The Ultimate Wedding Planning Advice

We’ve been married now for just over a year, and about six months after our wedding, my  good friend and colleague Lou got married.

During the course of planning her wedding, I had the opportunity to chat with her at work and offer some advice based on my own experience.

It got me to thinking, “what would I do differently if I was getting married now”?

Thankfully, the list for me is relatively short, as I had an amazing day, but here it is:

Hire a videographer.

We had an amazing photographer, and she captured the day perfectly and in the manner that we wanted, but I have no idea what best man said in his speech, or my father-in-law or my husband for that matter.  If we’d hired a videographer, I would be able to remember those moments with ease.  I’d be able to hear the happiness of occasion and hear some of the side conversations that went on during the day.

Do a Bridal Reveal (otherwise known as a ‘First Look’)

For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s where the bride and groom see each other alone except for the photographer before the wedding.  Lou did this as did a girlfriend in Canberra and the photos of the grooms seeing the brides for the first time are amazing.  We didn’t do this and I regret it as my beloved husband told me he got a bit choked up when I got out of the wedding vehicle and looked away.  I’d love for that moment to have been captured on film, although he’d probably disagree.

Choose your Florist carefully

I’ve written about how disappointed I was with the flowers before, so all I’ll say here is be very specific with your expectations of the florist.  Provide photographs of what you’re after.  Ask what the contingency plan is if the flowers you’re after aren’t available.  This way you won’t be disappointed when you get carnations instead of roses.

Take time to consider your Attire

We wanted a relaxed wedding and as a result, my husband wore an open necked shirt with his three piece suit. He now regrets not wearing a tie which may have ended up looking a bit neater in the photos.  I however think he looked pretty spunky, and I still do.

Other brides may have a longer or different list to me, so bear that in mind.  Each day is unique and special and only you and your fiancé can decide how you want to celebrate.  The most important thing to remember is to have fun.  Enjoy the moment as it’ll all be over too soon.

Choose your Wedding Celebrant carefully

Choosing your wedding celebrant can be a daunting task and one that should be carefully considered before making any decisions.

We cover this in another blog because it is so important.