After months of planning, prepping and perfecting, your wedding day is here. Finally! But then, before you even realize it, in one big wave of excitement and joy and dancing and laughing, the day is — sigh — over. Almost every married couple will warn you that your wedding day will go by in a blur, and while there’s no actual way to stop time, there are things you can do to keep your wedding day from being a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it whirlwind.
First things first: Slow down. Step away from the buzz of the party to be alone with your brand-new spouse. Many of our RiverCrest couples head to our private bridal suite post-ceremony to spend a little time alone — and toast with some champagne —before heading out to greet guests. (Some couples even have appetizers from the cocktail hour brought to them here!)
Consider having a first-look shoot, so you can squeeze in some valuable photographs before your wedding officially begins. This way, you have less shots to fit in between your ceremony and reception, so you can enjoy some of your cocktail hour. And don’t forget to give your photographer a list of must-get shots so they can begin wrangling the bridal party and family members for portraits. You want to spend more time in the moment, and less time in front of a camera!
Try to be a guest at your own wedding, too. This means enjoying the hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail hour, making sure you carve out time to eat dinner (our staff will help you remember to eat, too!), and hitting the dance floor. And be sure to walk around and take a few moments to appreciate the beautiful results of your months of planning: the small details you thought of, the menu you created, and the group of people you gathered around to make this whirlwind of a day one to remember.