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09/10/2013 03:59 pm ET Updated Nov 10, 2013

6 Wedding Hacks for Your Big Day

Your wedding day is going to be one of the best days of your life, follow these tips to make it that much better.


1. Practice your first kiss...
You and your lucky groom have probably shared a few hundred kisses by now, but, how many of those kisses were photographed in front of your closest family and friends? Let's keep in mind here that pretty much no one looks like Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams when locking lips. You can, however, make sure that your first kiss is not awkwardly short or inappropriately long. It is also important to express to your fiancé that you would prefer not to have a squished face in your wedding photos and that maybe the two of you could have a pre-wedding smooching session (I mean, what guy would turn down a make out session with his hot fiancé?). Bring the camera and set it on a timer, so that you can make adjustments accordingly.

2. Eat before the wedding...
You have probably been told over and over again that you will not have time to eat at your wedding. I think this depends on your priorities (I certainly made time to mangia on my big day); however, a big breakfast is never a bad idea. If your wedding is at night, has an informal brunch at your mom's place for you and your wedding party that morning (because, when has your mom ever passed up an opportunity to feed people?). If that's not an option, why not book a brunch at your favorite breakfast spot? If you have a day wedding, see if the best man can bring along some bagels and cream cheese to the spot where you are getting ready. Trust me, putting some food in your belly will be worth the extra effort in case the only food you eat that day is a faceful of cake.

3. Prepare a "makeup & hair" outfit...
One thing I regret from my wedding day is not wearing something nicer when I was getting my hair and makeup done. I didn't think about all of the photographs that my old blue terry cloth robe would make its way into. Do yourself a favor and either buy a nice but comfortable zipper down dress (no pullovers, lest you want to mess up your gorgeous locks) or a fancy silk robe to wear before you step into your gown.

4. Take a bottle of water...
Give your MOH a water bottle and some mints to stash somewhere as you head over to your venue. Nerves have a way of drying out your mouth and making your breath a little sour, so ask her to hand the water and mints over as the bridal party starts to line up. The last thing you want is to lose your ability to say "I Do" at the altar.

5. Ask you MOH to stash some of your makeup...
If you do your wedding right, you will be drinking, dancing and having the best time of your life. While doing so, it is important that you set a time with your MOH to freshen up (i.e. re-apply deodorant, and touch up your makeup and hair). Simply ask her to pull you aside after the second course to ensure that you look radiant straight through the last dance.

6. Have a basket of flats available to your guests...
Placing a basket of necessities in the restroom is an age old wedding hack. One addition to this tip is providing a basket full of black flip flops or flats in various sizes. Venues are not too crazy about Aunt Martha dancing barefoot on their sleek dance floor, and you can prevent the possibility of a fall (or fashion faux pas) by providing some inexpensive and comfy footwear to your guests.

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