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February 2016 - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Feb 292016
 
wedding guest at hotel

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Whether you're getting married in your hometown or having a destination wedding, there will be some out-of-town guests traveling to be a part of your big day. It's up to the bride and groom to provide travel information, with accommodation and hotel recommendations, to their guests, well in advance of the actual wedding weekend.

For a hometown wedding, I suggest sending the hotel suggestions, along with the details of any group discounts you've secured, with the save-the-dates. If you're doing a destination wedding, all the travel and accommodations information should be included in a bigger packet that's sent out to all of your guests at least two weeks before the wedding invitations are mailed. The goal is to let your guests do their research and figure out if they can afford to come to your wedding before they're forced to mark "accept" or "decline" on your RSVP card.

Unless you're getting married somewhere that requires you to fill a certain number of rooms as part of your contract, provide your guests with a variety of different price-point options for their accommodations. Some of your guests will only be in town for the one or two nights of your wedding activities, while others may turn the trip to your wedding into their own vacation. How long they can afford to stay may depend on how expensive their accommodations are, so it's better to let people make their own decisions.

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Depending on the time of year you're getting married, and where you're getting married, room prices fluctuate. By providing your guests a variety of options, you're giving them wiggle room to find a way to afford to attend your wedding, even if they can't afford to stay at the venue in which the wedding party is staying.

Try to offer at least three different levels of accommodations options:

Pricey ($250 and up): Offer one posh hotel option, with four-plus stars, for your guests who cannot live without 24-hour room service, and an on-site spa. It's best if this is a chain hotel where some of your guests might be able to use their points if they want to.

Mid-Tier ($150 to $250): These accommodations should be fairly updated and comfortable, but won't break the bank for the average couple. They'll usually have a restaurant on premises, but not always. Some have kitchenettes. There will be staff on-site 24 hours, in case they need assistance.

Budget (Less than $150): There are plenty of rooms available for $100 or less, if all your guests want is a clean, safe place to stay with absolutely no bells or whistles. Some couples have no desire to spend money on luxurious accommodations when they only plan to be inside them to sleep, and they don't need concierge services.

Also keep in mind that in many wedding destination locations, there are plenty of privately-owned guest houses, villas, and casitas available for rent that cost less than a hotel room when rented for five nights or more.

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques.

Feb 292016
 
National Parks as Wedding Venues

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To get a picture-perfect wedding you'll need just the right location. What better spot to say "I do" than a gorgeous national park with tons of natural beauty to offer? "Many parks offer outdoor locations for weddings with stunning backdrops and unique spaces," says Maggie Lord, founder of Rustic Wedding Chic. But it's not as simple as buying a gown and showing up with everything you need to get married.

"One thing to keep in mind is that many national parks have very strict visitor rules, so make sure you have a clear idea of what you can and cannot do surrounding your wedding," Lord advises. "This includes everything from decorations to music to shutdown time."

Also, while you might expect the event to be less expensive, you'll still most likely need to pay for a permit, and you'll have to bring in all of the rental items like tables, chairs, and linens. Still, it may be worth it to some couples.

If you're one of them, here are five parks you might want to consider.

Acadia National Park

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Acadia National Park, Maine
Unless you're having an ultra-quaint ceremony of ten or fewer people, you'll need a permit to get married at Acadia. And don't plan to bring any chairs, signage, or decorations because nothing extra is allowed. Instead, the natural landscape should act as your visual adornment. Choose from forests, marshes, mountains, or a small stretch of sandy beach. Stay at the historic Asticou Inn for heated pool and tennis court access when you're not exploring the park.

Crater Lake National Park

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Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
A gorgeous lake surrounded by rugged terrain makes for some unpredictable weather, but that might lend an air of excitement to the event if you're an adventurous, go-with-the-flow type of couple. For a white wedding, expect snow from October through April. Also note that amplified music isn't allowed. Crater Lake Country Suites is south of the lake and has private cottages and houses for added seclusion.

Glacier National Park

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Glacier National Park, Montana
A special use permit is required at this cool, ice-carved site where scenic overlooks and lakes abound amidst snow-capped peaks. The best months, weather-wise, are July and August. Just keep in mind that no more than ten vehicles are allowed at any one gathering due to space constraints. And check out Many Glacier Hotel — the largest accommodation in the park — for National Geographic-worthy views from your window.

