Your friends, family and loved ones are there to help, so get them working! Identify small tasks that you can live without handling yourself and pass them on. Whether it's stuffing envelopes with invitations or last minute calls to check on the caterer make sure you ask for that helping hand.
2. Smoothies for strength
If the pre-wedding nerves take over and time escapes you, it's not unusual to forget to eat. If you would rather listen to the "oohs and ahs" of your guests as you walk down the aisle rather than the rumbling of your tummy, grab a smoothie. It's easy to sip on while you get your hair and make up done, and nutritious enough to get you through your big day.
3. Testing...testing - 1, 2, 3
Do a complete test of your wedding day look (make-up, hair and shoes) for at least as long as you plan to wear it on your wedding day. That way you will know it will last the distance and best of all that's one less thing you have to worry about.
4. Emergency averted
If you have a fear of something going wrong with your outfit on the day this one is for you. Put together a wedding-day "emergency" kit that includes all the things to help you out with unexpected wardrobe malfunctions. Clear nail polish (for runs in your tights), a travel sewing kit (a safety pin is always handy), tissues, mints, tampons, hand cream, muesli bar and bandaids will not only help you out but your bridesmaids as well.
5. "To do" before "I do"
There is nothing better than a list to get things in perspective. Sit down for and hour and write a list of the things you need to get done before your wedding day - everything from booking a venue to buying bridesmaids' gifts. And don't just stick to wedding related jobs. If you are taking time off from work, perhaps you need to complete tasks before you go - set a timeframe for each so that you can met you targets and relax.
6. Flat out
After hours of posing, mingling and dancing your feet will more than likely feel like they are full of lead. Why not add a pair of pretty flats to your emergency kit and switch when you can't handle heels anymore? That way you are sure to be able to really kick up your heels as the night carries on!
7. Wedding-free zone
Between finding a dress, choosing place settings and chasing RSVPs, planning a wedding can take over your life. To avoid unnecessary stress, take a break. Some time out with your girlfriends or partner in a wedding-free zone where you don't talk about the big day might be just what you need. You can always talk about the wedding tomorrow after all.
8. All systems go!
It may sound a little like a military operation but if you want to be 100% certain that your wedding day will go off without a hitch, then an itinerary is a must. Schedule in everything from hair and makeup to arrival times and then pass it on to your trusted go-to girl. That way, they can make sure things are running (more-or-less) to schedule and you can concentrate on enjoying your day.
9. Saying thank you
If the thought of writing thankyou cards is enough to make you break out in a sweat, this tip is for you. Write a list of the gifts and the givers as you open them so you can keep track of what's what (trust us, you will forget!) Then keep your thankyou cards and address book on your bedside table. If you write one or two cards a night you will get through the list in no time.
10. How to say no
Everyone loves a wedding, but at $80 a head you can't invite them all. When your 2nd cousin asks if she can bring her new boyfriend don't feel guilty. Why not try saying something like this?: "At $80 a head, we have had to make a lot of tough decisions to reduce the guest list down and we really can't afford another guest. We would love to meet him though, so why don't you bring him round for dinner?" That way you are letting your cousin know the cost of one extra place as well as your interest in her new beau.
By Rachelle Swiney
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