1. Don’t plan on leaving any tasks for the day before or the day of the wedding.
New last minute things that you don’t even think of will pop up and you might not have time to do everything. We forgot to buy markers for our “guest book”! We had these really cool pages for the guests to fill out, but only about ¼ of the guests filled them out.
2. It is totally worth it.
All the planning, hard work and money that goes into the wedding is truly worth it. In the final stressful weeks of planning, I was questioning whether we should have just planned a casual or destination wedding… However, I had no idea how special and meaningful it would be. I’m so glad “we” put in all the work (and by “we” really I mainly mean my Mom, there’s no way the wedding would have happened without all of her hard work.)
3. Make enough time to see all of your guests.
I’ve always thought receiving lines were kind of a waste of time, but now I totally understand why people have them. We didn’t start walking around to see our guests until after dinner and it was really hard to get around to see each guest once people were up and moving around. If you aren’t having a receiving line, then I would suggest walking around tables during the dinner while guests are still seated. Especially if you have a big wedding…we only had about 65 guests!
This advice was given to me from a former bride and it really makes sense. Everything goes by so fast, and if you don’t make a point of remembering the night, decor, faces, moments, the whole night could just pass you by in a flash.
5. Splurge on a few things.
Some of you might remember how I was considering making my own cupcakes. I ended up scoping out the cupcake scene in Toronto. I found a fabulous company by the name of Cupcaketionery. Their prices were a littler higher than some of the other quotes I got, but the cupcakes were worth every penny. Every time I looked at my cupcakes during the wedding, they made me smile. They were so gorgeous and very delicious. The other splurge was the dress. It was really worth the money. I felt like a princess all night and you can only wear a dress like that once in a lifetime.
6. Go with a professional photographer.
We had considered using a student photographer to cut on costs, but definitely go with a professional photographer. Kim Lovell not only took fantastic shots, but she was great at giving direction and letting us know what to do next. She posted a glimpse of our wedding on her blog at http://kimlovellblog.com.
7. Dance, dance, dance.
I had so much fun dancing at my wedding. We stayed dancing right until the very end of the night. Ladies, get some Dr. Scholl’s Ball of Foot Inserts, they made a huge difference! I wore my heels all night. We ended up hiring a DJ and it was nice during the night to be able to give requests and have him do some announcing. We used a company Bounce Entertainment and the DJ was fantastic. I ran out of time to give them a song request list, but they played fantastic music anyways.
8. Don’t over-rehearse things.
Our officiant Gordon Kushner told us not to practice our vows because they’d come out sounding rehearsed. We took his advice with regards to the vows and also the whole night. We skipped a rehearsal dinner, and let the events unfold naturally.
Both of my Grandmothers were there for my wedding day. Maleke and I had family and friends travel to come to our wedding. Our wedding party worked their butts off before and after the wedding to make it all happen. Our families get along great. I found my “better half” and married him. The list goes on, but seriously take a moment to realize how lucky you are.
10. Live happily ever after :)
I have so much more that I want to share with all of you. I’m really looking forward to writing a future blog all about pulling off our circus theme wedding. I’m also going to be sharing with you one of the most unique gifts that you can give to your husband on your wedding day.
Until next time!