped - prob both!We didn't do a first-look (we went back and forth many times about this) and I am so happy that we didn't see each other until the ceremony --- the emotions that were surging in those moments were amazing (and the anticipation was actually a lot of fun). You can see in the pictures our friends & family took the progression of emotions I was going through during the processional -- started out trying not to cry (and looking like I was going to barf LOL) and by the time I got to the bottom of the stairs/aisle I was grinning from ear to ear and our eyes were locked on each other. Might not have been any different if we saw each other before, but it could have been a lot different. Who knows -- but I don't regret not doing the first look.I would agree with Veijes about the timelines -- we printed one for every person involved in our day and gave them out at rehearsal. I am so happy that we did this, we didn't have a single person asking us what time they needed to be where or what they should be doing......yay! Didn't want to answer the same question a billion times that day, so spelled everything out for everyone. It worked, they all got where they needed at the right time!
Finally, if you can, leave at least a few days in between the wedding and the honeymoon. We just had our minimoon this past weekend (about a month to the day after our wedding) and are so happy we waited! We both came down with colds about 2-3 days after the wedding and our honeymoon would have been terrible to get through sick if we had left right away! Plus, exhaustion didn't hit us until that same time and we just wanted to stay in bed and sleep. (if you wait to go on your honeymoon it also makes the magic last longer!)