Wedding Advice for the Bride:
Avoiding the Stress of Your Wedding
Your wedding Day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life but in reality your Wedding can be one of the most stressful days of your life, but with some simple advice and and tips your wedding day can be a little less stressful for you as a Bride or even as a Bride’s Maid, or the Mother of the Bride or even the Groom, and with you and the bridal party less stressed, that makes the photographers life easier and less stressed too. This is because when the bride is stressed then this in tern causes everyone in the bridal party to be stressed.
There are a great many things that cause Stress at a wedding, not just because you are the centre of attention throughout the whole of the wedding day, but the number one cause of stress for most brides during their wedding is simply tiredness. Not wish to over state the obvious, getting a good night's sleep the night before your wedding is important. Don't drink coffee or other caffeine drinks after 6pm the night before even if you think coffee has no effect on you, also don't get drunk. You may fall asleep easily when you have had a drink or two, but you don't actually sleep well because you body needs to metabolise the alcohol, the same is true of eating late too, it is not a good idea.
Even if you have wake up feeling refreshed you can soon find that tiredness can set in if you are struggling with uncomfortable shoes.
As a Bride you spend time choosing the right shoes for your wedding, it is important that before you buy new wedding shoes that you get your feet correctly measured. Another important thing to take into account when buying new wedding shoes is that you should buy the shoes in the afternoon or early evening when your feet are at their largest, you may not have notice it but feet actually swell during the day and buying new shoes early in the day may mean that those shoes are too tight later on and become uncomfortable or even painful.
Having a nice pair of flat shoes to change into is also a good idea, especially if your wedding shoes are high heels. If you have decided on high heels then some stretching exercises are a good idea to stretch the tendon and muscles in your calf, this will also help prevent you feet from getting tiered and is a tip that comes from a catwalk model who spends most of her working life in heels.
Another useful shoe related tip is to cover new shoes with cut off tights to protect them, and then to wear them around the house every day for between 15 - 30 minutes in for at least a month before the wedding to 'break them in'. The off cut tights will protect your wedding shoes, while the shoes are softened and shaped to the shape of your feet helping prevent blisters and ‘feet fatigue.’
Wearing a Veil With Your Wedding Dress
Wearing a veil can make you feel special and is often one element of the bridal dress that the bride has always looked forward to. But usually the bride has not worn one since she was a little girl and it can come as a bit of a surprise that this light weight material when worn on the head weighs so much. So put one on and practice wearing it, you may feel a bit silly with your shoes inside your old tights and a veil on your head, but it will help on the day.
Choose a creamy white or ivory dress so that it doesn’t create glare when photographed. It is also kinder to the skin tones then a harsh brilliant white wedding dress.
A good cleansing routine will help maintain create a good complexion. This will make the make-up artist’s job much easier as well as helping you look the best you can when doing the wedding day make-up.
Clean, shaped eyebrows create a wider look to the eye. This looks better in the photos and you look relaxed and fresh. Don’t follow make up trends for your bridal make up. Stick to a classic look and your photographs will not look dated in years to come.
Being Prepared For Your Photographs
When walking up the aisle, look up at your guests and your fiancé. Smile and they will smile back at you; the temptation is to look at the floor, but this will spoil the look of the photographs.
Before the official wedding photographs shake out your hands and relax. Gently place them on your hip or bouquet so that they look beautiful.
When you have your Wedding Photographs taken, don’t stand ‘square on’ but stand at an angle to the camera with one foot slightly in front of the other, if your feet are together you will look flat and stiff. Standing square on is unflattering because it is not the way we naturally stand when talking to one another. Face on is actually an aggressive stance, but in social interaction we are more likely to stand at a slight angle to each other. Don’t keep both arms entirely straight, bend one or both to create space between the arm and body and rest most of your weight on one foot or the other. This looks less posed and gives a slight slimming effect in the final image and remember to focus on the camera and your wedding photographer
not on your friends and family calling your name.
Have Fun, It’s Your Wedding Day
Focus on what you want to happen on your wedding day the fun and the joy; not what you don’t want to happen there may be the odd hiccup but just leave them to the best man and Brides Maids to sort out. That is their true role at a wedding, but do tell them what they are expected to do before the big day.
Perfection does not exist so stop striving for the perfect wedding. Celebrate, have fun, eat, laugh and enjoy the time with friends and family as you start you new life with the one you love.