A wedding can be a stressful event, especially if you’re a very hands-on kind of bridezilla. After all, it’s only the biggest day of your life and the beginning of a new chapter! There are a gazillion tips out there for your big day, but here are our favourite tips for the hijabi bride on her big day.
Preparation is key
This goes without saying, but preparation is everything. Make sure all major tasks are done at least a week before the wedding so you’re not frazzled with last minute running around and getting things together. Make sure you have a chart of all the wedding tasks detailed out as much as possible and distribute it to your friends and family who are helping out. For the big day, assign a contact person who would know all your vendors and important contact details. Print out copies of your wedding day itinerary too so everyone knows the event flow.
Practice makes perfect
Before your big day, make sure you have tried on your full wedding look – the dress complete with accessories, shoes, and hijab style.Make sure you’re comfortable and know what you will be needing on the actual day, such as socks, inners, pins, etc. Make sure your maid of honour knows where these are kept so she can help you get ready. Practice walking in your shoes to break them in and to get a feel of how to move in your whole outfit. Practice smiling, since you will be doing this a lot!
Old is gold
Although it’s tempting to go totally new and different on your wedding day, try to avoid it if you haven’t practiced yet. Or example, if you’re not used to wearing contact lenses, make sure you practice wearing them well before your wedding so you don’t end up having watery red eyes all day long. Similarly, make sure your makeup artist knows your go-to makeup looks so she doesn’t totally transform you into someone unrecognisable. Remember, bridal makeup is supposed to enhance you, not change you. Avoid going for intensive facial treatments 2 weeks before your wedding, as these may aggravate your skin.
It’s tempting to micromanage your wedding, but please, don’t! If you hired a coordinator, let them know of your concerns and worries, and them trust them to handle it. Ask family and friends for help too, they would be more than happy to help if asked nicely.
Your maid of honour is not just there to look pretty, she’s there to support you and let you shine! Make a list of things you might need reminding of, such as “smile”, “don’t slouch”, or even “make sure i’m holding the bouquet the right way up!”
Tell your photographer ahead of time if you have a “good angle” and “bad angle” so he knows what to avoid and what to accentuate.
The night before your wedding, make sure you have plenty of rest. Apply your fav moisturizer all over your face to wake up with a glowing, soft and smooth canvas.There might be some last minute things that need settling, but let your coordinator or helpers deal with that. Remember not to eat spicy foods too, you wouldn’t want o be running to the toilet every half an hour on your wedding day!
Make lots of du’aa and recite surah al-Inshirah to calm your nerves. Do zikr and empty your mind of all the hustle and bustle and just focus on enjoying and savouring every moment. Leave the morning of your wedding day pretty empty so you are not rushed, and have plenty of buffer time to pace yourself. Minimise distractions by telling your maid of honour to kindly decline people popping in and out of your room while you get ready
When it’s time to emerge, smile, and savour the day! You’re ready to be a queen for the day, and the queen to your husband and family for a lifetime of happiness, insha’Allah