Straight from the Bride's Mouth:
Answers to the Questions You Forgot to Ask
By Erin Mahoney
What if I start to cry during the ceremony?
Unexpectedly, I was overcome with emotion before and during
the ceremony and had tears in my eyes (along with a runny
nose). My advice to you: Bring a tissue down the aisle with
We're writing our own vows - is it okay to read them off
a piece of paper?
That's what my husband and I did, and - based on the emotional
response from the crowd - it didn't take anything away from
the impact of our words. You never know how you're going to
feel once you're declaring your love in front of a hundred
or so people, so don't burden yourself with the responsibility
of memorization. My maid of honor carried my cheat sheet down
the aisle along with her bouquet and handed it to me at the
Should I wear my engagement ring during the ceremony?
I was advised not to - apparently, it takes away from the
impact of having your wedding band placed on your ring finger.
My father, who walked me down the aisle, stuck it in his tuxedo
pocket and gave it back to me to wear during the reception.
Will I have the chance to touch up my makeup during the
You'll probably want to bring the right shade of lipstick
and a small mirror for touch-ups, as you'll be doing a lot
of smooching, as well as be photographed incessantly. If you
tend toward shininess, it might not hurt to bring a powder
compact, as well. You can even put one of your bridesmaids
in charge of carrying it all in her purse if you prefer to
remain unencumbered. That said, don't get too hung up on how
perfect your makeup is - you'll look gorgeous as long as you're
smiling and happy.
Will I be able to go the bathroom in my wedding dress?
It depends on the dress. If you have a very ornate gown with
a long train or extremely full skirt, you may have to request
the aid of your bridesmaid(s). I found that I was able to
use the facilities with relative ease on my own by straddling
the toilet facing backwards. Not exactly glamorous, but it
made it easy to get my skirt out of the way.
Do you have a burning question for the former bride? E-mail
and she will do her best to answer it.