I often find when I meet a couple who are planning their wedding day that they don’t really have any idea what to expect. Most people are getting married for the first time and it’s a one off event so they have no experience apart from weddings they’ve attended as guests!
I decided to find out what the most important parts of the day were for most couples and so I asked the lovely people who follow my Facebook page for their thoughts. Once I had a list of their wedding highlights I chose some of my favourite images to illustrate these special moments and hopefully give anyone planning a wedding an idea of what to expect 🙂
Getting ready, also known as “the calm before the storm”!
Most brides are really calm when I arrive to do the bridal prep. They’re enjoying getting their hair and make-up done and having a giggle with their bridesmaids and assorted family members. That usually all changes once the dress goes on and everything goes from a leisurely second gear tootle about town to full throttle fifth gear madness! Getting into the dress and seeing the looks on everyone’s faces was a highlight mentioned by quite a few people and rightly so, you should feel like the most beautiful woman in the world on your big day!
Seeing each other for the first time.
From the groom’s point of view seeing his stunning bride walking down the aisle is just breathtaking! I’ve seen plenty of men shed a tear just at the sight of their soon-to-be wife. Most brides also love this part, walking down the aisle with all their friends and family smiling at them, feeling like they’re floating on air!
This is what the months/years of planning have led to, the most important part of the whole day. The moment when you get to declare your love for each other in front of your loved ones. Nerve wracking, emotional and sometimes absolutely hilarious! It doesn’t matter if you cry or fluff your lines, that just makes for a great story to tell the grandchildren!
The “OMG, we’re married!!” moment.
A lot of people feel like a huge weight has been lifted off their shoulders once the vows are done and the practicalities of signing the register are out of the way. Most couples are smiling from ear to ear at this point and desperate for a glass of something bubbly!
The confetti attack!
Well, when are you ever going to be showered in the stuff again?! It gets everywhere, into your mouth and your underwear but you can’t help but laugh and it looks so pretty on the photos!
Family and friends.
Pretty much everyone mentioned this. It’s not very often you manage to get every single person you care about in one room. There is a buzz of sheer joy and love that just pours out of everyone, relish it because it might be a while before you get to see some of these people again.
Actually seeing all the details in real life is so satisfying. You might have spent months choosing the perfect flowers and stressing over the best flavour cake to get, well this is where all that hard work pays off, seeing the venue and reception room all set up for the first time!
The thing about weddings is that they go SO FAST! Seriously, blink and you’ve missed it. A lot of couples love this part of the day where they can just sneak off for half an hour, take a deep breath and reflect on what’s happened. It also gives me the perfect opportunity to get some lovely, relaxed shots of the new Mr & Mrs!
I LOVE the speeches! I often find myself laughing out loud and wiping a tear away too. Filled with emotion and love but also, in a lot of cases, deeply embarrassing for the groom! If you’re nervous about giving a speech, don’t be. The room is full of people who love you and are happy for you, just say what’s in your heart.
The first dance.
Most couples enjoy this time together though it can sometimes be a bit nerve wracking, especially if you have two left feet! I have seen some couples who have taken dancing lessons or choreographed a really funny dance routine and it’s been fantastic but just do what you’re comfortable with, if you want to cling to your partner and slow dance to Westlife then do it, it’s your day! Enjoy!!
Please feel free to comment if there is a special moment you’d like to share from your wedding day 🙂