Wedding Planners Reveal: "The #1 Tip I Wish I'd Known Before My Wedding"

Before you walk down the aisle, follow these genius tips wedding planners wish someone had told them.

6. Wear the right shoes, ladies!

No amount of Band-Aids or shoe insoles will cure you from sky-high heels syndrome. “Think about you, your wedding party, and your guests comfort and safety, and provide information for the best footwear for your venue,” shares Michele DeRosa, Senior Conference Services Manager in Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia. “Brick paths, gardens, vineyards, marble floors play havoc on Christian Louboutin ‘red-soled beauties.’ A cleverly-worded card inside your invitation will help your guests understand your venue’s terrain and help them make the right shoe choice.” Here are a few of our favorite comfortable (and fashionable!) shoes for your wedding day.

7. Don’t suffer from Pinterest-envy.

Or FOMO. Or get too swept up in any social media outlet, for that matter. “Pinterest is fantastic and great for collating ideas. However, avoid disappointment by being realistic and remembering that images are often digitally enhanced or created, so sometimes they are simply unrealistic to achieve,” says Collette Bridgewater, Wedding Planner at Chewton Glen in New Milton, England.

8. Have a backup weather plan.

Always. Even if you’re getting married somewhere with fairly mild weather, it’s super important to know your various options. “All brides before walking down the aisle needs to make sure a back-up plan is available, and the call to change an outdoor event to indoor needs to be at least four hours before the ceremony. This will give the décor team enough time to change venue,” says Monique Perez, Associate Director of Events at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

9. Consider a fake cake.

Really! “Not everyone eats the cake! A great option is using a faux cake for pictures and ordering sheet cake for day of. Its fresher and less expensive,” suggests Natalie Angulo, Associate Director of Events at Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.

10. Spend time making sure you pick a great photographer.

This can be achieved at any budget, and it's of paramount importance to pick a photographer that will complement you and your partner’s personal style. “It doesn’t matter if you have a budget-friendly or extravagant wedding; picking the best photographer is the utmost important thing,” says Alain Velázquez Meléndez, Romance Manager & Weddings Coordinator at Paradisus Playa del Carmen in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. “Letting the photographer know exactly what style you are going for can help a good photographer make [any wedding look good.]”

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