HOW TO HAVE THE BEST WEDDING MORNING

I had the best wedding morning. I woke up with my husband and spent the morning at my house hanging with my bridesmaids while we got our hair and makeup done, sipping champagne and catching up. (My husband went out for lunch and jumped in a swimming hole with his groomsmen – it was a very hot summer day!) It was relaxed, simple, and so much fun. 

I’ve also been part of wedding mornings that were chaotic and stressful. Ones that left me feeling rushed, hungry, or a just little frazzled heading to the ceremony.

That’s why I know how helpful it is to have a plan for your wedding morning. It’s is the onramp to your wedding celebration, and the goal is a smooth transition that gets you ready and excited. 

Read on for our best tips for a smooth, fun wedding morning!

1. Make a clear plan and timeline for your wedding morning

There are a lot of moving parts to your wedding morning, and a lot of emotion. Make a plan with your partner so you both feel good on your wedding morning. Consider the following:

  • What do you want to do the morning of your wedding? (Ex. wake up with your partner, do a yoga class with your wedding party)
  • What do you have to do? (Ex. hair and makeup, get dressed)
  • What do you realistically have time for? (Ex. if you have a 3pm ceremony and 8 person bridal party, that yoga class may not work, but you can wake up with your partner and enjoy a cup of coffee before splitting up to get ready)
  • Who do you want to be with you? (Your wedding morning can be emotional; choose to surround yourself with people who make you feel good. Maybe in addition to your bridesmaids, you really want your aunt there, for example. Many couples choose to get ready separately, but maybe you want to all get ready together!)

Once you know what you want from your wedding morning, you can draft a timeline to keep everyone on schedule. Your unique, final timeline will be created with your vendor team, but we have excellent templates to help you get started in our Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide. (Along with additional tips!)

2. Communicate your expectations about your wedding morning to everyone involved

I recommend sending an email to your wedding party a week in advance with all the details for your wedding weekend. If you need your bridesmaids to be at your hotel room to start hair and makeup by 7am, don’t spring that information on them at 10pm after your rehearsal dinner!

Consider: 

  • Where do people need to meet? (Ex. your hotel room, your house, the venue, a salon)
  • When do you need them there? (This is where you’ll rely on your wedding day timeline)
  • What should they bring? (Do they need to bring everything they need for the wedding, or will you be going back to the lodging in between getting ready and the ceremony?)
  • Transportation – are you providing transportation? Is everyone responsible for their own? 
  • What do you want them to wear? (It’s important to wear a loose neck or button-down top to avoid messing up hair and makeup) 

Clear expectations help everyone feel confident! 

3. Set the mood with music on your wedding morning

A fun playlist can help shake off the nerves (and sleepiness) and get everyone in the mood to celebrate! Check out our Spotify Playlists for some inspiration. We curated one specifically for your wedding morning. (Don’t forget to pack and charge a portable speaker.)

4. Pass out gifts on your wedding morning

If you’re planning to give gifts to your bridesmaids and groomsmen, the wedding morning is a great time to do this since you’re all together in a more intimate setting. 

Check out our Gift Guide for dozens of unique, Vermont-made gift ideas for your wedding party. If you’re planning to gift something to wear on your wedding day (ex. jewelry, a tie) it’s a good idea to tell your crew not to worry about that item ahead of time so they don’t buy something else in preparation. 

5. Take the classic wedding morning picture in matching pj’s with your bridesmaids

One popular gift for bridal parties that’s always a hit is matching pajamas! This also makes for a great photo opportunity. Pop some champagne, pile on a bed and snap your own cute picture with your bridal party. It’s a classic for a reason and still one of my favorite pictures from my own wedding.

6. Don’t Forget to Eat – Ideas for A Wedding Morning Breakfast and Lunch

Nobody wants to be hangry on your wedding day, so don’t forget to feed your crew and eat! Some easy ideas for a wedding morning breakfast that will fill everyone up: a bagel bar, a breakfast casserole (easy to make ahead of time), and a big fruit salad. 

Depending on the timing of your ceremony, you’ll want to also provide lunch or at least some heavy snacks as well. Think: a hearty, mayo-free pasta salad or sandwiches. 

A mimosa bar and coffee are always fun too! 

If you’re getting ready and eating off site from your lodging, we recommend bringing your toothbrush, some mouthwash and some floss so you can freshen up after eating.