See More: No Passport Required: 10 Stateside Honeymoon Destinations We Love

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Do your research before choosing this locale for your big day. You'll need a special use permit and the maximum ceremony size is 100 people. The mountain vistas are breathtaking and you'll likely see plenty of spruce, fir, aspen, and pine trees, alongside summer wildflowers and quaint streams and wooden foot bridges. As far as lodging goes, you'll have your pick of cabins and cottages, hotels and resorts, or bed and breakfasts, including the Della Terra Mountain Chateau where newlyweds and guests can enjoy private balconies with hot tubs.

Zion National Park

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Zion National Park, Utah
If the desert is your idea of romance, then Zion is your hotspot to wed. The park allows lovebirds to get married in six key areas, including the South Campground Amphitheater and Timber Creek Overlook. Be aware that park staff needs to approve of any decorations and you can't have more than 100 guests. Then, retreat to the Zion Lodge afterwards where you can rent bikes or take a horseback riding tour as newlyweds.

One Couple’s Intimate Brunch Wedding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Feb 292016
 

Braxton Henderson had been dating Chalis Sledge for two years when he took a spill on the ice during a Sunday evening skating date — but it was on purpose. Chalis' giggles over his accident soon turned to tears of joy when she realized he'd toppled over with a ring in his pocket, and was now asking for her hand in marriage. "He asked if I knew what was going on," Chalis recalls now, "and I remember I was just overtaken with shock."

Just four months later, the couple tied the knot in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They asked just 30 to join them for their intimate celebration at the Omni William Penn Hotel. "We decided to have a very intimate wedding ceremony that focused on our love and service to God and one another," Chalis explains. But even with their intimate vision, pulling off such a fête in four months was no small feat. "Although it could be overwhelming at times, it was super special planning an intimate wedding and making everything very personal for our guests," says Chalis. A key member of their guest list was Furnace Hill Photography, who captured the joy of their day, and Casha Dees Photography, who handled their portraits.

Chalis says that dress shopping was the first pre-wedding task that really made her engagement to Braxton seem real. "I was still in shock so I went looking at wedding dresses the next week! Braxton had no idea," the bride says. She didn't find her gown until March, though, when she slipped on a taffeta fit-and-flare gown and just knew. "When I first put on the dress I felt classy and sexy at the same time."

Braxton had a two-tone vision for his attire. While he kept his overall look classic with a navy suit, he donned floral socks just for fun. "Braxton loves funky socks," Chalis says.

The bride wore a beaded headband and paired the statement-making accessory with tear-drop earrings that served as her something blue. Braxton wore a pop of color in the form of his pink flower pin, made by one of Chalis' friends.

There were eight crystal brooches pinned into the bride's blush and ivory bouquet. "It was and still is beautiful," Chalis says of the arrangement, which she was able to keep.

The Omni William Penn Hotel's attention-grabbing, star-shaped chandelier drew the couple to the venue, and they exchanged traditional vows beneath it. The bride and groom worked in traditional communion and foot-washing into their ceremony, which was led by Braxton's hometown pastor.

The couple held their brunch reception beneath the same gorgeous chandelier, seated at a single banquet table topped with floral centerpieces made by their friends, as well as candles and glass vases filled with pearls. They noshed on chicken and French toast — the couple's own take on chicken and waffles — as well as eggs, breakfast potatoes, fruit, yogurt, granola, mixed breads, and cereals.

For dessert, the couple sliced into a single-tier strawberry wedding cake and served red velvet, cookie dough, and carrot cake cupcakes to their friends and family.

When it came time to take their first twirl as husband and wife, Chalis and Braxton chose not one but two songs: "You Make Me Feel" by J. Moss and "Color of Love" by Boyz II Men.

Looking back on their intimate, love-filled day, Chalis has this advice for brides-to-be: "Remember the purpose of the wedding," she says. "The wedding ceremony is only one day, but the marriage is a lifetime! Spend your time and energy preparing for a beautiful marriage and a beautiful wedding, not just a beautiful wedding day."

Venue, Catering & Accommodations: Omni William Penn Hotel || Wedding Planner: Big Day, Little Details || Bride's Wedding Dress: David's Bridal || Veil: Blanca Veils || Jewelry: Bijuju and Junghwa || Shoes: Steve Madden || Groom's Attire: J. Crew and Banana Republic || Wedding Bands: Zoaraa || Florist: Amy O'Bridal || Invitations: Minted || Cake: Spinola's Bake Shop || Rentals: Elegant Chair Solutions || Videographer: Jeremy Scott Films || Photography: Furnace Hill Photography; Casha Dees Photography

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What If My Wedding Guests Get Stuck in Traffic?

