The most important part of your wedding day is over and you said ‘I do.’ Congrats! Before you move on to the reception there are a few extra important things that need to happen before you start dancing the night away.
We hear from our brides over and over again was how fast everything went and all the stuff they forgot to do. We have put together a list of the little things you can do right after the ceremony and right before you head to your reception.
Use the Bathroom: You’re going to be taking photos, greeting guests and preparing for your first dance as husband and wife, so it might be hard to find a lot of time to visit the restroom during the reception. Before you get back in that limo, be sure to take a bathroom break–and don’t forget to take a few bridesmaids with you to help maneuver the dress while you pee.
Retouch your makeup. You kissed your groom and maybe even shed a tear or two, so you’re definitely in need of a little retouching before any more pictures are taken. Make sure you bring a small purse that you can keep in the car (or have a friend or family member hold on it) that has everything you need–oil blotting papers, concealer, lip gloss, etc.
Spend alone time with groom. Now that you’re finally husband and wife, there’s nothing rude about sneaking away for a few minutes for some alone time. It will give him time to tell you how gorgeous you look. This will also give you and your husband a few moments to reflect on the whole ceremony. In fact, in Jewish tradition, couples spend alone time in another room to signify their new status as husband and wife.
Eat something! Many Bride and Grooms don’t get to sample the delicious food at their own wedding! When you spent so much time going over the menu, you deserve to enjoy. Chances are you’ll be drinking during the party, it’s best to do so on a full stomach anyway.
Slip into comfortable shoes. If you plan to take outdoor photos, you don’t want your heels sinking into the grass, or at the very least, you’ll want to be able to dance during the reception. Be sure to bring a pair of flats so you never have to go barefoot during the event (unless you’re getting hitched on the beach!).
Take off your veil. If you don’t want to wear it all night or for the first dance, it’s probably easiest to take it off right after the ceremony since you’ll have to be super careful not to ruin your hair during the process. This is a task your maid of honor or mom can help you with.
Put your engagement ring back on. During the ceremony, you’ll want to leave your ring finger on your left hand free so your groom can slip on your wedding band. You can simply move your engagement ring to your right hand or have someone hold it for you until after your vows, when you can slip it back on for the reception. Remember: The band is usually worn closest to your heart on your left hand.
Check out your ceremony space. Another thing a bride forgets is to really see the ceremony space. If you think about the only time you see the ceremony is when you are walking down the aisle. Make sure to take the time to see the flowers and the decor and the altar where your stood and the space that held your guest.
Thank your parents and bridal party. It’s a great time to also have a private moment where you express you gratitude for all they have done for you and your groom on this special day. It’s also an opportunity for these close friends and family members to have the bride and groom all to themselves for a final moment before they have to share you with the rest of the guests.
Collect ceremony items. Don’t leave behind anything of value–sentimental or otherwise–at the ceremony space. Extra programs, the unity candle, the Ketubah, or family photos that might have been on the altar are things that can easily be forgotten during the excitement that occurs after your vows. Assign a friend or family member to gather everything and hold onto it for you until you get back from the honeymoon.