This is my very best wedding tip. Somebody told us this and since I never read it in a wedding book, I feel compelled to share it with other couples.
Between your ceremony and reception, after all the photos and before the drinks, spend 15 or 20 minutes in a room that you have set aside just for you. Drink some water, have some wine, get bite to eat and generally take in what you just happened (Holy Blankity Blank was our reaction). Ladies (and some gents), you can take a moment to refresh your makeup and both of you can take a deep breath before heading back out.
The actual wedding day is so much about seeing your family and friends so that room is really one of the few places where you can relax and be together. Assuming you have drinks and appetizers for the adults and maybe something to distract the children, then your friends and family won’t miss you at all.
And the room set up makes a perfect assignment for the aunt, sister, or friend who really wants to help but you really don’t want to deal with on your wedding. Tell him/her how important this is and they will be on it for a good long time.
Trust me on this – having this time will be very much appreciated on your big day.