Planning a wedding is a whole job in itself -- even if you have a wedding planner. It's not just the dress you need to figure out. It's the centerpieces, paper goods, the alcohol, the vendors, and you haven't even gotten to the rentals yet! Who would have thought picking out chairs would matter so much or be so agonizing?! Ok, maybe that was just me, but regardless, planning a wedding is A LOT of work, wedding planner or not. So after all of the blood, sweat, and many, MANY tears, your vision finally comes together into what is the most magical day ever.
From one recently married bride to the soon-to-be Mrs: on the one day that matters most, unplug from your phone and all technology, and truly live in the moment.
Now wait, just hear me out on this one. You've just spent 6 months, a year, a year and a half, however long planning and designing this day. Making endless decisions on how to create a day that represents your love story. Don't you want to relish that day and its magic?
The answer: yes, of course you do!
So here are 3 tips on how to unplug & actually live in the moment on your wedding day:
"Call anyone, except the bride" list
I created this for my own wedding and handed it out to the WHOLE bridal party, our parents, and officiant. Basically, anyone that had any role to play besides guest at our wedding. I wanted to spend the morning relaxing and if you needed something taken care of, here was a list of who could help.
Turn off your phone
First thing I did when I woke up on my wedding day was check social media (because I'm addicted). After we got to the getting ready location, I turned off my phone and promptly handed it to my Maid of Honor. She also played the role of liaison, if anyone absolutely needed me they contacted her or my wedding planner. It was amazing! Yes, I had bridesmaids who took selfies while we were getting ready, on the bus to the venue, and throughout the night to which they promptly posted to their social media profiles. Regardless, I could have cared less about what people were doing on Facebook or about posting what I was doing because I was busy getting ready to marry my best friend and celebrate with our friends and family. I hired a professional photographer and I knew all the moments that mattered most to me were being captured by my paparazzi squad. I got to actually be in the moment and enjoy it. I did ended up taking one photo that day: a polaroid of my soon to be husband during our first look. Because, well, I'm a photographer after all.
Remember what your wedding day is all about
At the end of the day, you're marrying your best friend. The weather, a delay in the timeline, or even a forgotten bouquet won't change that. There are a lot of pieces that make up a wedding day, and sometimes things don't go as planned. That's ok! You still get to marry the love of your life and I (pinky) promise that these mishaps will not affect your happy ending.