Alright, I’m about to call myself out on this post because I’ve definitely been found guilty of some of the items mentioned, but from experience I should know better! At some point, you’ve had the honor or will have the honor of standing up in a wedding. It’s amazing, but it comes with some responsibilities and few of them need to be taken care of in advance. Wedding day should be stress-free for the bride and groom, so don’t add unneeded stress if it can be avoided. Here is our list of things your bridal party shouldn’t wait until wedding week to do.
It happens to the best of us. You get your bridesmaid dress a couple months in advance, put it in your closet and totally forget about it. Don’t do it! Our recommendation is to try it on as soon as you get it, so at least you know the extent of the alterations. Set a reminder in your phone to take your dress in at least a month before the wedding to get altered. A minimum of a month before the wedding may seem excessive, but during peak season alteration stores get backed up and need extra time. Also, make sure you try on the dress after you get it back.
Trying on the Suit or Tux
Please don’t wait to get your suit or tux out of the bag when you are getting dressed for the wedding. Yes, they measure you, but that doesn’t mean the order always go through correctly. We’ve seen two left shoes before and a completely wrong shirt size. Take a second to try on everything before you are supposed to show up for photos. You will be on the bride’s you know what list if your outfit isn’t right!
Breaking in New Shoes
There’s a ton of walking and standing that takes place on wedding day and the last thing you want is to have blisters all over your feet by the time the ceremony starts. Take some time to break in your new shoes around the house. Your feet will thank you!
Do you have specific instructions for your accessories? The bridal party shouldn’t wait until wedding week to pick out the perfect pair of emerald earrings, a blush colored clutch or a salmon colored tie. You get the picture – chances are you are going to scramble to find what you need. Cue the increased stress level! If you find yourself in a scramble, here are some of our favorite places for accessories.
Preparing a Speech or Toast
The bridal party shouldn’t wait until wedding week to prepare something or have the just “wing it” attitude. Guests can absolutely tell the difference between a speech that was well-thought-out and rehearsed verses one that was quickly put together. This is a special moment for the bride and groom so put forth the extra effort to say something great. They will know the difference!
Everything mentioned are super easy things to do ahead of time, they just need to be prioritized in your schedule. The bride and groom will definitely thank you for going the extra mile! We would love to hear from you! What additional things do you think the bridal party shouldn’t wait until wedding week to do?