Dream Day Memories
Eight couples share their wedding story and give tips to help you plan for your own picture-perfect day.
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The Couple: Laurie & Jeff Clay
The Date: February 26
The Scene: The home of a close family friend in Dallas, TX
"After watching my sister plan a wedding for approximately 500 people, I decided to go very low key and have 25 people at a beautiful home of a close family friend. Because I have a large extended family, we basically had just immediate family and a few aunts and uncles. It was so intimate and fun! Jeff and I actually went to high school together and reconnected 12 years later, so having this home wedding near where we both grew up was extra special."
Think small so you can splurge.
"Because we didn’t have the expense of a huge wedding, we could splurge on a classical guitarist for background music during the dinner that followed the ceremony."
Don’t listen to the nay-sayers.
"So many people were worried that I would be disappointed having such a small wedding, but it suited us perfectly. Couples should do what they want to do. Sometimes weddings take on a life of their own and these ‘productions’ don’t always really reflect the couple’s wishes."
Spread the joy.
"Even though the actual ceremony was very small, I’ve tried to make others feel included. You can still make people feel a part of it by getting together afterwards. I’ve been having a blast sharing the pictures with my close friends after the wedding."
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