Today I celebrate my 8 year anniversary with my husband, Brian. We truly are best friends, have 2 amazing daughter and 2 of the cutest dogs. I am thankful for everything in my life.
First and foremost what made my wedding amazing was the fact that I was marrying the man I loved and we were able to celebrate with 200 of our closest family and friends. Nothing can top that.
However, through my experience I can give some excellent advice.
Lesson 1: SPEND MONEY ON PHOTO AND VIDEO! The photographs and video are you only lasting memory you have from your wedding. At the end of the day, the band goes home, the flowers are thrown away, your guests leave. What's left - your photos and video that will last forever. It is key to spend money to get the best photographer and videographer. You will be happy you did. We had the absolute worst photographer and videographer. I couldn't even find 40 photos I liked for my album and my video guy missed every single key moment!
Lesson 2: RENT CHAIRS. This will make a big difference in the decor shots and the overall feel of the room. At the time, my mom and I thought that was one expense we could do without. Looking back at the photos, it looks terrible to see such a nice centerpiece with the country club chairs.
Lesson 3: KEEP IT ALL IN PERSPECTIVE. Yes, having every i dotted and t crossed is important and making sure your vision for your special day comes to life is key, but never lose sight of the big picture - that on your wedding day you are marrying the man you love and are kicking off the first day of the rest of your lives together.
Spending the last 6 years planning other people's weddings I have seen so much and have really honed in on my taste and have a great eye for interpreting other people's vision. My mom asks me all the time how my wedding rates on a scale of 1-10. Honestly, looking at materialistic things - I would have hired a different photographer and videographer, would have rented chairs and would have taken the big huge bow off my bouquet, but in the end I was able to marry the man I loved and celebrate with 200 of my closest family & friends and I would never change that for the world!