Top 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Wedding...

#2 and #5 are my favorite.


 


Top 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before my Wedding


 

1. Trial your hair and make up. This one is probably my biggest warning. I didn't get to do this because we had a destination wedding, but I wish I had just skipped the added cost and had a friend do it. It's not that who I hired did a bad job, it was lovely and I keep getting compliments, but it wasn't what I envisioned, which freaked me out and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I wish I knew what it was going to look like before hand, same with my make up. 


2 and 5 are photo 3397256-1

I didn't have bridesmaids and the ceremony was very casual. I wanted the the gorgeous sunrise and Nick and I to be the only focus. You can't tell from this photo but my girlfriends Ariana and Darcie both randomly wore coral colored dresses which played out nicely! 

2. If there is an aspect of your wedding that you just love, love, love and can't live without it ...  you should prepare yourself that you might have to live without it. Things happen and you just never know what or when. Don't assume that because it's your day it will go your way. Sorry but it's the truth. Keep this in your head the whole time and you might put a lot less pressure on yourself.

2 and 5 are photo 3397256-2

We served donuts with frosting and sprinkles (from Duck Donuts, a local gem in the Outer Banks) and had a Barefoot Bubbly mimosa toast at our families beach house by the pool after the ceremony on the beach.  Later we had a casual brunch and cake.

3. Take video. Even if it's just your friends grabbing some video on their phones, you will be glad you have it (as usual, you were right mom). I kept fighting this idea, saying it wasn't necessary, but I was a ball of nerves and now I wish that I had something to see those moments over again as a calm, normal person.


2 and 5 are photo 3397256-3

The ceremony was my favorite part of the whole day. As I mentioned I loved our officiant and it was the most beautiful 30 minutes of my entire life.

4. Don't change your routine. For example, If you put self tanner on usually, do it the night before your wedding. I was nervous and tired, yet I couldn't sleep and skipped my normal beauty regiment since I had to be up for the sunrise ceremony. The result is me thinking I look pink from too much sun at the beach. If you get 8 hours of sleep normally, make sure that's what you get the night before, and if you don't eat crappy food, don't tell yourself it's okay to indulge because it's your big day, your stomach WILL hurt.


2 and 5 are photo 3397256-4

Photography was something I really stressed about and wanted to really reflect my sunrise wedding vision. Julie Dreelin really nailed it, the photos are exactly what I wanted and I couldn't be happier. Do splurge on the photos. They are important.

5. Remember, you're a real person not a magazine model. I know that sounds harsh but I read too much Style Me Pretty and Martha Stewart Weddings before my big day and really wanted everything to just be perfect, including me. I had this idea of what I wanted to look like and then friends unedited photos started rolling in on Facebook. Oh they just keep coming and coming. Even though I knew my dress was pretty and that I looked nice, I still felt disappointed. Keep your expectations in check.


2 and 5 are photo 3397256-5

 


Posted on August 28, 2012 at 5:42 am
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jmbuss9
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love these!

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 5:46 am
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These are wonderful
Posted on August 28, 2012 at 6:43 am
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This is very useful!

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 11:36 am
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What a great post!!

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 11:41 am
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Great!! Thanks!!

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 11:45 am
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Fantastic post!
Posted on August 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm
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Love these and 5 is my favorite!

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm
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Great advice!

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm
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These are great, and ditto MrsHarris -- number five is so true (and number two, as well!). It seems like the pressure on brides just keeps growing...I hate to think of anyone disappointed in their special day because of an unrealistic standard.
Posted on August 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm
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Great post, and I think you look amazing, your dress is GORGEOUS!!!

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm
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this is a great reality check!! all of them! its SOOO easy to compare yourself and your day to the airbrushed fake "perfect" weddings in magazines and movies, that you (i) sometimes have a hard time realizing how unrealistic some of your (my) visions are!! thanks for this post!

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 2:35 am
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This is a great article and I totally agree with number two! Words to live by!

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 2:43 am
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Thank you for posting this!!! Number 5 is my fav because all i keep thinking about is how perfect I need to look and I don't want bad pics because I have a weird look on my face lol. I just need to remind myself to enjoy the day, and my happiness should shine right thru on the pics!!

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 3:30 am
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love that i found this on here. we're getting marriend in obx too - i saw your pics on julie's site a few months ago. gorgeous wedding!

Posted on December 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm
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Great tips!! I feel like I'm going to struggle with #2 myself in that I am a very "stick to the plan" type of person and I feel like I might panic if something doesn't go as planned. I think I need to just be prepared like you said that things may not happen!

Posted on December 30, 2012 at 4:06 am
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The only thing I want for my day is to have happy well fed guests and this si what has been causing me nightmares for the last 2 nights in a row.


I am cooking everything myself, but I had to decide to splurge on someone to serve my guests there is just no way I could do it!


I am preparing all the food the night before and the morning of and the times for each to go in and come out of the ovens. All they have to do is go from oven to buffet table.

Posted on December 30, 2012 at 4:29 am

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