I’ve attended many weddings as a guests. I have been a flower girl, bridesmaid-twice, matron of honor-twice, and a bride. I have helped get my, then 2.5 year old, son down the isle as the Ring Bearer. I have filled in last second as a wedding host. I have done wedding makeup. I have been the Wedding Coordinator for a dozen weddings. I’ve watched my husband perform a countless number of weddings as the Pastor. Yes, it’s safe to say that I have been around a lot of weddings. And each time their stir up mixed emotions.
They stir up happiness and love for the couple that is getting married. Even if I don’t know them, other then being their wedding day coordinator, I get a little choked up seeing the bride walk down the isle toward her waiting groom. It also stirs up wishful thinking… Wishful thinking like, “I wish we had done this for our wedding” or “I wish we had gotten this instead of that.” Do I reget my wedding day, absolutely not! I love my hubby! Do I wish I could go back and change some things? Yep!
So, what would I have changed…
1. Photographer- I grew up in a small town and we had one local photographer that most people used for their weddings. He took good photos but was very traditional, which is not my style. I wish I had spent more money for a photographer that was my style. We also ordered just the digital disc and we never printed any photos. I would have at least ordered a photo album done by the photographer. We also never had engagement photos done. We had a short engagement but it would have been fun (not the word my husband would use) to still have some photos done.
2. Videography- We had asked someone to tape the ceremony for us and had provided them with video camera. I have no idea what happened after that except for the fact that we have no video of our wedding. We should have paid someone to videograph our wedding.
3. Wedding Dress Shopping- I liked my dress, but I only went to one store and only tried on a handful of dresses. The thing I would change is that I should have taken more time to enjoy the experience of getting to try on dresses, maybe going to another store and for sure trying on all styles of dresses, regardless of what I “knew” I wanted. I mean, it’s probably one of the only times we get to dress up like Cinderalla, and have everyone swoon over how beautiful we look.
There are other things from our wedding day that I look at now and laugh because they were “in style” at the time but are definitely not now, but they didn’t make or break our wedding day experience, so I’ll get over it!
What’s important is that regardless of the things I would have changed about my wedding day; in the end they didn’t effect our marriage. We were still married that day and are ready to celebrate 9 years this Fall!
June 26, 2014
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