On the final countdown to your 'I do' moment? Make sure you keep these essentials in mind...
#1 A cover-up
Whether it's a silky-silky robe embellished with BRIDE or your favourite cosy dressing gown, it will prove invaluable when you're having your make-up done.
#2 A quiet moment with your parents
Symbolically, it will represent your transition from their little girl into a married woman. Emotionally, you'll all appreciate the opportunity to spend a few peaceful minutes together before the celebrations officially begin.
#3 ...And a moment to yourself
Collect your thoughts, take a deep breath or two and steady your nerves.
#4 Snacks, snacks, snacks
If you're feeling jittery or anxious, eating might be the last thing on your mind. However, you need to keep your blood sugar and energy levels up, so force yourself to eat something - even if it's just a handful of nuts or dried fruit. Also, make sure you keep hydrated - and no, champagne doesn't count!
#5 Nail scissors
Whether you need to trim a loose thread off your wedding dress, cut a straggling leaf off your bridal bouquet or trim a broken nail - they're always useful to have and will spare you trying to source any at the last minute.
#6 Some alone-time with your partner
Time after time, our real-bride readers recommend the importance of stealing away with your partner for few moments together, post-ceremony.
#7 A piece of cake!
Okay, so you've formally cut your wedding cake - but don't forget to actually eat a slice! Also, make sure you've asked a member of your bridal party to collect the leftovers once the reception has ended if you want to give a nod to the top-tier tradition.