5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before my Wedding.

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  1. Kate

    January 28th, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I 100% have a doormat personality. I can't help it!
    I love this list though. šŸ™‚

  2. Alli @ Allena Mistral

    January 28th, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Love this list! I feel like you can get away with really bright colors when you're getting married somewhere warm, even if it is December 29th šŸ˜›

  3. Kim Matheson

    January 28th, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I am 100% in favour of the "just say 'no'" rule. YES. It's your day, they're your wishes, don't let anyone muss that up. (I made a few compromises that make me unhappy, because I am, also, a doormat. Or was. I was a doormat. I'm learning my lesson.) Great post and stunning wedding. Just stunning. Those colours! I love that you did that. So pretty and fun and smile-making.

  4. Erin LFF

    January 28th, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Great post! Definitely being able to say no when you want is important. There were people shocked that I wasn't doing certain things/traditions/whatever… and I didn't owe them an explanation and soon I realized that! Once I stopped feeling like I needed to justify everything I did, I enjoyed it a lot more! We went to Panera for an early lunch before our wedding… I definitely got a larrrrrrge helping of mac n' cheese šŸ˜‰

  5. Carly Blogs Here

    January 28th, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    This is maybe my favorite wedding post ever. I can relate to the first one so much and literally had some of those things happen to me! I love the colors you chose for your wedding!

  6. Fairy Princess Jord

    January 28th, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Great advice! The overarching message seems to be that it's your wedding day so you should do whatever you want! Hopefully you're only getting married once, there is no reason not to get McDonalds if you want McDonalds!

  7. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair

    January 28th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Good to know for someday!

  8. Because of Jackie

    January 28th, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Hmm, I would say that not listening to others and doing what YOU want! I really wish I would have eloped, I look back now and it is a regret because my wedding was thrown together and was stressful. Plus, I was young and let people sway me. Also, have a detailed plan of what you like and go wot your vision, because so many people like to do what they want and it is your wedding;0

  9. Macy

    January 28th, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    I have to 110% agree with this list. I had to have what some would call a "bridezilla" moment this week, and in the end it was just about me reminding people that this is our big day. It makes me so sad that people aren't who I thought they were, but things happen.

  10. Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog

    January 28th, 2015 at 6:42 pm


  11. Katie @ The Macarthurs Lately

    January 28th, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Totally agree 110%! And I totally had Chick-Fil-A, on the floor of our ballroom while it was being decorated. I can join you in all the classiness! Oh, and I have to admit.. I totally checked out the lengths of the bridesmaid's dresses for the "hemmed" culprit! lol

  12. Abbey

    January 30th, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    me too!!

  13. Brooke

    January 28th, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Hahaha I love it! Sometimes there is just nothing that will do but McDonald's! And I think I can see which girl had her dress hemmed haha Some people need to learn to save their ideas and opinions for their own wedding.

  14. Chelsea Phelps

    January 28th, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I agree 100% with everything you said. Yes yes yes to this list!

  15. Ashleigh

    January 28th, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    This is a great read for me for my future wedding. I, too, have more of a doormat personality, so being firm can sometimes be a little hard for me. Thanks for the encouragement.

  16. P!nky

    January 28th, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Great post and so true lady. It's incredible who's there for you that you don't expect to be and who lets you down when they don't even show up. I was super lucky with my bridal party because everyone was so amazing. And my husband and I were both on the same page of doing what we wanted, not what everyone told us to do. Love that you got Mickey D's. I was going to do a starbucks run but my mom had a brunch for everyone and it was perfect for me.

    I totally found the bmaid culprit…who does that?

  17. Cece

    January 28th, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I nearly starved on my wedding day and my phone was glued to my hand in a really bad way. I had no help so I didn't get to enjoy my day so that's one thing I would have. GET HELP. Even if it's not a wedding planner it just needs to be someone who knows as much about your wedding day as you do so they can help out the day of. Any assistance on that day is crucial.

  18. SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph

    January 28th, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Great list, I agree with all of them!

  19. Nadine Lynn

    January 28th, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    I love this list!!! And I completely agree that you should have whatever you want at your wedding!! It is YOUR wedding and no one can tell you what is right or wrong.

  20. Rebecca Chapman

    January 28th, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I ate McDonalds for lunch that day! It was probably an hour before I was in my dress because I was was too rushed for anything else and then I felt icky! Great list!

