Jessie + Peter are really good friends of ours. Other than we growing up in the same church, Peter now has taken up photography & we are together every weekend as we shoot weddings….So Jessie & Peter are really special to us. They got married in September last year, & I posted their beautiful white wedding which you can check out here.
I asked them a few questions about their wedding experience & what they learnt through it all….here is what they had to say…
- What gave you the most stress during the planning process & what would you advice soon-to-be couples?
Convincing our committee that the service providers we were getting/ preferred were the best. Most people will try to convince you on a certain service provider (which is okay) but it’s advisable to first look and know what you want as a couple.
2. Where/How did you source for your preferred suppliers/vendors?
We looked around , and got a lot of help from friends who had done weddings previously.
- What do you wish you would have spent more & less money/time on, now that the wedding has passed?
We would have spent less time on invitation cards and also on the evening party.
- How did you deal with parents/relative/societal pressure during the planning process?
We did not have a lot of pressure, but the little that was there we would listen and then come up with a plan on how to deal. E.g. who will be on the lineup – how many relatives etc
- Looking back now, what did you enjoy most about the wedding planning process?
The coming together of the individual families all for our sake. We also were overjoyed at seeing how Faithful our Lord is, you serve Him diligently and He faithfully rewards you. In our case we met our budget and over! Just watching how He works is amazing!
- How early did you start your planning & what is your advice to soon-to-be-coulpes?
Wow, we started kitambo. I think once we knew our relationship was forever. Watching bridal shows every Sunday afternoon (never missed those!), went to Samantha bridal shows, to checkout different service providers and what is on the market currently. And attending weddings!
Our advice is to attend as many weddings as possible, checkout the cake, Entertainers (band or otherwise), food. This will give you ideas and possible service providers.
- Any horror stories during the planning process, what should they avoid?
Hehehhehehe, none we can remember.
- Looking back at your planning process & wedding day, what would you have done different?
Nothing . . . . all went extremely superb.
- After the wedding/honeymoon how has life changed for both of you?
We were used to living as individuals making our own decisions and now you have to make decisions as a couple. We have to focus on the future, what we want to achieve as a family, who we want to have as friends, who we look up to, how to place priorities between what we need and what we want, and many other things. Let’s just say it has changed a whole lot, and for the better.
- Any other advice you would have for soon-to-be couples as they plan & await their wedding?
Advice to soon-to-be brides is to start planning early enough (to avoid last minute decisions), get variety of service providers, communicate to each other on what you want and prefer, finally don’t panic but leave it all to the Almighty!
Be Blessed Fam