Previous Brides- What do you think were some must-have items you included in your wedding or tips you may have
What saved your wedding day?
What were guests most impressed with? it could be food, decorations, etc???
If you had to do it all over again, what could you not go without??
What you would tell a soon to be bride?
Let it all out!!! Cutest Answer gets 10 points:)
Also very interested in what you did for bridesmaid and groomsman gifts:):)
WHOAAA, laptops and iphones, that had to be expensive to get that for all of your guests!!!
Asked By: Ashley - 8/21/2007
What saved my day? The white pair of flip flops I bought. My formal shoes were GORGEOUS but painful, as soon as the post-ceremony pictures were over I took them off and put on the flip flops. I would advise finding something a little bit prettier, because when you're dancing at the reception and hold up your skirt a bit, your flip flops will show up in your pictures and won't look very classy! I had a pair of ballet slippers with me, but I forgot to go from the flip flops to those. Oh well.
I got a lot of comments on the bridesmaids dresses. I picked the color, length and designer and let them each pick their own style. They all looked gorgeous, and their dresses really flattered their figures and reflected their personal styles.
Also, we didn't divide our bridal party up by gender. I have two brothers and my husband has two sisters, and we wanted them in the bridal party, but didn't see the point in putting his sisters on my side and vice versa. But, it worked out well for us because my brother's fiances were in the wedding, as was one of his sister's husbands. So, when we could, we paired people up based on who they are close to in real life, instead of some arbitrary order. It makes for nicer pictures and also a less-awkward bridal party dance.
We were really lucky in that we utilized our friends to save money:
- I hired a friend who is a stylist to do my hair. She did an AWESOME job and that was her gift to me.
- We hired a friend and her friend to be our photographers. They both have other day jobs, but majored in photography and do it on the side. They took AWESOME pictures and were so easy to work with. And because they're our friends, and know a lot of our other friends, they were really able to capture everyone's personalities. I also recommend whoever you do hire for photography, don't do a backdrop and formal pictures during the reception. Leave your photographer free to take lots of candids during that time.
- We were able to be our own iTunes DJs because we had access to speakers, a microphone and a PA system from our friend, and he set them up. If you have access to this equipment and a laptop (or iPod) all you need a good playlists and someone to introduce the bridal party.
Before the wedding, create a "must take" list of wedding pictures - posed formals, candids, ceremony moments - whatever is important to you. Give that to your photographer so they know which shots are most important. Also, try to get all the proofs from your photographer. Our photographers uploaded what they thought were the best shots to shutterfly, but then sent me CDs with every single pictures they took. I found well over 100 more photos on there that I thought were great.
Also, candids are great! The disposable-cameras-on-the-tables are on their way out. Instead, since everyone has digital cameras, create a "collection" on shutterfly, and share the link with everyone at the reception, encouraging them to visit that link and upload their candids. We used magnets to share the link, and got tons of great pictures!
For gifts, we got jewelry for the ladies to wear with their dresses and ties for the guys (we didin't make them rent tuxes, instead told them to wear black suits with black shirts and shoes, and we bought different ties in the our wedding color for them to wear, and keep after the wedding).
Answered By: not margaret - 8/21/2007