Hindsight is ALWAYS 20/20 – But what if you could look into the crystal ball?! This week, we asked the Gourmet Wedding Gifts Bride Tribe, “What’s the ONE piece of advice you wish someone would have given you for your wedding DAY?” Sure enough, our tribe, made up of brides who’ve had their magical day and can now look back on it, had A LOT of great advice to share!
If you’re in the middle of wedding planning, getting ready to walk down the aisle or have the close ear of a soon to be bride, take advantage of the wisdom and insight our tribe has to offer.
“It’s easy to get wrapped up in the day – I wish that I had just stopped, at least once an hour, and watched it all for a moment.” – Gina C., Happily married since 2014, La Jolla Cove Suites Hotel, La Jolla CA
“Deep breath, enjoy your husband, and don’t worry about anyone else! I was so concerned about other people and if they were having fun, that it took me a while to appreciate the day for what it really was, the start of OUR marriage.” – Jessica O., Happily married since 2013, Zukas Hilltop Barn, Spencer, MA
“Wear comfy shoes for the reception and add some buffer time in the schedule just in case!” – Jessica K., Happily married since 2008, Lancaster, NY
“This is actually the BEST advice that I was given… No matter how much time you spent planning and whether you paid someone to plan it for you or you did it yourself, on the actual wedding day LET IT ALL GO! At that point it’s too late to change anything so why stress!? Also, you (the bride) are probably the only person that knows if something is wrong, so there is NO reason to make a big deal out it (that will only just make it obvious to everyone else.)” – Katie B., Happily married since 2014, The Icehouse, Louisville, KY
“On the day of your wedding, have a close friend field ALL calls from guests and vendors so that the entire day can just be about you and your (soon to be) husband!” – Katie B., Happily married since 2014, The Icehouse, Louisville, KY
“Take in every moment, it goes by way too fast! Also, to watch my posture!!! The photographer got EVERYTHING, including when I was slouching, yawning, and getting annoyed lol!” – Kristine L., Happily married since 2013, Avanti Mansion, Hamburg, NY
“Practice the kiss! We didn’t and I didn’t like how the picture came out.” –Kristine L., Happily married since 2013, Avanti Mansion, Hamburg, NY
“For a beach wedding, make sure you don’t squint! Somehow the sun was always in my eyes!” – Megan
“I wish someone had told me how much extra stuff was going to need to get done the day of the wedding so I could have hired someone to be the ringleader. Things went well and friends and family enjoyed pitching in, but I was worried about it!! In the end I shouldn’t have worried because people felt important and needed, which made it more meaningful for them.” – Meryl M., Happily married since 2011, Holliston Historical Society, Holliston MA
“Take some time after the ceremony for just you and your spouse to relax!” – Meryl M., Happily married since 2011, Holliston Historical Society, Holliston MA
“If there’s champagne in the limo, drink it! Also, don’t stress about making the rounds, you definitely won’t get to every table anyway.” –Natasha M., Happily married since 2015, Whately, MA
“I probably got this advice, but I should have listened more: Don’t worry about the schedule, just go with the flow! Hand off your schedule to your vendors, and release control. You’ll enjoy it a lot more. Luckily I caught on to this phenomenon pretty early in the day.” – Sarah B., Happily married since 2013, Cooperstown, NY
“The day will absolutely fly by and will be over before you realize it. Inevitably, you and your husband/wife will be pulled in a million directions talking to guests, caterers and photographers, so make sure to take a few moments and have some alone time with your new spouse. It’s YOUR day so be sure to enjoy it together before it’s over!” – Sarah P., Happily married since 2008, Michaels Banquet Facility, Hamburg NY
“Things are going to go wrong. It’s ok. Don’t sweat it.” –Shana H. Happily married since 2010, US Grant, San Diego, CA
“Don’t sweat the small stuff. So many things will happen that will be out of your control. Just let it go. For example, for us, they couldn’t find the non-alcoholic beverages, so they just served wine and beer at dinner. I then found out and my buddy went to find the water, soft drinks, etc. Oh well…no one even noticed that that happened.” – Megan
“I wish someone would have told me to just take a breather at the reception, ha! It really, REALLY does go by so fast! On the bright side, my husband put it perfectly when he saw how depressed I was after it was all over…. ‘You KNOW it was absolutely amazing if you miss it THIS much!'”– Shanna, Happily married since 2016, Greenhouse Terrace & Room inside Hotel Lafayette, Buffalo, NY
“Chill. Out. You have plenty of people to support you! Everything isn’t and doesn’t need to be perfect. Just calm down and enjoy yourself because this is a day you will talk about for the rest of your life.” – Shannon S., Happily married since 2012, Gibbet Hill Farm, Groton MA
What’s the ONE piece of wedding advice YOU wish you would have had before your wedding day?
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