Sunday, September 24, 2017

My top 4 wedding day tips!

We are at that point in life when it seems like everyone is getting married. We are already attending four weddings in the next year, three that we are in, and I'm anticipating a few more save the dates in our mailbox soon. I am so excited for all of our friends tying the knot. Our wedding was the happiest day of my life, and although marriage takes some pretty serious work, it's so much fun, and so rewarding. I'm super pumped for anyone who is planning this special day, and it definitely makes me think back to our wedding. A couple people gave me some great advice leading up to the big day, and there are some things I'm just thankful I handled well. I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite pieces of advice for my friends, and any other people out there getting ready to walk down that isle.

1. This one is totally obvious, but don't stress. The weeks before your wedding, this will probably be impossible. There are so many final things to do and people to pay, and it's pretty much complete chaos. That being said, the day of your wedding, whats done is done. There is nothing you can do about the photographer being late, or those extra people showing up, or half the groom's family arriving an hour early, making it impossible to get all those "before" shots you wanted. Yes, this all happened to me. There was also a torrential down pour that threw a huge wrench in the whole getting ready process, a bartender that didn't have enough ice, and we were both late.. and not just a couple minutes. I hope you have designated someone to take care of all the little things that arise, but even if you do, you will likely hear about them. There's nothing you can do, so just don't worry about it. What matters is that you both showed up, your friends and family are there, and you're going to become husband and wife, and celebrate with people who love you. It didn't matter that all of those things happened. The music started, I walked down the isle, and everything went perfectly. My focus stayed on Chris, and on wanting to remember each and every second. Because of that, I just didn't have time to worry about anything else. Remember, this day is so much bigger than the party you are throwing. Focus on enjoying each second.

2. Take a moment in between the wedding and reception for just the two of you. We went directly into a private room once we walked back down that isle, and just spent five or so minutes in there alone. That few minutes of reflecting on our vows, and the ceremony that had just happened was one of the sweetest parts of the whole day. Plus, you likely wont have seen or talked to each other all day so it will be nice to just say hi before the craziness of the night. Trust me, don't worry about all the people out there waiting on you, just take the five minutes. you wont regret it! 

3. Have a private last dance. This is my favorite tip. It was given to me by our DJ. While everyone was outside getting ready for our exit we got to share one last dance together. It was just the two of us, our DJ, and our photographer in the distance. There was something so special about just being able to slow down, take a breath, and be with each other in that giant empty room. I remember how the room still felt so full of love. It was so nice to take a couple minutes to really enjoy that feeling. This was my favorite part of the whole night!  

4. Have someone pack you a picnic for the hotel. We designated a person to put together a little basket for us with food and cake for us to enjoy once we got to our hotel. They also included cards we had gotten, and our book of photos from the photo booth we had. We were starving, so we plopped down on the bed with our food, and looked at all the pictures and cards together, laughing and recalling our favorite parts of the night. It's so true when they say you never have time to eat at your own wedding. Even if you are like us and manage to sit and eat a couple bites, you will still be so hungry after a night of dancing and drinking. You could always order room service I guess, but we wanted to get some of the food we so carefully picked. The picnic basket was a life saver!

I've you've had a wedding, and have a great piece of advice to share, please leave it in the comments! And if you're a bride, best wishes on your big day! I hope its everything you've ever wanted and more!

XO -Megs