14 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Wedding


 

1. STOP AND LOOK AROUND

Make sure that on the big day, every half hour or so, you stop and look around. These are the people you love the most in your life, here for you. So look at what they’re doing. Maybe they are laughing, or dancing, or sharing a conversation with someone they haven’t seen in awhile. Cherish those memories.

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2.  DON’T FREAK OUT ABOUT THE DETAILS

No one will remember your tiny details — like monogram napkins, your perfect wedding program, or your cool bathroom baskets. Your guests will remember the way they felt as you say ‘I do.’  If you can’t remember someone else’s place cards then chances are they won’t remember yours!   The little stuff can add up to big $.”

 3. MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS CLEARLY STATED ON THE INVITES

Don’t forget to put the start time of the reception on the invitations. Lots of inconvenience will be avoided. If the start time of the reception is wrong and your guests arrive too early, they will be stuck waiting until the bar opens.   It all works out in the end but it would save so much confusion and stress!

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4.  ON THE BIG DAY,  MAKE SOMEONE YOUR POINT PERSON

No matter how clear the details of the wedding are on the invitations and the website, EVERYONE will still try to text and call you on the wedding day asking for directions. Put a family member or your maid of honor (whoever knows your timeline forwards and backwards) in charge of your phone to keep your stress level down so that you can focus on your big day!  Give YOUR POINT PERSON A LIST OF IMPORTANT SHOTS FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER.

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 5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY “NO” TO FRIENDS

Don’t hire friends for anything. At least not if you’re prone to “just go with it” rather than speak up because you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.”  Hire only seasoned professionals.

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 6. YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPLURGE ON YOUR WEDDING GOWN  

Instead of the flashy wedding dress, find a $300–$500 gown and buy it in white. It’s  still beautiful, and with some tailoring, it can look as luxurious as the thousand-dollar gowns. Remember, you’ll want more money for the beginning of your marriage and having a house/car/baby. Look for deals anywhere you can.

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 7. REALLY CONSIDER WHEN YOU WANT TO HAVE THE REHEARSAL DINNER

Try and schedule your rehearsal for later in the evening or on a different day other than the night before the wedding. Traffic can be a nightmare and people will arrive stressed. Additionally, things might not get put out at the reception if your still reeling from rushing around.

8. YOU MIGHT THINK A FACIAL IS A GOOD IDEA BUT DON’T GET ONE RIGHT BEFORE YOUR WEDDING.

NEVER get a facial close to — or on— your wedding day. This can cause redness, irritation, and horrible breakouts.”

9.  DEFINITELY TRY TO HIRE A VIDEOGRAPHER  

Get a videographer!  The day goes by so fast and you will forget the little things about the speeches and the ceremony If it’s all on video, you can watch it again anytime you want!  Lots of people regret not having hired one.

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10.  SOCIAL MEDIA IS OBVIOUSLY A BIG DEAL, SO DECIDE WHETHER YOU WANT TO INCORPORATE IT….OR NOT  

Discuss sharing photos on social media BEFORE the wedding, and let your friends and family know whether or not it’s OK with you if they share, or if you would prefer that they don’t.  This day and age, with everyone posting to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, think about it, and discuss ahead of time so there are no hard feelings after the fact.

11.  DOING A FIRST LOOK CAN CALM YOUR NERVES  

See each other before the ceremony. For the love of all that is holy, if you just hug each other, you  wouldn’t have been so racked with nerves and actually enjoyed the ceremony portion (and looked less pale and nervous in our pre-ceremony photos).”

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12.  DONATE YOUR LEFTOVER FOOD OR TAKE IT HOME

Have someone (a bridesmaid?) make up a box of food from the reception to take to your hotel room… OR DONATE IT… YOU DID PAY FOR THEM, AFTER ALL.

 13.  HIRE A DAY OF COORDINATOR

Hire a day-of wedding coordinator! The discounts they can get you and referrals to good vendors will save you the cost of the coordinator, maybe more — plus having peace of mind on your big day, it’s so worth it. Don’t make your bridesmaids or family members run around trying to find people for pictures.

14.  CHOOSE BRIDESMAIDS WISELY  

Pick those who know how to put up with YOU and who know how to put up with you in intense situations. They could make the day more stressful or dramatic (alcohol, money, or lack of attention on them). I could not imagine your kids looking at your wedding album and not knowing a bridesmaid, a person whom you thought was your closest friend.  It is not worth the drama. Stick to sisters and childhood friends.

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– Rita Lamar

 

 

 

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Make sure that on the big day, every half hour or so, you stop and look around. These are the people you love the most in your life, here for you. So look at what they’re doing. Maybe they are laughing, or dancing, or sharing a conversation with someone they haven’t seen in awhile. Cherish those memories.
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