As my summer grew busier, my Friday posts disappeared. Today it's back with some advice and inspiration straight from a newly wed bride! This is a new series I hope to add this summer, I have asked some brides to participate and share their experience with you. My first guest blogger is Mrs. Georgina Dunks. I knew she would provide wonderful answers for planning couples! I loved what she shared here!!! Here goes!
1. What was your favorite memory from the wedding? The First dance was so special to us. Jake and I talked throughout the whole thing. It was like the only time we got to talk just the two of us all night. It was our own private moment although all the attention was on us. It was just really an awesome moment. A close second would be walking down the isle with my two dads and seeing jake at the end waiting for me, that's when it really "hit" me, it was surreal that THIS was MY wedding and it was really happening.
2. What could you have done without? There was a lot of little stuff that I bought right away when I started planning. I didn't have a plan for it, but just thought things were "cute" and would "go so well" with the wedding, but as time got closer, there were quite a few of those things that I either didn't use or just used for the sake of using it because I had it. I would say, don't buy anything until you have a set plan for its use.
3. What is your best advice for planning brides? Relax. Trust me, I know it's easier said than done. But if you're anything like me, people won't notice half of the little details you are slaving away over. Make the day yours and make it just how you want it, but do it for you. Your guests won't care if your cocktail napkins match your dinner napkins and they won't notice that you matched the fonts on your signs so perfectly. If those things make you happy, do it. I did. But do it because you care about it and it makes you happy, not because you're worried what others will think. This is so cliche, but truly and honestly your guests are there to help you celebrate because they love you. So that was my long winded way of saying "don't sweat the small stuff" :)
4. Looking back, what was the MOST important? For me it was a combination of my state of mind and choosing my vendors wisely. I love planning and spent so much time getting everything right. The day of the wedding (ok, after like 9 am) I told myself and prepped myself to not worry about anything anymore. It actually was really nice to be able to enjoy the day and not stress. A huge part of this was the behind the scenes work that my vendors and family and friends did. They all had a part in keeping things going smoothly.
5. What did you plan/Book first? Dress, venue, Photographer ? I knew who I wanted as my photographer from the get go. So it was a little bit of a coordination between venue and photographer. I found our venue but didn't book it officially until we knew that Dani was available for the date as well.