Top tips to ensure your wedding day is one to remember

Autumn has arrived in full force and for some of us this means darker nights and colder weather. But for some it heralds the final preparations for a beautiful wedding day.

Autumn has arrived in full force and for some of us this means darker nights and colder weather. But for some it heralds the final preparations for a beautiful wedding day.

The Dundalk Democrat has compiled the fillowing list of top tips to ensure your wedding day goes off without any hassle and is one which will be forever imprinted in your mind as the happiest day of your life.

1. Confirm flowers, hair and make-up, photographer and so forth again at least a month before your big day for peace of mind. Making lists for your hair dresser, make-up artist and photographer is also handy.

2. Delegate a couple of helpers with good people and organisational skills to oversee and deal with any unexpected hitches on the day, you do not need the added stress. Make a list of the things you are most worried about and give it to them so they can ensure those things run smoothly.

3. Take a few pairs of shoes. Your wedding photographer may want to take you and the groom off somewhere for some interesting portraits. This may involve walking into the woods or going off the beaten track. If your wedding shoes are taller, or tighter, than your used to, you could always take another pair for evening dancing. Don’t forget to fit gel cushions either.

4. Create an emergency kit for all eventualilties, including a small sewing kit in case you, or the bridesmaids, accidentally tread on a hem or pull off a piece of flower detail etc.

5. Always eat breakfast. No matter how tired you are or how nervous you feel it is essential not to faint while walking down the aisle. Drink plenty of water too throughout the day, with all that running around it would be easy to get dehydrated.

6. Bridal preparations and photography: It is always nice to get some shots of the the bride with the bridesmaids just chilling out before the dress goes on. Choose a photographer who you can have a laugh with. On your wedding day it’s surprising how long you spend with them.

7. Do a timeline. If you’re unsure of what will happen on the day with regards to photography, catering, confetti and all the other myriad of things to plan, then compile a list with times alongside. This will help you to sync your caterers, photographer, DJ, etc and yourselves. Remember to add 10 mins padding at virtually every stage.

8. Take some time for you during the big day. One of the things that many brides find is that from very early in the morning and throughout the day they can feel a bit overwhelmed and have no time to theirselves.

9. Make post-wedding plans. You need to decide what you’re doing immediately after your wedding. where are you staying, how are you getting there, are you going to stay until the bitter end? It is also a good idea to give your bridal party a list of things you must have back from the venue, anything you may want as a keepsake or if you had disposable cameras on the tables make sure someone is responsible for collecting them. Make sure the venue coordinator has a list of this as well.

10. And last of all make sure to enjoy yourself! After all, the wedding is the biggest celebration you’ll throw for yourself - you might as well enjoy it!