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Feb 292016
 

The list of things you can't control about your wedding is a long one: The weather, whether or not people will dance, if you'll cry when you walk down the aisle... And don't forget traffic! Whether guests are driving themselves or you're providing shuttles to get them to and from the wedding venue, traffic patterns can be unpredictable. What should you do if a traffic jam means a number of your guests are running late? Here's what our experts have to say.

You've spent months finalizing the minute-by-minute timeline of your wedding day, have looked into every local festival, parade, sporting event, and holiday, and have accounted for as many factors as possible. But once your wedding day comes, it's all out of your hands. If an accident, traffic jam, or unexpected weather cause delays for your guests, it can put a wrinkle in your plans, but don't panic — here's how to handle it.

If it's just a few guests, stick to the schedule. Be sure to leave seats open on the outside ends of the back rows of your ceremony so they can slip in once they've arrived, with as little interruption as possible. They might miss your vows, but hopefully they'll make it in time to celebrate with you.

See more: Our Favorite Celebrity Engagement Rings

If guests are on shuttles and a shuttle is delayed, have your planner get in touch with the driver to check on the situation. Will they be 15-20 minutes late, but they're moving along slowly? Bump back the ceremony start time by a few minutes. Is the delay due to an unexpected road closure for something like an accident? See if the driver and your planner can figure out an alternate route. If it's a delay that will take longer than 30 minutes, proceed as scheduled — your guests will understand that you aren't able to bump the entire day back by an hour.

If the delayed guests in question are in the wedding party or are VIPs, see how long it will take them to get there, and consider swapping around the schedule. Could you have cocktail hour first, then have the ceremony in an hour or so? It won't be exactly what you've planned, but you'll be able to include them in your ceremony and have that special moment together.

WATCH: Real Brides-to-be Propose on Leap Day

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Feb 292016
 
real brides propose on leap day

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Happy Leap Day! For wedding planning brides-to-be this means you have one extra day to get everything on your planning to-do list done but for not yet engaged girls this day has a different meaning. According to an old tradition traced back to fifth century Ireland, Leap Day is the day where women can turn the tables and propose (you remember that movie with Amy Adams right?).

This year, David's Bridal teamed up with Brides UK to help a group of modern women pop the question. Eleven women from all over the world enjoyed a day of pampering and were dressed to perfection in special outfits from David's Bridal all in preparation of that perfect moment. These sneaky brides-to-be tricked their partners into thinking they were being filmed as part of a restaurant review for the a hotel's website.

See More: Tips to Help You Propose to Your Boyfriend

The gorgeous proposers were given the red carpet treatment complete with hair, makeup, and styling. There's really no better way to calm pre-proposal nerves than a day of being treated like royalty. When one bride-to-be popped the question her soon-to-be fiancé immediately thought she was joking. His reaction when he realized she was serious is enough to make you cry.

"You make me a better person and I want to spend the rest of my life with you and have children with you, will you marry me?" one bride-to-be started. Her fiancé obviously said yes (with a proposal speech like that how could you say no?!). While none of the grooms-to-be did the traditional hand-over-mouth surprised face you can tell each one was shocked and excited to become a fiancé.

After all the proposals the couples danced the night away, which is in our opinion, the best way to celebrate your newly-engaged status! We dare you to get through the video without shedding a tear. Maybe you'll even be inspired to pop the question to the special someone in your life— bold brides-to-be don't even need to wait until the next leap year. Let's be real, everyday is the perfect day for a proposal.

Our Favorite Oscars Red Carpet 2016 Dresses Reimagined as Wedding Gowns!

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Feb 292016
 
Oscars Red Carpet Wedding Dresses

Photo and Sketch: Hodaya Louis

We just can't get enough of the Oscars 2016 red carpet! Alicia Vikander, Brie Larson, Olivia Munn, Chrissy Teigen, oh my! And while we were lucky to get some bridal-ready moments courtesy of Lady Gaga, Priyanka Chopra, Olivia Wilde, and Rooney Mara, the rest of the gang left us yearning for more.

