1. Hire A Pro Wedding Photographer
I know, I know, you know a really good friend who does photography! Let me tell you right now, they will not take you as seriously as they would another client. My best friend’s husband, this is literally all he does is take and edit videos and photography, these were for sure not his best quality work. Both of them brought their super fancy, super expensive cameras, and out of all the pictures they took I only really truly like a handful of them. I wish I had just spent the money I spent paying for their hotel and put it towards a photographer and video-grapher, and I highly recommend you do the same!
2. Prioritize Your Food Plan!
So, my fiancé and I had a lot going on in our personal life the 9 or so months between our engagement and our wedding, so while the food was talked about, it always took a back seat to things like the décor and where all that needed to go. I knew I wanted turkey pinwheels, but other than that, I had no plans, and it showed when the wedding finally rolled around. All we had were the turkey pinwheels my fiancé and I made, some chicken salad cream puffs, and a vegetable tray. Which, if all you are planning is light refreshments is fine, but for me, it was a detail that very much got over looked and I wish I could go back and do more food. So prioritize your food plan! Your guests will be much happier and so will you!
3. Fuck Everyone Else and Their Feelings
Okay this one is a real struggle for literally everyone that has ever talked about getting married. Your mom wants this, their mom wants that, but neither of the people getting married want anything to do with it. This is a time old conundrum with weddings. And I, along with so many other people will tell you, fuck what everyone else wants. What do you and your fiancé want? Do that. Because at the end of the day, this is your wedding, and you’re the one who has to look back on it in twenty years and be happy with it.
Lucky for me, my in laws didn’t care what we did, they just needed to know the when, where and what they needed to do.
4. Don't Pick Willy-Nilly
When picking your wedding party, really take the time and consider this. These people will be in your wedding photos for time and all eternity. I have only been married since May and I literally only talk to 1 of my bridesmaids now who isn’t my sister. Don’t pick the people you are currently having the most fun with, pick the people you’ve consistently had fun with over the years of your life. Weddings are a stressful time, and honestly a lot of times, people get jealous of the things you have that they do not. And sometimes, people can’t handle when things aren’t about them, and they ultimately don’t get the final say. So just remember these things when making the final choices. Because you don’t want to look back and be mad at the pictures.
5. Be Sure To Crank The Music
Don’t hesitate to play that funky music! Play it loud, play it proud! There will be so much commotion and talking that you will need to turn the music up a fair amount to make sure the playlist you spent time agonizing over is heard.
6. Get That Butt On The Dance Floor
7. Don't Even Bother With Parting Gifts
Let’s be real here, they are going to get left in the car of your guests for months on end until they finally just toss them out. People are supposed to be buying you gifts, not the other way around! Use your money elsewhere, forget thank you gifts!
8. Remember Lost Loved Ones
9. Most Important, Be Tuned In.
Live in the moment, take mental pictures and check in with yourself. You are marrying the love of your life. Look around at all the people who are there supporting you, loving you, and celebrating your love. Smile, cry, laugh, be fully invested in the day. Because no matter what happens, even if it doesn’t all go perfect, you still win, because you have married the person you were meant to be with.