You guys! The one and only Kelsey is back for two more posts, sharing the BIG details on her BIG day. First up is today’s post on the night before her wedding and then next week we’ll share ALL the details on her simply stunning wedding back in February (how has it already been two months since the wedding?!?!) Here goes!

Advice About the Night Before Your Wedding | By Kelsey

Well hell, it’s the day before your wedding. Well, my wedding, because you’re along for my ride. It’s been a fun one, yes? A mix of the teacup ride, wooden roller coaster, and wine. You get it.

Ok, here we are. If you’re like me, you have zero things left to do, because I hired an amazing coordinator (props Bree…do people still say props?) and while I was stressed about incoming family, my fiancé was all…

So we go to the rehearsal. I would highly suggest making sure your officiant is down to officiate the rehearsal. Sure it’s practice, but when your mom/aunt/nervous dad ask 459 questions about where they should stand – because it’s their day – it’s nice to have someone who knows what they are talking about.

Once you knock out the run through and test your Snapchat filer (nailed it!) Make sure you run through the day of itinerary with everyone who needs to be aware of things. Sure I sent everyone personalized itineraries two weeks ahead of time, but let’s be honest, I don’t want to be Jessie on my wedding day.

This is the time when friends and family who have jobs are going to be all ears. They’re here, they’re stuck in a hotel, and they want direction. So capitalize on that.

Then you go to the rehearsal dinner. Luckily for me, my groom took care of the majority of this event, but I did throw in a fun little game. Since the weekend would be all about us, I thought it would be great to have our loved ones get to know our parents. So we played a little two truths and a lie. Easy, fun, and better after an hour into the open bar.

I would also like to take this opportunity to suggest inviting only the necessary people to the rehearsal dinner. There is no need to feed every out of towner the night before your wedding unless there are literally zero food options in a five mile radius. People are adults. We live in a world of Yelp and Uber. It will be ok. Don’t host a wedding the night before your wedding.

If this isn’t going over well, suggest inviting everyone for after dinner drinks at a central location! We had a great time at a DC restaurant that had several bars where parents, cousins, friends, and others found their own spot and we bounced around. Sure, you’ve got to turn on the conversation jets, but you’re at a bar so it’s more like…

Then, go to bed. Seriously, go to bed. You’ll need it.

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