Five Things You Need to Make Your Wedding Great. Part 4,

This is the fourth of a five-part series written to help brides who are planning their weddings. The “Five Things” are my wedding-day must-haves. They’re the things, in my opinion, that are non-negotiables for your wedding day to run smoothly. ENJOY! I hope you find these posts helpful. Check back each Wednesday for the next “Five Things” post.

Wedding planning can be tough. It takes a lot of time, thought, and decision-making. The fourth thing to make your wedding great is to make sure it feels like your wedding. While it’s really important to take your guests into consideration and to be sure to set a tone of thankfulness, it’s equally important that you celebrate in a way that’s genuine and true to who you and your fiancé are.

Your wedding day is a reflection of you and your fiancé’s relationship and of each of you as individuals. It has limitless possibilities to express the uniqueness of your love and your personalities and great potential to communicate love and thankfulness to family and friends who have stood by your side.

When you make decisions about your wedding day, think about things that make you and your groom-to-be “you” whether it’s your music playlist, the dinner menu, your decorations, the colors and flowers you choose, or the kind of dessert you have. Don’t be afraid to be a little unorthodox in your choices if those choices are what you both really like.

I’ve been married for almost 28 years, and I’m kind of glad that social media, especially Pinterest, wasn’t around when I was planning my wedding. Don’t get me wrong. Pinterest is great and can be quite inspiring, but I think sometimes seeing pins that are “in” can persuade us to make choices based on what’s popular and not what’s authentic. As you plan your special day, be who you are.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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