7. Do a trial run with your wedding day attire and accessories

Do a test run of everything you’re wearing on your wedding day before your wedding morning. We mean everything from your dress or suit to shoes, accessories, and undergarments. 

You don’t want to find out your underwear pinches funny or have to Google “how to tie a bow tie” on the morning of your wedding. 

Also, be sure to remove all the extra strings and tags from your clothes, like those pesky hanger loops on bridesmaid dresses or the suit jacket vent threads. 

8. Shift your mindset on your wedding morning from “planning” to “celebrating”

Take off your wedding planning hat, and slip on your party hat (metaphorically speaking, or depending on your style, for real). Take a few minutes to admire yourself in the mirror after you’ve slipped on your dress or suit; play a special song and sit quietly; stage a dramatic champagne bottle pop while yelling “IT’S MY WEDDING DAY!” … whatever you need to do to ground yourself in the moment. You’ve done the planning and now the day is here – enjoy and celebrate! 

We hope these tips help you start your wedding morning off right!

BEST OF 2021 WEDDING STYLE

Your wedding day style (attire, hair, makeup, accessories) reflects who you are and sets the vibe of your big day. While every couple is gorgeous in their own way, here are just a few of our favorite looks from 2021. Schedule your hair makeup trial, and go find your dream dress now because we promise you will want to recreate these looks for your wedding!

Love this post? We’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks on Instagram. Go check it out for even more inspiration!

Beaded Beauty

The scalloped beading on this dress from Fiori Bridal reminds me of butterfly wings, and is simply stunning. (Photo: AveyBaby Photography)

Glam & Gorgeous

With her bold lip and fur shawl, this bride embodies glamour! (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

The James Bonds

These grooms’ classic, debonair style is a great compliment to their killer (see what we did there?) wedding planned by Destinations Found. (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

The Perfect Mismatched Bridal Party

This bridal party absolutely nailed the mismatched look. Each bridesmaid looks gorgeous in her own unique way. A coordinated color palette and beautiful, natural makeup by Jennifer Perellie ties it all together. (Photo: LuvLens Photography)

Boho Beauty

This couple crushed the romantic, boho look. The bride handmade her own lush bouquet, and her maid of honor (@makeupby_cbelle) created this natural makeup look that completes the vibe. (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

Classic & Cool

This couple is so glamorous. Jennifer Perellie created a makeup look that allows the bride’s natural beauty to show through and compliments the classic wedding planned by Lindsey Leichthammer. And that candid shot of the couple with their sunglasses…too cool for words. (Photo: Matt Lim)

The Cape Skirt

The beading on this dress is enough to make us soon, but the CAPE…we’re toast. This dress sets the tone for this amazing celebration. (Photo: K Lenhart Weddings)

 

Sheer Perfection

This bride embodies feminine and free spirited style in this lace and tulle gown with blush undertones from Veilmonté Bridal Showroom. The addition of a long veil is perfection.  (Photo: Julia Rebecca Photography)

 

Happily Leather After

We are obsessed with this white leather jacket with “happily ever after” embroidered on the back. Your wedding reception, after party, honeymoon, bachelorette party, the grocery store…we can think of several occasions to rock this. (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

 

Effortless Elegance

Is there anything more elegant than a sweeping cathedral veil? This couple effortlessly married their two heritages (Indian and Filipino) with a beautiful celebration planned by Odyssey Events. (Photo: Nicholas Natale)

 

Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 series! Don’t forget to check out our “semi finalists” on Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to get each Best of post emailed to you weekly this month!

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Quick recap: what is Vermont Weddings Best of 2021 Series?

A little backstory if you’re unfamiliar: we started the Best of series last year (2020) to highlight some of the amazing work by the talented teams in the Vermont wedding industry. It’s an opportunity to both celebrate a year’s worth of weddings and inspire couples who are planning a future Vermont wedding. (A quick note on the word “best”: the intention isn’t to make this a competition between weddings, but to share a small, but representative, sample of the weddings in Vermont this year.  To that end, please know that we love each and every wedding that was submitted, and the final picks are carefully chosen based on a variety of factors to create a compelling series.)

Here’s what you can expect:

All December, we’ll be rolling out inspiring stories in various categories:

  • Read Now: Best of Engagements 
  • Best of Style 
  • Best of Flowers
  • Best of Party Animals
  • Best of Design & Details
  • Best of Elopements
  • Best of Location
  • Best of Community

Plus, because the submissions were just THAT good, we’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks for each category on Instagram. That means you’ll want to follow us to see even more highlights, and come back to the blog each week to see the “best” picks in each category.

