8 Things to Do Right Before You Walk Down the Aisle

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8 Things to Do Right Before You Walk Down the Aisle

You spend all morning getting ready to walk down the aisle and, when the time comes, it takes your breath away…and your ability to think straight! This could cause you to overlook some last-minute tasks that will make for a less nerve wracking and more memorable walk. Keep reading to learn the 8 things to do right before you walk down the aisle.

1. Take a Bathroom Break

It bears reminding to go to the bathroom before you head to the aisle. Under pressure, we often forget to pay attention to the cues our body is sending us – like going to the restroom. Take the extra time to do this, or your mind might be elsewhere during the vow exchange. 

2. Touch Up Your Hair & Makeup

If there has been any amount of time between your makeup application and the ceremony, then you’ll want a touch up. Most people take some photographs before the ceremony, so you might be a little wind blow or sweaty. Put stray hair in place with a spray, reapply your lipstick, and use a setting spray.

3. Refresh Your Perfume

A new tradition is to purchase a wedding perfume that will be solely for your wedding day, and on special occasions afterward. If you’re partaking in this trend, be sure to refresh your perfume. Don’t be afraid to be a little heavy-handed, especially if it’s hot or windy.

4. Drink Water

Do yourself a favor and try to stay hydrated on your wedding day. This will not only be important if you plan to drink at the reception, but also will carry you safely through the entire day. Drink at least two 8 ounce glasses before your ceremony, but back off before you walk down the aisle. That way you won’t have to spring to the restroom during photos!

5. Snag a Tissue

You might have some idea whether or not you will cry during the ceremony. Regardless, it’s a good idea to have a tissue or handkerchief on hand not only to handle your tears, but also to blot sweat and catch any runaway make up. And who know, your fiancé may need an extra!

6. Position Your Bouquet

A common mistake brides make is leaving their bouquet to the side until the last minute. Before you walk down the aisle, you need to make sure it is in the right position. That is, with the stems angled toward you and the blooms tilted forward. This way guests, and the photographer, will see the flowers rather than your hands.

7. Lock Arms

Unless you plan on walking down the aisle by yourself, then you should find your guide. Hopefully you have practiced your walk and know a comfortable way to hang on. Most brides will lock arms with their guides, for extra stability, to avoid a slip. But do whatever is most comfortable for you.

8. Smile!

We get it, you’re nervous! It’s completely normal to have butterflies before you walk down the aisle, but don’t forget to smile. You’ll get much better photos, and it also will give you the confidence to look your soon-to-be spouse in the eyes when you turn the corner onto the aisle. You want to see his first reaction to seeing you, not the ground!