5 Things You Should Do at Your Wedding & 5 You Shouldn't

5 Things You Should Do:

1. Hire professionals. Before we get to the actual wedding, this is most important. I get it, your best friend's cousin just started a planning events and is "SUPER cheap" but you get what you pay for. The experience of a professional is worth it's weight in gold. If you're on a limited budget, really think about what is most important to you and your spouse and make sure you budget for it.

2. Take time to "take it all in", even if it's just a few moments at a time. Your wedding is going to go by so quickly so make sure you carve time into your schedule to make sure you truly enjoy each of the significant moments. Pause when the doors open before you walk down the aisle, spend some time alone with your significant other during the first look, etc

3. EAT! Make sure you eat and drink water. Between nerves and greeting family, it's easy to forget.

4. Remember what the day is about... marrying your best friend. Everything else is just "nice to have". Sure, things will go wrong, but at the end of the day, all that matters is that you are married.

5. Have Fun!

5 Things You Shouldn't Do:

1. Don't get wasted! This goes without saying but it's easy to do if you don't eat/drink water (see #3 above).

2. Don't sweat the small stuff. If you hire professionals and communicate the things that are most important to you during the planning process, you’ll have laid out the ground work properly. Even if things don’t go exactly your way, just roll with it. There’s no use stressing.

3. Don't complain when people give advice. I get it, no one wants unsolicited and opinions, but remember, this is an exciting time for everyone, including your new family. Oftentimes, people are well intentioned when saying “you should do this”, or “don’t do that”. The important thing to remember is that it is your day and ultimately, you and your soon-to-be spouse have the final say. Be graceful and listen, but do what you want.

4. Don't forget to take pictures with as many guests as possible. I had a bride who regretted not taking pictures with a dear friend who passed shortly after the wedding.

5. Don't overspend. If you've created a budget for the wedding (you should have), stick to it, even on the day of. Little expenses add up if you don't account for them in the overall budget.