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By: | Posted: 05/09/2013
Last November, I wrote my first post for Mpls.St.Paul Weddings under a shroud of naivete and, I'll be honest, self-righteousness—in general an annoying combination. While the sentiment behind keeping focus on what (and who) is important still stands, the truth of the matter is that we're not having a "non-wedding wedding" on Saturday. Through months of silly spats, even sillier bills, two bachelorette parties, and weirdness that comes from two families putting a year's worth of time into one event, guess what? It's a wedding.
As much as Ian and I are beyond psyched to dance the night away with our loved ones in a few days, eat some awesome food and wear what will probably be the most expensive outfits of our lives, there are a few things in hindsight we'd have done differently if we could go back a year.
1. Don't spend as much money. Reign it in when it starts to get real.
2. Don't wait six months to start planning the last six. Details sneak up.
3. Don't let the stress overwhelm your relationship, and when it does, take a break from planning.
4. Have a smaller ceremony—you'll be vulnerable in front of people you know and love best.
5. Be more excited for those who are helping you out—it's a gift from them to you.
Carly is manager, Social Media and Audience Engagement at MSP-C. See her engagement story.
Vanessa is creative director and co-founder at Bow & Arrow Magazine. See her engagement story.
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