Congrats, you're engaged! But are you prepared for the onslaught of wedding advice that's about to come your way? All well intentioned, of course, albeit somewhat overwhelming and annoying at times. (Go ahead and get used to it now, though.) Turns out, recent brides are the worst offenders; trust us, we know. Here are the seven things they're bound to tell you—and you'll get totally sick of hearing—once he puts a ring on it.
"You better book your venue now!"
And your photographer and your caterer and your DJ and your videographer and like every other major vendor before they all get booked up. For someone who has never been married before, this type of advice is actually helpful and extremely eye-opening. Because who knew all the Saturdays a year from now at the venue you're obsessed with would already be reserved? Like, WTF is that?
"Oh, don't worry, you can expect half the people you invite to RSVP no."
Err, this one really depends. For brides who had big weddings (think 300 plus), chances are half the people they originally invited did in fact decline. If you're keeping it small, though (think 100 peeps or less), you can't really count on half your guest list RSVP'ing no—more like 20 percent, if not less. Our rule of thumb is to never invite more people than your venue can hold or that you can realistically afford.
"OMG you have to register for…"
Insert their personal must-haves here. It's like, thanks for the advice, but, more often than not, no thanks. What you add to your registry is completely dependent on your own unique needs as a couple, which can be the polar opposite of your friends'. So while it's nice of her to want to dish out registry advice, just smile and nod and say you'll definitely check it out.
"Get yourself a wedding planner stat."
This one is especially true for destination brides and, let's be honest, any bride with a budget to spare. Wedding planners are worth their weight in gold for the vendor recommendations alone, not to mention all the little details they take care of and reminders they send you to get shiz paid for. Veteran brides are well aware of this, so oftentimes it's their first piece of advice.
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"Oh, just wait." Or "Get ready for…"
Unfortunately, the aforementioned phrases are usually in reference to all the stress and drama that's bound to come when you're planning a wedding. So, yeah, just wait (as annoying as it is to hear that LOL).
"You have to hire a videographer!"
It's one of those things you'll hear practically every bride say: A videographer is an absolute must. There's simply something about capturing those precious marriage moments on film that photos don't do justice to. So, our advice? Take their advice and get yourselves a videographer. After all, not hiring one is a lot of brides' biggest regret!
"Savor every moment because it goes by so fast!"
Totally cliché, but once you get married we can almost guarantee you'll be telling recently engaged women the same exact thing because, well, it's true. The wedding really does go by in a flash and is like one big blur of awesomeness that you'll want to soak in every single second of. So be present, live in the moment, and savor all the memories and good times.