My husband and I are celebrating our two-year anniversary today. It's been 730 days since I stood in your shoes, but the day still seems as clear to me as ever. As I reflect back on all the decisions that went into making that day happen—both big and small—there are a few things that, even now, are completely unforgettable.
As you hone in on your plans, these are the five facets of my wedding that I still view as the best decisions I could have made. Good luck to you, and enjoy these next days, weeks, or months as a bride-to-be. Before you know it, you'll be on the hunt for a paper anniversary gift to celebrate your first year.
1. Hire a videographer.
My husband and I rewatched our video last night, as is our anniversary tradition, and I'm so glad we have video footage of the speeches, our first dance, our vows, and so on. The day flies by and—try as you might—you won't be able to grasp and remember every little thing that happened. I'm still surprised by little things I see in the background of our video, and I've watched it a handful of times. So if you're hemming and hawing about the price of a videographer verses a little extra heft to your bouquet, go with the videographer. You won't be sorry.
2. Make the music count.
Every wedding has one takeaway that people can't stop talking about: ours was our band. And now, two years later, people are still talking about our band. If you're looking to make the night a memorable celebration, seek out a musician (be it a dj or band) that really knows how to involve the crowd and get people on the dance floor. We made the decision to integrate dinner into our dancing, so the minute people walked into our tent, they danced. Then they took a break for dinner and toasts, and then they danced again. The floor was filled all night long, and it was, by far, one of the best decisions of the day.
3. Sneak away.
Like I said, the day flies by and moments are easily forgotten. But one moment I'll never forget is when my husband and I snuck away to eat our cake together . . . alone. It was probably the only moment of the day where it was just the two of us. We were able to discuss how surreal the day was and just enjoy each other for a few moments. It was perfect.
4. Consult with a Wedding Planner.
I can't imagine trying to pull together all those last minute details while simultaneously attempting to get ready and enjoy the company of my wedding party. Even if you have a clear vision of how you want your day to look, many planners offer a day-of service, so they are available and ready to help with set-up, and any last minute fires that someone (not you) needs to deal with. Plus, our wedding planner saved us more by negotiating down different contracts than she cost, so don't let the price deter you.
5. Write down your favorite moments right away.
I refused to do thank you notes on our honeymoon flight, but I did take a few moments to write down some of my favorite experiences from the day. Inside jokes, funny quotes, silly happenings . . . I wrote what I could remember and then once I had my wedding pictures I was able to put it all together into a photo book that I'll be able to share with my kids down the road.