Brett is Hidden Creek’s wedding sales and events manager, and a talented Dallas wedding coordinator. She’s an industry pro and helps all of the weddings at the Hidden Creek wedding venue go off without a hitch. After years in the industry, she has numerous insights that many people would never even think of. Still, there are some things you just don’t think about until you have your own wedding. So today, Brett is sharing five things she wishes she’d done differently for her own wedding day. Stay tuned because these hot tips are coming from a wedding coordinator and bride, so you know they’re bound to be good!
“I wish we had done chargers.”
Now, we know what you’re thinking, and no we’re not talking about extra long cords so your guests can charge their phones. Although, we’re sure they would appreciate that.
No, we’re talking about large, decorative charger plates. Logistically, these beautiful, ornamental plates catch falling food and prevent messes while keeping the food at the correct temperature. But that’s not why Brett recommends it to couples who are planning their weddings.
“They give a glow whether you do gold, silver, or a beaded trim,” said Brett. She loves the way wedding chargers fill up the room, making everything appear 10x more elegant. Just take a look at our Instagram account and see how they set off the other decorations!
“My #2 thing I wish I could change about my wedding is the DJ, sorry to say.”
When you start booking wedding entertainment, it’s important not to get swept away by an impressive background. Brett booked her wedding DJ through The Knot, and the guy had great reviews. Both she and her husband-to-be met with the guy and thought he was great. He was confident in his abilities and had even worked for a radio station in the past. Unfortunately, there’s a big difference between corporate, radio, and wedding disk jockeys.
“On the wedding day, he didn’t play my bouquet toss song. He couldn’t find it somehow? I don’t know how that works but…he literally couldn’t find the song even though we had talked a month in advance,” Brett explained. She ended up having to throw her wedding bouquet to no music when everyone got tired of waiting. He even made the couple wait 15 minutes for their grand entrance because he wasn’t ready, even though their wedding coordinator had warned him. Crazy!
So this Dallas wedding coordinator implores you to be careful about who you hire. Just because someone is excellent in their niche, doesn’t mean they have what it takes to pull off an amazing wedding. Or you may even want to consider hiring a live wedding band to avoid this altogether!
“I wish I would’ve finished hair and makeup more like an hour and a half before the ceremony just to give me time to breathe, get in my dress, and get settled.”
Brett didn’t plan on getting professional photos before the wedding ceremony so she held off on getting ready. Having done that, she now implores brides to do their hair and makeup early saying, “I felt it was a really rushed process.” As it was, Brett’s hair and makeup weren’t finished until about 45 minutes before the ceremony, and then she was rushed to get dressed. This meant she didn’t have time to rest or get beautiful photos of her getting ready with her mom, maid of honor, or bridesmaids.
“I wish I had a first look with my dad.”
She knew at the time that many brides did first looks with the groom, but she never even considered doing one with her dad. Fortunately, she got beautiful photos of her dad at the ceremony and walking her down the aisle.
But since her dad passed away, she would love to look back at a picture and reminisce about that special moment. You never know when your loved ones will be gone, so Brett suggests that you capture important moments that you share with your parents on your wedding day so you can look back on it.
“The last thing that I wish I had done for my wedding was a little bit less DIY.”
DIY can be a lot of fun, affordable, and helps you stay in control of your wedding theme. Unfortunately, it can be time-consuming as Brett and her mom discovered on the day of her wedding. They spent five hours setting up before the wedding ceremony and also took care of all of the wedding decor preparations. She and her mom did the centerpieces, linen, and everything else. Brett actually ended up bringing three vehicles worth of decór to install, which also meant they had three vehicles worth of decorations to take down after the ceremony.
“It turned out what I think is beautiful, it honestly was so much work,” Brett laughed. Now, she recommends that brides outsource some of the work so they can spend time getting ready and relaxing with their mom instead of taking turns getting ready and setting up the venue. Enlist the help of a florist or decorator so the venue beautification process doesn’t fall on you when you should be enjoying your day.
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Were these five tips helpful? Great, we’re glad to hear it! Check out Brett’s video to hear the things she loved about her wedding too! If you need more suggestions, contact us today and schedule a tour of the Hidden Creek event venue. Brett and our events assistant Lanie would be happy to show you around and answer all of your questions. We look forward to meeting you.