A Wedding Planner’s Guide: Wedding Hacks

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As a wedding planner, we help the couple feel relaxed and do our best to make sure that everything on your day runs smoothly and according to plan. A lot of different and unexpected mishaps can occur throughout the day (it’s only normal!), and we wanted to share with you some tips and tricks for quick fixes when it comes to your wedding day. Today, we will have a little Q&A with Marisa to help you calm your nerves if you are worried about things going wrong.


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What is the best way to clean up spills on clothing?

Go to the bar, grab club soda and cloth-like napkin and drench the area with the club soda and use small, circular motions to rub out the area. The stain will get better, it won’t disappear completely but once it dries it will be unnoticeable. I will often top it off with a Tide To Go stick after the club soda. If you don’t have club soda, you can grab Sprite or any clear, bubbly drink and add a touch of lemon or lime juice (just a bit, we need the acid). This will work almost as well as the club soda!


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What is the trick to wearing heels all night?

First, wearing them all night is kind of a lofty goal. Start the day wearing flats or flip flops (we suggest flip flops so it gives your toes time to breathe) and wear them for as long as possible before you hop into your dress. We even suggest keeping them close to switch into between photos and before the ceremony. Make sure to break in your wedding heels in the  weeks leading up to the big day by walking around the house in them. If you are really tied to wearing heels all night, choose heels that aren’t crazy high and have a good solid base. Or choose a brand that specializes in cute and comfortable heels. Always keep a pair of flats or whatever shoes you will change into later in the night close by so you have something to wear in between bridal duties throughout the day.


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How do you pin a boutonniere?

Practice is key but if you are in a situation where you have to be the one pinning the bouts, the easiest is to do the pins in a criss cross fashion, so the whole stem of the bout is attached. Make sure to not have any silver showing. Ideally you have two pins by starting behind the lapel, go into the flower and finish behind the lapel. If you only have one pin, make sure to have the pin go in diagonally from the base up and be as long as possible before the end of the pin comes back to the surface. The flower always needs two points of contact to the fabric to be secure.


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How do you go potty in a wedding dress?

Depending on your dress, you may need one to two people to help you out with this. If you dress is simple and doesn’t have much fabric then you can pick it up and throw it over your shoulder. The key is to gather around the front of your dress and pull up and away from the toilet seat. If you have a full or heavy skirt then you want to have two people helping you – one in the front and one in the back and just pull up. We suggest doing squats in preparation for this moment (plus, it will give you a perky booty… two birds, one stone). Keep your undergarments in mind, even if your dress is minimal and don’t need somebody, it is a good idea to have someone closeby, just in case you do end up needing assistance.

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What would you say is the one must-have helpful item for your wedding day?

I tell the bridesmaids they need to have an emergency makeup kit on hand, so that they can help you with touch ups between photos. For the grooms it would be deodorant and an extra shirt (and/or undershirt), as it can get hot in the California sun. For brides, make sure to have tissues so you can blot your face when it gets shiny (again, taking photos outside can be a warm business).


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How do you keep a bouquet fresh?

Your florist will provide you with a vase for your bouquet, so every time you don’t need it (which will be often), you can hand it off to a bridesmaid or mom to put it back in the vase. Also keep tissues or a rag around to dry off the bottom for when you do need your bouquet again. A simple but necessary trick!


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Eating & Drinking

Lastly, make sure to stay hydrated and nibble on some eat protein throughout the day. Your wedding is an all day process and it can be difficult to find time to be able to enjoy a meal or even to remember to eat. Have your bridesmaids be on top of this to make sure that you do not get light headed. If you and your partner are drinking alcoholic beverages on your wedding day, we suggest the 1 to 1 ration. For every glass of wine/champagne/beer/shot you have, be sure to drink a full glass of water before partaking in another alcoholic beverage. With these tips, you don’t have to be so worried about things going on in your wedding – we got the rest handled!


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