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As I write this, I have been married for six months! I can’t believe how time has flown by, I can remember being so anxious and excited for the big day to be here. It feels surreal that it has already come and gone, and I am married to the man who makes me happier than anyone in the world.
As a real bride who has been there, and done that, I wanted to share my planning tips with future brides.
Here are 8 lessons and tips I have learned along the way.
1.Try to think beyond the I do’s
I know it’s hard, but try to remember the wedding is more than a just a party. It is about you and the other person, forever. Make sure you and the hubby-to-be discuss your future plans in addition to the guest list and seating chart.
2. Make it personal
I wanted our ceremony and reception to mean something and be something different that not every couple would think of. Add some personal touches so your wedding is unique and it’s yours. I had martini glasses filled with candy and a swizzle stick with guests name and table to serve as their place card and favor. As an alternative to regular table numbers, I named the tables different shades of pink and purple, as those were my wedding colors.
3. Fall in Love with your Dress
I love my dress, it was perfect for me. And it’s ok to still really like other dresses as well, but after you say yes to the dress, avoid looking at other gowns after you’ve made a purchase to avoid second guessing yourself.
4. The guest count will likely be your biggest annoyance
Make sure you and your fiancé are on the same page about how large you want your wedding to be. Originally, my now-husband Derek and I wanted a smaller destination wedding, but we ended up having a Denver wedding with about 200 guests.
5. Hire a coordinator
I wasn’t your typical bride who dreamed of her big day beginning at age five. I had no clue what I wanted or how to even begin planning a wedding. Thank goodness for my mom (planner number two) and my amazing day of wedding coordinator! They both helped me so much. The day of coordinator organized details, established our timeline, took care of our personal needs, etc. The best part was she was available to answer questions throughout the process. Simply put, she was worth every dime!
6. Music is everything
I did not want my guests leaving early or sitting around during the time they were supposed to be dancing! Make sure you get a DJ who knows how to read and work a crowd.
7. Get the groom involved
Too often, I hear about grooms who do nothing to help plan for their wedding… that certainly was not my preference for little details here and there. If you want your groom’s opinion (which you probably should at times) have him help and get involved!
8. Enjoy ever single second and thank those who help you
Planning a wedding can be a long and demanding process. If you’re lucky like I was, you have help! Be sure to thank those who help you, especially parents or bridal party members!
It was the best day of my life. It was magical, perfect and everything I could have dreamed for and more! It can be yours too!