Wedding Advice for the Big Day

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So you’re planning your wedding, the biggest event of your life so far. You’ve spent hours cruising the web, looking through bridal mags and trying on dresses (or tuxes!). You have the day planned in your mind down to a tee, from the details of the guest list to the placement of napkins on the plates.

And you’ve gotten tons of advice from family and friends. But what about those golden nuggets of wisdom you want to receive? The insider information from happy couples who have already lived through the joys and tribulations of organizing the event and have walked down the aisle? Before you make one more phone call or visit one more florist, you want to be sure you hear what they have to say.

A thread just recently got a lot of attention on the site Reddit, asking readers what they wish they had known on their wedding day. Aimed at those who already have been through it all, you don’t want to miss out on this valuable wedding advice for the big day.

  • Take a Moment to Appreciate. The day will fly by. No doubt about it. When everyone is seated at the dinner table, enjoying the food and chatting amongst themselves, take a moment to look around. Breathe it all in. Appreciate them and those precious few seconds. Years later when you think back on your day it will be one of the things that stand out in your mind.
  • Focus on the Important Things. What’s the real reason for the event in the first place? To celebrate your new life with the person you love most in the whole world. Not the petty stuff like place settings and center pieces. Make an effort to stay focused on what really matters.
  • The Wedding Will Be Fun But the Marriage is What Counts. Spending and living every day with your best friend. Who could ask for more? Marriage will be difficult sometimes and a lot of work but everything worthwhile in this life is.
  • Go Easy on the Drinks. It’s a mistake many couples make on the big day. After not eating the whole day due to nerves, the wait staff starts to hand you champagne and wine. Before you know what’s hit you, you’ve had way too much to drink. So much so that the night of lovemaking you envisioned has completely gone out the window. Memories of the last few hours become hazy. If you want to remember every moment of your big day, limit your alcohol consumption.
  • Accept that Something Will Go Wrong. No matter how much you’ve planned, some mishap is bound to happen, whether it’s the wrong hors d’oeuvre or a forgotten bouquet. Whatever it is, let it go. The day is too short and you’ve put in way too much effort to let the petty stuff get you down.
  • The Most Important Attendee is Your Spouse. It doesn’t matter if your best friend from high school or your favorite cousin fails to show up. The most important person is the one standing by your side.
  • You and Your Spouse Will Change. As we grow up and grow old, we change. That person with you today will only loosely resemble the one you’ll be married to in 15 to 20 years.
  • Don’t be Shy to Delegate. This is your one big day. The only responsibility you should have is to get dressed and show up. Delegate all the scheduling details to the best man, maid of honor, or a responsible family member.
  • Savor Every Moment. Because the day will pass faster than you can imagine.

 

 

 

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