The One Thing I’d Have Done Differently

Sam and Brittany Wedding Ritz Carlton

Brittany and Sam, married in February, 2008.

Photo: Garrett Nudd Photography

What’s the one thing you would have done differently at your wedding? Many of our readers aren’t married quite yet so can’t answer that question but hopefully those that have already tied the knot would respond with “I wouldn’t change a thing!”. I loved every last detail about my own wedding in 2008. I had worked in the wedding industry for over three years by the time I got married, and was able to easily plan the event in 7 months by quickly selecting a vendor team I was completely confident in, having had experience with all of them through work.  On the wedding day I wasn’t a bit nervous or stressed, just excited to get down that aisle and head to the party!  I trusted the vendors I’d hired to do their jobs well and to implement all of our plans, and they all exceeded my expectations.

There has always been just one thing I would have done differently if I could do it all over: I would have done first look photos.

Seven years ago, first looks weren’t as common as they are today. In fact, even though I’d heard of photographers doing them, the thought never even crossed my mind. I assumed that we should wait to see each other until the ceremony because, well, that’s just what people do! My bridesmaids and I were completely ready to rock at least an hour before the ceremony and ended up waiting in our suite with me just totally anxious to get out the door. Looking back, it would have been the perfect time for Sam and I to have seen each other and had a quick moment to ourselves before the hoopla began. It also would have calmed some major nerves going on (not mine, his! ha!) and the ceremony could feel a little more relaxed for us both. Of course we took portraits on our own during cocktail hour but when you have extended family and bridal party portraits to fit in, there’s only so much time before you have to be introduced into the reception.

Now that I’ve planned and coordinated a couple hundred weddings and seen tons of first look photos, I can honestly say that is the only thing I would have done differently. What about you? If you’re married, what might you have changed?

Real Wedding: Liv + Christian at Quantum Leap Winery

Liv + Christian’s Winery Wedding in Orlando, FL 

Andi Mans Photography

Review from Liv of her Tickled Pink planning experience: “When we started the wedding planning process I quickly realized that I needed some professional help. My mom and I are both interior designers but not being able to do the final walk thru before the big night at the reception was a huge dilemma for us. Let me start by saying that everything our planner Kristi from Tickled Pink did was SO beyond anything I could have dreamed! She had to deal with so many vendors (10 of them!!) coordinating everything and everyone. She literally took control of everything and made the night the most amazing night of my life (my fiances) but most importantly my moms! Having planned the wedding for over a year it all came out just as we envisioned! Literally the most gorgeous night ever. Kristi was so amazing to work with NEVER got annoyed and had such a positive attitude. She was always so quick to email or text me back. She even went over the top and dropped off donuts to our hotel during the after party. Tickled Pink is definitely a company I would recommend to anyone planning a wedding. Having a coordinator makes the WHOLE wedding process so much more enjoyable and relaxing. I can’t say enough what a fabulous group the Tickled Pink Brides group is. I seriously want to do it all over again! All my mom and I can talk about almost 2 weeks later is how amazing and worth the extra cost it was to hire a planner. You won’t regret having this group of talented women plan and execute one of the most important days of your life. BEST DAY EVER!!”

Andi Mans Photography

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Real Wedding: Kathleen + Andrew in Jacksonville, FL




As a sorority sister and friend of the Bride, I was so excited to be able to work on this classic, southern wedding in Jacksonville, Florida. From the custom-made Heidi Elnora gown to the hand-stitched cathedral veil (by her mother no less!), Kathleen & Andrew’s military wedding had an abundance of beautiful, sentimental details. Not only did Kathleen carry a bouquet adorned with the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority badges of each of her bridesmaids, but she also carried a blue, lace wedding bible previously carried by her great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, and two aunts. Check out some of my favorite details from this gorgeous day!! (so refreshing to see modern brides honoring so many southern traditions like that cake pull!)

J. Layne Photography


J. Layne Photography


J. Layne Photography


J. Layne Photography

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