Advice To New Brides

Everyone told me how fast the day will go and, in a sense, they were right.  For me however, it was because of something no one mentioned that the day seemed to fly by.  No one mentioned how unbelievably distracted you'd feel.  As a younger guest who just wanted to get out on that dance floor I never liked the idea of a receiving line because it seemed like a big waste of time on a day where there was already a shortage of it.  Now I truly understand this tradition and wish I could go back. Yes, it takes a chunk of time away from the everyone on the dance floor portion of the evening, but it is the only way you are guaranteed to make individual contact with the vast majority of your guests. We chose not to do a receiving line and had individual guests coming up to us all night. We both desperately wanted to give the time conversation, and thanks they deserved but almost as quick as the conversation started it was over because someone else wanted to touch base.  I was so grateful for everyone that grabbed me because I could at least look them in the eye and say thank you.  After everyone was gone and it was just Blair and I, we had a pit of sadness in our stomachs because we didn't get those little moments with everyone. My advice is to do a receiving line.  It takes place after the meaningful part of the ceremony so you get to stand together as husband and wife, but before the "fun" of the night starts so you won't feel distracted by your favorite song that just came on.  I now know a receiving line is a truly great way to make one tiny moment of connection with each of your guests; a time to touch hearts with the people who took their time to come help celebrate and support your love. 

Photographer: Kayla Berg Photography 

Venue: Private island on Little Jay Gould Lake 

Wedding Gown: Stella York, Raffiné Bridal & Formal Wear

Tuxedos: Mainstream Fashions For Men

Hair: Luxe Salon 

Makeup: Elyse Michelle, Makeup Artist 

Caterer: Northland Country Club 

Cake: How Sweet It Is Cakes  

Décor: Jeremy Schrupp 

Shoes: Payless (This is a tiny bit embarrassing!)  

Wedding Rings: Security Jewelers 

Bridesmaid Jewelry: Etsy 

Floral: Saffron & Grey Couture Floral Design 

Music: DJ Marc Fossaa 

Videographer: Sandra Hillen 

Tent and Rentals: Lefty's Tent Rental 

Décor: Paper Capers 

Linens: Simply Linen

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