I hope your weekend was absolutely beautiful. With wedding season in full swing, I couldn’t help but compile a few of the tips, tricks and thoughts that I had when I was planning my big day! Every bride wants to be prepared, after all! Planning and prepping for my wedding day was such a delight, and I learned a lot along the way. This post is especially fitting, because today, June 15th, is my wedding anniversary! It’s been two years of wedded bliss to this fab guy named Tom Beauchamp, and I can’t help but be a tad nostalgic. It was absolutely, positively the best day EVER, and I know yours will be (or already has been) too!
Tip #1: Figure out your good side (and tell your photographer!)
Yes, I am starting out with a tip that I didn’t even know on my wedding day, but I have since learned of its importance. We all have a good side, and I promise promise promise that you are going to wish that you gave your photographer a heads up on which side of your face works best for you. About a year ago, a corporate photographer let me in on the secret (if only I would have known!) — For women, your good side is typically the same as the side you part your hair. Unfortunately, I hadn’t ever heard about this trick so at least 25% of my photos are on my bad side. Bummer. In the big scheme of things, the memories are way more important than the angle of your face, but what bride doesn’t want to feel her best in her wedding photos that last a lifetime?!
Tip #2: A personalized dance floor will give your space a major wow-factor at a surprisingly low price.
Flowers and Live Band and Cocktails, oh my! The cost of a wedding reception can add up quickly. So what bride doesn’t want to get a bang for her buck when it comes to the extras?! Our monogrammed dance floor made a major statement when guests entered the ballroom, and its white color added a brightness to the space that was truly transformational. Can you believe that this major wow factor was only $600?! I had no idea how much I would love it. Looking back, it made a world of a difference! Since the dance floor is such a large focal point, it’s the perfect way to customize your reception space in a fairly affordable way.
Tip #3: Take 1 dance lesson before your big day, no more and no less.
About a week before we said “I Do”, Tom and I channeled our inner Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers by taking one lesson in preparation for our first dance. You may be wondering, how much can you really accomplish in a single, 1-hour dance sesh?! The answer is — just enough. Our goal wasn’t to dance The Waltz to perfection or to break out in a surprise Samba like we were on Dancing with the Stars. We just wanted to have a plan. So although we didn’t become ballroom aficionados by any means, we were taught the proper way to begin and end our dance (and we even threw in a spin or two)!
Tip #4: If you want your cake to be as tall as a skyscraper…
Surely I’m not the only girl that loves a cake with LOTSA layers! So what is the secret? Be sure to ask for cake risers. You see those 3 little layers that are skinnier than all the others? Those are totally not cake. They’re straight-up fake. But iced to perfection, I might add… We didn’t need more than 5 layers of deliciousness so we added a little somethin’ somethin’ to make it just a tad taller. I liken it to a push-up bra or a pair of spanx – it’s such an easy way to look a little better 🙂
Tip #5: Try to be as unique as possible (because we’ve all been to 10,000 weddings).
To put a fresh spin on things, Tom and I chose various sushi rolls to be served as the appetizers before the main course. Sushi has always been a favorite date night go-to for us, so we thought it would represent us as a couple as well as be a fun, non-traditional spin on the usual reception fare. It was a hit!
Tip #6: Do your research when it comes to hair and makeup.
I cannot emphasize this enough. Does this sound vain? Perhaps. But this is the one day that you want to feel absolutely, positively beautiful. I promise when you look back at your photos, you will be so thankful that you went with the SUPERSTAR hair and makeup maven and not the fancy tablecloths or the second dress. There are plenty of ho-hum makeup artists out there, so I recommend that you really you do your research, and be sure to book a consultation (ideally the same day as your bridal photos)! Makeup by Sheila was recommended to me by a friend and I am forever indebted to her. Sheila is seriously talented. She is located in Houston, but she can travel to you too! Please check her out on social media or on her website. Her work is insanely good.
Nothing takes you back to that most-perfect-day like a video. Professional photos will forever be treasured, but a video gives you the ability to travel back in time and really relive the moments.
Cheers to all the brides-to-be! Cherish every second of it, it will be extraordinary!