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Real Bride Chat: Rachel

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Real Bride: Rachel W.
Wedding Date: July 29
Ceremony and Reception Location: Northbank Park

How different was your original wedding vision from your actual wedding?
I was not one of those children who wore a curtain as a veil and walked down the aisle.  I never thought I would want to be married so I never considered what my wedding would look like.  Even by the time I changed my mind and decided to marry my partner, we each only had vague ideas about what we wanted: outside, delicious food, as stress-free as possible.  While a thunderstorm put the kibosh on the outside portion of our vision (although we were lucky enough to make it through the ceremony outside), the rest was pretty much spot on.

What surprised you most about the planning process?
The details!  There were so many small decisions that did not matter to either one of us but still had to be made.  At times my husband and I both felt inundated by questions we hadn’t considered and information that needed to be taken in.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?
My favorite part of the planning process was also at times my least favorite: discussing all the bits and pieces with my partner who was as involved as I was.  It was so much fun brainstorming all the different facets of the day and wondering what it would be like the last few months leading up to the wedding!  This occasionally led us to wonder what we might talk about once we were married since The Wedding made up the bulk of our conversations, but we made it out alive. 🙂  (Note: I asked my husband this question and, without hesitation, he said, “trying all the food!”  So, maybe that, too.)

What surprised you the most about the wedding day?
Except for the intense thunderstorm, which was quite beautiful from inside our venue, we weren’t really surprised by anything.  We had a fantastic day with our friends and family, and took in every minute.  Of course it wasn’t perfect, but we remember and cherish the imperfections and spontaneous moments the most.

What was your favorite moment of the wedding day?
My husband and I spent the night before the wedding together in a hotel suite and my favorite part of the wedding day was spending the next morning with him.  We relaxed for a few hours, splurged on breakfast in our room, and talked about how excited we were.  Life was so calm even though the wedding was imminent!

What would you do differently?
We hired someone else to take care of all of the major wedding day things: day-of coordination, flowers, cake, food, music, photos… Unfortunately, we never considered for a second that we should hire someone to take care of creating our invitations (we have Adobe!  And Vistaprint! And Etsy!), or deal with the RSVP nightmare.  Some folks didn’t get the no kids hints we flashed them, and I was surprised at how many people we had to harass to find out if they were coming- and our wedding had fewer than 100 guests.

Finally, what is your best tip for future brides?
This won’t work for everyone, but if you are able to be somewhat detached from the details, my best tip is to hire people you trust to do the work and then let them.  Once we hired a florist, I took that as my cue that I could stop thinking about flowers.  When we hired a DJ, I stopped stressing over songs.  It was so freeing to have big chunks of the wedding taken care of by people who were valued professionals in their field, whose personalities matched ours, and who understood that we trusted them to make good decisions on our behalf.  And then we had Emilie to make sure it all came together perfectly.

Thank you Rachel for sharing – xoxo!