1. Your wedding is about your FI and you. Do not let other people tell you their wants. My coordinator was very bossy and only wanted to do my wedding according to her vision. I had to put my foot down and tell her with or without you my day will be how I envisioned it.2. Be realistic about your budget. If you are only able to afford 100 people do not let people self invite because they think deserve to be there. 3. Have a videographer. I was able to watch the parts that I could not see that evening. At first we thought we would not be able to afford it. At the last minute we were gifted with a professional videographer for 4 hours and 6 DVD's as gifts. DH and I have watched it about 6 times. I truly love how everything turned out.Congrats 2012 Brides!
Thanks so much for this excellent advice ladies and congrats you all as well!
1) Photography & Videography: -Getting a photographer and videographer whose style that you like!-Take plenty of pictures with your guests!!! We had a photobooth and I still don't have shots with/of some people that I wanted!2) Know your approximate guest count and budget VERY EARLY in the process!!!3) Have fun!!! Take it all in...it goes by soooo fast!p.s. If at all possible, take a honeymoon!!! Even if its a local trip...take at least 2-4 days to spend with your HUSBAND alone (to practice making babies...or just to relax)!!!
Heyyyyyyyyyy ladies! Most of you don't know me, but I used to be a regular around here... Shannon, thanks for starting this thread - I would have loved something like this when we were planning our weddings! So let's get down to business...here's my .021) Read this book....and work through the questions with your fiance. My mom and stepdad gifted us with this book when we got engaged, and it has been invaluable. Things that we hear a lot of newlyweds fight about have been non-issues for us b/c we already worked it all out while reading this book. It's called "The Hard Questions" - check it out! http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Questions-100-Essential-Before/dp/15854200422) Start planning EARLY. I cannot emphasize enough how helpful it was to start planning 12+ months in advance. We got better rates from vendors, stressed less about the wedding, and were able to take on projects one a time. It was such a pleasant planning process b/c we both were involved and we gave ourselves more than enough time to get everything done. There was not much to do during the week before the wedding, which allowed us to enjoy our friends and family who came into town early. 3) Put your personal stamp on your wedding day. I'm all for great wedding planners, but make sure that your wedding reflects you and your fiance. We got that comment a lot and people really enjoyed/remember our wedding because it was personal to us. Looking back at our wedding pictures and video, we're really happy and proud to see how our day came together. One tip to personalize the wedding for your guests - we created a card that went into each welcome bag listing local restaurants we love and what our favorite dishes are at each restaurant. It was a huge hit, people are still talking about how they challenged themselves to eat all of our favorite meals while they were in town, etc. Blessings to all of the 2012-2013 brides!
1.if i could do it all over again i would not have a big bridal party. when you have a lot of people it's very stressful. please pick people you know you can count on and will not cause you any problem...2. i would definitely get a videographer... it wasn't in the budget.. i lost a lot of money paying deposit to places. please shop around for the best prices... i regret not doing that.. please do this when looking for your photographer,videographer,wedding planner,and any other vendor.3.on your big day just relax and have fun... it's your day and don't let anybody ruin it... JUST CELEBRATE YOUR SPECIAL DAY WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS....
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