WEDDING NOTES – Tips for Brides
Today’s brides find themselves wanting both a tie to traditions and a wedding that reflects their unique view of life. Our brides have shared their concerns and wishes with our consultants over the years and this is what we have learned from them.
*It’s the bride’s big day. That’s true, it is a big day for her. The bride is the centerpiece and every bride is beautiful. But wielding that concept can easily slip into “It’s all about me and what I want” mentality. When in fact, a wedding is “our” big day. The bride wouldn’t be a bride without the groom and he would not be a groom without his bride. This is a day to celebrate the couple and the new family they are creating. A wedding is the union of two families and this event is a celebration of that reality.
*Guests need favors. They really don’t need to take home a box of candy, or flower seeds, nor are they likely to plant a tree that they got from a wedding (the parents of the bride may or the couple may). Most guests would prefer to nibble on wedding cake at the reception and not carry a slice home in a beautifully wrapped package. Really think through the whole concept of favors. If you love gifting guests, go for it and find the perfect picture frame or monogrammed bottle of wine or handmade truffles. But guests don’t need a gift.
*The groom can’t see me before the ceremony. Yes he can! Especially if you have multiple venues to drive to as part of the wedding day plans. More and more couples complain that the day goes by in a haze as both bride and groom seek out guests and go from event to event. Some of the most meaningful time couples have spent is time together before the wedding. Dressed in their wedding garb, they take the time to be together, to contemplate what they are about to do and to relish in their love for each other. He will think the bride is beautiful in her gown whether he sees her before she walks down the aisle or as she does.
*This is THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF MY LIFE. No it isn’t! It is an important day, but your life together is just beginning. There will be milestones throughout your lives together. Your life will be filled with many memorable and important days. This one is the first – not the only.
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