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While tradition (and superstition!) might state that you shouldn't see your groom on your wedding day until you get to the altar, times they are a-changing. More and more couples already live together before their wedding date, some even choose to spend the night before their wedding together (gasp!), and it seems like just about everyone is having a "first look" session with their photographer just before the ceremony. If you're one of those couples, you're probably trying to figure out just how much of your morning to spend together before you part ways to get ready. A quick cup of coffee before you head to the salon? Maybe breakfast at your favorite diner? Well, what if you want to spend the whole morning together, heading in different directions at the very last minute? We've got a few ideas for how to do just that — and to make sure those first moments when you're reunited are still just as sweet.
Whether you order room service, head to your favorite local brunch spot, or cook together at home, start the day off with a tasty meal that will keep you full and energized as the big moment approaches. Enjoy having a few quiet moments together, get excited, and use this extra time with your soul mate to calm your nerves.
What better way to be relaxed on your wedding day than by starting it out at the spa? Schedule a morning couple's massage, convince your groom to get a pedicure, or even just sip fresh juices as you bask in that über-relaxing music and calming spa scent. A stint in the hot tub is highly recommended!
Plan a Group Lunch
Whether it's with your families or your wedding party, up the excitement a little more with lunch with the people you love. You might be totally zen at this point, but their enthusiasm will be totally contagious. Have a celebratory glass of champagne, then kiss your almost-spouse goodbye: It's time to go get wedding-ready!
Maintain the Element of Surprise
Even if it's only a few hours between bidding adieu and meeting up again for your first look or at the altar, the anticipation will definitely add extra emotion to that moment, regardless of how much time you spent together that morning. But to really layer it on, do everything you can to maintain the element of surprise. Don't drop any hints about your wedding dress, and arrive at the first look armed with a sweet love note. For the ceremony, consider not revealing what song you'll walk down the aisle to, and pick one you know will really tug at their heartstrings.Then get excited: It's time to walk down the aisle!