It’s a given that it’ll take the bride-to-be far longer to prepare for her wedding day than it will the groom-to-be. The hair-do, the make-up, and the manicure/pedicure all need to be done on the big day, but there’s more. Getting into that mind-boggling contraption that’s called a wedding dress and its associated gear can easily take up to an hour. Then of course, it’s picture time. It’s no wonder late afternoon weddings are so popular!
And while most of the guys probably don’t have a clue how to put on their penguin suites, there’s likely to be plenty of mothers and aunts around to help those needy men get ready. A splash of water on the face, a quick comb through the hair and viola! Then as long as the guys don’t get lost on the way to the wedding ceremony, they’ve pretty much accomplished their wedding day tasks.
All joking aside, there are still wedding day tasks that need tending. Most have already been confirmed and reconfirmed, so really what is needed on this day is someone responsible for making sure the wedding ceremony location and reception venue are ready – that the decorations, flowers, favors, DJ, photographer and cake are all in place. Hiring a wedding coordinator for the day is always an option. Plus, it won’t hurt to triple-check the transportation. It should be picking up the bridal party at least 20 minutes before the ceremony.
If the couple has paid attention to their planning checklist, the day will go off pretty much as anticipated. However, even the best laid plans are subject to falter and this is something that needs to be understood and even expected. The good news is most of the types of things that go ‘wrong’ aren’t even noticed by the guests. Broccoli gets served instead of green beans. The DJ forgot to bring the bride’s requested first dance music, but puts on a suitable substitute. The bride needs to relax and let these things go.
The best man does have a few important responsibilities. He’s got to take charge of getting the groom to the ceremony. He has to make sure the wedding rings and his speech are carefully tucked away inside his pocket. He should also have the money that’ll be paid out at the ceremony. And someone has to have the money needed to pay off any balances due for professional services rendered.
The bride may want to take a few moments before the wedding gets underway to sit with her parents and thank them for their help throughout her life and reassure them that her love for them is stronger than ever. And she definitely should eat. With all the anticipation and excitement of the upcoming festivities, it’s easy to not feel hungry, but this is not a good idea, especially if food won’t be available for several more hours.
Most importantly, remember to keep smiling. And remember that in just a few hours, you’ll both be relaxing, alone, in your honeymoon suite!