It’s as much as your wedding as it is for your bride. The wedding day is much more than waking up, putting on your suit, and saying “I do” in front of the altar. Though much of the pressure typically falls on the shoulders of the bride, you should also do your share in easing this burden. A marriage, after all, is a commitment between two equal people.
Since you’ve immensely prepared for this day, you’re fairly confident about everything but there’s still an off chance that you could forget a thing or two. Take note of these eight basic things that you should always bear in mind on the day of your wedding.
Your vow is one of the most important parts of the wedding ceremony. This is the moment where you profess your love and devotion to the woman of your dreams. A vow is a personal promise so take some time to do this alone. Try to come up with words that will encapsulate how you’re feeling but avoid cliché phrases. It doesn’t have to be long and grand, as long as it is sincere and true. You can always wing it but having a prepared vow written or printed on a small piece of paper ensures that you won’t forget all the important things you want to say.
Your groomsmen are some of your closest friends and relatives that you choose to have on your side to witness you say your vows. Indulge them with a little gift to show your appreciation for their presence on your wedding. They’ve carved out a couple of days away from their work and responsibilities to be with you. Most groomsmen don’t expect to be given a gift but this is the least that you can do. You can look for cheap groomsmen gifts in your local department store or browse online and have it delivered to your place. Do these days before your groomsmen arrive at the location and surprise them on the day.
The groom’s suit is as important as the bride’s white gown. Though it is unlikely that you’re going to forget this, you shouldn’t take any chances. Have the suit and its accessories prepared at least a night before so you’ll have everything that you need when the big day comes. Bring your socks, tie, and the right pair of shoes.
You have multiple options for your suit. You can have a custom suit tailored for you, purchase one that’s good to go off the rack or rent one from a quality wedding shop. No matter what you choose, this should be one of the first things that you do.
Wedding Ring Sets
You shouldn’t be worrying about the rings because that’s the responsibility of your best man and the bride’s maid of honor but it doesn’t hurt to check if they have it anyway. More so, if the best man is still reeling from last night’s bachelor’s party. There’s a big chance that he could forget to bring the ring. Have him put it in his jacket or the pants he’ll be wearing on the wedding day. Remember that the wedding ring sets are an integral part of the wedding ceremony and it would be a shame if they are not there.
Gift For Your Bride
Remind your lady why she said yes to you in the first place. While you’re in separate rooms preparing for the ceremony, have one of your groomsmen deliver a gift of your choice to the bride’s quarters. Attach a short note explaining the essence of the item and assuring her that everything is going to be okay. Nothing calms a jittery bride more than a sincere love letter from her husband-to-be.
Be thoughtful about choosing your gift. Think of an item that has sentimental value to your relationship or something that she really likes. May it be a diamond necklace or a vintage version of her favorite book. No matter what you give, your bride will certainly appreciate it.
You have to look your best in one of the most special days of your life. This seems pretty obvious from the get-go so make sure that you have all your toiletries and grooming products in check the night before. This includes your shaving kit if you’ve grown a stubble, face and body wash, and hair products and tools. You might also want to have your hair trimmed beforehand.
Don’t forget to thoroughly brush your teeth, and wear deodorant and a mild perfume. You’ll be making your first kiss as man and wife and be sweating profusely throughout the entire day. Basic grooming will help you stay fresh and cool.
Snacks and Water
It’s normal to feel nervous on your wedding day. You’re going to say “I do” and spend the rest of your life with another person. With all this stress and anxiety, you might forget or have no appetite to eat. But you absolutely have to. Preparation for the ceremony alone takes hours and it can take a toll on your body.
Eat a full breakfast but if you can’t stomach a heavy meal, nibble on biscuits or energy bars to get you through the day. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times to stay hydrated. This cannot be emphasized enough. You’ll be parched with all the standing, talking, and walking around that you’ll be doing.
Take some time to do a small toast with your groomsmen before you head out to the ceremony. Say a few words to express hope for the future that you will be creating with your wife-to-be and your gratitude for the people in attendance. A bottle of wine or scotch would do or any alcoholic beverage of your choosing. Just make sure that it is not hard liquor. Your purpose is to make a toast, not get everyone drunk. Your wedding planner will hate it if you or any of your groomsmen got drunk and made a scene. That would be embarrassing, to say the least.