We're all living in the lifehack generation, and let's be honest, even if we don't like to admit it, we all spend more time than we'd like to admit scrolling through things like Tik Tok and Instagram watching stupid lifehacks that are mainly useless, unsafe, don't make any sense or that we'll have forgotten about when we move on to the next video.
I want to change things up though and offer a few of my own life hacks that are cheap, easy and can help make your wedding day a little less stressful.
1) Midnight snacks!
It's only natural that when you get married, the bride and groom are essentially celebrities for the day. It's obviously amazing to share your day with the people that you love, but when it comes to eating during your evening reception, you're so busy greeting and circulating around your guests, that it's sometimes difficult to sometimes take your place in the queue and actually have some of that buffet you've shelled out for. If you're one of the lucky ones who actually does make it to the buffet, I'm pretty sure it'll be once your guests have had their pick of the best bits.
My tip is this, speak to your venue/hotel and ask if it's possible to have a Bacon/Sausage Sandwich brought up to your room once the wedding has wrapped up! Not only will it help tide you through to the morning, but it'll also help out with the hangover the next day.
2) Get the most out of your DJ!
Ok, so you're sending out invites, why not add an extra line in the invite and ask them to request a song ahead of time? Pass the list of songs over to your DJ, and of a sudden, you've got a premade playlist, which is guaranteed to get people up dancing. Bonus points if you add all those songs to a Spotify playlist too, and the memories will come flooding back every time you listen to it!
3) Create a wedding day website/Facebook page
I'm seeing more and more of this, and it's honestly such a cool idea. Let's face it, there's always going to be someone who manages to misplace their invite. Keeping things digital saves the hassle and it's an amazing way to share photos after the big day, not only from your photographer but from your guests too! In the run-up to the day, you can share updates without getting in touch with everyone individually. If you turn to Facebook (which is the cheapest and easiest way!) make sure you double-check the privacy settings on the page, just so you don't end up with people you don't even know turning up for a free meal!
4) Make time for each other!
Tying the knot is a big deal, and as I said earlier, you'll be the centre of attention for the entire day. You'll likely want to process things together with a little time alone, as It can honestly be so overwhelming, and you'll have loads of different people pulling you in all sorts of directions begging for your attention. A great way to deal with this is to ask your photographer ahead of time to take you somewhere away from prying eyes just after the ceremony, for a few couples photos. You don't even have to have any photos if needs be!
5) Create a code word!
This one kind of goes hand in hand with the last tip. If you need 5 minutes away from the action at any point, talk to your photographer and create a code word. (Bonus points if it's a funny word too by the way!) I had one couple use the word sausages if they wanted me to usher them off for some "Photos". It's a really subtle way to create a legitimate excuse for some time alone together and can be especially useful if things are getting tense or emotional.
So there's just a little list of wedding day lifehacks for you to use on your big day!
Now, if you don't mind, I'm off for some "sausages" 😉.
Peace, Love and Photos.