Earlier this week we met with one of our newly married couples, and the bride mentioned in passing that her one piece of advice for future brides is to hire a makeup artist. Her makeup rocked, so I can totally see why she recommended it! But it got me thinking that maybe our brides had some great advice they’d be willing to share. So I posed the question in our private Facebook group for our brides (yes, we have a FB group for them and it rocks! I love seeing them talk back and forth). The response I received from the question was overwhelming! So many of our brides came back with amazing advice, and some of our engaged couples were thanking them for the tips! I thought since they had such wonderful expertise that it would be selfish to keep it all to myself : )
Here was my question: “We met with one of our newly married couples last night, and the bride said her best piece of advice to other brides is to get your makeup professionally done. For all of you already married, what are your tips for those in the planning stages?”
And here were their responses…un-altered, just the way they wrote them:
Sarah: Absolutely agree! If you’re on a budget I suggest makeup over hair! Both are important, but I think it relieves a lot of stress not to have to worry about that on your wedding day.
Kelsey: I think one of the best things we did was hire a day-of coordinator. She took care of SO many things and come two months before the wedding, she took everything off of our plates and we had zero worries. She was also always willing to email, text, meet in person whenever we wanted! Worth the $$!!!!
Lea: Go ahead and get stuff done. If I bought, made, researched, or made reservations with half the time I thought about doing it, my wedding would have been planned within a month. Don’t procrastinate and it will save a TON of stress!
Kristy: Make lots of time for pictures!
Ashley: Leave your bridal gown in good and trusting hands when it comes to alterations. Do your research, word of mouth is really your best tool. AND whatever you do…do not take your dress to David’s Bridal! I made that mistake and it cost me big time! Long story short, they ruined my dress and since my dress was last season, it could not be replaced. I had to find a brand new wedding dress a week and half before my wedding!!! Since this has happened I have heard even more horror stories.
Mary Clayton: Fake eyelashes!
Alison: Plan for unexpected guests at the ceremony and reception. People will show up that didn’t RSVP or that RSVP’d “no” and could suddenly make it. Have a few extra chairs and food on hand just in case. Oh! And eat something before the ceremony. Time flies by and you’ll barely have enough time to eat at the reception!
Moe: Depending on the look you’re going for, it can be really easy to do on your own. I’m glad I hired one (a makeup artist), but after the wedding I got really into makeup, and I’m pretty certain that now I could probably do the look myself (I had a very simple, no-frills look). YouTube is great for tutorials! I think money is better spent on hair, which can be difficult to do if you want a more intricate style. I never could have done my own hair. Oh and another–don’t spend money on fancy jewelry you’ll wear for one day! I wore a Nadri crystal bangle and drop earrings (I have no balls to attend any time soon) that retailed for something like $500. I rented them for $60 for the month at rentthelooks.com! Came in perfect condition and a timely manner.
Erica: Hire great vendors and you will be able to relax the day of! AJ and Kyle plus Brian (Unlimited DJ) ended up being a wedding coordinator and we were able to enjoy the whole day. But most importantly, do the things that fit you and your partner, if you like funky colors, go for it, it is after all your wedding
Elle: # 1 advice: don’t give any information to David’s Bridal, they will harass you for long after your wedding. # 2: don’t try to craft too many things (I made all my candles) it can sometimes be nothing more than added stress at a time when you least need it
Cory: Totally agree with what someone wrote above, trying to craft too much can get a little overwhelming. I like Coco Chanel’s advice about accessorizing – “before you leave the house, take one thing off.” For me, it helped a lot to skip the complex centerpieces, floral arrangements, and a bridal party, and suppress my crafting instinct!
Hope this helps someone out there struggling with wedding planning! I know I learned a ton from their experiences : )
*I in no way am intending to de-fame David’s Bridal. These are direct quotes from our brides with no influence or opinion from me.