My favorite wedding memory? Man, there are so many good ones. It is really hard to choose. But I think the one that comes to mind is when I saw Steve for the first time once we were all ready to go. It was such a beautiful moment full of emotion and love. He blew me away with how good he looked in his tux. To follow that, it was so neat to everyone all dressed up and looking so good. We felt surrounded by love and happiness.
Something I would have done differently? The planner in me wants to give you the answer while the bride in me wants to give you a completely different answer. So first the bride’s answer is I would not change a thing. The day was full of love, and we were surrounded by family and friends. And I got married! Ok now the planner in me. I wish I had asked for some of the “special” parts of our wedding to be announced or explained better to our guests. For instance, we had a photobooth that would provide the pictures for our guest book. Some of our guests took full advantage of it but I know some guests did not figure out the photobooth was there until later. Was it really a big deal? No but it is still something that bugs me a little bit after the fact.
Here are the tips I found invaluable:
1. Something will go not quite how you want on your wedding day so make peace with it now. Once your wedding day is here, you just need to relax and go with the flow. Everything will work out as it should. Really the main thing is that you get married to the one you love! 2. Do your research. By this I mean, read books and blogs. Now I would recommend books such as “Offbeat Bride” and “A Practical Wedding”. Websites like The Knot and Weddingwire are not bad. I did use them but the one that really helped me emotionally was OffbeatBride.com. It helped knowing I was not alone in the problem I was facing or how I was feeling. 3. Choose good vendors. They are there to support you and make your day what you want it to be. Also trust them. You, the bride, do not have to know everything that happens in a wedding, especially if it is your first one. Let your vendors give you tips because they do this day in and day out. Yes I can tell my cake baker what color I want the cake to be but I also ask him to help me in designing how the cake will look. I am not a cake decorator but I can hire one that does good work and trust that he will do a good job. Let your vendors do what they do best. Or why hire them in the first place? 4. Pinterest is lovely for ideas but understand that centerpiece you are drooling over may only look effortless because it costs a ton of money. Use the pictures for inspiration, not trying to copy that look or item exactly. You want your wedding to be unique, not a copy of someone else’s vision. 5. Don’t be afraid to dream big and make this wedding your own.”
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