by: Lauren

Being that my wedding anniversary is tomorrow, I can’t help but think of the days leading up to my wedding day. With that, I also can’t help but think of the things that I should have known and been prepared for on my wedding day. And so, I thought I would share a few things that you need to know for your wedding day- both things to do beforehand, as well as things for the day-of! So no matter where you are in your planning, save this, and don’t forget to come back to it so you can make sure you’ve done everything you possibly can to ensure you have a great wedding day!

20+ Things You Need To Know For Your Wedding Day

1. You are marrying your best friend…

and the best part of a wedding is what comes in the days, months, and years after! :)

2. Everything will not go completely according to plan- it never does.

However, chances are good that you won’t even know about it (unless you don’t have a wedding planner), and it’s going to be amazing no matter what. :)

3. Create a timeline for the whole day.

Your wedding day timeline is going to be one of the most important things needed for your wedding day to run smoothly. [Read more here: Creating A Wedding Day Timeline]

4. Keep your bridal party and family members in the loop.

I recommend sending out an “itinerary” the week of the wedding containing important times and places for them to know about. Your wedding planner should do this if you have one!

5. Assigned seating is a good thing.

An easy way to make sure your wedding will run smoothly is to ensure that your guests know where to sit. How will your guests know this? You assign them to a table and tell them where to go! [Read more here: Why Alphabetical Order Is So Important!]

6. If DIYing, have everything finished before your wedding week!

Have all of your projects “just about” done 2 weeks before your wedding, and absolutely completed 1 week before. You definitely don’t want to be working on things the night before your wedding (like I was, making menus until 2am with my best friend)!

7. Know what the transportation situation will be for your guests and your bridal party.

Difficult parking, traveling together in a limo, leaving the wedding… all things that you need to think about and take care of beforehand! [Read more here: Wedding Guest Transportation]

8. Don’t forget about transportation for yourself!

Know the transportation situation for your guests and bridal party, but also know how you are getting home (or to your hotel) after the reception!

9. No one wants to bug you for money on your wedding day!

Try to make all of your payments before the wedding day. One less thing on your mind just means more enjoyment for you!

10. Tipping vendors- it’s nice, but not expected.

The question of whether or not to tip your vendors is probably going to come up. There’s really no right or wrong answer to whether or not you tip your vendors- it’s just based on the quality of your experience with them! It helps to be prepared to tip them on your wedding day, and then you can base your final decision on your experience with them on the day. Or, you can always send a tip after the wedding!  [Read more here: Tipping Vendors]

20+ Things You Need To Know For Your Wedding Day

Image by The Hons, via CHIC MODERN & INDUSTRIAL WEDDING INSPIRATION

11. Don’t forget to pack a bag for your wedding night!

You’ll probably be getting ready somewhere other than where you’re spending your wedding night, so make sure to either have someone drop your bag off there, or ask someone to remember to send you away with it.

12. The Marriage License… Who’s responsible for it?

Once married, your officiant will pull you aside so you can sign your marriage license. Know beforehand whether or not the officiant will turn it in, if you’ll have to, or if your planner will. [Read more here.]

13. Weather cannot be controlled- know your backup plan!

Even if you hope and pray and just try not to think about it, there is always a chance that it might rain (or snow or hail or whatever). Have a backup plan in place!

14. Vendor Meals… Do you need them?

It’s nice to feed your vendors a meal if they’ll be working longer than 4 hours at your wedding and are present during meal time. [Read more here.]

15. Do some prep for your family photo time

Enlisting the help of trusted family members can be a huge help in moving the pictures along. You can create a photo list complete with who’s needed for what picture, and leave it to your “wrangler” to get everyone ready.

16. Know where your presents and cards will be going.

Have a person designated to take your presents and/or cards for you if you’re not going right home. I always prefer to send the cards with the couple, since they’re easy to carry- plus you get to open them that night or the morning after!

