The Big Fake Wedding Dallas is coming up this Wednesday! We are so excited that we wanted to give you a sneak peek at our fabulous day-of coordinator, Danielle, of One Fine Day Events. Danielle’s fun-loving personality, attention to detail, and creative spirit help make the wedding planning process fun, enjoyable, and stress-free. Can we get an amen to that?! It’s our pleasure to have her with us on the blog today to remind us that while you’re wedding day is all about you – it’s important to celebrate the people that help make it happen as well!

In 2002, One Fine Day began as an event planning company providing clients with certified advisors to help them through wedding planning and day-of logistics. Whether it’s a corporate gala for 300 or an intimate gathering of 30, the One Fine Day team is committed to bringing to life specific design elements that reflect their clients’ dreams and visions. Working closely with each client, One Fine Day picks up on the special characteristics that will make each event truly unique to their client. Their goal is to create that “one fine day” memory to make you happy wherever you may go.

I Do and We Do Too!

Some people have dreamt of their wedding from the age of ten, while others may have only thought about it once the Big Question was popped.  From that point forward many hours of magazine flipping, Internet searching and Pinterest board creating then followed.  It is easy to get swept up in the vision of what a bride wants and how most of those details relate to the dress, the bridesmaids, the flowers, the cake, the locations and every detail in between. Most of those items center on her as the main feature of the day and it is easy to get caught in the vortex of “it’s all about the bride” when there are other major players in this memorable day.

The Partner

A wedding is a celebration of two people getting married in a public display and record of their union.  You can’t do it alone.  No matter the genders of the couple, it is a celebration for each of them. Both parties have an idea of what that day will look like and what is most important them. Wedding planning should not be thought of as a 50/50 compromise.  A wedding may be the first chance you have as a couple to create something that reflects both of you and give you an opportunity to mold those two halves together.  A wedding, just like marriage, should be 100% from both parties.

The Parents

The ceremony is a time to focus on the couple as they publicly proclaim their devotion to each other and the bonds of marriage that will hold them.  The reception is for the parents as a congratulatory feast of two households uniting into one and the comradery that goes with it.  The couple are featured throughout the evening, but this portion of the day is a tribute to the parents that raised them and the families and friends that support them.  If your mom wants to have the roasted vegetables as one of the sides, let her.  She can choose the ones she likes for your guests and your planner will make sure your plate gets an extra helping of the garlic and herb roasted potatoes with extra butter that you want.

The Wedding Party

Sometimes this group is also called the bridal party, but that tends to exclude the gentlemen on the other side of the isle.  Somehow along the way, the wedding party got roped into creating decorations, setting up before the wedding and picking up after everyone’s gone home.  It may sound like a good idea to get together to build bouquets, table centerpieces or other wedding décor when some of those tasks may not be your wedding party’s strong suit, but you can end up arguing over which bow is the perfect example.  Instead, create one together over a fun weekend and then hand it off to the professionals as an example of what you are wanting. You designed it together and now you can relax while someone else does the heavy lifting. Do not have your friends and family clean up after the event.  The role of the wedding party is to stand as witnesses for your wedding and be a physical representation of important moments in your life before and after you became a couple. And if your friends keep requesting the same song to get out and bust a move on the dance floor, don’t tell the DJ to cut the song halfway through.  Let them celebrate you with their moves and create memories for a lifetime.

The Guests

Last, but not least in the value they hold, your guests have come to celebrate you and your partner as a couple and both of your families.  The cocktail hour does not need to serve alcohol, but if you are planning to take photos after the ceremony and not serve dinner until after you are announced into the reception, please serve something to eat.  Most weddings start around 6 o’clock in the evening and guests tend arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the wedding begins.  Adding a 30-minute ceremony and 45-minute photo session can put the dinner service starting somewhere after 7:30 at night.  Having light appetizers and refreshments to sustain the guests until the main meal is served shows that you are also thinking of them.

A wedding can be overwhelming with décor details, etiquette and traditions, but the most important thing to remember through the whole planning process is why we are here in the first place.  Two people meet, fall in love and start a new and exciting journey of sharing their lives as they say, “I Do” …together.

Lyndsay Lyon

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