No matter how many weddings you've attended before, or how many times you've been a bridesmaid, there are some things you just don't find out about until your own wedding day.
Here, are some truths about the wedding day that no one ever talks about...
1. Ten minutes before the ceremony is the most nerve racking part: Just remember that your other half is waiting for you at the end of the journey and you're going to have a huge party to celebrate (not to mention the reason why you said "yes" in the first place).
2. The Ceremony is the best part: There's something truly amazing about the wedding ceremony. The traditions, the vows and all your emotional family members combine to make this into one of the most special moments of your life. My advice? Take it all in and drink it up. You'll want these memories to last a lifetime.
3. You'll definitely cry: All I can say is that crying is basically inevitable. And since you already know the waterworks are coming, the best thing to do is just be prepared. Wear waterproof makeup (or even get eyelash extensions), keep some mascara and lipstick readily available for quick touch-ups, and store some tissues nearby—you'll need them.
4. Your face will hurt from smiling so much: Thousands of pictures aside, you'll be smiling all day because it's going to be thebest day ever. You're marrying your best friend, after all!
5. You might be a little exhausted: Let's face it, you won't get too much sleep the night before your wedding. Between stressing over the seating chart, a tiff with your mom, or just overall excitement for the day to come, you'll be seriously lacking in shut-eye. Pro tip: Under-eye concealer will be your best friend.
6. It won't all go as planned: Something might end up going wrong. It could be little, or it could be big, but my best advice is to soldier on and try to think of the big picture.
7. You'll feel different: Even if you and your other half have been cohabiting for years, once you're legally wed, things will feel official. It might just be a slight shift or it could feel like a noticeable change, but it will definitely seem like the real deal.
Photograph's provided by Matthew Pautz Photography | Greenville Wedding Photographer