Weddings Closer to Home

Read these tips from real-life brides who have "been there, done that" and have practical tips and advice to share with anyone planning a wedding.

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Simone's Story: "When I walked down the aisle, I only looked at my soon-to-be husband, not at the wedding guests along the aisle. Tim took one look at me and started crying. It was sweet."


Her Tips:

Focus on what is right, not wrong: "Everything will not be perfect. Something will go wrong. You have been planning all the tiny details of your wedding for so long and are so close to it that only you will notice the imperfections, we had plenty of them. Everyone else will have a ball, so don’t sweat it. Just smile and keep moving and laugh at it later."

Remember to eat: "You’re so busy milling around you may forget!"

Practice your smile and remember to smile all day: "The photographer and all of the guests are snapping away, smile because you don’t want any photos with weird faces. Also try to eat gracefully because people are taking pictures literally all day long, like paparazzi!"

Keep track of wedding cards and gift money: "When you receive cards containing cash at the reception, write how much was given on the back. We did not do that and now wish that we had. We got hundreds of cards at the wedding which we assume contained money, but now we are not sure who gave how much."

Give each other gifts the morning of: "I gave Tim a monogrammed pocket watch with a quote from our favorite song, and he wrote me a love letter. It was cute to get a gift the morning of the ceremony to center me. I was nervous before!"