Your wedding day is a momentous occasion - a celebration of the union of two souls embarking on a lifelong journey together. You have your whole life ahead of you to make memories together… and that starts today.
It is a day filled with love, joy, and cherished memories. Amidst the flurry of excitement and the whirlwind of emotions, there is one piece of advice that often gets overlooked but holds immense significance: Do not leave your partner’s side.
It may seem like an obvious rule, but in the midst of chaotic schedules, last-minute errands, and diverse responsibilities, it’s crucial to pause and reflect on the reasons why you should remain by your partner’s side on this occasion.
We’ve highlighted the impact that staying together on your wedding day can have. From emotional support to the symbolism of unity, there are compelling reasons to resist the temptation to wander off, get caught up in tasks, or get dragged away (yes, we’re giving you the perfect excuse to avoid that smelly Aunt).
Reason number one is that your wedding day is going to be emotionally draining. It’s a gathering of all the people that mean most to you as a couple, a promise to devote your life to one other, and the beginning of a new chapter.
And if, God forbid, anything does go wrong, they will be at your right hand to support you as you deal with it together.
There will be so many emotions you encounter on the day of your wedding and going through that alone would be quite difficult (not to mention mildly odd).
This person you are promising to share your life with should now be familiar with how to acknowledge your feelings, calm any anxieties and share your joys - all things you will appreciate on this day and for many to come.
To Look After Each Other
Following from the emotional support, there may also be a requirement for physical support.
Now, I hope there will be no illness on your wedding day but trust me when I say: As a bride/groom, it is very easy to lose track of time, get distracted, and get pulled in a million different directions all at once.
This can mean that you don’t get a chance to eat, drink, wee, breathe, etc. etc.
By staying together, you increase your accountability for one another and ensure you are getting to experience all the lovely things you’ve spent so long choosing and have paid a lot of money and attention to, like canapés and wines, as well as the people.
Symbolism of Unity
A wedding literally symbolises the unity of two people… The melding of two lives… When two became one…
This one seems relatively self-explanatory, but being physically present and united reinforces the idea of unity and shows you two off.
Remember, these people came to see you, to celebrate you AS A COUPLE - so give the people what they want.
Share a Mutual Experience
This day has likely been coming for a while and you’ve imagined it a million times over. You’ve worked so hard to pull it all together and now is your chance to enjoy it.
These moments cannot be relived.
Go on, read that again.
When reflecting on your day, you don’t want to have lots of stories your partner can’t relate to. Instead, you want to both laugh and share moments that were experienced together. Obviously, there will be a few moments or stories to share (maybe they missed Uncle Dave busting out the worm), but as a celebration of the two of you, you don't want to have to fill your partner in on your experience of the day and hear they had a completely different experience.
This mutual experience is one you will be reflecting upon for years to come. Having separate experiences or missing out on key moments can make it challenging to fully share in the memories of the day, so being together can create a stronger connection and shared history.
Deal with Unexpected Challenges Together
Going back to the idea of being each other’s emotional support, as I mentioned, being together on your wedding day means that there are two of you to tackle any delays, mishaps, and challenges.
The wedding planning process is stressful and it all culminates in this one day - being together to deal with any stresses and overcome challenges as a team will make your wedding day much more enjoyable for you both.
Increased Photo Opportunities
Another painfully obvious reason, I know, but by sticking together, your photographer is able to get more photos of the two of you.
This can be great for the particularly picky subject, but it also allows for more candids, family shots, and small moments you might not realise the significance of at the time.
Having these moments to flick back through can be such a special surprise when you receive your wedding photos.
The importance of being physically together with your partner on your wedding day cannot be overstated. There are countless reasons to resist the urge to separate. By remaining by each other’s side, you create a bond that strengthens your connection and forms the foundation of shared memories. You’ll laugh, cry, and celebrate together, knowing that every moment was shared.
Written by Siobhan Tinnion
Events & Marketing Manager
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