That's when we spotted the work of Instagram sensation Hodaya Louis (@hodayalouis). With Hodaya's help we turned some Oscar wedding dreams into reality. "Every bride should feel like an Oscar-winning star walking the red carpet!" Hodaya told us. With that in mind, Hodaya helped us reimagine our favorite red carpet dresses into wedding gowns! And we couldn't be more thrilled with the results.

oscars red carpet wedding dresses 2

Photo and Sketch: Hodaya Louis

The second we spotted Alicia Vikander (center) on the red carpet she had us hooked (true as it can be). We loved everything from the perfect half topknot, barely there glowing makeup, to the bubble hem and silver shoes. And now we know what that dress looks like in wedding version! Same goes for Brie Larson's ruffled Gucci number (accessorized by a bridal perfect hair accessory), and Olivia Munn's sleek Stella McCartney look. These girls will all need some wedding inspiration if those Hollywood love stories keep going strong (we're rooting for you, Vikander and Fassbender!).

oscars red carpet sketches

Photo and Sketch: Hodaya Louis

Hodaya also gave Chrissy Teigen, Saoirse Ronan, and Sofia Vergara the bridal treatment. How gorgeous do Teigen and Vergara's Marchesa gowns look in white?

And of course, we continue to swoon over Olivia Wilde in a glorious Valentino gown.


Olivia Wilde angelic in @maisonvalentino #oscars2016

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Wedding Shoe Shopping Tips Direct from a Bridal Stylist

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Feb 292016
 

For some brides, picking a pair of wedding shoes is the icing on the cake — a simple-to-shop-for, sparkly accent to complement the real star of the show, your wedding dress! For others, deciding on the fancy footwear can be just as crucial (read: stressful) as saying yes to the dress. But regardless of whether you're indifferent or heel-obsessed (Carrie Bradshaw, eat your heart out), you shouldn't pick a pair of shoes solely on the way they look or how much they cost. There many other factors to keep in mind. We enlisted Maradee Wahl, a Los Angeles-based bridal stylist, to share her advice on what every bride should consider when picking out shoes for the big day.

Have Several Options
"I always say start online — you can find several options at once, and bring them all to your fitting. It's very difficult to pick a wedding shoe wearing a pair of jeans in your living room!" Wahl tells us. But, keep your receipts in order and be mindful of final sales. "Just be sure to note the return policy, so you do not end up with an unnecessary expense."

Don't Ignore Your Personal Style
"The most important thing to remember when buying wedding shoes (and other accessories for your bridal gown) is to stay true to your own style. If you are a high heel girl, go for the most glamorous pair you can find! If this is not your normal dress up vibe, choose something more moderate like a simple sandal with straps or a peep toe."


Do not commit to a pair of shoes online or in-store without comparing it to your dress. "To determine if the ivory is the correct color, try to view your shoe with the gown or a swatch in the proper lighting. The subtle ivory shades that look mismatched in brightest daylight may be the perfect color inside a ball room." Wahl says. However, mismatching doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. "While your shoes can be dyed, many ivories blend well for a lovely, timeless look!"

See More: 6 Tricks to Keep Your Wedding Shoes From Killing Your Feet

Don't Buy Second-Hand Shoes, Even If You're On a Budget
Although you might be tempted to buy vintage, Wahl urges you to buy a new pair. "There are so many options for beautiful shoes, especially online, that you should be able to find something within any budget. I wouldn't recommend a second hand pair for this special day, but on sale is a great way to save!"

You Don't Have to Go Designer (Unless You Feel Like It!)
"As long as the shoe is fairly comfortable, and gives enough support while completing the total wedding day look, [spending] any amount is appropriate!" Wahl shares. If you do feel like going big, Wahl shares the one brand her brides-to-be love. "Many find a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes they love. The options they feature are comfortable, glamorous, and yet still a good purchase which will be worn again. A fun splurge for the big day!"

Consider Having a Back-Up Pair
If you plan on doing any dancing at all, don't subject your feet to standing in the same pair of stilettos for the entire evening. "I recommend a second pair of shoes for every bride — it will be a great relief to your toes to switch into another style of shoe, even if you switch back again later," says Wahl. But she's not talking sneakers or flats (unless your original pair is of the same height). "Select something that is no more than half an inch different in heel height so it will not affect the hem length of your gown."

WATCH: Taylor Swift’s Maid-of-Honor Speech is Everything

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Feb 292016
 


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Can you say #MaidofHonorGoals? Just a couple weeks ago, Taylor Swift made her way down the aisle for some hometown "I dos." Before you get too excited, no, she wasn't tying the knot with Calvin Harris (but we can dream, can't we?). She was standing by her best friend's side as she got hitched to her childhood sweetheart. Swift's maid-of-honor dress at her BFF Britany Maack's wedding has been making the rounds on the 'net (And for good reason! Seriously, have you seen that thing?), but it's her too-sweet MOH speech that's got us reaching for the Kleenex.

