Here’s what I gleaned from our big day:
4 Wedding Day Must-do’s
Mr Sage and I were married in autumn of 2013 in my hometown, Hawkes Bay. Our day was filled with so much laughter that by the end of the day my checks quivered when I smiled, spectacular autumn leaves and light, and some seriously killer dance moves.
Surrounded by all of our favourite people and an abundance of beautiful wine, how could we not dance the night away and call the 26th of April 2013 the best day of our lives?!
The day was perfect. We pulled it off without a hitch and no major dramas. But there are always little things to glean from your big day and pass onto others. Here are a few little tips that I have to share with you:
Carry a water bottle, everywhere!
Just before I was to walk up the aisle and join my hot groom at the alter I was so jumped up on adrenaline, my mouth had completely dried out and I feared I wouldn’t even be able to say my vows! There was a little bit of panic, but thankfully one of my cousins was still outside when we arrived – she ran to the school kitchen (we got married at my high school chapel) on the other side of the school and brought me back a glass of water. Phew! To avoid that one, have water bottles in your bridal cars for you and your bridal party.
Take a picnic to your photo location.
You’ll likely be hungry once the initial nerves of the day have worn off and you’re starting to relax into your first hours as a married couple. Get a family member or close friend to put together a simple picnic on the morning of the wedding and pop it in the back of the bridal car before you take off to the ceremony. I think this is especially important for your bridal party, as they tend to have more sitting and waiting time than you will during the photos. We had a sushi platter (made by the local sushi shop), bubbles, beers and lots of water bottles organised for us by my aunty – ideal.
Have someone bring a needle and thread, just in case.
Sometime during our photos being taken up on my family farm I stood on the bottom of my dress and tore a couple of stitches where my skirt was attached to the bodice. Although it wasn’t overly obvious, I needed to fasten it back up so it didn’t get any worse when I hit the dance floor. When we got back to the reception venue we attempted all sorts of trickery and eventually used a piece of sellotape that the kitchen staff found for us to patch it up (don’t worry girls, it wasn’t visible!). In case something like that happens during the adventures of your day, get a bridesmaid, your mum or nana to carry a needle and white thread in their purse.
Write a list of thank you’s for your speech BEFORE the day.
Whether it’s you or your groom doing the thanking, you WILL forget someone important if you don’t write down names before you get to the big day – trust me! Write a list a few days before the wedding and genuinely thank people for the help they’ve given on the lead up to the wedding. If your parents are helping to organise your day, ask them if they have anyone they’d like to add to the thank you list too. My mum had several little helpers in the weeks leading up to our wedding who I didn’t even know about that we would have loved to thank during the speeches. Sometimes it’s the people behind the scenes that deserve the biggest shout out, even if they’re not expecting it.