For Brides, From Brides

So you’re a new bride-to-be?  Congratulations!  We’re so excited for you, and we know you’re looking for advice and ideas.  How many times have you looked online as a new bride-to-be and felt overwhelmed with the search results?  There are so many blogs and vendors and Pinterest boards and even friends that claim they can solve all of your bridal world problems that sometimes it is hard to step back and see the unbiased truth.  We try our hardest to provide our clients and readers with the best advice and industry help that we can…but we understand that sometimes you need to get a second opinion!

We know you’ve all heard the phrase, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”  It’s true!  So today we’re giving you multiple baskets full of the finest advice just for you!  We’ve thought long and hard about how we’ve wanted to accomplish gathering outside sources of advice for brides and we decided that there’s no better source to “tell you how it really is” than ladies who have already been in your shoes.  Our “From Brides, For Brides” series will be an ongoing presentation, so that you can hear exactly what the planning and wedding process is like!  Please help us give our warmest welcome to two of our brides who are here to answer some questions about what you need “To-Do” before the “I Do!”

 

Heather and Neal – April 2012 – The Carolina Inn

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1) What aspect of your wedding did you love the most?

Our favorite moment was definitely the ceremony. When we locked eyes as I was walking down the aisle, we both felt an overwhelming feeling of love and knew that we were in the right place.  We took a lot of time to write our vows together and they were very meaningful to us- in fact, we go to The Carolina Inn every year on our anniversary and sneak out to the Bryan Courtyard at night to renew our vows.

2) What was the one (or few) things you stressed the most over during planning? (did it end up being a priority on the day-of?)

The groom says the first dance but I say all of the crafts that I decided to take on.  Two days before the wedding I was up until 1am baking and icing cookies and assembling goodie bags for each hotel guest and still working on the centerpieces and fabric pom decorations.  Honesty, I didn’t think about them once the wedding day arrived!

3) What do you wish you had put more money into your budget for/why?

We had family and friends coming from all over the world: Paris, Poland, New York, etc- we wish we had done more than just had the rehearsal dinner and put together some cocktail hours or lunches where we could have interacted more with friends and family we don’t see often enough.

4) What did your planner do on the day-of that you didn’t expect or know of until after the day was over?

Two things: I had imagined that the venue would handle the decorations, but there was Gina, up in a tree hanging our lanterns!  Also, we didn’t realize how much piece of mind having A Southern Soiree would give us, we literally had no worries and the movement from dinner, to the cake, dancing, etc felt effortless and unstaged.

Jessica and Mike – June 2015 – The Umstead

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1) What aspect of your wedding did you love the most?

I don’t know if I carry narrow it down to just one aspect/moment I loved the most- everything aspect was amazing!  One of my favorite moments, besides actually marrying Mike ;), was our sneak peak of the ballroom. Seeing the room for the first time and seeing how all your planning and ideas had come together to create such a beautiful/magical space was an amazing moment.

2) What was the one (or few) things you stressed the most over during planning? (did it end up being a priority on the day-of?)

I feel as if I had different stressors throughout the entire process. Deciding who to invite and who not to invite was stressful. This was not a priority at all on the wedding day. Towards the end of the planning process I was stressed over how the overall vision would look. I thought I had too much white and not enough color in our ballroom but with Megan’s reassurance it turned out beyond my wildest dreams.

3) What do you wish you had put more money into your budget for/why?

Mike said we maxed out our budget, hahah! I honestly don’t think I would have changed a thing or spent more money on anything else.

4) What did your planner do on the day-of that you didn’t expect or know of until after the day was over?

She hid the weather report from me :)! But was honest and managed my expectations by letting me know it was going to rain at some point and to not be alarmed!! I also didn’t expect to be so relaxed and worry free on the day of. Because of Megan and Gina, my family and I had absolutely nothing to worry about except if we thought our hair/makeup needing some tweaking :)!!