The Wedding Day Schedule
While it's not possible to give a minute-by-minute description of what every groom should be doing on his wedding day — not only because wedding times vary, but because every groom is different — this section will give you a fairly good idea of some areas of concern.Risin' and Shinin'
If you have a date at the altar at ten in the morning, you're obviously going to want to get up bright and early. Give yourself time to have some sort of breakfast (even though you may not feel like eating, you wouldn't want to pass out in the middle of “I do.” Not exactly the wedding of your dreams — or your bride's); allow some time for touching base with the groomsmen and your parents.
Give yourself a minimum of two hours to prepare yourself. You won't need every minute of that alloted time frame, most likely, but if something doesn't turn out right (you find that in your slightly frazzled state, you've put toothpaste in your hair instead of gel, for example), you'll have ample time to correct any mishaps.
If your wedding is scheduled for later in the day — late afternoon or early evening — consider allowing yourself a little leeway. Try
If all else fails and you just can't sleep in (many people have
Try not to gorge yourself prior to the wedding. Remember: You're paying top dollar for good eats later on in the day, and you don't want to arrive at the reception feeling bloated and suffering from intestinal distress due to the ten burritos you ate to stave off nerves.
Avoid snacks that will aggravate your jitters (assuming you have a few). Caffeine, sugar, nicotine — all of these ingredients could send a trembling groom over the edge into earthquake territory. (And you've got the perfect setup for an upset stomach.) Take it easy on your digestive system at least until the ceremony is over.
Follow your normal diet — eat your meals when you normally would — and if you feel yourself wilting from hunger in the hours prior to the ceremony, try to snack before you step into your tux. It's all right to spill a little cocktail sauce on your white pique shirt at the reception —
Your tux issues should have been resolved by this point, because you should have taken the time to try on your tux when you picked it up. However, on the off chance that you ignored that advice (tsk, tsk), you may discover that your cufflinks are AWOL. If you've allowed enough time for emergencies (and missing cufflinks do qualify as such on this particular day), you can send a groomsman or your sister or any able-bodied comrade over to the tux shop to take care of business.
The things you'll need to give some thought to while preparing for your wedding:
Cleanliness. If you've spent the day golfing or jogging, hit the showers — please. Even if you don't detect the slightest whiff of sweat on yourself, wash up anyway. You have a long day (and night) ahead of you.
Grooming. This is not the day to try out the new shaving cream or the new brand of razors — stick to the system that's been working for you. You wouldn't want to break out in an allergic rash from your new aftershave while saying your vows.
Last-minute business. Make sure you've got everything you need for the wedding and beyond. Who has the rings? Are your bags packed? Where's the marriage license?