wedding day advice

Tuesdays with Ty - Wedding Day Don'ts

Like I said last week...I do not have many things at all that I would change about our wedding, so this blog will be much shorter than last week!  Here are just a few tips for making your wedding day the best it can be:

  • Do not run late!  Running late turns into stress, so do your best to be on time for everything.  We were cutting it very close on time after we got our hair done and it made me a little anxious and I felt rushed to get to the venue for photos.
  • Have a conversation with your photographer about exactly how the picture time will go.  Our photo time seemed a little scattered and we did not feel like we got all the pictures we would have liked to have done.  If the photographer does not offer a check list of exact family shots you want then make sure you let them know.
  • If your ceremony is outdoor then consider doing the group photos really early or inside the venue.  Our guests started arriving 45 minutes early and we had to wrap up our photos early so everyone wouldn't see us before the wedding.  Again, I felt really rushed and that is not a good feeling.
  • Do not forget to thank everyone involved for making your day extra special...this includes vendors, friends and family!
  • Do not forget to look around at the guests right before you walk back down the aisle to take a mental picture of who all was in attendance.  Do the same thing at the reception a few times.  These are memories you will treasure forever.

Tuesdays with Ty - Wedding Day Do's

Now that it has been a few weeks since our wedding, I can think more clearly about what advice to give to other brides and bridesmaids.  I was so emotional about everything for a while after the wedding...and admittedly even a little depressed it was all over. 

View from the back where Dad and I waited

Here are a few of my favorite things or the "Do's" I would suggest:

  • Do spend the night before with family or friends.  It was so nice to wake up at my parent's house and be able to relax that morning with them.
  • If everyone is going to the same salon, go early and hang out while everyone is getting their hair and make up done.  Plan for mimosas and brunch and just enjoy everyone.
  • Have your photographer join for salon time.  I think we had some great shots just hanging out together.  Brandon and his guys played golf that morning and the photographer joined them for a bit as well!  Capture every moment!
  • DO have a person serving as your wedding coordinator.  Even if you can't afford someone, have a friend that is organized help out.  Ours was invaluable!  She took the dresses to the venue and made sure everything ran smoothly for the wedding and reception.
  • Do have someone video the wedding ceremony for you.  Once I started down that aisle it is all a blur, so it was nice to watch everything and remember it all.
  • If you are willing to buck tradition a tad, I would recommend having a special moment together before the wedding.  For us, Brandon had my bouquet at the spot where we were getting married.  I came out of  the front doors of the Carrick House and met him there.  It was so nice to see him and relax before there were going to be 250 eyes on us.  We did all of our pictures before and it made us so at ease for the wedding.

  • If you are having an outdoor ceremony, offer a beverage to your guests.  We had tea and lemonade stations and it was a huge hit in the heat!  We also had our programs printed as fans to help keep everyone cool as well.
  • Brides - if you can get to a spot in the back of the ceremony to watch all the music and everyone be seated I would recommend it!  Standing at the back watching it all come together with my dad is one of my favorite memories. 
  • After the ceremony have a spot to meet your bridal party before everyone goes into the reception.  We had the Carrick House designate an area with drinks for everyone so they didn't have to wait in line.  It was fun to hang out and take some fun pictures!
  • Save your cake topper and eat it when you get home from the honeymoon.  We hardly got any cake at all, so this was great!  We are going to have a fresh one made next year for our anniversary:)

  • Before you leave your reception, have your coordinator pull your parents out first to a special area so you can properly say your thank you's and good-byes.

I have WAY more Do's than Don'ts, but I will share those next week!

Happy Planning!

-Ty