Real Couples' Favorite Wedding-Day Memories

You spend months — if not years — planning your big day. But which of those special moments will you truly remember long after the last song ends? Here, 20 real couples reveal their favorite big-day memories. 

 

By: Kristen O'Gorman Klein
  • The Walk Down the Aisle
    1/20

    The Walk Down the Aisle

    “Waiting to walk down the aisle with my dad was so memorable for me. The anticipation was indescribable," said Jenn.

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    Photo Credit: Three Nails Photography

  • A Surprise Tribute to The Couple
    2/20

    A Surprise Tribute to The Couple's Grandmothers

    "Our moms read letters and poems that our grandmothers wrote to us while they were alive, which made it feel like they were a part of the day,” said Stacy.

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    Photo Credit: Jeff Wallace Photography

  • A Case of the Giggles
    3/20

    A Case of the Giggles

    “During our ceremony, Tom and I started teasing each other for crying. We had to ask the officiant to pause for a moment so we could release our laughter and catch our breath," said Stephanie.

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    Photo Credit: Choco Studio

     

  • Making A Grand Entrance
    4/20

    Making A Grand Entrance

    "Making our entrance as husband and wife by riding into the reception on our vintage scooter was pretty incredible and a definite crowd-pleaser,” said Kelly.

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    Photo Credit: Ashley Rose Photography

  • Bringing the Generations Together
    5/20

    Bringing the Generations Together

    "I recall dancing with Laura's 85-year-old grandmother to 'Do You Love Me' by the Contours as a high point of the evening," said David.

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    Photo Credit: Choco Studio

  • Having a "First Look"
    6/20

    Having a "First Look"

    For Danielle and Kyle, having a first look was one of the best decisions made during the planning process. "For couples who think it will take away from the moment of seeing each other during the ceremony, it did not ruin anything! It made us able to enjoy the moment," said Danielle.

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    Photo Credit: Disney Fine Art Photography & Video

  • Memories Caught on Film
    7/20

    Memories Caught on Film

    One of Jaime's favorite memories was "taking pictures with Henrik and all of our wedding party."

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    Photo Credit: Casey Fatchett Photography

  • A Four-Legged Ring Bearer
    8/20

    A Four-Legged Ring Bearer

    “I loved watching the expressions on our guests’ faces as our dog Eloise trotted down the aisle. No one expected her to be our ring bearer,” said Rebecca.

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    Photo Credit: Mike Peyzner and Natasha Valik of Choco Studio Photography

  • Spending the Entire Day Together
    9/20

    Spending the Entire Day Together

    "Getting to spend the entire day together. We calm each other down, and I know we were both nervous about the day, so having Sarah by my side all day made me feel a little less nervous," said Liz.

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    Photo Credit: Harper Point Photography

  • Bestie Bonding Time
    10/20

    Bestie Bonding Time

    "My bridesmaids and I got ready together. The funniest moments occurred when we blew the fuse in the hotel suite — twice! — because of all the curling irons we had plugged in."

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    Photo Credit: Robert Holley Photography

  • Starting the Morning Off Right
    11/20

    Starting the Morning Off Right

    “I’ll never forget the feeling of jumping into the ocean, hand-in-hand with Matt the morning of our wedding. I knew the next time we did, we’d be husband and wife," said Mariel.

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    Photo Credit: Andy Marcus of Fred Marcus Photography

  • Peek-a-Boo Ring Bearer
    12/20

    Peek-a-Boo Ring Bearer

    Jaime's two sons served as ring bearers in her and Bryan's Fourth of July-inspired wedding. Jaime's favorite memory: "During the ceremony, my two-year-old popped his head through Bryan's legs, as if it were a game of peek-a-boo!" Bryan's most memorable moment: "When I held my step-son and watched Jaime walk down the aisle toward us."

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    Photo Credit: Meg Hamilton of Rodeo and Co.

  • Reciting Personalized Vows
    13/20

    Reciting Personalized Vows

    Laura and Benjamin hosted an Up-themed wedding in Walt Disney World, and a highlight was sharing their personalized vows. Most memorable line: "Carl and Ellie may have had the greatest Disney love story of all time, but someone had to write it for them. Ours is even better, because it's real." 

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    Photo Credit: Ty Boyce of Disney Fine Art Photography and Video

  • A Magical Disney Ride
    14/20

    A Magical Disney Ride

    During their Disneyland wedding, Jennifer and Peter arranged a private ride on one of the park's most popular attractions, Soarin' Over California. "It was amazing to be on the ride with all of our closest friends and family," said Jennifer. "It was a truly memorable moment." 

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    Photo Credit: Ari Simphoukham Photography

  • Spontaneous Vows
    15/20

    Spontaneous Vows

    Jenn confessed, “I forgot to bring my vows to the wedding! I tried to make something up, but I froze! Matt interjected and said ‘I love you’ and we just laughed.” 

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    Photo Credit: Three Nails Photography

  • Emphatic Vows
    16/20

    Emphatic Vows

    "At the ceremony, Anil shouted ‘I do,’ which made everyone laugh. It was a great way to kick off our marriage," said Rebecca.

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    Photo Credit: Mike Peyzner and Natasha Valik of Choco Studio Photography

  • Breaking the Ice at the Altar
    17/20

    Breaking the Ice at the Altar

    "When I got to the altar, Matt said, 'You look beautiful,' and I said, 'I know.' It was a loose Star Wars reference, but it still makes us laugh!" said Megan.

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    Photo Credit: Turner Creative Photography

  • A Private Post-Ceremony Moment
    18/20

    A Private Post-Ceremony Moment

    "After the ceremony, Amir and I went back into the gazebo, where we'd just said our vows, and shared our first kiss alone as husband and wife. It was such a small moment but so special. Fortunately, our photographer captured it, and it's one of my favorite pictures," said Jessica.

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    Photo Credit: Nick Brown

  • Blending Cultures
    19/20

    Blending Cultures

    Sally and Paul blended their shared Greek and Lebanese cultures throughout their wedding day. “The entertainment truly was the highlight of the wedding. I loved that my American friends belly danced and did the traditional dabke, a Lebanese line dance!” said Sally.

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    Photo Credit: Susie Hamidi assisted by Jeff Laplante

  • Bringing Together All of Their Loved Ones
    20/20

    Bringing Together All of Their Loved Ones

    “It was such a beautiful event, but the best part, for us, was that it brought together people from all different parts of our lives," said Joanna.

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    Photo Credit: Andrew Clark Photography