Eat Drink & Be Mary: 4 Wedding Day Musts


4 Wedding Day Musts

Hello again, ED&BM girlies (and gents)! Last time around these parts, I was sharing 4 things to do after getting engaged. But seeing as Mary is literally tying the knot any second now, I'm flipping it around and sharing 4 pieces of advice my own fiance and I have received thus far in preparation for the Big Day.

 It can get so (trust: SO) easy to get completely consumed by all things wedding when in neck-deep planning mode. You look up from Pinterest just to eat and smooch your honey, and you've got a florist, DJ, and wedding planner on speed dial. But sometimes, a little nudge and reminder of what really matters is very necessary and welcomed with open arms before walking down the aisle. These four things are on my list of "wedding day musts" to ensure we keep the important things in

  wedding day musts

  1. Take Ten for Two This is the tidbit of advice I absolutely cannot wait to implement. It goes as such: Take ten minutes at some point in the middle of your reception to step off to the side, just the two of you, and soak in the moment. Soak in the fact that you're now Mr. and Mrs. Soak in your guests and the camaraderie and the love and the party. Just thank God for your love, family, marriage and new life together, and don't allow anyone to interrupt that time. Get a bridesmaid or groomsmen on board to patrol the area if need be to let everyone know you can't be disturbed for ten minutes, and just really make the most of those moments together.

  2. Be on the same page as your photog. We'll chat about this in a few, but there is nothing you should be worrying about on your wedding day besides tying the knot. *Nothing*. Since you probably want great photography (and maybe videography) to result from the festivities, be sure to chat with your photographer ahead of time to ensure he or she knows exactly what shots are must-haves, who is with who, and what you're hoping to have to look back on in a few weeks. You don't want to have to be thinking of your mental Pinterest checklist of angles (do you want a church silhouette? A shot of the groom's first look at the bride? How about the maid of honor as she gives her toast?) and throwing things at your photog as they pop into mind - you want it to be figured out ahead of time so you can go from shot to shot seamlessly, knowing that all of your must-have pictures will be there in your proofs. Have that conversation ahead of time, write everything down, and be on the same page!

  3. Make sure you EAT. No one has to tell me (or Mary, or anyone else for that matter) to remember to eat. It's a no brainer, right? Not on your wedding day! I've heard countless stories of brides and grooms leaving their own lavish weddings near-starved because in the midst of visiting tables and, in talking to every second and third (and fourth) cousin and their brother, they neglected food. If you're paying for this awesome meal for all to enjoy, ya gotta enjoy it yourself! Try to take a few minutes to scarf down your meatballs or filet - at least enough to keep you going for the rest of the night. When the night's all said and done, you want to be able to look back fondly and reminisce - ain't no room for the hangry up in hurrr. (But, to-go boxes are a plus!)

4. Don't worry about anything. Easier said than done, but seriously - this day (hopefully) happens just once. It's less than 12 hours of love and celebration, and then *poof* - it's done forever. Why in the name of all that is good and lovely would anything be more important than that? No color scheme snafu or bridesmaid hair shenanigan could come anywhere within ten feet of touching the cloud of happiness surrounding your big day. Seriously, don't sweat the small stuff, the big stuff, or any stuff not directly correlated to your marriage to the love of your life. #seriously

What are your own wedding day musts?

I'd love to know, so leave a comment down below for Mary and I and come tweet me your thoughts here.


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