Disclaimer: This post is completely opinionated. It is from my experience as a caterer and ‘bridal bitch’ for more than fifteen years, as well as being in seven weddings as an attendant of some sort. It is compiled from the conversations employees had in the kitchen during/after events and cracking up over the antics of whatever reception was going on. It is by no means meant to be a gospel truth, it’s just lessons learned over time!
So when I started typing, I realized I had a lot to say. I guess 15 years of working weddings leads to a very opinionated point of view. So it will probably be 2-3 days worth of postings!
Before the ceremony
- Arrive with plenty of time to get ready. Be it at a church or at a venue, give yourself at least two hours to relax and to get dressed with no stress. Depending on your hair length, you have probably had someone else style your hair ahead of time. Take care. Do not wear a pullover shirt, do not ride with the windows down, do not run after your flower girl. You are already on wedding alert, and cannot mess with the hair because odds are someone there will not be able to fix it.
- Have a ‘bridal bitch’. This is a term that we called the head catering employee that was to wait on the bride and make sure all needs are met. If you are getting married in a church or someplace other than the reception site, ask a friend to do it. Your Mistress of Ceremonies could, but odds are they are otherwise occupied. This person should come prepared with the following items: Bottled water, straws, mending kit, tampons, first aid kit (bandaids, peroxide, etc.), several travel packs of tissues, saltines, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, contact/saline solution, bobby pins, hair spray, serious sticky tape, matches, nail polish, washcloth, and straight pins/floral pins/floral tape. I know, I know, you want to know what all this is for. I shall explain: