5 Things I Learned From My Own Wedding

5 Things I Learned From My Own Wedding

Wedding Planning Advice

Pittsburgh, PA

As someone who is not only a wedding professional, but also a former bride it’s fair to say I’ve had experience on both sides. I’m constantly learning and growing in my profession, but my own wedding taught me a lot too! Keep reading to find out 5 things I learned from my own wedding.

Watters Dress and Bonobos Tux Charleston South Carolina Intimate Wedding: 5 things i learned from my own wedding

Hire a wedding planner.

Planning is a full-time job. Not to mention planning from Pittsburgh while the wedding was in Charleston, it helped to have someone on the ground floor. I went into detail about this in another post. Click here to read more!

Hire vendors you completely trust.

Take your time and do the research, because when you hire professional vendors you trust, then you can relax knowing your wedding vision will be carried out just as you want it. I gave my vendors full creative freedom because I know their aesthetic and vision aligned with mine from the beginning when I carefully chose my vendors, which took so much stress off my shoulders and I did not have to micromanage.

Bride putting on her Manolo blahnik shoes and watters dress at Zero George St. Hotel in Charleston: What I learned from my own wedding
Bonobos tux and tie bar accessories groom holding a glass of whiskey: 5 things i learned from my own wedding

Take your time with planning to get what you really want. 

My husband and I were engaged for 3 years before we got married. After we got engaged we decided to buy a house rather than plan a wedding, which was an amazing decision I might add. Because of this, we needed to save up a little more for the wedding so we took our time and really honed in on exactly what we wanted instead of rushing into everything.

Bride and groom smiling at each other during their ceremony at Cannon Green in Charleston South Carolina: What I learned from my own wedding
Wedding Reception at Cannon Green in Charleston South Carolina groom spinning his bride while dancing: What I learned from my own wedding

Don’t settle. 

Yes, people have their opinions and will suggest things for you to do at your wedding, but make sure you stick true to your vision and make it happen! We wanted to have a super small and intimate destination wedding, and that is what we did which is not typical. Who knew we were ahead of the pandemic curve! Hahah micro weddings for the win! But in all seriousness, that is what we wanted so we made it happen, and it was the best decision we made! We were able to have a really elegant affair, complete with every detail that I wanted because having a small wedding meant for a larger budget to spend on other things that we found important since we were not inviting the typical 200 guests and having to provide booze and food for everyone.

DO take an awesome extended honeymoon!! 

We traveled to New Zealand and Fiji and it was an amazing trip!! We spent almost 3 weeks away and it was so great getting to spend time together. We did wait a year after our wedding to take the trip, and while it was something special to look forward too, I would recommend going on your honeymoon within 4-6 months after your wedding so you are still riding on that just married high! 

Hope you were able to take away something from these 5 things I learned from my own wedding! Thank you to my amazing vendors who seriously made our wedding THE BEST DAY EVER!


Vendors Team wedding at Zero George St and Cannon Green in Charleston


Photography: Jeremy Chou Photography

Planning & Design: Tristan Needham 

Wedding Dress: Watters

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Hair & Makeup: Stefanie Simpson

Tux: Bonobos

Florals: Out of the Garden

Videography: Shofilms

DJ: Epic Charleston

Stationary: Jenny Saunders

Cake: Sugar Bake Shop

Venues: Zero George St. & Cannon Green

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