advice for brides

#BrideToBride...With Love, Patrice

Patrice & Fam 7.13

Hey, lady! How's life on cloud nine? You got the love of your life, you've got the ring, and now what? I've learned a lot through my experiences as a bride, weddings I've been a part of, and weddings I've helped are some helpful thoughts to help you on your way.

First and marriage counseling to learn more about married life and being married to your future spouse!

  • It can be a pastor, marriage counselor, or life coach
  • Ask questions...about any and every thing that you'd have to share: finances, children, in-laws, holidays, chores, who's cooking, date nights, sex
  • What are they willing to do (will do, but doesn't like to)? What will they not do (absolutely will not do, even if you asked)
  • If you don't live together, find out their daily routine: he's a morning person, you're a night owl; he doesn't like to talk in the morning, you squeeze the toothpaste from the bottom, etc
  • Be open and honest because you only get out of it, what you put in to it.
  • It will make you closer or you'll find out you're not so compatible, ultimately saving you stress and money!

Decide what your absolute must-haves are...

  • These are the things that you would regret later in life and wouldn't second-guess giving your right left kidney for...which leads to...
  • Decide how valuable they are to you and budget appropriately for each of them.
  • Be more flexible about everything else.

If you feel strongly about something, don't ask for anyone's opinion, just do it.

  • This will alleviate the stress and struggle with satisfying others
  • Unless your in-laws say they don't want to be involved, involve them. Give them some direction and a task list: guest list for their family, scout venues, rehearsal dinner locations, hunt for favors. Find out what their talents/gifts are and utilize them.

On the other hand, people will be honored to help you, so just ask if you need it, but not publicly on FB or Twitter, you could offend others.

Be mindful and appreciative of other people's time, attention, and contributions. Though it's ALL about you, it's not all about YOU. FYI being a Bridezilla isn't even close to being cute. In case you didn't know, the show has ended.

Here's the deal with vendors:

  • Have every thing in writing! Check in a month out, 2 weeks, 1 week, 3 days, and day before.
  • Don't skimp on your photos! That's all you have from your special day and if they don't come out great, your wedding will only be a faint, blurry memory
  • If you have friends/family with special talents, use them. My graphic designer friend offered to do my invitations as my wedding gift. It's a down economy...don't expect free work and a gift!
  • Cash in favors...anyone that owes you something, now's the time to get it back.
  • If your budget is tight...get creative. Look into arts & pastry programs at local colleges, for inexpensive cakes, photos, etc. But, be mindful that you get what you pay for.
  • Pay on time! You don't want an unhappy caterer preparing your chicken marsala.
  • Hire a day-of coordinator! Do not try to do it all yourself, or put that pressure on your mother. Have a non-family member wrangle your vendors, set the reception space, and get the party started on time!

Most importantly, your wedding does not define your marriage.

  • At the end of the day, you only need you and your love to get married, because no one else will care more than you do
  • And 3 years from now when you're celebrating your anniversary, or getting divorced, no one will care to remember that you wore a $12 dress over your 8-month pregnant body, that you had an amazing sheet cake or that your groom wore Chuck Taylors for your wedding

#BridetoBr​ide Blog Post Series

advice-from-the-married-side It's one of the happiest moments of your life. The love of your life has proposed to you and now you get to plan the wedding of your dreams. You are excited to pick out your wedding colors, find the perfect dress, choose your bridesmaids, etc but maybe you are a little overwhelmed by everything. It is nice to get advice from your friends and family, but sometimes you need advice from someone who doesn't know you and has an unbiased opinion. Favored will now feature a series called #BridetoBride. Advice from real brides to future brides. Check out our very first post from T. Bremby.

Dear Brides to Be,

Here are....Things I've learned about planning a wedding:

By T. Bremby

- THE WEDDING IS NOT FOR YOU... It's for your family and friends... The sooner you learn that the less stressed you'll be...

- ALWAYS INCLUDE YOUR IN-LAWS... It helps set the tone you want for your new family... and I want two family to become one...

- DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF- at the end of the day the only thing that can really go wrong is if the groom or the bride doesn't show up...

- ENJOY EVERY MOMENT- God willing this will only happen once... make memories to tell your children in the process...

- BE APPRECIATIVE- people are spending time and money to be apart of your special day... no matter how big or small the gesture, make sure you show your gratitude for the people that are assisting you to make your day special.

So brides-to-be... Enjoy these last moments of this chapter in your life... bask in each moment... no matter how scary or under certain they may feel... Find comfort in your true friendships, and the positive marriages in your life... only gravitate to people who speak life into your future... and always refer to 1 Corinthians 13:4–8... " Love never fails."

 If you are a bride and would like to submit to our #BridetoBride series, email us at!