The morning of your wedding is a time for strict rest and relaxation, though sometimes things happen that are a little out of your control. Whether it's forgetting to pack something or having to spend a couple of precious hours tracking down your wedding vendors, sometimes the morning of your wedding is anything but "chill". Take note of the seven things these brides wish they had with them on the morning of their wedding.
1. A Hiding Spot
"I had 10 bridesmaids and we were all together in the hotel room on the morning of the wedding. It got really loud and rowdy in there. I desperately wanted some peace and quiet and I kept wishing I had a room or a place to hang out in to rest and relax."* — Amanda L, 26*
2. An Extra Pair of Hands
"I didn't hire a wedding planner or a day of person and I wish that I did. Now that I think about it, it would have been worth every single penny. I had to do a lot of last-minute work myself, like tracking down vendors and setting up my DIY projects. By the end of the morning, my nails were chipped and my hair was all sweaty." * — Clarissa W., 31*
3. A Food Platter
"I remember being so hungry on my wedding day. The venue we were getting ready at didn't have any food they could provide us until 5pm. We ended up ordering pizza, because that's all that was around. I wish I had stopped at a grocery store in the morning and picked up healthier options." — Paula T., 32
4. Air Conditioning
"The church's air was out. It was August. We got ready at the church. Let me just tell you that it was miserable and I had my bridesmaids fan me with paper plates." — Teresa G., 29
5. A Can of Hairspray
"You know how everyone tells you to go to CVS before your wedding and buy everything in the travel toiletry section? Well do it. I didn't have anything with me that I needed, like hairspray and safety pins."* — Beth L., 28*
6. Comfy Clothes
"Before getting in my dress, I wish I had a pair of soft pajamas to hang around in. The only clothes I had were formal dresses for the rehearsal dinner and the Sunday morning brunch." — Linda M., 34
7. My Dog
"I wish my dog was there for the morning. The hotel was dog friendly and I should have brought her. She should have been a bridesmaid. if I could redo the whole thing, that's the number one change I'd make." — Kelly H., 27
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.