We sat down with our talented wedding staff at Something Blue, the one-stop-shop at Lanier Islands that helps connect brides and vendors for an easier planning process. These ladies have seen it all! From horseback riding bridal parties to releasing doves at the ceremony to cornhole at the reception, they know how to connect brides with exactly the right person. And the great news is that they’re here, available to talk to you when you need help the most!
Weddings Blog: Hi there, guys! Are you ready to answer some questions?
Specialist: Why sure! We’re always here ready to help!
WB: Ok, first question. What is the first thing a bride should do when she wakes up on her wedding day?
Specialist: Probably eat something.
WB: Haha, really?
Specialist: For real, though! Definitely put something on your stomach. You won’t get the chance to eat again until later in the evening, and you don’t want a monster growling in your stomach! Most brides don’t think about what a long, long day they have ahead of them.
WB: Ok, after eating, what’s the next thing to do?
Specialist: Probably hair and make-up. You’ve got to think about all your bridesmaids, and you’ve got to allot for at least 30 minutes per session. That could take a lot of time depending on how big your bridal party is. Say you have 4 bridesmaids and a maid of honor – that’s 3 hours, including yourself, of just hair and make-up. That’s not even taking into account getting everyone dressed, practicing one last time, first looks, getting everyone in place, or any delays. Get that hair and make-up done first, so you’re not scrambling in the holding room.
WB: What is the most interesting pre-wedding ritual you’ve seen?
Specialist: I think something that is so trendy now that used to be pretty taboo is the First Look. That used to be a big no-no, seeing your bride before the wedding? But now everybody does that because it’s where you get your best pictures. And they are really adorable pictures.
WB: So true! Ok, here’s a good question for you. Let’s say your ceremony is running way late because of some unexpected event, like a late pastor or dress malfunction. What is your advice to the bride to remain calm in this time of panic?
Specialist: Well that’s an easy answer. Almost every wedding runs behind. We talked before about allotting enough time to hair and make-up, so the bride needs to remember early on that every second counts. Generally speaking, though, if we get delayed, we’re usually waiting on bridesmaids and late guests. A great way to counteract that lateness is a pre-ceremony cocktail hour. It’s a very popular way to kind of give the bridal party a sort of time-management buffer period. If everyone’s there, great, you can start; but if you need to delay it’s cool because nobody is going to mind more cocktail time.
WB: That’s for sure. So that takes a little pre-planning on the part of the wedding coordinator.
Specialist: Which we are not.
WB: You’re not? Don’t you guys plan a little bit, keep things running smoothly and such?
Specialist: We do, in a sense, help the bride plan before the wedding. But, if you are someone who needs a schedule or a minute-by-minute account of the wedding day, that’s where we suggest you partner with a day-of or month-of wedding planner or coordinator.
WB: And we’ll recommend our own preferred partners here.
Specialist: Definitely. What we do is we have an exclusive list of preferred partners and vendors – people we’ve worked with and know personally. And we’ll connect brides to those vendors and partners – some of whom are wedding planners and coordinators. We cannot recommend these people highly enough. As wedding specialists, we kind of oversee the big picture. We make sure our food and beverage team are on point, that the trolley from the hotel is running on schedule, that the venue is ready to go, that musicians and pastors know where to go. When you hire a coordinator or a planner, that person is dedicated to you as a bride.
WB: So would you say that, aside from eating, this might be one of the best things a bride can do before the wedding to make it all go smoothly?
Specialist: Yes, definitely.
WB: Great advice! So to recap, remember to eat…
Specialist: Remember to eat, get that hair and make-up done early, look at ways to plan for delays in your schedule and accommodate those delays with minimal panic, and definitely look into hiring a wedding planner.
WB: Excellent! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us today!
Specialist: Hey, any time! It was our pleasure, and remember, we’re here to talk about weddings all day, every day!
WB: If you’re a bride, and you want to chat with one of our talented wedding specialists, just call 678-318-2061, or email LLIWeddingStaff@lakelanierislands.com to set up a site visit or meeting!