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When the wedding day arrives, you’ll be too busy getting married and having fun with your loved ones to think about much else, but there are a few things that you should definitely make time for.

Here are the things you must make time for on your wedding day.

Relaxing and resting
We’ll be honest with you: Saying “I do” can take a lot of energy. Once the ceremony begins, you’ll likely be on your feet for the next several hours as you move to the cocktail hour and reception. With so many guests to greet, portraits to pose for and songs to dance to, you’ll want to plan ahead for a long (but fun-filled!) day. Be sure to spend a few hours on the morning of your wedding resting up so you can party all night long. If you start to feel burnt out during the reception, don’t be afraid to step out and take a quick 10 or 15-minute break from the action.

Your parents
You might be more focused on greeting your out-of-town guests and other family members instead of your parents, especially if you see or talk to them regularly. Remember that the big day is a milestone for them just like it is for you, and that they might have even been dreaming of this moment since before you were engaged. Set aside at least one part of the day (even if it’s only a few minutes) to be with your mom, dad, or both. Let them know how much they mean to you by surprising them with a small gift or handwritten card. We also love the idea of asking your mom or dad to help you get ready or sharing a “first look” once you’re all dressed up.

Paying your vendors
If you have any outstanding balances with your vendors, you’ll likely need to take care of those at the wedding (this includes tips!). Have the payments ready to go in labeled, sealed envelopes. Consider delegating this task to a member of the wedding party or other trustworthy guest if you don’t want to have to worry about it.

You’ll be on-the-go for most of the day and that means that eating might be one of the last things on your mind. If you don’t want to accidentally miss out on a meal, ask your caterer, photographer or event planner to pull you aside or make a plate for you when the time comes. Even if you aren’t hungry or have too many butterflies in your stomach, it’s important to have a few snacks throughout the day to keep your energy and blood sugar at healthy levels. Stash easy foods, such as granola bars and nuts, with your wedding day necessities so you have them on hand.

Your brand-new spouse
It’s easy (almost too easy) to get separated from your new husband or wife at the wedding, especially when friends and family members are constantly coming over to chat or congratulate you. Don’t be shy about putting your foot down and making a plan to stick with your S.O., whether that means promising to always be within eyesight of each other or sneaking away for half an hour before dinner to soak in the newlywed bliss. In the end, this day is all about the two of you, so make sure you spend as much time together as possible.

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