3 Important Wedding Planning Lessons Learned

Last weekend we celebrated my dear friends Teresa and Andrew’s wedding.  The weather cooperated, the rain held off and a fabulous time was had by all.  I’ll have a Real Weddings post soon, (since I was in the wedding and didn’t get many pictures, I’ll have to wait for the photographer) but today, I wanted to share some wedding lessons learned that came out of the event.


  1. Hire a day of coordinator.  This is the first wedding I have planned where we did this, and wow what a difference it makes.  (Especially since I was in the wedding party, I was able to troubleshoot big issues without having to manage every single detail of set up and event management.)  This will probably be my biggest recommendation to brides and grooms from now on.
  2. Do a full dry run of your centerpieces.  As we were putting the centerpieces together the afternoon of the wedding, we realized that the buckets we had gotten to hold the flowers were not fully waterproof. We found a solution, but we could have saved ourselves a lot of time and energy if we had done a test run before the wedding. (But, another perk of having a day of coordinator: we were able to discover and solve this problem without the bride ever knowing there was an issue or having to stress about it.)

    Those buckets are not waterproof! (But they were a great deal–$3 for 2 on the Target dollar rack. For that price, I’m willing to work around the water holding issues.)

  3. Keep in mind the size of dresses when planning the width of your ceremony aisle.  The mother of the groom and the bride almost caught their dresses on fire from the luminaries lining the aisle.  When planning to use fire in your wedding decor, be mindful that you need more room to walk and sit with long dresses and trains.

But overall, wedding=success!