We’re starting a new series where we highlight a key wedding figure all week long! Naturally, what better place to start with than the bride?
From dreaming and playing dress up as a little girl to finally walking down the aisle on your actual wedding day, being a bride is a memorable experience. I’ve already shared some advice on the Fog of Weddings, and how to overcome wedding planning’s biggest challenges. Here are a few quick tips for any lucky bride before, on, and after her wedding day!
1. The Dress
Finding “the one” can seem daunting, but it doesn’t always have to be! When dress shopping, bringing a smaller crowd is better. If possible, limit to 2-3 people. The more voices who offer their opinions, the harder it can be for you to choose. In the end, your loved ones will think you are a beautiful bride, no matter what. But don’t be afraid to get what you want! Consider budget, venue appropriateness, cut, fit, fabric, and other details when gown shopping. When you find “the one”, don’t try on more dresses “just to make sure”. You might end up confusing yourself.
2. The Big Day
On your wedding day, be sure to soak in every moment and enjoy it all, no matter what happens. No day is perfect and mistakes happen. If it can’t be fixed, laugh it off with your girlfriends and bask in the joy of the day. Always remember that the guests are focused on you and your new husband’s happiness, not that the wrong color napkins arrived or the cake was leaning.
3. The Aftermath
Whew! It’s all over and you’re a married lady! Be sure to follow up and tie any loose ends you might have like photography and videography packages, unpaid bills, and especially, vendor feedback! It’s always nice to send a personal email to vendors who made your day extra special and at the very least, take the time to post an honest and fair review on websites like WeddingWire.com. Many brides use these websites to choose vendors for themselves, so adding your positive feedback is very helpful! If you were less than satisfied by a vendor, be sure to take it up with them first before slamming them with a nasty review. It’s always good to make them aware of the situation in case they would like to offer to remedy the situation in some way.
I hope this advice was helpful! Let us know in the comments!
Photos courtesy of egomedia photography, Michael Clark Photographers, and Emily Chastain Photography
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