Tips For A Relaxing Wedding Day

Although a lot of wedding magazines and planning books will tell you that the bride needs to relax a lot on the wedding day, let’s not forget about the groom either.

Ways to relax when you don’t think that you can

The unfortunate part of getting married is that you will be pulled in many different directions on and leading up to the day. Not only will the planning seem to take up your free time, but family members may feel that they need to put in their two cents as well.

The combination can be torture.

But since you’ve gotten to the actual wedding day without major damage, why not have a little fun? For the women, have a little champagne when you get your hair done. Joke with your friends and laugh. This is supposed to be a joyous time. And really, anything that you would need to do at this point will be taken care of by someone else.

You just need to get dressed and to the church.

And for the men, why not spend the morning at the golf course with some of your groomsmen? Create a little distraction for yourself before the big moment later in the day. This is the perfect time for you to kick back before you have to get ready. Since getting ready won’t be nearly as complicated as your soon-to-bride, why not sleep in too?

Passing the buck

A lot of letting you relax on your wedding day does come down to good planning. If you’ve delegated and thought of everything, there’s no need to worry and you can enjoy the moments as they come.

If something should go wrong (and honestly, something will), don’t worry too much about it. Your wedding party and family will want to make sure everything goes smoothly, so if something should happen, enlist one of them to take care of the problem.

This is your wedding day and you want to look happy in your pictures, rather than stressed or worried. Take some time for yourself on the actual day. You can either step out of the room for a moment, or just sit down with a book for a few minutes. Find just five minutes of quiet, and you’re sure to have a relaxing wedding day.

Here Are the Best Times for Your Wedding Reception Speeches

Fit all those toasts seamlessly into your wedding reception timeline.

Full article: The Wedding Speech Order, Explained (theknot.com)

Speeches are such a special and personal part of any wedding celebration, so you want to make sure to time them just right. At the reception, the host (often the father of the bride—but not always) and honor attendants (conventionally the best man, followed by the maid of honor) are expected to say a few words. In order to capture the crowd and maximize the impact of these heartfelt speeches, time them in a way that won’t hinder your guests from celebrating. Here are our top four recommendations for when to time your wedding reception speeches.   

During Cocktails:
What better time to cheers to the couple than while everyone has a drink in hand? If your cocktail hour space and day-of timing make sense, have your loved ones make speeches while the post-ceremony excitement is still fresh and bubbles are flowing. If you like this idea, plan to have your wedding portraits taken before your ceremony—you don’t want to be snapping couple’s portraits while your maid of honor hits the mic.

Immediately After Your Entrance:
Looking at a traditional reception timeline, this is the recommended moment for toasts. Your first speaker can start clinking for the room’s attention once you’ve made your entrance and guests have found their seats. Saying speeches before the first course is served is a smart choice if your speakers are nervous and dying to get their moment in the spotlight over with—or if you want them out of the way before they’ve downed one too many drinks.

Interspersed Between Courses:
Spacing toasts out between courses is another popular option. If you have a few extra toasts to get through or just want to give guests a little breathing room between sets, opt for a format like this one.

Right Before the Dance Party:
If you’d prefer, wait until plates have been cleared to jump into speeches. And make sure you save the last slot for the most outgoing speaker (maybe it’s the best man or maid of honor)—whomever you trust to make an upbeat segue from sentimental speech to dance party mode.