Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Do's and Don'ts

Happy Wednesday!!! 
I'm going to practice being bossy 
(in order to get ready for my second graders coming on Monday!
by telling you what to do and not do if you are planning a wedding!!! 
{Coming from experience, obvi! I want to share these tips before I become consumed with school and forget them!!!}

*DO plan for an hour more than you think you will need to get ready. Getting pretty takes time! 
And getting stressed is not pretty!

*DO prepare your shot list for your photographer and update it often. 
This is where I went wrong...I made an awesome list, but then forgot to update it with all of the cute photo-ops I pinned on Pinterest!
Some examples of photos I didn't get:

Ok, so maybe that last one I could still take with my mom and grandma....but the others? NEVER. AGAIN. Tear!
 Sooooo, make sure on that paper, you have EVERY photo you want!!! ***Oh and you will not be looking on Pinterest the day of your wedding!!!! It needs to be on the paper in your photographers' hands!!!!

{P.S. This, in no way shape or form, means I am not happy with my wedding pictures!!! I just love them so much, I wish there were 1204828 more! HA!}

*DO  plan to wear a semi-cute outfit to get ready in the morning of! There will be a lot of pics taken during this time and you don't want to be caught in crappy sweats!!! 

*DO save some of your meal from the rehearsal dinner to eat the day of!!! Or plan for a yummy meal to get catered in! We needed to meet a minimum $$$ at our rehearsal dinner, so in order to do that, my genius MOH made the suggestion that we get a bunch of my favorite salads made to go!!! One less thing I had to worry about, and I'm never too nervous/busy to scarf down a Mexican Chopped Salad from Cantina!!!

*DO make sure to get around to all of your guests during the reception. Easier said than done!! We did fine on the first half of the room, and then they made us sit and the time we got to the second half of the room, some people had already left! :/

*DO EAT. Everyone says it...and I remember thinking, "Of course I'll eat! I eat all the time! I'll be starving!" But honestly, if the sweet people at Bentley's had not grabbed Trav and me and put us in our chairs, I can tell you now--WE. WOULD. NOT. HAVE. EATEN.
{Here's proof! See us?! Eating???!}

*DO invest in a wedding planner and videographer
1. I wish we had a videographer. I love the pictures, but a cute movie would have been nice, too.
2. I may be Mrs. Wedding Planner Extraordinaire; however, it would have been nice to have a little sidekick to help me at times, and to have someone help the drunk guests light the sparklers, so we didn't come out to this:
Bahahah...yes those are unlit sparklers. Luckily, my brother's very intelligent (and sober) girlfriend finally got them to light! Thanks Angie! :)
Just little stuff like that, it would have been nice to have a wedding planner for!

*DO have some alone time for you and your new hubs during the day. We had a last dance for just the two of us (while our friends were trying to light sparklers, see above). It was so special, and while we have no pictures of it, it is something I will always remember. 
I highly recommend this to anyone planning a wedding!!!!

*DON'T feel pressure (from photographers or anyone else) to do a first look. We didn't do one, and I am SOOOOO glad we did not give in to the trend!! It was so special to see each other for the first time while I was walking down the aisle with my dad! I think I would have totally regretted if we had done a first look!

*DON'T yell at your bridesmaids! Be nice!!! They have spent a lot of money to be a part of your big day!!! 
(I didn't yell at mine....I don't think....I'm just saying, be nice!)

*DON'T be a big drinker. You can put down the wine glass while dancing. It will be ok.

Oops. Sorry I'm not sorry.

Well that's all I got!!! 
I'll need to remember all of these for our vow renewal next year (HAHAHA, I kid)!!!


  1. I feel yea with the eating!!! We didn't eat because so many people were coming up to us. We had about 300 people. We got to our hotel that night and ordered pizza haha

  2. Haha I'm glad you didn't do a first look either!! But I loved the first look for the bridesmaids!! Also, Sorry I'm not sorry about the sparklers :o)