In the newly-released wedding video of the hometown nuptials, Swift's longtime bestie Britany wed Benjamin LaManna in Reading, Pennsylvania. And although all eyes are on the bride throughout the 11-minute video, we can't help but notice her award-winning maid of honor.

From the dimly-lit rehearsal dinner to the reception dance floor, the "Love Story" singer can be seen helping the bride's own love story come true. Maid of honors, feel free to take notes! This is how you get the job done...

Taylor Swift Wedding Video

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Swift of course helped her friend get glam, made sure her gorgeous Reem Acra gown was without a flaw, and stood beside her for her "I dos" (you know, just typical MOH duties...), and then completely shut it down with an out-of-this-world maid-of-honor speech. Starting off by reminiscing on the couple's adorable beginnings, Swift had us hooked from the moment she grabbed the mic. "He would chase her and pursue her through middle school and junior high and high school, and their paths would diverge, and then come back together," she said at the reception. "It would be so magically unpredictable, but at the same time, so incredibly fated just like the best love stories are." Wait a minute, are these lyrics to a Taylor Swift love song, because their story sounds like an absolute fairytale!

Taylor Swift Maid of Honor Video

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"My favorite accomplishment of my entire life is that everything in my life has changed except for me and Britany," Swift continued. "She was my partner in crime at Brownie's sleepaway camp and she was my date to the Grammys. And little did either of us know that prince charming for Britany would be the kid that sat next to me in class with a bowl cut and a Lego lunchbox." Are you paying attention, MOHs of the world? Y'all got some competition!

Taylor Swift Maid of Honor Speech

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See more: Terrified of Giving Your Maid of Honor Speech? Check Out These Toast Tips

Her maid-of-honor speech wasn't the only thing Swift slayed. The superstar songstress also broke it down on the reception dance floor with some killer moves and of course took the stage to serenade the newlyweds with her Grammy-winning pipes. Pulling double duty as maid of honor and wedding singer? Swift just won all the BFF awards!

Your Weekly Wedding Horoscope: February 29, 2016

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Feb 292016
 
Wedding Horoscope

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When in doubt, look to the stars to help you sort your wedding plans out! For the full scoop and to find out exactly what the stars have in store you and your big day, peep astrologer Danielle Mercurio's horoscopes below.

Aries (March 21 - April 19)
It may be a slow week for you astrologically, but not to fret! There's a lot at work right now behind the scenes that's sure to surprise you soon. In the meantime, focus on joyful activities like picking out music for your wedding reception or signing up for classes to perfect your first dance.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
A miscommunication with a vendor may get you and your fiancé heated this week, however, try your best to keep your cool. There is a rational way to handle this and focus on the solution as opposed to the problem. If the end result means having to part ways, realize it's for the best and something better is right around the corner.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
This week you may find a renewed interest in a healthier lifestyle, perhaps through diet, exercise, or meditation. You've been so consumed with the wedding plans that you let some of your standards slip. Nothing to stress about; just remember it's important to honor your needs and maintain some balance.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
You're caught between the excitement of your engagement and also organizing everything you need to do for your big day. Start by setting your budget, choosing your wedding party and browsing through ideas on Pinterest. There will be lots to do, however parties and planning is where you thrive and people can expect a truly fantastic wedding from you.

Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Because of outside circumstances, you may be getting caught up in what everyone else wants you to do for your wedding verses what you and your partner actually desire. Stay true to your vision and follow your heart. At the end of it all, this will be your day to reflect back and you're not one to have regrets.

See More: 7 Things You'll Learn About Wedding-Dress Shopping From Watching "Say Yes to The Dress"

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Wow, look at you go! In true Virgo fashion, everything you've been dreaming up for your wedding is coming together seamlessly. All of the venues, dates, vendors, and décor you've been hoping for are working out for you. Take some time to extend your gratitude and change it up a bit by working on something personal like your vows.

Libra (September 23 - October 22)
You may be feeling like you're juggling too many things at once right now. Take this as a sign to ask for help! Whether family, friends, or making the investment in a wedding planner, you simply can't keep going at this pace. Remember that extra assistance is not a set back but a step in the right direction.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
With the action-oriented planet Mars aligning with your sign this week, take advantage of the energy boost and cross a few more things off your wedding to-do list. This is a good time to finalize items such as your food and drink menu, the groom's tuxedo, and how much time you'll be taking off of work. The load feels lighter already, no?

