8 Pieces of Wedding Advice

Looking for some inspiring wedding and marriage advice? Look no further! We have made a list of our top eight favorite pieces of wedding & marriage advice from all walks of life!

 

  1. Never lose the fine art of dating. Setting aside a romantic evening on a regular basis can rekindle the magic of a long-term relationship. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just special time for the two of you to remember how and why you first fell in love. – John Sovec, LMFT

 

  1. “Have a life outside of the relationship—and enjoy it. While it’s easy to fall into a regular routine with your partner of work, home, sleep, repeat, it’s important to make time for your solo self, whether it’s a date night with your best gal pal or volunteering at a local shelter. Too much focus on your relationship can actually harm it, so step away every now and then—you’ll be surprised at how satisfying it can be. Bonus: it’ll give you something to talk about when you get home other than what to do for dinner.” — Brittny Drye, Love Inc. Magazine

 

  1. “Make a vow from the start that you’ll always be on the same team. When a conflict arises, we try to remind each other that we have each other’s backs and that ultimately we’re working towards the same goal—then we can work toward finding a solution together instead of being in opposition.” — Camille Styles

 

  1. “The venue, the flowers, and decor are all a wonderfully pretty and romantic backdrop to your day, and I wholeheartedly believe that you should go all-out to prettify your day as much as you desire. But when you’re standing next to your new husband, surrounded by family and friends and an awful lot of love, everything else really is just a backdrop.” — >Louise Beukes, bloved

 

  1. Lean in. When it gets hard in a relationship, our tendency is to protect ourselves, to retreat, to “lean out.” Leaning out when your partner reaches out creates distance and dissonance. If instead you “lean in” to the uncomfortable feelings, to the unknown and your own vulnerability, and meet your partner, you can actually strengthen your relationship through the struggles you face together. – Christine Arylo, Life Coach

 

  1. “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” – Mignon McLaughlin

 

  1. “Throughout your marriage, you will inevitably encounter many joys but some sorrows, too, so regarding your union as sacred and tackling decisions as a team will help you navigate even the most trying of times. Make a concerted effort each day to be the best-possible wife or husband you can be. Even small things like taking care of a chore they dislike doing, giving them a kiss each time you enter or leave the house, and slow-dancing in the kitchen can make all the difference. Often times, these little defining moments are the best part about being married.” — The Bridal Guide Editors

 

  1. “A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” — Dave Meurer

Wedding Etiquette (Who Pays for What?)

Now that we are in the year 2015, many modern day couples make the decision to pay for their own wedding (especially if they have lived together for some time before the ceremony). But traditionally speaking- who pays for what? Here are general guidelines for wedding etiquette showing who traditionally pays for what components of a wedding and activities surrounding it.Wedding Etiquette

The Bride and Family

  • Wedding Planner
  • Wedding Announcements
  • Wedding Invitations
  • Bridal Gown & Accessories
  • Bridal Hair & Makeup
  • Bride’s Bouquet
  • Music & Entertainment
  • Transportation of Bride, Groom, & Bridal Party
  • All Reception Expenses
  • Photographer or Videographer
  • Accommodations for the Bride’s Guests
  • Bridesmaids’ Luncheon
  • Bride’s Party Favors or Gifts to Attendants
  • Bride’s Gift to Groom
  • Groom’s Wedding Band

 

The Groom and Family

  • Bride’s Engagement Ring & Wedding Band
  • Groom’s Attire
  • Accessories for the Groomsmen (ex. ties, gloves, etc.)
  • Accommodations for the Groom’s Guests
  • Bachelor Dinner
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Officiant’s Fee
  • Accommodations for the Officiant
  • The Marriage License
  • Transportation for the Groom & Best Man
  • The Bride’s Corsage
  • Boutonnieres for Groom’s Guests
  • Corsages for Family Members on Both Sides
  • Groom’s Gift to Bride
  • Groom’s Party Favors of Gifts to Attendants
  • All Honeymoon Expenses

 

Bridesmaid’s

  • Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories
  • Transportation To and From Wedding Activities
  • Group Gift to Bride
  • Gift to Newly Formed Couple
  • Bachelorette Party
  • Bridal Shower

Groomsmen

  • Wedding Attire
  • Transportation To and From Wedding Activities
  • Bachelor Party
  • Group Gift to Groom
  • Gift to Newly Formed Couple

 

Guests

  • Wedding Gift to Newly Formed Couple
  • Accommodations for Themselves (hotel, transportation, meals, etc.)
  • Transportation To & From Wedding Activities