Remain Present & Create Memories That Last

THE PIECES OF ADVICE WE RECEIVED AND THE ONES WE WISH WE HAD

Remain Present & Create Memories That Last


Remain Present & Create Memories That Last

Remaining present
 
One of the best pieces of advice I received leading up to my wedding day was to take a few moments from time to time throughout the reception, stand back with my new spouse and just be present. To observe. To witness all of the people gathered to celebrate the occasion. The day can be so chaotic, between greeting everyone, all of the toasts and dances, that it’s easy to let the day go by without standing back and soaking it all in. So, every so often, grab your spouse's hand and look around at all of the faces there for you. All of those faces, that circle of friends and family, may never all share the same space again. Enjoy it while it’s happening.
 

Setting realistic expectations for yourself and for the day
 
There is so much pressure to have your ‘best day’, to the point where if anything goes wrong it can feel day-breaking. It can be tough, but try and remind yourself that, like with any other day, things can and will go wrong. Whether there’s family drama, a pimple, or rain, try your hardest to remember why you’re there– to celebrate your love, and be grateful for all the things that did go right to bring you there.
 
 
Taking Care of Yourself
 
Don't forget to eat and hydrate! Probably the most common advice you’ll receive, and for good reason. In order to be present, you need to be nourished. And you’ll feel happier!
 
 
Maximizing Rehearsal Dinner Time
 
So many people to spend time with and so little time! If you are having a rehearsal dinner, spend as much time talking to family and friends while there as possible. The wedding day will go by quickly, and especially if you’re having a big wedding you may feel like it’s hard to spend as much time with everyone as you’d like. Do as much of that at the rehearsal dinner and any after-dinner drinks as you can, so that you can take the pressure off of the wedding day a bit.
 
 
Getting the most out of your guestbook

Some people opt out of the guest book, and we understand why; not everyone signs it, people often just write their names, and you can end up going home with only the first two pages half-filled in. But with a little planning beforehand, there are definitely ways to create a really meaningful guestbook that you'll treasure. We recommend having a sign by your guest book with a prompt. It can be hard to think of sage advice on the fly, so provide people with some direction. We also recommend asking one or two people in advance to start off the book with a note rather than just names; people will naturally follow their lead.
 

Enlisting help
 
Don't be afraid to ask other people to help record memories for you. Maybe it's a cousin with a Polaroid camera, or a bridesmaid who captures little videos throughout the night. Other than your photographer and videographer, it can be nice to have more raw, unedited footage from the day.
 

Recording memories from the day
 
After the reception (okay, it doesn't have to be right after the reception), take some time with your spouse to write down memories from the wedding day. And do this as soon after your wedding day as possible while it's still fresh. If you are going on a honeymoon right after, this is a great activity for the plane. When recording some of your memories, think about the sights, sounds, specific conversations, funny moments and how you were feeling at different points of the day. Trust us, you'll treasure this later.

THE PIECES OF ADVICE WE RECEIVED AND THE ONES WE WISH WE HAD


THE PIECES OF ADVICE WE RECEIVED AND THE ONES WE WISH WE HAD

Remaining present
 
One of the best pieces of advice I received leading up to my wedding day was to take a few moments from time to time throughout the reception, stand back with my new spouse and just be present. To observe. To witness all of the people gathered to celebrate the occasion. The day can be so chaotic, between greeting everyone, all of the toasts and dances, that it’s easy to let the day go by without standing back and soaking it all in. So, every so often, grab your spouse's hand and look around at all of the faces there for you. All of those faces, that circle of friends and family, may never all share the same space again. Enjoy it while it’s happening.
 
Setting realistic expectations for yourself and for the day
 
There is so much pressure to have your ‘best day’, to the point where if anything goes wrong it can feel day-breaking. It can be tough, but try and remind yourself that, like with any other day, things can and will go wrong. Whether there’s family drama, a pimple, or rain, try your hardest to remember why you’re there– to celebrate your love, and be grateful for all the things that did go right to bring you there.
 
 
Taking Care of Yourself
 
Don't forget to eat and hydrate! Probably the most common advice you’ll receive, and for good reason. In order to be present, you need to be nourished. And you’ll feel happier!
 
