1. It’s rare that everything goes smoothly.
No matter how much planning you do, no matter how much money is spent, something usually doesn’t happen the way it was supposed to. I’m not saying that a part of your day will necessarily be a “complete disaster” nor am I saying it’s okay for wedding suppliers to let you down, but it has been known to rain on wedding days, people can sometimes be late, timings go off course and someone’s phone may ring during a key moment. Many people get to a point (usually the day before) when they accept that they’ve done all they can and they start to relax and enjoy themselves.
2. Just before the main event, you WILL get nervous.
When I was in a black London taxi with my dad on the way to my wedding I was extremely nervous. Not nervous about marring my other half, but getting married is a huge deal and it isn’t something you do every day. It’s a huge moment in your life and it’ll hit you like a ton of bricks just before you take the plunge, but the good news is the nerves quickly melt away when you see the one you love waiting for you at the other end of the aisle.
3. You won’t remember everything.
It seems mad that on such a special day that you won’t remember everything that happens, but I’m afraid it's true. Just one of many reasons why having a good Wedding Photographer is so important. You'll probably remember the main running order of the day, but not the finer details. For example, you'll more than likely remember everyone that you talked to, but you may not necessarily know what was said. (Although this might also be as a result of the amount of alcohol you’ve managed to drink!)
4. You never get to spend enough time with all your guests.
Although the number of guests attending does play a huge factor in this, being a bride or groom is hard work and getting to speak to all your guests is very difficult. Try to keep conversations fairly brief and try to make sure you at least say hello to everyone, and considering the fact that most people have around a hundred guests at their evening do that’s a task in itself! Just know that you’re not a bad person if you didn’t speak to certain people as much as you would have liked or feel you should have, all wedding couples have this problem.
5. Your wedding dress will get dirty, and that’s okay.
I understand the horror you are probably feeling by reading that sentence. However between the accidental dress stampings, the wine spillages and inevitable mud and dirt at a wedding venue, it's nearly impossible to keep it completely clean. You’ll probably want to take it to the dry cleaners afterwards in any case, and it’s only really meant to be worn once (although my mum’s wedding dress was worn hundreds of times by my sister and I when we were little, as it lived out the rest of its days in our dressing up box).
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tHE ramblings OF HOLLY CADe:
Wedding and Portrait Photographer - based on the Isle of Wight.