Whew, what a year! My husband, Will, proposed in June of 2016 and we were married in September of 2017 in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. I spent countless hours planning my wedding and it was truly the most special day (and weekend) of my life. Looking back on my wedding day and planning experience, these are the five things I learned.
1. Don't stress the small things.
Because there was a hurricane a few weeks before my wedding, we were unable to get a lot of the "out of season" flowers I wanted for my bouquet. I just told my florist to "run with it" and surprise me. Turns out, I LOVED my bouquet and it was more beautiful than I could imagine.
2. Pictures and videos last a lifetime.
When picking my photographer and videographer, I spent countless hours watching their videos, looking at their pictures and reading reviews. I am so thankful I did. I loved both of my choices. These are two of the most important vendors to me, because they provided my memories I cherish. They captured the emotion and feelings of the day better than I could've ever imagined.
3. Surround yourself with people you love and care about.
I cannot stress enough how important this will be to your wedding day and wedding planning. Do not feel obligated to have someone in your wedding party. These girls should be the most important people to you in your life. Your best girlfriends can make your day stress-free and FUN. I will always remember my "wedding weekend" all the pre-wedding events, because my girls went above and beyond to make it wonderful. My getting-ready photos are beyond some of my favorite pictures. They are candid and how often do you get professional pictures of you and your friends?
4. Save money when you can.
I got caught up in a lot of small (expensive) details for my wedding. These things were never important to me in the beginning and definitely not important looking back. Make sure you evaluate what you want to be the biggest part of your budget, and save money in the other areas. Prioritize your budget. Don't let expensive wedding trends take away from your budget in other areas. For me, the most important things were the band, photographer and videographer. I was able to save money in other areas by DIY projects and getting creative.
5. Relax, breathe and have fun!
After all, you have spent so many hours planning and thinking about this day. You NEED to enjoy it. It is a whirlwind of a weekend and goes by so fast, so soak up every minute. We created The Poppy Shop to give brides a one-stop shop for beautiful and affordable bridal and bridesmaids loungewear and jewelry. We want to make the bride's life easier, so they can enjoy the wedding planning process. We want our brides to look back on their wedding day, cherish their pictures, and love their loungewear and jewelry from The Poppy Shop.
- Reception Venue: Coral Bay Club, Atlantic Beach, NC
- Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church, Morehead City, NC
- Dress: Monique Lhuillier, Alexia's Bridal Boutique, Raleigh, NC
- Photographer: Cynthia Rose Photography, Havelock, NC
- Videographer: Life Stage Films, Wilmington, NC
- Invitations: Reeve's Engraving, Laurinburg, NC
- Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
- Transportation: Diamond Limonusine, Morehead City, NC
- Florist: Flowers and Design by Ernest, Beaufort, NC
- Cake: Delicate Delights, Beaufort, NC
- Band: Right on Band