#2. Hiring an Amateur Bridal Makeup Artist
Sometimes I wonder why most brides will want to hire an amateur make-up artist to mess with their face on the most important day of their life. Whatever the justification may be, it comes with its own detriment. While an amateur bridal make-up artist will waste hours trying to find out what to use on your face, a professional bridal make-up artist has already done a trial make-up for you on the day of your pre-wedding photo session. This will make the bride’s makeup artist to perfect her wedding day look. During the trial makeup session, the bride getting a chance to say what she did not like in the trial look and the artist getting a chance to make improvements before the D-day.
EXPERT ADVICE: So while choosing a make-up artist, always inquire how long the bridal make up procedure will take him/her. This will give you a clue of what to expect on your wedding day.
#3. Poor Time Management
During the early morning hours of the wedding day, it is very common for some of the bride’s friends and loved ones to arrive, and they will all want to see the bride to inform her of their presence and also cheer her up. Most bride’s get carried away by these moments and forget the essence of focusing on the more important thing, which is to dress up. About-to-wed brides should always remember that there will be enough time on the wedding day for exchange of pleasantries, sharing jokes and taking of pictures. Having this in mind will keep you focused on the task ahead and make you stick to your time schedule.
TREND CASE STUDY: A recent trend in Nigeria is where some brides lodge in 5-Star hotels for the dressing-up. While this gives the bride a very quiet environment to sleep well at night before the wedding day, the main reason that most brides make such hotel choice is so that they can take pictures in the beautiful hotel environment immediately after wearing their wedding gown (while their make-up is still fresh). Unfortunately, most brides end up not taking the pictures as planned – all because they were not finished with makeup or hair or dressing up, and there was no time for the photographer as planned. What a waste of money. The implication is that brides spend a lot of money on hotel space and get less value in return. Sometimes a bride would even end up quarreling with her groom on their wedding morning, because of her lateness. Isn’t that funny?
#4. Poor Transportation Arrangement
This is one common problem I have noticed in most Nigerian weddings. I have even seen a wedding where the bride was supposed to use her personal car to go to the church but couldn’t find the car keys when it was time to go to the church. I guess this would not have happened if there was a driver that was paid to do the job. In some other cases, the same driver that was paid to drive the bride to the wedding venue will be the same driver to come back to the hotel to pick up the bridal train (aka wedding party), pick the photographers and camera-persons, and maybe some other vendors and sometimes including picking up her relatives.
EXPERT ADVICE: If you need three cars to transport people to the church, make arrangements for four or five cars. Always make room for disappointments. Get a hotel that is very close to your wedding venue, with good access roads and one that is also close to your reception venue.