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Planning a wedding often feels LESS like tying a knot and MORE like getting tangled in it. That's why we asked these planners what were the most common questions brides asked them before the wedding day. This is what they said-- PLUS advice they would give to brides right before the big event!
Even if you hire a planner (which you most certainly should, they're a lifesaver both before and on the big day), you're still likely to feel overwhelmed. So we asked some of the top professionals in the Southern Utah area, Tambra with Tambra Moultrie Weddings and Jacqueline of SunRae Planning, for their recommendations to brides leading up to the wedding. Not only did they give great answers, but even a little bonus advice to destination brides and adventure couples prior to the main event...
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Question: What's something you recommend every bride does before She gets hitched?
"Always relax the day before..."
"...Overscheduling yourself with activities, errands, or projects is not a great start to a stress-free day. Sticking to your checklists provided by your planner will help ensure a relaxing transition from Ms. to Mrs.... Keep your Rehearsal Dinner evening short. Having a long night the day before will never help you feel your best." - Tambra Moultrie
"Focus on the big picture..."
"...The brides that have THE BEST TIME at their wedding are the ones who go into it with the attitude of "no matter what happens, I get to marry my best friend today" so when/if little mishaps occur, they don't even know (or care) because they're not going to let the little things totally ruin their big day!" - Jacqueline
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Question: What's a common question(s) you get from brides?
"Should we have a first look?"
"...This is up to YOU as a couple! If you tend to get nervous or feel uncomfortable in front of large crowds, an intimate first look with a private vow reading can be exactly what you're looking for and needing. Some couples have the desire to get very personal in their readings and find a public setting may not be in their best interest. If this is important to you, I recommend writing a diluted version of your vows for the ceremony itself while still having to opportunity to share your whole heart with your partner. When it comes time for walking down the aisle, your nerves will also be in a better state."
- Tambra Moultrie
"How can I be best prepared for the big day?"
"...On the morning of your wedding, I HIGHLY recommend these three things:
1. EAT AND DRINK! Staying hydrated and snacking just a bit will make sure you feel your best when you walk down the aisle.
2. Surround yourself with your best, closest, and most positive friends as your bridal party. Choose people who will be there for YOU and not to cause drama!
3. Do something special for your partner. Write them a letter, give them a little gift, do a "first look"... whatever it might be, remind your partners that you LOVE them and can't wait to seal the deal officially!" -Jacqueline
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Question: Best tips for our adventure brides?
"Follow these steps"
"...Take the time to take care of yourself, eat nutritious food, take care of your skin, hydrate, meditate and journal. Journaling will also help you with vows if you need to put the finishing touches on those beautiful words."
- Tambra Moultrie
"focus on the big picture..."
"...The brides that have THE BEST TIME at their wedding are the ones who go into it with the attitude of "no matter what happens, I get to marry my best friend today" so when/if little mishaps occur, they don't even know (or care) because they're not going to let the little things totally ruin their big day!" -Jacqueline
A lot is on your mind before you tie the knot! Hopefully, with the tips from these fantastic planners, you can feel a little more comfortable knowing what to do before kissing under that arch! We're so excited for you and hope your big day is everything you dreamed it would be! Congratulations on your engagement and we hope to see your wedding day photos appear on Zion Brides someday!