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10 Things Brides Forget to Do After Their Ceremony

11th December 2014 |By | Be the first to comment

Everyone will tell you saying your “I do’s” is the most important part of your day; which is true, but it’s not the only part of your day! In fact, no one ever mentions what you should do after the ceremony. This is where step in, we’ve listed the 10 things brides forget to do after their ceremony, and trust us, you’ll want to make notes as these  are things that will determine how the rest of your day will go.

10 Things Brides Forget To Do After Their Ceremony |


Pop to the Bathroom

You’ve probably not paid a visit to the ladies all morning and chances are after the ceremony you’ll have your hands full will photos, greeting guests, making your way to the reception and trying to remember the steps to your well rehearsed first dance. After the ceremony is the ideal time to have a bathroom break. You might want to ask your chief bridesmaid to join you as you’ll need an extra pair of hands to help with the dress.

10 Things Brides Forget To Do After Their Ceremony | Wedding Toilet Roll |

Above: Bride & Groom Loo Roll

Touch Up Your Make Up

While you’re in the bathroom and have a mirror at hand you may want to reapply your lipstick and a little blush. Let’s face it, you and your make-up would have had an emotional journey, you’ve probably shed a few tears seeing the love of your life for the first time that day or during your vows and you’ve kissed your partner, so you’ll definitely want to touch up here and there before making your entrance as the new Mrs. You will need to be prepared, so ask one of your bridesmaids to keep all the essentials close at hand.

10 Things Brides Forget To Do After Their Ceremony | Bridal Makeup |

Image courtesy of Lucy & Adam’s Real Wedding

 Switch Your Shoes

If the thought of mingling amongst your guests or dancing the night away in 3 inch heels sounds daunting, you’ll want to slip in to something more comfortable, and now is the perfect opportunity to do this. Ask one of your bridesmaids or family member to keep your comfortable shoes in the car or at the venue, this way you’ll have your shoes at hand when you need them. If on the other hand you want to slip in to something with a little wow factor, maybe a gorgeous pair of 6 inch gold Jimmy Choos, then go for it. Again, make sure you have allocated someone you can trust to look after them during the ceremony.

10 Things Brides Forget To Do After Their Ceremony | Gold Bridal Shoes |

Image courtesy of Veronica & Alejandro’s Real Wedding

Spend Some Alone Time as Newlyweds

You’ve done it; after months of planning and stressing you’re finally Mr and Mrs. It’s only natural to want to spend a few minutes alone together to take it all in. For some, the ceremony is such an emotional roller-coaster, taking a step back from the wedding and your guests won’t be deemed as rude. If you need this time to catch your breath; take it.  Your loved ones will understand.

10 Things Brides Forget To Do After Their Ceremony | Bride and groom spending time together |

Image courtesy of Agne and Dominique’s Real Wedding

Grab a Bite to Eat

We cannot stress this enough. We’re not telling you to have a greasy double cheeseburger or a whole meal; all you need is something small to give you a little energy to continue with the rest of the day. Arrange for your caterer to prepare a tray of a few canapés and drinks exclusively for you two. Taking a moment to eat will enable you to keep your strength and energy up for the long night of dancing ahead of you.

10 Things Brides Forget To Do After Their Ceremony | Wedding Canepes |

Image courtesy of Claire and David Destination Wedding

Put your Engagement Ring on

You’ll be surprised to know a lot of brides forget to do this!  Of course, this is only important if you have removed your engagement ring before the ceremony.  If you have, keep it safe safe during the ceremony by either giving it to your bridesmaid to look after or move it to your right hand. Once the ceremony is over, remember to put it on for the official wedding photos.


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Remove your Veil

After your ceremony your veil isn’t really needed. Trying to dance with your veil may prove difficult. You’ll want to remove it straight after the ceremony while your touching up your make up as it’s the perfect opportunity for you to give your hair a once over. Make sure you give your veil to your mother or bridesmaid for them to keep safe, losing it is the last thing you’ll want to do.

10 Things Brides Forget To Do After Their Ceremony | Bridal Veil |

Image courtesy of Jane & Andy’s Real Wedding

Collect Ceremony Items

Make sure you don’t leave anything you used during the ceremony behind. This includes the ring cushion or box, unity ceremony props the order of services and any photos or props you may have used during the reading.  Ask the bridesmaids and groomsmen to make sure everything used is collected and placed in a safe place. You may want to have a box at hand so they’re all in the same place.

10 Things Brides Forget To Do After Their Ceremony | Order of service |

Image courtesy of Ruth & Toby’s Real Wedding

Say Thanks

You parents and the bridal party will be your support system for the day; they will have your back no matter what. After the ceremony you will want to thank them for all their help planning the wedding and for assisting you throughout the day. You and your new partner can come up with loads of unique and inspiring ways to thank your family and bridal party. Make it a fun, sweet moment in your day and everyone will feel appreciated.

10 Things Brides Forget To Do After Their Ceremony | Say Thank you |

Image courtesy of Helen and Paul’s Real Wedding

Enjoy and Have Fun!

Don’t get too worked up with the formalities of greeting your guests and thanking them all. Once you’ve said thank you, especially to the ones who have travelled the furthest, sit back and enjoy! You’ve planned this day for months even years, make sure you take it all in, have fun and cherish the memories.

10 Things Brides Forget To Do After Their Ceremony | Enjoying the recpetion |

Image courtesy of Morgan And James Destination Wedding

Written by

Sahdia Qayyum has over six years experience in the wedding industry as a planner and designer; she has a clear vision of what brides are looking for.

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