We recommend signing up for our newsletter – we’ll send you an email each week with the highlights so you won’t miss a thing. (Going forward we only send 1 – 2 emails a month.)

A FAIRYTALE CASTLE WEDDING SET IN VERMONT’S NORTHEAST KINGDOM

And they lived happily ever after! This couple’s fairytale wedding was set in a one-of-a-kind hidden castle in Vermont’s serene Northeast Kingdom. “This wasn’t just a castle wedding,” says bride Casey. “It was an intimate, romantic wonderland focused on family, and making lifelong memories!”

Colette Kulig Photography and EightZero2 Productions captured those memories in the beautiful gallery and video below, marked with bright, bold colors adding to the whimsical, joyful vibe of the day. Casey says, “I can’t express how amazing our vendor team was. They made the day picture perfect.” It was heaven on earth!” 

Surrounded by close family and friends, Casey and Lucas certainly had the most magical day of their life! 

Couple smiling at ceremony arch during VT wedding

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Photography: COLETTE KULIG PHOTOGRAPHY | Videography: EIGHTZERO2 PRODUCTIONS | Venue: NORTHEAST KINGDOM CASTLE | Planning & Design: WILLOW HILL DESIGN | Floral Design: FOLKLORE FLOWER CO

THIS COUPLE CELEBRATED THEIR MICROWEDDING WITH A SUNSET CEREMONY AND DINNER

Alison and Simon’s elegant microwedding at The Essex Resort and Spa was “touching and sweet” says photographer Colette Kulig. The couple downsized their original wedding plans (due to Covid-19) and focused on the details that mattered most to them – a meaningful ceremony and an intimate dinner with immediate family and best friends at sunset. We love how the couple used a blue color palette throughout to bring all the details together! Check out their full gallery below! 

White bride and groom walking down aisle after outdoor wedding ceremony at the Essex Resort in Vermont

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Photographer: COLETTE KULIG PHOTOGRAPHY | Wedding Venue: ESSEX RESORT & SPA

THIS COUPLE HOSTED AN ELEGANT AL FRESCO DINNER PARTY FOR THEIR FALL WEDDING

When asked about today’s wedding, photographer Colette Kulig enthusiastically responded, “SIMPLE ELEGANCE is literally the definition of this wedding.” We couldn’t agree more. From bride Laura’s old Hollywood glam style, to the beautiful tablescape, each detail is perfection.

Laura and Jared celebrated their wedding with a traditional church service and an intimate dinner party on The Taconic‘s patio with close loved ones. After their al fresco dinner party, the couple kicked off the dance floor with an acoustic cover of Taylor Swift’s “Lover”, and their guests joined them under the twinkle lights long into the evening. 

Check out their full gallery below.

White bride and groom sitting at dinner table and laughing on wedding day in Vermont

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Venue: KIMPTON TACONIC HOTEL | Photographer: COLETTE KULIG PHOTOGRAPHY

A GOLD AND GREEN WEDDING AT SUGARBUSH RESORT

With touches of gold and green, Ali and Kevin’s Sugarbush Resort wedding is timeless and elegant. Photographer Colette Kulig captured their special day and noted one of the most unique details is something often overlooked in wedding blog talk: the groom’s band. Ali made the ring in a high school jewelry class and worn it for years before the couple had it resized for Kevin. Such a fun, special detail! Check out the full celebration below.

Bride and groom walking in front of bridal party at Sugarbush wedding in Vermont

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Photographer: COLETTE KULIG PHOTOGRAPHY | Wedding Venue: SUGARBUSH RESORT | Floral Design: A SCHOOLHOUSE GARDEN | Makeup Artist: HILLARY FAY STUDIOS

THIS IS WHAT A FALL HYGGE WEDDING IN VERMONT LOOKS LIKE

Have you heard of “hygge?” It’s a word for a quality of coziness, and today’s wedding at the Grafton Inn embodies it fully! Shauna and Brenden were enchanted by the Inn’s New England bed and breakfast charm to set the stage for their cozy fall wedding. 

Colette Kulig captured their magical day. Grab a blanket and curl up to check out the full gallery below.

Bride and groom standing on the steps of the Grafton Inn in Vermont

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GRAFTON INN | Photography: COLETTE KULIG PHOTOGRAPHY | Wedding Planner: EHMANN EVENTS | Floral Design: PETALS FLORAL DESIGN