Things I’m glad I/we did:
Stopped to smell the roses, so to speak. My favorite memories are the moments I looked around and took a mental photograph, tried to think about how I was feeling and what I was seeing. Like looking back at the crowd from the altar and seeing all my family and friends smiling up at us…it was so surreal.
We set a deadline for ourselves. All the little stuff, assembling programs and whatnot, was to be done the Thursday before our Saturday wedding so the day of the rehearsal and wedding would be relaxed, not rushed. We dropped off our box of decor with our venue coordinator Friday morning.
I ordered last minute platform flip flops. An hour or two into the reception, I really needed them.
And although a lot of people say they don’t want to spend the night with their FI or see him/her that morning, I’m really glad we spent the night together and shared coffee before parting ways. It really calmed my mind since we weren’t having a first look. And there’s nothing like waking up next to your FI and both being like, “Oh my God, we’re getting married today!”
Things I might have done differently:
Practiced walking the aisle in my dress. I had only practiced at my rehearsal, and it was a long stone pathway with stairs at the entry, so I was terrified of falling on my face. My walk ended up kind of rushed and…not entirely graceful.
Asked the second shooter to go get photos of the ballroom in daylight before starting our photos. I didn’t think those photos would mean anything to me, but now I’m kind of sad we don’t have them. Take every opportunity for photos! You don’t get a second chance to see these parts of your wedding day.
Spoken up to the hair and make-up artists. I had some notes from my trial, but the salon was really rushed because they had FOUR wedding parties there getting hair and make-up done (they had not warned me this was the case). The make-up artist didn’t take my notes into consideration when I said my eye make-up was too dark and smudgy and slapped the same dark cream shadow all over my lid. The stylist was going to do the same thing with my hair, but it ended up messier and flatter than it was at my trial, and I was disappointed. These aren’t things I took time to really notice until I compared photos from the trial and wedding day…I wish I’d been paying closer attention and said something!