"Just because a wedding vendor is on a reputable wedding website doesn't mean they are a legit wedding vendor. Do your research I didn't and found a videogrpher on a popular site thinking he will do an amazing job. Months later I come to find out he was scamming couples and countless others out of their money and wedding videos, after nearly 6 months of asking for our video we finally got it with the wrong wedding date and mess of a video."
"My one piece of advice to a newly engaged bride is to try not to take on too many DIY projects before the wedding. While DIY can be fun and thrifty, it can also be overwhelming and stressful trying ensure all your projects are done in time for the wedding. It’s important to find a balance between taking projects on yourself and leaving things to the professionals. Hiring people to do things for you when you start to get overwhelmed can really alleviate some of the stress that comes with planning. Your wedding will come and go before you know it, so make sure you don’t book up all your time with projects and take time to actually enjoy this time of celebration and make positive, lasting memories. Remembering what the celebration is really about and spending time and having fun with your fiancé and family is more important than the money you will save with DIY."
"Hire a profesional wedding photographer! Looking back on my wedding day there was something I did oh so wrong, I went cheap on some things that were at the top of my "must" list. Chalk it up for being a young bride or uneducated but I hired a friend to photograph our wedding thinking there was no difference between a portrait photographer and a wedding photographer but I was WRONG! He came unprepaird and partied needless to say that friendship ended and we were missing many wedding photos with important family members."
"Hire a wedding planner, there are so many times I would have lost my cool or had not be present in the day to day if I didn't hire my wedding planner Marie. Having someone who can represent you in person at vendor meetings or on the day of when you cannot be present relieves so much stress. Also just having a professional and experienced planner by your side to guide you through the process is invaluable my husband even said I don't know what we would have done if Marie wasn't there to help."
"When we first started planning our wedding a videogrpher wasn't a priority and looking back I'm not even sure if it made the list. If I could go back I'd hire a videographer; I always thought I'll never watch the video, but now I wish I would have gotten it to look back on the day with my husband and our kids."
"In the end, I'd say my biggest piece of advice is "don't forget what the day is really about, the two of you". Wedding planning is stressful and overwhelming don't forget the beauty of why you're marrying your partner because in the end the rest falls away and after the day is done it's the two of you. We had planned an outdoor wedding and chose our venue for the outdoor space. The weekend before was 90 degrees and the day before was sunny and 75 in October. Our wedding day poured rain ALL day. We were both disappointed but none of our family members seemed to mind and everyone just kept talking about our vows. So while it wasn't the way we planned the core of the day was our love for each other and that's what mattered"
"Make a seating chart BUT do it the right way. I regret not making our seating chart in alphabetical order and making it by table number. It looked beautiful, but it took our guests twice as long to look for their names. "