Wedding Day Tips Before “I Do”

Wedding Day Tips Before “I Do”

After months and months of planning, anticipation, and excitement, the big day has finally arrived! Well, now what? I always give my couples practical & fun tips below to prepare them for all that’s to come. Take a peek and some of my biggest tips below.

Handwritten notes are the perfect way to set the romantic and personal tone for your wedding day. Take a deep breath and soak it all in. You’ll be surprised how valuable this moment of reflection truly is once the day is complete.

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie


All that glitters is gold. Make sure your photographer captures all the details – from your shoes to your purse to the family heirloom jewelry that you’re borrowing. (And don’t forget about your wedding rings!) You’ll want to look back and remember every aspect of the big day.

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Photography: Nakai Photography | Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Photography: Kevin Weinstein Photography

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie


Ladies! Remember to wear a robe while getting your hair & makeup done so you can easily slip into your wedding gown. And bubbly – always bubbly! Toast with a glass of champagne, and be sure to take a look around the room. Appreciate each and every one of your bridesmaids and family members that helped get you to where you are today.

Photography: Dennis Lee Photography | Hair: Robyn Tornabeni Productions

Photography: Julia Franzosa Photography | Hair + Makeup: Suzanne Morel

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Hair: George The Salon

Photography: Carasco Phototography | Champagne: Veuve Clicquot

Photography: Dennis Lee Photography | Makeup: Andie Cumber | Hair: Livia Caporale

Photography: Wes Craft Photography | Wedding Dress: Custom by Victoria Sdoukos | Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo

Photography: Wes Craft Photography | Wedding Dress: Custom by Victoria Sdoukos


Selecting a wedding dress is a long process. Take a minute and reflect. Find a picture-perfect spot to hang your wedding dress. Use a custom hanger with your name or “Bride” to make it even more special.

Photography: Eric Kelley | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang

Photography: Ingrid Bonne Photography | Dress: Lazaro

Photography: Nakai Photography | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang


Remember to eat and hydrate throughout the day! What could be better than chocolate-covered strawberries for a little sugar rush?

Photography: Dennis Lee Photography

Photography: Dennis Lee Photography


Don’t forget the groom! Fun T-shirts are great for the guys to pal around in before they get dressed. Each groom has his own personal style and your wedding day is the perfect time to bust out details like custom cufflinks or a gifted watch that make him feel special.

Photography: Jai Girard Photography

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photography

Photography: Ingrid Bonne Photography


We love first looks! It’s such an intimate moment shared only between you and your beloved. You will love looking back on these shots, and so will generations to come.

Photography: Leathem Photography

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Wedding Dress: Mira Couture

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Photography: Kevin Weinstein Photography

Take some time to get photos of just you and your spouse without the hustle and bustle of your full wedding party.

Photography: Husar Photography | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Venue: Ritz Carlton, Chicago

Photography: Dennis Lee Photography | Floral Design: Hello Darling


But don’t forget the wedding party either! Take a minute with your bridesmaids and groomsmen for some special photos with the people that mean the most to you.

Photography: Carasco Photography | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Floral Design: Richard Remiard Designs

Photography: Dennis Lee Photography

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Photography: Ingrid Bonne Photography | Floral Design: Yanni Design Studio

But above all else, remember to relax and enjoy your special day!

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie, Nakai Photography, Kevin Weinstein Photography, Dennis Lee Photography, Julia Franzosa Photography, Carasco Photography, Wes Craft Photography, Eric Kelley Photography, Ingrid Bonne Photography, Jai Girard Photography, Leathem Photography, Husar Photography

Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Dress: Victoria Sdoukos, Vera Wang, Mira Couture, Rivini, Ines Di Santo

Hair + Makeup: Robyn Tornabeni, Suzanne Morel, George The Salon, Andie Cumber, Livia Caporale

Florals: Hello DarlingRichard Remiard DesignsYanni Design Studio



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