Practice makes perfect. Your wedding day is no different. You’ve got to put in the work to ensure everything falls into place. From scheduling a hair and makeup trial to learning how to bustle your wedding dress, here are some things you should practice before your big day.
Your First Dance
You should always consider taking dance lessons especially if they have two left feet. Having formal lessons under your belt before the wedding can alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with dancing in front of a large crowd. Plus, it’s always good to get the basics down.
Vows and Speeches
Even if you’ve written down notes and will have them with you at the wedding, it’s still a good idea to practice reciting your vows or saying your speech out loud a few times so you get comfortable with it.
Your Hair and Makeup
A hair and makeup trial is definitely a must. It’s important to make sure that your stylist knows what you want and can successfully do it for you. You don’t want to be upset & heartbroken as a bride if you’re not feeling 100 percent comfortable and amazing on your wedding day.
Posing for the Camera
Couples should do an engagement photo session in order to not only help them get comfortable with the photographer but with each other in front of the camera as well. For most couples their weddings is really the first time a they will be professionally photographed together, so it will make everyone much more relaxed if you get a little practice session in first.
Walking Down the Aisle
Another item to add to your things you should practice before your big day is pacing. You will be nervous on your wedding day especially before your ceremony so many wedding planners encourage couples to practice their walk down the aisle. Having butterflies on your wedding day is completely normal and being able to walk down the isle confidently and comfortably at your ceremony will allow you to be more present to what’s going on and will bode well for pictures and videos also.
Bustling Your Dress
If you have a wedding planner, they can usually quickly figure out how to bustle your wedding dress without any instruction. However, it’s definitely a good thing for you, your mom, and your maid of honor to have down just in case to avoid delays in formalities and festivities at your wedding.
Walking in Your Wedding Shoes
Another great thing to consider from our friends at brides.com is always practice wearing and walking in your wedding shoes. You’ll want to break them in and ensure they don’t give you blisters which will put a damper on your celebrations. You also want to gracefully walk down the isle and then into your ballroom on introductions.
Ending Conversations Gracefully
As you greet your guests, you’ll find that everyone will want to hold a conversation with you. If you let them go on too long it’ll take your night away. Practice phrases and sentences that warmly and concisely express your gratitude for your guests’ presence and then a polite closure that helps you move on to the next table. Something like, “I am so happy you could be here! Thank you for coming. Please, enjoy your dinner and the bar is over there when you’re ready for a refill.” This makes you a gracious host and happy bride as well.