Wedding Planning Advice from Brides | Part 2
Last week we introduced our new series, Advice from RRE Brides. We’re so delighted to share with you the thoughts and feelings of our former clients (and friends) as they look back on their wedding planning process. This week, we’re exploring the beginning stages of planning.
We asked these incredible RRE brides:
Now that you can look back on your own wedding, what do you wish someone would have told you when you got started?
A few months into the wedding planning process, my mom made a comment to me that while your wedding is your special day, you also want to make it special and memorable for the people who come from near and far to celebrate with you. It was so fun to pick out linens, glassware, a beautiful dress, a handsome tux and flowers that really represented who we were. Looking back, I realize how important it was that we made sure to also think about our guests when picking out our food, music, welcome box items, and other special touches. This comment from my mom continues to stick in my mind as something I think about when hosting any event.
No matter how excited you are about planning a wedding, there will be moments of stress during the planning process. Make sure you have a great team that you trust to help and support you. Also...even if it rains on the day of your engagement photos, bridal portraits, AND your wedding day-you can still have a beautiful wedding, beautiful photos, and a beautiful marriage!
Remember grace… especially when it comes to your guest list. Friends had said that the guest list would be hard - a headache, but no one ever really spoke to the heartache. When you build your guest list, you’ll inevitably disappoint people you love… give yourself some grace. It’s also fairly inevitable that people you love will disappoint you… show those folks some grace too.
Sarah Ann Sawyers
Wedding planning is a marathon, not a race. Sure, there may be times when you'll get overwhelmed and consider popping on over to the courthouse instead of working through countless considerations and making the myriad of decisions that are part of any wedding, however, nothing compares to crossing the finish line on your wedding day! Your wedding is a celebration of the love between you and your partner and brings friends and family together to share in your happiness. One moment of our wedding day really stands out; it occurred during the reception when I took a moment to really look around the room. Seeing my husband, friends and family dancing together and celebrating us – people who joined our lives at different points from different places – was magical. In that moment I knew the result was worth the months of planning.
Take time during your wedding day to slow down and reflect on what just happened! This is actually something that Greg and I got to do that we didn’t originally plan on. Greg and I got to eat dinner by ourselves before we made our grand entrance to our reception. It was a perfect time to take a breath and chat with my new husband!
Be sure to tune in next week as we chat more with the RRE Bride!