So, as if I haven’t talked about it enough, I got married in May. It was quite an event, and I thought I’d share with you the 5 most important things I learned in the run up to the big day, and afterwards too. So here you go:
1. Learn what to DIY and what to Buy.
It sounds obvious, but it’s definitely worth thinking about. Short story: I was going to DIY a whole load of little crates for the centrepieces. I worked out the cost of the wood and the time it would take to make them. Then I went on eBay and realised I could get some exactly the right size for half the price of the materials without any production time. That saved me SO much money/time/stress.
2. Planning a wedding is a great time to engage with family & Friends
I rebuilt connections. I built bridges. And we hosted a couple of pre-marriage parties that introduced people from different circles. My social life now is so great compared to a year ago and building bridges with the important people in my life really was worth it.
3. Don’t waste money on extra food.
I made a candy cart and a cheese tower. We took 90% of it home with us. Seriously, it’s really not worth it.
The photo booth however? Totally worth the infinitesimal amount of money for some props – photos below. (I bought some cardboard props from eBay, and used a bunch of stuff from my dress up box, with an old curtain as a backdrop)
4. Enjoy the planning, and the day.
It takes up so much of your life, that when it’s finally there, it’s over so quickly and you feel a little empty afterwards. I had a few plans made for after the wedding so I didn’t feel too lost, and our honeymoon wasn’t until July so we had something to look forward to. Some of the best parts of the planning for me were my husband and I choosing the songs for our playlist, makeup trials, and getting all the girls together for dressing up sessions. On the day, I had only three alcoholic drinks. Keeping a clear head was totally worth it as I can remember 3very minute detail of the day and it’s something I can cherish.
5. The honeymoon period DOES exist.
I thought it was just a saying. But if you truly love your partner, there will be magic on the day. And magic for quite a while after. You will both feel it. My husband and I have never been closer than since we got married. It sounds totally daft, and I never believed it myself because we’ve been together for 11 years. I just assumed it would be just another day. Wrong. It was so unbelievably special!
So there you have it. 5 wedding tips for all you brides (or grooms) to be. Good luck!