17. Take a breather and just get away from all the people for a few minutes.

A wedding reception is overwhelming. There are lots of people, and lots of things to do, and it’s totally okay if you take a breather and just hang out with your new spouse for a few minutes.

18. Have an extra pair of *comfortable* shoes.

Flip flops, flats, sneakers- I don’t care what they are, but have a pair of comfortable shoes so you don’t have to sit out on dancing just because your feet are killing you! Take it from the girl who bought shoes that were half a size too small just because they were the right color and on sale -also don’t do that either!

19. Stick to your normal drink.

This might be the age-old wedding day recommendation, but it really is true. I don’t care if it’s Bud Light, wine, gin, whatever- oh but not red wine! Sure, try the signature drink, but if you’re not used to it, don’t drink it all night.

20. Bring some snacks!

It never fails- you or your fiance are too nervous to eat before the ceremony, and then afterwards, during photos, you’re starving! If you have a bag with you, pack some snacks, or give them to a bridesmaids or your wedding planner.

+ More things will be added!


Because I know that there are SO many other things, I want to hear from YOU! If you have already been married or if you’re a wedding pro, what things do you think brides and grooms need to know to prep for their wedding?

Comment below to share your recommendations and they might be added to the post!

 



by: Michelle

Hints of rustic southern charm mixed with an elegant style created the perfect peach and white wedding for Kellie and Cliff. This gorgeous couple has known each other since childhood, and something about their wedding details, captured by Korie Lynn Photography, truly makes you feel their love. Kellie is here with us today sharing more about her wedding and the planning process…

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

My matron of honor (who was also coincidentally my photographer, Korie Lynn) helped me most throughout the entire wedding/planning process- ESPECIALLY on our wedding day.   She is AMAZING and wore so many hats that day.  I’m blessed to have her as a friend.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

I just really wanted to work with people who had a clear vision of what we wanted our wedding day to look like (both aesthetics and scheduling).  Making an awesome Pintrest board definitely helped with sharing our vision.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

Ultimately our inspiration was to have a day that my husband and I could look back on and remember how beautiful it was- not because of the “stuff” or the physical beauty of it all, but because it was the day we chose to commit ourselves to one another for the rest of our lives.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

That’s a loaded question!  I definitely loved our venue and the flexibility we had to really tailor each detail to who “we” as a couple are. 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

I believe that your wedding day is about one thing only.  Unfortunately it can be hard to see the “one thing” through all the planning, scheduling, financing, and (let’s face it) tears; however, your big day is about the new life you are about to start with your husband.  For us, we believe that if you trust God first, then love each other, you can defeat any challenge or fear that may come your way.

Beautiful advice Kellie, I couldn’t agree more! Your wedding is supposed to be all about love and the new life you and your spouse are about to embark on. Although the perfect centerpieces may seem like the most important thing while planning, be sure to remember what its all about and really enjoy your special day.

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Korie Lynn Photography / DJ: Daulong's Mobile Music / Event Designer : Events to Remember / Cake Baker: Ginger Robertson and Suzannah Gabriel / Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew / Flowers & Decor: Kingwood Flowers / Groom’s Attire: Men's Wearhouse / Second Shooter : Rachel May Photography / Calligrapher : The Weekend Type / Catering: Triple A Cookers / Event Venue : Olde Dobbin Station


by: Lauren

So, exciting news- my 6 year wedding anniversary is this weekend- this Saturday to be exact! On one hand, it feels like it was just yesterday that we were married (I think we’ve established that time flies by SO fast for me), but on the other hand, it feels like it was so long ago! And speaking of hands… (getting a bit more literal about things) the engagement ring on my left hand is more sparkly and gorgeous than ever… because it’s a whole new ring!

That’s right friends- I had my engagement ring reset, and I don’t regret it one bit!

 

Why I Reset My Engagement Ring… and How You Can Too!

