With wedding season in full swing we decided to introduce a new blog series, real wedding day advice from our past brides about what they liked, didn’t like, would change, etc… basically anything that they wanted to share! For the debut, Nikki, one of our past brides (whose wedding you can see here), shares her 5 pieces of advice from her wedding day! We hope these will help to learn from others experiences and makes your day even more amazing!
1. Choosing the same venue for the ceremony and reception “Getting married at a winery… they took care of just about everything for us. Plus, we could get ready on site which was lovely so we didn’t have to rush anywhere. We did prep, pictures, ceremony, cocktail hour and the reception all in the same place. Our venue also had an onsite coordinator that helped with wedding planning, as well as a day of “helper” who set up and made sure we were taken care of… this made it SO easy and we didn’t have to worry about anything since they had it all under control!”
2. Getting ready with just the girls ”The morning of and while I was getting ready, it was just me and the bridal party (with the hair and make-up ladies of course). A few of my bridesmaids commented that it was so much more relaxed without family (and mother’s) in there. This probably wouldn’t work for everyone, but was nice for us. Our closest relatives just came in right before the ceremony to say hello and that was it. It was lovely to just relax with my girls while we got pampered!”
3. Hiring Studio 28 Photo (I swear I’m not just saying this because this is for them). “Allison and Kyle helped us feel SO relaxed and at ease. It was great to have Allison in the room with the girls and Kyle with the guys and to not feel under pressure at all. We knew we were in good hands and they had everything under control!”
4. Stay focused on the marriage ”The wedding is fabulous, but it’s just ONE day. Throughout the entire process of planning, it was helpful to remember that this is ultimately all about a marriage together… not just a wedding. It took off some of the pressure of everything needing to be “perfect” and kept things in perspective.”
5. Do what’s right for the two of YOU! ”We tried to keep everything about what we like and want we wanted on our wedding day and to not listen to everyone else’s advice and comments. We did pretty good at this except at the last minute (during the reception)… the DJ felt that we should really do a “cake cutting.” Our dessert was mini cheese cakes and we hadn’t planned to do this. It really wasn’t “us” and though we ended up doing it, it felt silly and rushed and didn’t add anything to the night for us.
Again, check out Nikki & Josh’s full blog post here