What would they have done differently – or know now looking back? We’ve asked past brides for their words of wisdom for those eagerly anticipating tying the knot.
‘Make the day special for your bridesmaids, too. Dress them in something they love as much as you do so everyone feels comfortable and relaxed.’
‘Most brides strive for a perfect day, but sometimes the spontaneous things make your day memorable.’
‘Try not to constantly discuss ‘the wedding’ in the lead-up to your day. The night before ours, a friend gave me a massage and a reiki session – I felt all my stress waft out the door.’
‘Keep a sense of humour and aspire to be more ‘Bridechilla’ than Bridezilla.'
‘The day flashes before you have a chance to sit back and soak up the excitement, and you find yourself getting pulled in every direction. Before the reception, think about special guests such as grandparents or those who have travelled a long way to be there, and make sure you spend as much time as you can with them.’
Louise, Te Awamutu
‘Remember that it’s not just your day, it’s also a very special occasion for both sets of parents and siblings, so let them share it and enjoy it with you as much as possible.’
‘Take pictures of products and things you like that you can show your vendors, or anyone you are working with. I did this with my florist and she was able to source exactly what I wanted – confetti roses, hydrangeas, ageratum and lisianthus.’
‘Keep a pair of flats on hand for the photo shoot if you’ll be doing a lot of walking around. They’ll also come in handy when you hit the dance floor later on in the night.’