3. Know who you are hiring and be picky! We interviewed five photographers before we finally made our pick (Matt from Camelot Photography ), and looked at multiple videographers and samples before we chose (Forever Films)! Don’t base everything on price—yes, you have a budget, but know where you can cut back to ensure you spend money on what is important. You spend a lot of time on your wedding day with your photographer and videographer so make sure they are great and put you at ease! 4. Ensure you schedule a practice hair session. You know how you feel on a bad hair day--you don't want that to be your wedding day! I thought I knew what I wanted, and made some changes after the practice hairstyle and I had time to play with it. Bring lots of pictures for your stylist and also your veil (or other headpieces) to see how the completed style will look. Also, don't go too dramatic with your makeup! You want it to stand out in pictures, but you want to still look like yourself (no crazy long eyelashes like Rupaul)! My stylist Amanda R. from the The Hair District (Chanhassen) was amazing!
6. Make contact lists and have an agenda timeline for the day and give everyone a copy! Yours may not need to be as detailed as mine (surprise, surprise), but making sure everyone knows where they are supposed to be and when (included extended family for pictures) will help everything run smoothly.
Wedding Day Details:
The Welcome Bags we made for the hotel guests (Minnesota theme with wild rice, Pearson's Salted Nut Rolls, MN postcard, and lots of other treats not pictured). We also included a card thanking guests and explaining the special Minnesota items and a timeline of the wedding day with hotel shuttle info.
The Reception Decorations: Each Table was black and white with flowers on it (with rhinestones in the flowers and on the vase) or lamps (high and low) on the tables. The flowers were a lot of work, but worth it and I got help from my mom, future mother-in-law, aunt and friend.
The Favors were luggage tags to keep with our travel theme. Each seating card looked like an airline ticket and the tables were different places Mike and I had been in our long distance relationship.
The Wedding Cake (3 tier) and the Groom's Cake (a submarine with us on top)!
I definitely owe a lot to my amazing family and friends who were always there waiting to help with any random task I needed done. They kept me calm and laughing the whole time and were always there for me. I also owe a big thank you to my amazing husband (still feels a little weird to say)! A man who has never touched a rivet punch before or knew what braids even were, has done more arts and crafts projects in the last few months than in his entire life. I promised him he would never need to step foot in a craft store again for at least a few years! He was the best (I guess that's why I married him)! Thank you for coming along on this wedding planning journey with me! Hopefully I helped some upcoming brides out there, either with tips (or to just make you feel human in the crazy, busy planning process) and for those that are not married or already married, I hope it provided some bi-monthly entertainment! I will leave you with a quote that I found in the final weeks of wedding planning that I used in my wedding speech: “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.” No matter how much time and planning you put into that day and no matter what happens—as long as you have each other, you’ve got the world. Remember that and take a deep breath . . . this is your day.
Picture by Camelot Photography