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Time to get to business! With the 3rd quarter phase of the Moon in your sign at the start of the week, this is a great opportunity to finalize any paperwork, like getting written contracts from your wedding vendors or your marriage license taken care of. The more quickly these tasks are handled, the more time you have for the fun bits of the process.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Be careful not to get caught up in any extra family drama that doesn't concern you this week! It's easy to get stuck in the middle, as you can relate to both sides, however, doing so may just bring you down a path you don't need to travel. Revert your focus to your wedding and the fun stuff like floral arrangements and where the honeymoon will be.

See More: 10 Tasteful Wedding Ideas for Sports Fanatics

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
There are a lot of tasks you've been plotting out involving your wedding that haven't come to fruition yet. Instead of agonizing and waiting for the outcome, practice patience and trust that you're doing everything you can right now. Some amazing forward momentum will surprise you during the weekend!

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
There has been a lot of brainstorming and planning for your nuptials, yet it feels like there hasn't been any progress with the bigger details like securing the reception or ceremony venue. Keep looking, stay positive, and with the upcoming changes in the cosmos, believe that the stars are lining up in your favor.

Real Brides Share Their Biggest Wedding Day Regrets

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Feb 292016
 
wedding day regrets from real brides

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Of course the wedding was perfect but if you had it to do over, what one thing would you do differently? Twelve brides share their biggest regrets from their own wedding days.

"The wedding was amazing. But while I had an amazing photographer, I didn't hire a professional videographer. So many wonderful moments were captured frozen in time, but there are no moving images." —Sheila

"What I regret is spending so much time worrying about little details — the seating plan, the music, the bridesmaids' dresses... In the end, all the stress I put myself through leading up to the big day was avoidable. Your wedding is perfect regardless of whether certain details don't work out the way you planned." —Ruth

"Ok, I admit it — while my bridesmaids and I were getting our hair and makeup done we demolished a pitcher of margaritas. The drinking continued through the photos and at the reception. So while I enjoyed the wedding, I don't remember as much of it as I would have if I hadn't been several sheets to the wind." —Amy

"In retrospect, I wish my bridegroom and I had toasted our parents. They put so much into the wedding, not to mention all the years of raising us, they certainly deserved a special shout-out." —Dana

"Instead of leaving for our honeymoon the morning after the wedding — which ended at three in the morning! — we would have waited a day to take off for Costa Rica. The whole first day of the trip I was exhausted and hung over." —Tina

"We felt compelled to invite a lot of people to the wedding we weren't really close to. If I could do the wedding over, there would only be people celebrating with us who were truly part of the journey for my husband and me." —Kim

See More: Kick Post-Wedding Regrets to the Curb With These 3 Tips

"We didn't spend enough time with our guests — the people we loved — because we kept getting pulled away for pictures, tossing the bouquet, first dance, eating. It was great but I really wanted to spend time with friends and family." —Ivy

"My husband and I chose a destination wedding in Jamaica. It was raining the morning of our wedding. I was so upset about the potential of having to be married under a pavilion at the resort, that I let it upset me for hours. Now that I look back on it, my perspective should have been that I was marrying the love of my life that day, and that the weather isn't really what matters. As it turned out, the sky cleared up, and we had a beautiful wedding ceremony on the beach after all. I could have spared myself the memory of being crabby and upset the morning of my wedding, if I'd have just gone with the flow." —Jessica

"My biggest wedding day regret was not trying on the veil before my wedding day. I hated it! I wasn't comfortable wearing it — the lace kept going into my face — and after our wedding vows, before I arrived at the reception, I tore off the lacey veil part and just left the crown on my head. A definite princess look, I thought!" —Martyne

"On your wedding day the most important thing is how you look and feel and if you don't look your best, you won't feel your best. I wish I'd done enough makeup trials with different people. I went with the first person I tried, and my makeup could have been better." —Sadia

"I cared too much about making everybody else happy — parents, grandparents, bridesmaids, siblings... Whose wedding was it anymore? My fianc— and I should have satisfied ourselves first and foremost." —Meg

"I wouldn't have broken my leg the morning of my wedding day." —Julie

Sherry Amatenstein is a New York City-based marriage therapist and author.

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