10 things nobody told me about my wedding day

Excited young bride in veil holding bouquet, portrait

You can read every wedding-day article and talk to dozens of married couples, but your wedding day has to be experienced in order to truly understand what it’s like. Here are 10 things nobody told me about my wedding day.

Time flies

You know those times when you go somewhere and boredom sets in? You can’t wait for the event to finish and allow you to get the heck out of the place. That certainly won’t happen at your wedding! It will be a lot of things but boring won’t be one of them. The time will fly.

Smiling hurts

Everyone will congratulate you and your natural response is to smile. You’ll flash your pearly whites so many times during your big day you could audition for a dental advert! You might even find that you jaw aches a little because you’ve been smiling so often.

Glamorous young bride in wedding dress, smiling

Time out helps

Think about stepping out of the spotlight as a couple even if for only a couple of minutes. You are centre-stage for a long time and a break in private can be really helpful.

The script isn’t always followed

You will have planned in great detail and rehearsed to make sure it all goes to plan. It rarely does. Just know that if things don’t go as planned, it’s not the end of the world and always keep going.

You will feel different

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been an item for ten weeks or ten years, once you go through the ceremony and sign that piece of paper, you will have a feeling like never before. Being officially married is a unique experience.

It’s a marathon

Even if you have a short wedding service and a simple reception, the day is long. Know that beforehand. Know that it will go on and on. Be prepared for the journey by having plenty of sleep so that your mental and physical fitness is at its best.

Happy family at wedding day

Family and friends shine

Of course you know your family and close friends but be prepared to discover a new side to them on your big day. It will probably mean as much to them to see you happy so don’t be surprised if they are a little emotional.

Tension is greatest right at the start

Here’s the good oil. It’s always darkest before the dawn. The most tension you will experience all day will be in the few minutes before your wedding ceremony begins. Take a deep breath.

Make sure you enjoy it!

You can receive no better advice than to enjoy your wedding. With a million thoughts racing through her head, keep saying to yourself that this is your day and make sure you enjoy it.

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