(Closed) tips and strategies to remain present and enjoy your wedding day

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
661 posts
Busy bee

Keep it moving. Say hello and thank the person for coming but don’t spend half the night saying hello to everyone. I felt like by the time we had gone to each table, half the night was already over! 

Whether you do a first look or not, try to have some of the pictures done before the ceremony so that you don’t cut into dinner/cocktail hour and spend half the night taking pictures not enjoying the reception.

Post # 18
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Ballroom

I agree with having a DOC. Having photos before the ceremony with a First Look and as much as possible with the wedding party helped us get to the reception sooner and start the party. I also had my phone with me prior to the ceremony and took a few spontaneous selfies in the very limited down-time which I am so glad I got. You really have to just work on savoring the moments. The ones that were most important to me were our vows, the father-daughter dance, our first dance and the speeches. Those are ingrained in my brain.


I also think that if you can afford it, get a videographer because they are able to capture moments that you will miss because you will be the center of attention. We have watched our wedding video over and over because of some of the awesome moments that happened when we were busy getting hitched! 

Post # 19
444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Stay hydrated.

Post # 20
1474 posts
Bumble bee

I had a DOC and like others have said that helps A LOT because they take care of all the day to day stuff with vendors and guests. My husband and I didn’t have our phones on us at all so we wouldn’t be distracted by people trying to contact us/ asking questions. 

I think I was naturally “in the moment” once it was time to enter for the ceremony. It isn’t a blur at all to me even though it was definitely a very surreal moment. I will never forget how he looked at me when he saw me for the first time (we didn’t do a first look). 🙂 

Weddings are so special. I wouldn’t stress about it being a blur or not being in the moment. It’s very different from an engagement party. 

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