Good to know – a few helpful hints.

Most couples have little-to-no experience in planning a wedding, and why would they? Even if you were previously married, or participated in other weddings, it doesn’t make you an expert. That is why there are websites, blogs, columns, wedding planners and coordinators.

Today I want to share a few tips, because mistakes can be avoided, and the way to avoid them is with information. So here goes!

I’ll start with an easy one – aisle runners really do not work on grass. Grass and uneven outdoor surfaces make the aisle runner bumpy and lumpy, which makes it easy to trip. In fact, aisle runners don’t work all that well indoors either. The type that roll out often do not stick to the floor, they slide around, and generally cause trouble. The best aisle runner I’ve ever seen was at the Shawnee Inn where they laid down an actual rug, a heavy long carpet that truly stayed in place. That was great! But the flimsy little paper things that pass for aisle runners might literally trip you up!

Photo Credit: Michael Straub Photography

Candles outdoors. A unity candle ritual is really lovely, but please don’t try it outdoors. It is almost impossible to light candles outside, and even if you manage to get them lit, they may blow out with the slightest breeze. Bad symbolism! What about those hurricane lanterns you ask? Well, it may improve your chances of success, but its still not a sure thing. That’s why the sand ceremony was invented! There are many wonderful unity rituals that work great outdoors, but candles are not one of them.

Outdoor weddings, especially at home, are fantastic, but if you don’t have an adequate weather plan, the celebration of your dreams may become a nightmare. If you are thinking of a tent, please understand that you must pay the rental whether or not you use it, which is only fair from a business perspective. So rent that tent as insurance, or have another alternative that is truly satisfying.

Comfort. Men – you are better off buying a nice pair of dress shoes than renting shoes – you can break them in, get them good and comfy, and you will wind up with a nice pair of shoes. Those rental shoes really are kind of weird, aren’t they?

Women, please consider comfort and even practicality when choosing your dress and shoes. I know, I know it’s all about the dress, but remember you’ll be actually wearing it for many hours.  Be sure it doesn’t weight a ton, keep you from eating, or worse yet, using the restroom. You can find the dress of your dreams, and it can be one that you can live with and live in! You can likewise find shoes that are gorgeous that you can walk in and wear all night. Break them in at home, and be sure the dress is hemmed with the corresponding shoes – so you can walk without tripping.

For your wedding day story to have a happy ending, I hope you will avoid some of these common mistakes.

Thank you Michael for the photo (Michael Straub Photography)

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