finding time for yourselves on your wedding day

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Our wedding day was one of the most memorable and special days of my life. Hubby and I spent a year planning all the details together, and then when the day finally arrived it was over in a flash. A beautiful, happy flash that makes me smile when I think about it.

One of the key things we wanted to ensure was that we had some 'just us' time together on the day. After investing so much time planning how great our wedding day would be, it was important to make sure we would have the opportunity to enjoy it together. And getting some time away from our happy and talkative friends and family was a challenge!

Here are some of the things that we pre-planned, and I would thoroughly recommend you think about including on your wedding day so you have the opportunity to celebrate together...

1.  Go for a walk.
After skipping happily down the aisle together as husband and wife for the first time consider disappearing for a few minutes alone to celebrate. We went for a quiet walk (yes the photographer did follow). This was one of my favourite moments of the day.


2. Have a private picnic.
On recommendation from our photographer we had our wedding venue pack us and our wedding party a picnic to take along when we had our photographs together. Nothing beats popping bubbly and having a toast with your best mates.


3. Take some time out together while your guests are being seated.
As our guests were finding their seats, making themselves comfortable, reading our wedding table postcards, and enjoying the Japanese themed table settings we took a quiet moment outside to enjoy the stunning view. We chose our wedding venue for its amazing view of endless rolling hills and had flown over 24 hours from the UK to New Zealand to be there ourselves. It made sense to pause and really enjoy the moment.


4. Sneak off when the party is in full swing.
This is the last photograph our wedding photographer took of us before disappearing for the night and leaving us to it. The party was well under way, and our guests didn't notice us slip away for a few private moments to celebrate.


5. Lastly, enjoy every moment.
In the end Hubby and I hung out loads on our wedding day and still got to speak and laugh with all our family and friends. Having a few planned moments really helped us do this without any extra stress.

No matter what type of wedding you have the day will fly by (trust me) - so do pause every so often and try to take it all in. Our wedding day honestly only felt about 30 minutes long.

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10 comments

  1. Gorgeous photos and great advice! You look stunning ;)

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    1. Thanks Miwa :) PS - I've added you to my blogroll - love your blog.

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  2. Stopping over from the link up!

    Hands down, the best decision we made was to set aside some time for ourselves. We jumped in the limo after the ceremony and just drove around! It was just the little breather we needed before the reception.

    Your pictures are gorgeous! Number 4 is especially breathtaking!

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    1. Thanks Janelle! Driving around in the limo sounds fab. :) How fun!

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  3. Taking a walk is nice. Sometimes with all the chaoticness that's going on...you just need some private time to gather your thoughts!!

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    1. Absolutely - it gave us a moment to check in with each other, see how we were both feeling, share a joke and smile in private.

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  4. I love your photos! What special moments! I want to do all of that, too!

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    1. Thanks Mary. How far away is your wedding now?

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  5. I don't think I had one single moment to myself or with my husband on our wedding day but we've certainly made up for that! These days I love nothing more than a weekend alone together!

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    1. Totally know what you mean!! Thanks for all your lovely comments :)

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