Planning & Inspiration
Wedding Advice from the BB Team: What We Would Do Differently
You spend months, maybe even years, planning your wedding day, and before you can take a sip of your champagne toast, it’s over! We know how quickly that day can go by, so the Bride and Blossom team got together to talk about what we wish we knew before our special days, and what we would do differently.
Elianna Phelps, Director of Events
Our wedding was a more rustic/simple wedding on an island off the coast of Maine (July 21, 2012). We met in Maine, and lived there for about 5-6 years, so it was really meaningful for us — it was all about the views of Casco Bay as the backdrop for our ceremony and reception. We got really lucky had perfect Maine weather, not too hot and not storming, just blue skies and a salty sea breeze. We did not have a wedding party – just our immediate families (moms, dads, sisters) at the altar with us. It was really intimate and felt right. We wrote our vows together since we wanted them to be relevant to us.
I really wouldn’t have changed a thing about the wedding as a whole, since it was a day filled with so much love, and we really had too much fun. All of our guests partied and danced all night, even the older folks. We even had wedding crashers! I saw an unfamiliar face on the dance floor, and she told me she was walking to the ferry boat and said it looked like a fun party, ha!
In terms of flowers/decor, I would love to have had peonies, cattleya orchids, hellebores and lots of beautiful greeneries to add texture and dimension! And would have loved a really dramatic asymmetrical bouquet with cascading hand dyed silk ribbon, I drool over them now. I would have been more selective of the exact flowers and design. I also would have definitely done away with the hanging lanterns, and done something more creative!
Lindsay Saltz, Creative Director
I would have held my bouquet properly (lower and centered) while I walked down the aisle. I looked like the Statue of Liberty!
Lauren Fernandez, Wedding Coordinator
1. The bar at our venue lit up (we didn’t know it until the wedding day) and it was purple, totally clashing with our yellow, gray, and white color scheme. We really didn’t notice until we saw our pictures!
2. At our church ceremony, our chairs were black and were right in the middle of the aisle. They were a bit of an eyesore in our photos. Didn’t even think of that!
Rachel Trimarco, Founder & CEO
I would have filled the room with flowers and done hanging flowers all across the dance floor. I would have loved to do long tables with floral tablescapes. I would not have had my dress and the bridesmaids custom made because it was so much work and we didn’t end up saving anything!