By Bailey Leclerc
Engagement photos taken in a photo booth, hand picked avocados that were given as wedding favors and an assortment of cakes in different shapes and sizes. These are some of the details that stand out in my mind from the day I was married nine years ago. I would still make the very same choices today. They were all so unique and special to us and they made our wedding day stand out. The details are what will make your wedding day special. They are what will take your day from being pretty to perfect. From the grand details, such as the choice of venue, to the fine, what color to paint your toes, the details truly matter. When all the pieces of the puzzle come together you want to have a beautiful picture that is individual and exclusive to your personality and experiences.
The details are a chance for you to infuse meaning, personality and sentiment into your day. Concentrating on the details is a great way to share with your loved ones pieces of what make your relationship special. For example, the hand picked avocado favors that we gave away were picked from my in-laws orchard. We spent a lot of our relationship together at that orchard and we wanted to share that with our guests. If you are from a different country you may want to add touches from that culture into the ceremony or reception. You could plan your menu around the food from a particular region. Or even use flags as inspiration for your bouquets. If religion is important to the two of you, make sure that your choices reflect that. Maybe music is the tie that binds. Create table runners or a photo back drop from sheet music. If the two of you are environmentalists and are trying to have your wedding day stay as green as possible then try using potted plants instead of cut flowers for your centerpieces. The details of your wedding are a great way to give your guests a new experience and show them something that has great meaning to you. It would be a shame if these types of special touches were over looked. Don’t leave them out. They will be remembered by all in attendance.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed when planning a wedding. There is a lot to think about and it seems like the lists are never ending. Some people are very detailed oriented and others just aren’t. It’s completely fine if you’re not. Don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed. Your engagement should be a time you should enjoy. Not a time filled with stress about flower arrangements, bridesmaid’s dresses and more. If you aren’t in a position to hire a wedding planner or you are the type that likes to have complete control then don’t be too hard on yourself. There is definitely such a thing as inspiration overload. It can have a paralyzing effect. But it doesn’t have to be that way. As important as details are make sure you are concentrating on the details that matter. Unless they are special items that have special meaning or components that are essential to having a smoothly run day then don’t worry too much. Maybe you have special heirloom china that you want to use and it is really important to you that it is incorporated into your table-scape, but you could care less about what kind of socks the groomsmen are wearing. Then clearly you need to forget about the socks. Weigh what’s important to you. When we talk about concentrating on the details it doesn’t necessarily mean that every single little thing has to be creative and masterful. Pick and choose what you want to put emphasis on but know that what ever special details you put into the planning it will only add to the significance of your day.
Certain details need to be addressed simply to have the day go as smoothly as possible. Things such as seating charts, guest cards, addressing invitations correctly and a schedule of the day’s events are all things that are essential to the organization of your event. These are items that cannot be ignored. They are also items that can be the cause of some stress. Make sure that when you tackle these jobs that you are doing so when you are calm and prepared. Ask for help when you need it. Break up these tasks into smaller increments. Put on some music and have good snacks. Whatever you need to do in order to make these tasks a little more doable.
As you embark on planning your wedding day remember that the details do matter. Make them meaningful. Make them personal. Make them unique. Don’t stress about the things you really don’t care about but make sure to infuse what makes your relationship special into this most important day. Remember that the most momentous detail of all is the love you have for each other and that everything else is just the icing on the cake.
Cake- Sweet Cakes by Karen
Design- Forevermore Events
Food & Beverage- Cappelettis Catering
Hair & Makeup- Blow Beauty
Stationery- Basic Invite
Suit- Urbana Custom