  21. S Ganeeban

    January 28th, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Love this post! This is a great reminder, if it ever happens, to not give in when it comes to your special day. And that yes, McD's is amazing enough for a wedding day breakfast! xoxo, ganeeban

  22. Tracy

    January 28th, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    What a great post! All of these things are so important to remember. I especially like the last one – that, combined with the first one, caused some aspects of my wedding to not be exactly what I wanted, and if I could go back I'd change them in a heartbeat! Also I totally had Chik-fil-a for breakfast the morning of my wedding, no shame in my game!

  23. Alicia | Jaybird: Home in Motion

    January 28th, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Your colors are beautiful, especially with the palm trees in the background! I'm glad you paired the honest truth that people will let you down with the uplifting idea that people will surprise you with their wonderfulness, too.

  24. Genna

    January 29th, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Oh my gosh 1 and 2 are SO applicable to how my wedding went! As for 3, I put together a cheat sheet on Microsoft excel with all our vendors, all the numbers and times they were show up to which place. I gave the sheets to the people who would be calling to ask "When is this person supposed to show up and what if they're not here?" so that I wouldn't stress. I gave them my aunt/day-of coordinator's number in case they had questions šŸ™‚

  25. Tayler Morrell

    January 29th, 2015 at 12:33 am

    I love this list! It's all true!

  26. Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often

    January 29th, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Agree with not answering your phone. Good idea on the McDonald's.

  27. Emily @ Ember Grey

    January 29th, 2015 at 2:50 am

    All of your points in #1… just picture me snapping my fingers while saying "Oh no she didn't!" My goodness, Chelsea! gah! I do wish someone would have told me to eat throughout the day. Better yet, someone should have just fed me šŸ˜‰

  28. Pamela

    January 29th, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Love this!! I so had McDonald's on the day of our wedding too!! I wasn't that hungry but knew I needed something!

  29. walking dot photography

    January 29th, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    ha! So true! The only thing I would add to this, is making sure you have one friend who isn't part of the bridal party at all to sporadically check up on you throughout the day. I never asked, but several of my friends did this and it was a LIFESAVER. They made sure I had water when it was hot and got a chance to eat at the reception.

  30. Katie Krause

    January 29th, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Love this list! I'm definitely going to remember this for my wedding, October 3.

  31. Megan @ Semi-Charmed Kind of Life

    January 29th, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Great post! I can't believe those things (or some of those things? we'll never know haha) actually happened to you before/during your wedding! Some people are so inconsiderate and/or clueless. Weirdly enough, I don't think I'm usually a doormat (but maybe I am?) but I was totally a doormat about my wedding. But honestly, it was because I didn't really care that much about the details; I just wanted to look good and dance the night away haha. I've actually been wanting to write a post about this "not-caring" part of my experience for a while, but I'm just nervous it will come out wrong and offend former or future brides, so I've been holding back. We'll see if I ever get brave enough to hit publish! šŸ˜‰ And P.S. – Eating is SO important. We didn't have McDonalds that morning, but we did go through the drive-through on the way back to our hotel after the reception. The woman in the window was like, "Um, did you just get married?" šŸ™‚

  32. Paige

    January 29th, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I had Burger King before my wedding šŸ™‚

  33. Anonymous

    January 30th, 2015 at 2:53 am

    love the wedding colors… it's tropical, fun, and totally unique. who cares what anyone else says. =)

  34. Catherine Short

    February 1st, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I didn't have to worry about the phone issue – I didn't have a smart phone yet! And yes, #4 is so important. You don't want to be the bride that passed out (I was at a wedding where one of the bridesmaids fainted on stage – she probably hadn't eaten anything).

  35. HereIscribble

    February 1st, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Great list! I am working on some of those, as I tend to put others before me.

    P.S. love that wedding picture! So colorful!


  36. Caitlyn Phipps

    February 2nd, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Amazing post and I can not believe that one of your bridesmaid altered her dress that much, although I can not blame anyone for wanting to show off some leg!!! Also amazing colors for the dresses!!!

  37. Rachel

    February 17th, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    this is great! I've already prepared myself for people letting me down. And I'm dying at the bridesmaid who altered her dress too short. Yikes!

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