Getting ready for the big day? These brides look back on their own days to give you advice as you plan. We hope this honest advice we’ve gathered from real people helps:
“My advice is, don’t be concerned with what others think from the decor to the dress. Ones taste may not be yours, do what simply makes you happy and feels the best in your heart. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what others think, all that matters is you marry your best friend, partner in crime and the love of your life.” -Kate S.
“As a former bride…hire a photographer who you not only like their work, but you also like THEM! My photographer took amazing shots, but is also a great guy…he bustled my dress when no one else could figure it out, he helped get my veil in, when people were handing me gifts and my hands were full he was helping me carry them (and still getting pictures), it was the best decision I made.” -Larissa C.
“Don’t expect everything to go perfectly. We had 3 different limos companies show up even though we only requested quotes from them and didn’t actually book them. My dress bustle wasn’t unlatching so I ended up just keeping is bustled all day. Expect the unexpected and don’t let it ruin everything for you. Focus on what matters, your new spouse.” – Ashley Meyer, Owner of Meyer Photo + Video
“From being a former bride, take the time to sit and watch your guests having fun and EAT! From a wedding coordinator, don’t stress on the small stuff and have realistic expectations. Your day is perfect because you are marrying the love of your life!” —Stefanie Zanetti of Weddings by Stefanie
“Pick THREE aspects of your wedding to splurge on that you agree upon with your spouse. Ours were food/drink, DJ and photography. Everything else, do on a budget without a second thought.” – Blogger Steffanie Entralgo at Brighter, Darling
“My advice would be if you’re going to splurge on something, spend the money on a good photographer. You don’t realize how important photos are until the day is gone. They’re something to treasure forever. I lost my grandfather suddenly one month after my wedding. I am forever grateful I have those final photos of him.” -Karissa A.