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Tips for an absolutely fab wedding ceremony...

After all your planning the big day arrives. Here's a few tips to help make it fabulous and smooth as silk. And your ceremony rolls out seamlessly and sets the scene.

Make sure the dress fits and you know how to put it on. Lots of brides lose weight, so that last minute fitting may be very important. You feel great in your dress, you totally own it. Wearing a strapless gown? Avoid wearing a bra until you get gussied into your gown. Bra straps will leave indents on shoulders and show in photos. And your undergarments should help your gown fit snuggly with NO need to constantly hitch up the bodice.

Make sure your veil is really secure and the father of the bride knows you’re wearing one. Yeap I've seen Dad's stand on the veil and it comes off.

Groomsmen avoid hugs with the ladies before the ceremony – their makeup will leave a lasting impression on suit jackets and collars.

Bowties, Windsor knots, Collars and Buttonholes… at least one gentleman in the grooms’ party needs to be adept at tying ties. Bloke’s necks come in all sizes, shirts should fit and the collar button done up if wearing any sort of tie other than a cravat. 

Ideally, the tip of your tie should end in the middle of your belt buckle or waistband. The mother-of-the-groom or your celebrant is likely to have the most nimble fingers to secure buttonholes onto jacket lapels.

How to button your jacket…The top button is all you need. The two-button jacket should never have both buttons fastened. The three-button suit comes with a simple rule: "sometimes, always, never." It means you should sometimes fasten the top button, always fasten the middle button, and never button the third. Double breasted jackets are almost always worn buttoned.

All groomsmen are gentlemen at all times… unless you’re a groomsmaid. 

All bridesmaids are ladies at all times…unless you’re a bridesman. 

Beautiful brides blot your lippy and avoid leaving a lip stamp on your mate after that first kiss.

Alcohol to calm your nerves? I recommend avoiding alcohol until after your ceremony. Rescue Remedy is handy if you're anxious. Handsomely suited groomsmen mingling with guests and carrying stubbies before the ceremony is not a good look.

Gallant grooms make sure the rings fit. Put a little vaseline or moisturiser inside the rims, this helps put them on more easily. Oh and the 5 o’clock shadow can be uber cool, very stylie, but not a-week-in-the-bush look.

No need to memorise vows... regardless of how you plan to say your vows - reading or repeating after the celebrant. Let them be fresh and new with eyes only for each other.

Trust all your planning and helpers are on task on the day and ENJOY one of the biggest days of your life together. Live each moment... soak it up - your ceremony will be over in the blink of an eye.

Mr and Mrs, Mr and Mr, Ms and Ms, Mrs and Mrs… make a plan about ‘that kiss’ and enjoy your BIG day.

Have a great wedding!

J x

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