I know what you’re thinking- how could I look past the sentimentality of my engagement ring? I didn’t think I’d be able to do it either. Because yes, the engagement ring is a symbol of the love that your spouse has for you at the time that they propose, stating to you and the world that they want to spend the rest of their life with you. And yes, it’s something that you imagine you’ll have for forever and ever and pass down to your children or grandchildren. But when it came to my ring, I wasn’t super attached to it. It screamed “2007” to me. Not only that, but to make a long story short… my husband (then fiancé) and I went ring shopping just to look, I picked it out on a whim, and my husband felt rushed to purchase it- even though he didn’t actually propose until months after. Plus, it was my husband who had the idea in the first place to have my engagement ring reset into something that would be more suited for me! Needless to say, neither he nor I had too much sentimentality towards my engagement ring.

The beauty of the fact that I had my engagement ring reset is that it was fast and easy- because I used Gemvara’s new Stone Reset service! We had been talking about reseting my engagement ring for a while, and when I heard about Stone Reset by Gemvara, I was definitely intrigued. Stone Reset by Gemvara is a simple way to transform your jewelry or loose gemstones into a new design. The process is concise and easy, they stay in contact with you throughout the whole process, and the result is amazing!

All you have to do is request a shipping box. Your box will be sent to you within a few days, and you just enclose the jewelry that you want reset, seal it up, and use the shipping label included to send it back. You will get an email from a Gemvara representative when they receive the box with your jewelry, and then they will get to work! They measure and evaluate all of your gems, and then within a few days, they send you the potential options for resetting your jewelry. Then you ask any questions or give the go-ahead, and in about 2 weeks your new jewelry will arrive on your doorstep (with you signing for the package of course)!

 Why I Reset My Engagement Ring… and How You Can Too!

As you might be able to tell, my former engagement ring had channel set diamonds with a princess cut diamond. I wanted there to be have less metal on my ring, so Gemvara took my same princess cut diamond and added it to a new setting (their Carrie setting that you can see here). The result was something that is more delicate, and way more “me”… I love it! (I feel like I’m newly engaged again, looking at my ring all the time!)

Why I Reset My Engagement Ring… and How You Can Too!

This process isn’t just for rings though- it’s also perfect for resetting old jewelry that isn’t quite your style anymore, if you have a piece of jewelry from a relative, or even a loose stone that needs a setting. It’s really SO simple, and such an incredible service. Stone Reset by Gemvara makes it easy to give new life to your old or loose gemstones!


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So friends, tell me- do you think I’m crazy? Do you think that you would ever want to reset your engagement ring like I did? Or do you have a piece of old jewelry that you don’t wear anymore that you would want reset? 

 

Why I Reset My Engagement Ring… and How You Can Too!

This service review is sponsored by Gemvara. All opinions, thoughts, and experiences are the author’s own. 



by: Lauren

The sweet, meaningful Southern details in this North Carolina wedding are absolutely perfect! Tidbits representing the couple, Eddie and Joanna, their families, and their love were everywhere, and it was all captured beautifully by Melissa Stallings Photography. From the tree the couple planted together using soil from each of their childhood homes, to the sweet pickles that were given as favors, every last detail of Eddie and Joanna’s wedding day reflected them and their family ties wonderfully. And the icing on the cake is that everything is absolutely gorgeous too!

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I just love how Joanna and Eddie made sure that the details of their wedding reflected them and their families. What an amazing way to celebrate the joining of two people in love!

So are you planning on doing anything to reflect you and your family? What will you be doing- I’d love to hear!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Melissa Stallings Photography // Event Planner:Casper Events // DJ: Down East Entertainment // Dress Designer: Essence of Australia // Floral Designer: Flower Girls OBX // Equipment Rentals: Grande Rental Station // Caterer: Tom Thumb Cookouts // Cake Designer: VanillaBean BakeShoppe // Apparel: Maya Couture on Main – Suffolk // Hair Stylist:Oasis Day Spa and Salon