Wedding Do's and Don'ts

3 years ago

Since wedding season has officially begun, I have been thinking about all of the things I wish I had done or known when planning my wedding day nearly six years ago. There was no such thing as Pinterest! Gasp! Am I really that old?!?  

My wedding day was absolutely wonderful! But there are a few things I wish I had done differently, and a few things I did right, so I am sharing them in hopes you can make sure your own day is truly special.

IMG_0121{DON'T} stress the small stuff.  Seriously, something will go wrong, even if it's just something small like a bridesmaid wears the wrong earrings. Or the sound system cutting out during the middle of the ceremony {yep, it happened to us}.  But most people won't even notice or remember those things.  They're more focused on you--- it is your day after all!

{DO} hire a videographer.  I know this seems like just an extra expenditure if you are already paying for a photographer, but it will be worth it.  This is something I didn't do, and I regret it so much.  I love looking at the pictures from our day, but I so wish I could actually watch the wedding.  It's such a blur in my memory now.

IMG_4935{DO} hire a photographer. A good one.  This kind of goes along with the previous "do," but you will have those pictures for the rest of your life.  Hire a good photographer and tell them ahead of time what shots you want {i.e. posed or candid, with certain family members or members of the bridal party, etc.}.  I am so thankful that I had the photographer that I did.  He was fantastic!

{DON'T} forget to have a minute or two alone with your new husband during the festivities.  Every time I turned around, Jeff and I had been pulled in opposite directions.  I was thankful we had a couple of minutes to ourselves between the ceremony and reception.

{DO} have bridal portraits done.  For some reason, I think cost, I didn't have bridal portraits done.

IMG_0139{DON'T} let someone talk you into something for the wedding that you don't want to do {or talk you out of something you really want to do}.  Now, I'm not saying be a bridezilla and throw a temper tantrum whenever you don't get your way.  But, if it's something important to you or something that could really affect the wedding, stick to your guns.  One thing I had to put my foot down on was the number of guests.  My in-laws wanted me to send invites to all of these extended family members of Jeff's that they never saw or talked to.  Due to limited space and cost, we could not accommodate all of those people.  Even though my in-laws didn't think those family members would come {they just wanted us to send the invites as a courtesy}, I said no and I am glad we did.  It would've been so stressful if they did decide to come with the limited space we had.

{DO} enjoy YOUR day.  It is one of the few times in your life that the day is all about you and your new husband.  Enjoy every minute of it!

IMG_5085Also, {DON'T} have an outdoor ceremony in August. It's HOT. ;-)


Do you have an advice for soon-to-be brides? If so, share it in the comments!


***This is in no way a sponsored post, but I have to give my amazing photographer, Keith Ketchum, the credit he deserves!  Check him out at

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