I wanted to recognize all the amazing people who made our day amazing… and offer my tips to anyone planning a wedding in Dallas, on a short timeline, or anyone who actually cares what I have to say. So to kick this whole thing off (I know, I’m long winded)…
Top 5 Things for a Perfect Wedding Day
1. Trust your Professionals. It sounds simple, right? It’s easy to forget that when you get caught up in the details, but I hired them for a reason. I let my wedding coordinator plan the schedule, I let my musicians tell me when we needed to choose different music, I trusted my florist to make substitutions. I didn’t need to micromanage them – they do this all the time! If you don’t trust them, don’t hire them!
2. Give yourself enough time. Our wedding didn’t start until 7:30pm, but we still started getting ready before noon. My wedding coordinator talked to my make-up artist and hair stylist to ensure that everyone had enough time to do their best job. We ran on-time all night… because we allotted enough time for everything! I was completely calm and collected on the day of – something I did not expect to happen AT ALL.
3. Lay out your expectations in advance. This is something my husband and I always try and do – and sometimes it backfires but no one is a mind reader. If you don’t want your best man to tell the stories that would make your grandmother’s hair stand on end – tell him well before the wedding. If you expect everyone to have their hair and make up done by a professional, tell people with enough time to budget for it – or offer to help offset the cost. If you plan to have a black-tie affair, make sure people can infer from your invitation or utilize family to spread the word. If you aren’t inviting kids, you better make sure people know. Things may not go the way you ask, but at least you’ve given people fair warning!
4. Be kind and gracious. Seriously. Who wants to help someone who has been an absolute terror all day? There’s no reason for it – everyone is doing the best they can and things ALWAYS turn out better when people don’t hate you. You’ll be happier too. 😉
5. Go with it. You might slip and fall (I did – more on that another day). Your florist may forget to put something in your bouquet (your wedding planner may send them back for it). People will get their feelings hurt over something unintentional (Yours will too). Forgive them all. Your DJ will play things on your DO NOT PLAY list (and it will keep the party going). Life will go on and at the end of the day you’ll be married and you’ll have spent the most amazing day surrounded by your sweet friends and family. It will be over far too quickly so you might as well enjoy it. 🙂