As Tammy chats to us about outdoor winery wedding, she remembers how important it was to follow your heart – and your spreadsheet – and to make choices that make you happy!
“Don’t forget what makes you happy and what you want, forget traditions (if you want to) and people saying “you have to have this”- really, just do what you want to do. Spreadsheets also saved my life! Andrew hated them but they really helped with budgets, and organisation.”
“Also make the venue work for you! You are paying a lot of money to have your day done exactly how you want it, make sure they are on the same page as you. Invest in a stylist-mine exceeded my expectations (even, made me cry when I saw the reception!) and made the day so much easier.”
“And lastly, try not to fight with your fiance – Andrew and I fought about everything! Try to remember that it will all work out on the day and you are marring the man of your dreams!”
For my boho rustic winery wedding, I chose an intricately beaded Maggie Sottero dress after trying on nearly 30 dresses at five stores. I was looking for something different, something not too ‘bridey’ but also something with a wow factor. The instant I had my dress on I knew it was the one; I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. The delicate cap sleeves, the low back and that beading! It was perfection! Jo from Raffaele Cuica was totally amazing at helping me find my dream dress; from the fitting to the alterations I cannot recommend them highly enough.
When looking back on her whimsical country wedding, Jessica’s best advice is not to try to take everything on board yourself; enlist the help of others with some of the smaller jobs – they’ll love being a part of your wedding preparations and it frees up your time to concentrate on the bigger tasks.
“When people offer their help, take it! Not only will it help you both by delegating a lot of small jobs to a lot of people, it will make them feel special that they were able to contribute a small part to the day. Also have fun. A wedding is your chance to throw the biggest and best party in your life; think of it as a chance to have the most fun you and your family and friends have ever had.”