 
Maximizing Rehearsal Dinner Time
 
So many people to spend time with and so little time! If you are having a rehearsal dinner, spend as much time talking to family and friends while there as possible. The wedding day will go by quickly, and especially if you’re having a big wedding you may feel like it’s hard to spend as much time with everyone as you’d like. Do as much of that at the rehearsal dinner and any after-dinner drinks as you can, so that you can take the pressure off of the wedding day a bit.
 
 
Getting the most out of your guestbook

Some people opt out of the guest book, and we understand why; not everyone signs it, people often just write their names, and you can end up going home with only the first two pages half-filled in. But with a little planning beforehand, there are definitely ways to create a really meaningful guestbook that you'll treasure. We recommend having a sign by your guest book with a prompt. It can be hard to think of sage advice on the fly, so provide people with some direction. We also recommend asking one or two people in advance to start off the book with a note rather than just names; people will naturally follow their lead.
 

Enlisting help
 
Don't be afraid to ask other people to help record memories for you. Maybe it's a cousin with a Polaroid camera, or a bridesmaid who captures little videos throughout the night. Other than your photographer and videographer, it can be nice to have more raw, unedited footage from the day.
 

Recording memories from the day
 
After the reception (okay, it doesn't have to be right after the reception), take some time with your spouse to write down memories from the wedding day. And do this as soon after your wedding day as possible while it's still fresh. If you are going on a honeymoon right after, this is a great activity for the plane. When recording some of your memories, think about the sights, sounds, specific conversations, funny moments and how you were feeling at different points of the day. Trust us, you'll treasure this later.

Remaining present
 
One of the best pieces of advice I received leading up to my wedding day was to take a few moments from time to time throughout the reception, stand back with my new spouse and just be present. To observe. To witness all of the people gathered to celebrate the occasion. The day can be so chaotic, between greeting everyone, all of the toasts and dances, that it’s easy to let the day go by without standing back and soaking it all in. So, every so often, grab your spouse's hand and look around at all of the faces there for you. All of those faces, that circle of friends and family, may never all share the same space again. Enjoy it while it’s happening.
 

Setting realistic expectations for yourself and for the day
 
There is so much pressure to have your ‘best day’, to the point where if anything goes wrong it can feel day-breaking. It can be tough, but try and remind yourself that, like with any other day, things can and will go wrong. Whether there’s family drama, a pimple, or rain, try your hardest to remember why you’re there– to celebrate your love, and be grateful for all the things that did go right to bring you there.
 
 
Taking Care of Yourself
 
Don't forget to eat and hydrate! Probably the most common advice you’ll receive, and for good reason. In order to be present, you need to be nourished. And you’ll feel happier!
 
 
Maximizing Rehearsal Dinner Time
 
So many people to spend time with and so little time! If you are having a rehearsal dinner, spend as much time talking to family and friends while there as possible. The wedding day will go by quickly, and especially if you’re having a big wedding you may feel like it’s hard to spend as much time with everyone as you’d like. Do as much of that at the rehearsal dinner and any after-dinner drinks as you can, so that you can take the pressure off of the wedding day a bit.
 
 
Getting the most out of your guestbook

Some people opt out of the guest book, and we understand why; not everyone signs it, people often just write their names, and you can end up going home with only the first two pages half-filled in. But with a little planning beforehand, there are definitely ways to create a really meaningful guestbook that you'll treasure. We recommend having a sign by your guest book with a prompt. It can be hard to think of sage advice on the fly, so provide people with some direction. We also recommend asking one or two people in advance to start off the book with a note rather than just names; people will naturally follow their lead.
 

Enlisting help
 
Don't be afraid to ask other people to help record memories for you. Maybe it's a cousin with a Polaroid camera, or a bridesmaid who captures little videos throughout the night. Other than your photographer and videographer, it can be nice to have more raw, unedited footage from the day.
 

Recording memories from the day
 
After the reception (okay, it doesn't have to be right after the reception), take some time with your spouse to write down memories from the wedding day. And do this as soon after your wedding day as possible while it's still fresh. If you are going on a honeymoon right after, this is a great activity for the plane. When recording some of your memories, think about the sights, sounds, specific conversations, funny moments and how you were feeling at different points of the day. Trust us, you'll treasure this later.

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