You are a planning bride. You are buying all the books. You are subscribing to the best magazines. You are constantly on your computer looking at the top wedding blogs. Pinning has become your second job. Your wedding coordinator is on speed dial. You are a planning bride!! We wanted to give you something that we feel is so helpful: advice from our fabulous featured couples. They have walked down the aisle, they have said 'we do', and they have partied like crazy at their reception. Then, when all the craziness calmed and they returned from their honeymoons, they whispered to us their 'best advice' ... and we're passing it on to you :) Today we have chosen to share the advice from Leah, Amy, and Teresa. Tune in next week for the next 3 brides who will share their wedding day tips!
From Leah and Kevin:
To future brides and grooms, we suggest in doing a “First Look”. It was one of the best decisions we made during our wedding planning. Our photographer and videographer collaborated and found a secluded area, away from all the madness that was going on that morning; we got a moment to see each other for the first time. It allowed us to take a deep breath and let the moment sink in, and to feel all the emotion we were about to feel all day. No matter what you decide, the important thing is what you choose to do is right for you as a couple.
Hire people that make you feel comfortable and that you feel you can trust. Really trust your gut on this. Your vendors and how easily you can communicate with them will make your wedding planning experience really fun or really tedious, so it was important to us to have good personality matches. If we left a meeting thinking, “That person is really talented and seems really capable…and I would have a good time drinking a beer with them” then it was probably a good fit. The more you can trust your vendors, the more likely you will be able to feel fully present on your wedding day. You will have done a ton of work leading up to your wedding day; adding special touches, working with your vendors to come up with a vision that is unique for you. But when the day comes, let it all go. Trust that you’ve hired an expert team to make that day run smoothly and let them do what they do best. Then you just get to enjoy every minute of it!
This event is an expression of yourselves, but it's not all you'll ever be. It's just the beginning! And it doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, some of the best moments were ones we didn't plan for at all – like a fabulous photograph of my dress train all tangled up with leaves and dirt. Sure it was messy and not what you're used to seeing in bridal magazines, but it was also honest and a truly joyful moment that could easily have gone south if we'd been uptight about things. Embrace the unexpected, and each others' opinions, and don't let an unattainable ideal sour the big picture: You're in this together, now and for the future.