A few tips for your wedding day

Recently I sat with a couple to make their final timeline adjustments right before their wedding day. I offered one tiny piece of advice which is a hard and fast rule for me to NEVER do unless specifically asked. But very quickly after that the groom said, “Is there anything else you see from your perspective on wedding days that we should know?” And that inspired me to write this blog post. If I were a couple about to walk through a wedding day – these are a few main things I would want to know. Enjoy!

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  • Everyone is going to give you their wedding planning opinions on what THEY want. But do you. It’s you and your fiance’s day.
  • Timing – You’re likely to end up running late at some point. So start all getting ready processes (hair and makeup set up times) earlier than you think.
  • Groomsmen ALWAYS have questions on how to pin a boutonniere, fold a pocket square, or tie a tie. Send them a youtube or make sure the florist/coordinator will do them. You’ll like your photos better when they’re dressed correctly, trust me.
  • When it’s time to walk down the aisle, slow down. Everyone gets nervous and goes SUPER quick. Sloooowww down.
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  • Unplug that ceremony! Make the sign, have the officiant make the statement. Whatever it takes. Prevent your guests from stepping out in the center aisle to get that first shot of you walking. That photo of you walking down the aisle needs to be about YOU, not you plus 50 cell phones in the shot.
  • During the ceremony it’s easy for the couple to be turned looking at the officiant the whole time. But try to look at your fiancé instead. Your guests (and your photographers) want to see you!
  • Formal photo time can be frustrating. Family members go missing, you’re standing still and ready to party, you name it. Just remember when making your shot list to only list what you truly want. That way you can live out your beautiful wedding day by enjoying the people there – not standing around for photos longer than you have to. And ask your coordinator ahead of time to provide you and your groom a cocktail during this time frame. You’ll thank me on this one.
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  • I know everyone gives the same advice of “it’s going to go so quickly and feel like a blur” and that’s SO true. Hire a videographer.
  • Things are going to go wrong. No day is ever perfect. Just try to focus on all the good, all the people sharing your day with you, getting to marry your best friend, all the GOOD things happening. None of the small details are worth not enjoying your day. If this is a tough thing to wrap your head around. Practice now listing five gratitudes each morning; 5 different things about your life everyday that are good. It really helps to shift perspective.
  • Be prepared for a little bit of a downer when it’s all over. We girls tend to dream of our wedding day our whole lives. When the day is done, planning is done, it can feel a little sad for some people.
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