In addition to being one of the best days of your life, your wedding day is full of timelines, necessary tasks, and routines. However, the morning of your wedding should be relaxing and special. Meghann Miniello designed this shoot so show brides and bridal parties, how a wedding morning should be! We know there is a lot to remember and manage but these tips for the morning of your wedding will help you navigate it seamlessly.
Meghann says, Whether you’re on the Mediterranean sea, a tropical island, or, like us, on the California coast, you can create a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing space to primp + prep like a rockstar, with just a few tricks in your suitcase. Brooke Borough Photography captured the day with tons of light, attention to detail, and all around gorgeous photos.
The laser-cut leather invitation that I designed set the tone for the vibe and aesthetic for the shoot. Natural and casual, Californian, and a little different than the norm, it effortlessly complements all the details. The laser cut place-mats also took brunch to the next level.
1. Take your Time
The morning of your wedding should be relaxed and enjoyable. Therefore, give yourself plenty of time before the ceremony or photos to get ready. Spend the morning with your bridal party primping and kicking off the celebration!
2. Bring in Flowers
Where you get ready should be serene and beautiful! And it WILL be photographed, so having flowers is a must. Meghann says, “Florals were kept minimal (if you can’t take them with you, who wants to waste such beauty!?) but packed a huge punch with one gorgeous arrangement that could be seen from multiple angles and thus could be photographed in a couple different areas of our bridal suite, perfect for a hotel room or an AirBNB that you’ll be enjoying for a few days. Caitlyn of Fleur de Rye also also brought some greenery and extras for the bride’s hair, flower girls, and to spruce up some dark corners of the room.”
3. Hang your Dress
If you traveled with your dress, you want to make sure it has plenty of time to regain its shape. Hang it up, have your bridesmaids steam it if necessary, and make sure its out of the way. You will also want to find a beautiful backdrop so your photographer can get that signature dress picture.
4. Wear Something Pretty
Before you slip into your gown, you’ll want to be comfortable in your bridal suite. Plus, you know there will be plenty of photos taken while you are getting ready. This bride chose a beautiful lace robe that was both comfortable and photogenic.
5. Have Your Hair & Makeup Done
Meghann advises.. “Even if you’re away from home, and it’s just you and your love… hair and makeup are a must. Not only will you feel radiant and take pictures like a pro, but you can just sit back and enjoy your day sipping mimosas. Jacklyn Oram of Hair by Jacklyn is the sweetest and created an utterly gorgeous, loose boho style that will last through the day and night. Kasey Russell Makeup highlighted the bride’s natural beauty without her feeling too done-up for an intimate beach ceremony. The bride also opted for semi-permanent false lashes by Darling Lash Studio, to last through the honeymoon.
6. Serve Up Cocktails
While having hair and makeup done, it’s practically obligatory to have a cocktail in hand. Serve up refreshing mimosas that are not only delicious but also calm any day-of jitters.
7. Have Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when it comes to your wedding it’s even more vital. You will need all the energy you can get! Meghann agrees, saying, “You mustn’t forget to eat on your big day, so we called in a local chef to whip up a healthy, low-bloat brunch to enjoy as you prepare for the day’s events, or with your hubs to be. Liza Saragosa made our mouths water with her colorful and vitamin packed spread.”
8. Designate Jobs
Give bridesmaids or family members small tasks so you don’t have to fret over them later. From, cleaning up the bridal suite after you leave for the wedding to holding onto your ‘bridal emergency kit,’ let your bridal party help you on wedding day.
9. Take Photos with your bridal party
The morning of your wedding is a special time to spend with your immediate family and bridal party. Take full advantage of this time by taking photos with everyone. Give them your attention and make them feel special! Because once the ceremony begins you may not have much time with them the rest of the day.
10. Exchange Gifts
Meghann says, “And last but not least, your wedding day wouldn’t be complete without a few little gifts. The groom wrote our bride a sweet card and gifted her a bracelet to match the necklace she chose. (Someone might want to remind the groom about this tradition). And the bride received some fresh pineapple from the ladies in her life. Our bride gifted her groom natural grooming products made by Urb Apothecary and a handy all in one surf/man tool by Ventana Surfboards.”