Over the last couple days, you’ve seen a lot of great details from Steph and Mike’s wedding. Today, she’s sharing with you her lessons learned

What’s your best advice for a bride?

Make sure you eat! I almost passed out from low blood sugar leading up to the ceremony. It was not fun and I highly recommend bringing an energy bar along with you! Also, be sure to walk around in your dress (and shoes) well in advance of the ceremony. My hem was too long and I kept tripping on it – we ended up pinning it right before the ceremony and I was totally stressed about tripping!

Best advice for the groom – don’t put too much stress on yourself to go do crazy activities the day of the wedding. It’ll stress you out and you don’t want to be late!

What was the biggest surprise on your wedding day?

The biggest surprise was how absolutely BEAUTIFUL the venue turned out. It was amazing to see it transform for our Big Day!

What was your favorite moment of the day?

My favorite moment was walking down the aisle – I’m sure that’s pretty common – but seeing my (now) husband’s face and the smile that went from ear to ear meant the world to me. I never felt more beautiful.

Did you have any wedding day nerves? What did you do to tame them?

No nerves except for when I was about to walk out in front of all those people! Typical stage fright. To tame them, I just took several deep breaths and held on tight to my Dad’s arm.

What did you love (or hate) about wedding planning? What made it easier?

I loved when it all came together at the end – I hated that it didn’t fully come together until the end. Lists, lists, lists! Make a list and stick to it – cross things off as you get them done to see all of the progress you’ve made! Trust me, it works! Also, delegate! I’m a big do-it-myselfer, but I couldn’t do it alone – delegate the tasks to your friends, family and fiancĂ© that you don’t mind sharing (or you don’t mind if it’s not perfect) and then let it go.

 

What advice would you give to newly married couples?

Turn off your phones for the honeymoon. Ignore social media and concentrate only on each other. And don’t be afraid to disagree! Just because you’re newlyweds doesn’t mean you won’t argue – it’s totally normal (I hope!)

Were there any special moments during the day that you weren’t expecting?

I cried way more than I thought I would – especially with my Dad. Pack those tissues during the father/daughter dance!

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Is there anything about the wedding day you would have planned differently?

Our officiant was our friend, so I think we should have practiced more. We also forgot to tell our family they could sit in the “reserved” rows, so the first two rows on my side were basically empty. I would have also organized the head table differently – I ended up sitting across from my friend’s date who I had never met before – would’ve been nice to see a (more) friendly face throughout dinner.
Bride and Groom at The Foundry at Puritan Mill
Thanks so much to Steph and Mike for sharing their experience with future brides! I’m so happy to have been there to capture it!