With some candid insights and important tips, celebrant Joanne Armstrong chats with one of her grooms, Chris, about his wedding day.
How did you feel on your wedding day?
I felt nervous but excited as well. I guess you would call it butterflies.I was excited about the ceremony and wanted to get through it all successfully as well as seeing everyone of course. One of the biggest aspects was the party afterwards.
In the lead up to the wedding, how did you feel “emotionally”?
I was quite relaxed in the lead up to the wedding. Part of me wanted to have it over with (which doesn’t sound great I know but I mean this positively).
How did you contribute to your wedding/get involved with the planning?
I did most of the work! Just kidding! I was a fountain of ideas that were shot down! Just kidding. No, on a more serious note, I reckon we worked as a team and were both open to ideas. Maryanne and I tried to plan things so that it was easy for everyone (one location for the wedding and the reception is something we both agreed on) but I also enjoyed planning where, when, how etc. With regards to the ceremony I was involved in writing my own vows. There was a lot to think about – but we were given us lots of information and support. It could have been a daunting process but we ended up having so much fun. I think that the secret to success is just to work together and agree on important things together.
How did you choose your attire?
I knew what I wanted and had it all sorted. I bought a nice suit and accessorized it with our theme colour of red. I then contrasted that with the silver of the groomsmen.
The thing you remember the most from the day?
This is a hard one to answer… I suppose it would have to be when Maryanne walked up the aisle and seeing how beautiful she looked. I also have so many good memories of spending time with my closet friends and family.
I will also never forget the amazing contributions and speeches from guests. And then there are the terrific photographs that help to remind us of a thousand memories.
What is your advice for Grooms?
Stay relaxed and be supportive and interested in all the organizational stuff that your bride is coping with. Also take on responsibility for anything that you can.