They say hindsight is 20/20, and the adage is especially true when it comes to wedding planning. At RiverCrest Golf Club, we’ve seen plenty of gorgeous weddings over the years—and we’ve spoken with plenty of brides who learned a thing or two about planning in the process. Whether they wished they’d worn a more comfortable dress, thought differently about wedding photos, or made time to visit their cocktail hour, here are 10 pieces of wisdom from brides who’ve been there. And if you want even more tips and tricks, drop us a line; our RiverCrest pros would love to help make your wedding-planning process as smooth as possible!
“Go to your cocktail reception, and remember to actually eat the food and cake.” -Lauren M.
“Remember, it’s one day of your life that goes by in a hot minute—take in as much as you can!” –Kate L.
“Previous generations have all kinds of weird ideas about different aspects of a wedding and traditions and rules, such as who pays for a wedding, who pays for a rehearsal dinner, who should be invited, what a formal invitation should look like, who plans and hosts a bridal shower, who should be included in the wedding party, et cetera. Try to talk about those things with the important people before much of the planning takes place, particularly if those people will be paying for some or all [of the wedding].” –Becky C.
“Seriously think about your dress and how comfortable you’ll be in it all night. I was so hot in my dress, and wished I’d chosen a slinky little number instead.” –Megan D.
“Order the photo album through your photographer. If you skip that so you can add in all your own candids, you’ll end up with no album five years later.” –Maggie O.
“I hated our wedding photos and I think that’s partly my fault. I wish I had thought about what type of photos I actually like to frame and then asked for pictures like that.” –Ashley F.
“Dance lessons for the first dance are totally not worth it. You will forget the dance by the time you’re there!” –Erin H.
“Hire a DJ or band that is highly recommended by somebody you know. Bad or boring music can ruin a wedding.” –Rebecca S.
“Instead of a traditional sit-down meal, we had different food stations with some of our favorite dishes and more casual food. The food was great, and it kept people up and mingling!” –Kim B.
“Think about what makes a good party for your family and friends and then focus on those elements. Don’t sweat the other stuff. For us, that meant good food and booze, good music, and a space conducive to dancing and socializing.” –Ashley R.