This one’s for the BRIDES out there!!! Since it’s wedding season, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my own wedding day and some of the things I’m so happy that I did and some of the things that I wish I had or hadn’t done. So today in the blog I’m sharing my do’s and don’ts of wedding planning! Let’s start with the don’ts that way we can end on the do’s! I always like to end on a good note. Ha!
Don’t: Skimp on HoneyMoon Suite
We didn’t get the honeymoon suite at our wedding. My train of thought was that it wasn’t worth it to us to spend all this extra money to have this big room to spend our first night in as man and wife. But here’s what I didn’t think about. My bridesmaids and I all got ready in that room. So even though Kevin and I didn’t need the space for our first night as man and wife, my bridesmaids and I did need the space for getting ready! I just totally didn’t think about that when we booked the room. So what ended up happening is only one bridesmaids could get ready at a time in the room with me because there wasn’t enough room for all of us to fit in the hotel room. And I actually only had two bridesmaids on my wedding day but I’m also including my mother, my mother-in-law, and Kevin’s brother’s fiancé who all got ready with me that morning as well. I always envisioned that we’d all be getting ready at the exact same time drinking champagne and enjoying our girl time.
Don’t: Forget to Wear Something
One of my biggest regrets on my wedding day is that I completely forgot to wear my veil! I’m not quite sure how it happened. I think someone took my wedding dress out of the garment bag and by the time it got to me we didn’t remember that the veil was still left in the garment bag. But I was so excited that day, that I totally didn’t realize I didn’t wear it until the next morning! Looking back on my wedding photos, I don’t really think I look like a bride in my wedding dress since it was a pretty simple dress and I’m not wearing my veil. So my advice to any bride-to-be out there is to have a checklist of all the things your supposed to be wearing when you walk down the aisle and have one of your bridesmaids go through the checklist with you right before the ceremony starts
Do: Hire a Videographer
On your big day hiring a photographer is a no-brainer. But something that not everyone thinks about is hiring a videographer. Our videographer JuiceBox Media not only made us a short film of our wedding that you guys can see HERE, but we also got all the raw footage from our wedding. We haven’t watched the raw footage yet but we’re thinking that on our one year anniversary we will go back and watch the raw footage of the ceremony to celebrate our first year as husband and wife!
Do: Get a Live Band
When we first started wedding planning, I was so set on a DJ. I thought that the DJ would play the songs the way I remember them and want to hear them. However, hiring the Golden Coast All-Stars to play at our wedding was one of the very best decisions we made! So many of our guests at the wedding came up to us throughout the night telling us how incredible the band was! It felt like we were at a concert! And the band really got the guests off their feet and onto the dance floor in a way that a DJ never could. My one caveat with this though would be to really research the band you’re going to use. Our band was absolutely incredible but I’m sure an inexperienced band could really put a damper on the night.
Do: Hire a Wedding Planner
Be Inspired and Gather Events both helped us plan our wedding day! Both companies are rockstars and we could have never pulled off such an incredible day without them! There are so many little details of a wedding that I just would have never thought about or had time to plan and these girls took care of EVERYTHING! I seriously don’t know how people plan weddings on their own and stay sane!
Do: Get Fabulous Bridal Dresses
And of course my final “DO” is to get fab dresses to wear to all your bridal celebrations and this dress is just so perfect! You could wear this to your engagement shower, bridal shower, or a rehearsal dinner. I wish I had worn this to my appointment when I went wedding dress shopping! I just think it would’ve been super cute and pics with my friends.
I’ve actually posted this exact dress before but in Navy. See me wearing that HERE. When I posted that look however, I mentioned to all of you that it was also available in white and would make a really cute bridal dress.
The shoes I’m wearing or actually the heels I wore on my wedding day! Given that, it’s pretty obvious that I absolutely love them because I wouldn’t wear anything that I didn’t absolute love on my wedding day! These heels are definitely an investement, but I was willing to splurge a little bad because it was my big day! And they’re so cute that I knew I’d wear them again and again.
Here are a few other of my favorite white dresses for all your bridal events (They are all under $60!!!) Hit the arrow on the side of the pic to scroll through the pics:
And I hope this list of DOs and DON’Ts helps some brides out there! And if any of you reading this have more tips to share please do in the comments below!