Your wedding day timeline covers the bases; hair, makeup, first looks, and photo ops, but a savvy bride thinks outside the box and creates her own mood on wedding day, by being spontaneous or doing something unexpected.
These ideas all came from our very own Weymouth Hill brides, who wanted to reserve time for self-care, sentiment and yes fun. Whether it was planned or just manifested, these are five ideas we saw that created some magic when prepping for the big day.
- Schedule a spa bath before your hair and makeup. This is perfect to soak away any tension. There is countless proof that soaking in water relieves stress and anxiety. Throw in the right essential oils and you will feel the tension melt away as you begin your day in a state of calm. We highly encourage bath soaks in our claw foot tub at Weymouth Hill.
- Reading a love letter from your significant other. Yes, this isn’t a new idea. However, a recent couple wrote each other a letter the day they were engaged to capture their feelings in that moment. They sealed each letter and saved them for the morning of their wedding day. How is that for sentiment?
- Send over a message to the fellas or the ladies. Ask your venue staff for help with this one. Maybe you write a silly handwritten note, reading “Will you go with me?” Answer, Yes, no, or maybe and have a staff member deliver it. Or have your bridesmaids send your betrothed teasing text photos showing just small portions of you or your dress. One of our brides got on our walkie talkie and razzed the groom’s room who also had a walkie talkie and started a flirtatious exchange.
- Pump up session: The time is drawing closer for guests to begin arriving. This is a perfect time to get your tribe together for a dance or sing off. Put that sing along song on, crank the volume and sing out loud to get you stoked and calm yourself before show time. If it’s your thing, record it for an epic TikTok or Reel.
- Praise session: Whether your spiritual or find other ways to bring inner calm, consider 15-20 minutes of spiritual time. One vocally talented bridal party cleared the room, gathered in a circle and locked hands. They broke out in beautiful song of praise a cappella style. I’m sure it gave the bride an ultimate sense of calm.
- Go see your reception space before guests arrive. Not everyone thinks to do this, but what a feast for the eyes to see what your guests will see when they enter your venue. Sure, vendors may still be putting on the finishing touches, but you get to appreciate the splendor before the festivity.
- For the fellas schedule 9 holes of golf before heading to the venue or ask WH about its new five stand shooting opportunity coming soon.
- Practical joke: You know the fake reveals and groomsman hideously dressed in a bridal gown that are all over TikTok. There’s nothing that calms tension better than a good laugh, especially if you’re a prankster family.
It’s all about thinking outside the box and realizing your wedding day doesn’t have to follow every trend or tidy timeline. There’s so much to be said for being impromptu and soaking it all in. Ask your venue coordinator for unique ideas to add to your timeline or assistance on a wish you may have.