Lessons Learned from the Experienced Bride

When you get engaged, I'm sure you're immediately bombarded with advice and tips from every family, friend, and stranger at the grocery store. Likely because they've been through it and know what things they would have done differently, what they would have done better, and what they'd never change. With all that experience under their belt, they love to share, and it's easy to be overwhelmed.

One of the things we love about reading submissions from brides to TriadWeddings Magazine is that they are always filled with little gems of wisdom by brides who have just finished the wedding planning process. So, we've gathered a few of our favorite bits of wedding advice...

How did you keep your wedding uniquely yours?

The first thing that came to our mind was our guestbook. I loved our “guestbook”. it was a map I found on Etsy that we used as our “guestbook” for guests to sign. We have it framed and it is on the wall in our new home. We love to travel, so having that and the luggage tag favors was a perfect representation of us.
— Carmen
 Image by Bill Broere Photography

Image by Bill Broere Photography

Our venue which my dad built for our wedding. We started clearing the land for the venue in May 2014. My wedding was Oct 2014. In 5 short months we managed to have everything done and ready for my big day.
— Krystle
 Image by Dreamcatcher Photography

Image by Dreamcatcher Photography

What advice do you have for future brides?

My dress was a LITTLE tight! Advice I would give is definitely get bridal portraits done before the wedding - not because I regret not having them (I’m not a huge picture person) - but because it would have given me enough time in the dress to realize it fit a little uncomfortably! Oops!!
— Hayley
 Image by Keepsake Memories Photography

Image by Keepsake Memories Photography

 Image by Ray of Hope Photography

Image by Ray of Hope Photography

The only thing I would [advise] is that I would eat more throughout the day. I got so hungry by the time of our ceremony that I felt like I might pass out, but it was the best day of my life hands down.
— Sandra

What would you change about your wedding day?

 Image by Misty Photographer

Image by Misty Photographer

Of course anyone wants the sun to shine on their wedding day and we are no different. It rained off and on all day and that would be the only thing I would change about our wedding day. (They say rain is good luck on a wedding day so I am still excited about our future and large amount of good luck we should receive!)
— Danielle
Honestly, the only thing I would change would be the ceremony site decor. I chose these ribbon colors to go around the trees we were standing between, but from far away they did not pop as I was hoping they would. Other than that, I can’t say that I would change a thing!
— Caroline
 Image by Kinsey Mhire Photography

Image by Kinsey Mhire Photography