I have another fantastic blogger bride for you today in this week’s Behind the Veil feature.  Lauren from Every Last Detail started her blog because she didn’t feel like she had really made her wedding her and she wanted to help other brides find inspiration that she didn’t have during her planning.  I think this is a different experience than we’ve seen before and can really help you ladies out.  So, without further delay here’s Lauren!

Disclaimer: My wedding occurred before I entered the wedding industry. It was actually the reason I started blogging- because I wanted other brides to avoid making the same mistakes that I made. 🙂 

As a wedding blogger, what is your favorite part of other people’s weddings?

I absolutely love seeing First Looks. The look on the bride and groom’s faces, the emotion… I just love it. In addition to that, since I’m a detail lover, I love finding out how a couple incorporated their relationship and personalities into a wedding. 

What was your favorite part of your wedding?

Unfortunately I got married before discovering wedding blogs and prior to working within the industry, so I always say that my wedding could have been so much better than its as. But I did have a few favorite parts that stand out. Getting married in the church that I grew up in was awesome, and seeing my husband at the end of the (very long) aisle added such an amazing piece of sentimentality for me. And my favorite detail of my wedding was my extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar favors. We gave to all guests in a little set, and it was an excellent tribute to my husband and I’s love for good food and cooking. 

What was the first piece of wedding planning you did (booked venue, bought dress, etc.)?

The very first thing I did was book my venue. It’s a good thing too, because in my small hometown, there are only a handful of venues, and my first ideal date was already booked more than a year and half in advance! 

In your opinion, what is one vendor no wedding can be without?

I’m sure everyone says this, but no wedding can be without a photographer. It’s so very important to have someone there to capture the moments and the memories. The day goes by so fast, and having those photos to look back on will allow you to relive the day over and over. 

In your opinion, what is one thing or vendor that you think brides can do without (or at least do sparingly)?

Hmmm, the thing that comes to mind for me is cocktail napkins. Yes, they’re cool to have personalized, especially if you have an awesome theme, but if you don’t, they’re just napkins and just get thrown away. Your venue or caterer should have plain cocktail napkins. Having personalized cocktail napkins is a fun extra detail, but your guests aren’t going to remember that you didn’t have them. 

What was your favorite source of inspiration for your own wedding?

Oh my goodness, I’m sad to say that I really didn’t have a great source of inspiration for my own wedding. I planned my wedding before I got into the wedding industry and I discovered blogs a little too late in the game. However, I was incredibly inspired by the things that I saw on Style Me Pretty, which was one of the only wedding blogs around back then. 

Do you do an inspiration board?  

Aw, it was so long ago- I had a Word document with photos, but that’s about 2 computers ago 

Your favorite wedding memory?

My favorite wedding memory was 1) walking down the aisle to my husband in the church that I grew up in and 2) taking photos at the restaurant where we had our very first date back in high school. 🙂 

Your favorite wedding detail?

My favorite wedding detail was my favors. My husband and I love to cook, and so we gave duos of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar as our favors. Everyone loved them and years later, they still talk about them. 

Were you a DIY bride?  If so, what did you DIY?  

 I only DIY’d a few things, and they were mainly things that I forgot that I needed! I made my own menus and table numbers, and I definitely do not recommend doing them the night before your wedding like I did. And of course I don’t recommend forgetting that you even need them! 😉 Oh I also did DIY my favors. We purchased bottles from a container distributor, filled them, and I made the labels for the bottles. 

Describe your wedding style.

My wedding’s style was very classic and elegant. It was beautiful, but if I had had more time to put towards planning, it would have been more modern than classic, which is what my style is now. 

If you could offer one piece of advice to planning brides, what would it be?

Make sure your wedding reflects you and your fiancé, not anyone else. Not the trends, not what your cousin did, and not what your mom wants. Go with what really resonates with you and don’t question it. If you do that, you will never look back on your wedding and wish you had done things differently. Oh, and hire an awesome wedding planner! 

How did you make your wedding YOU?

I would say that the one thing about my wedding that really reflected my husband and I was our favors. I wish I had taken that thought process further into our wedding, but honestly, I just had no clue about planning a wedding! I hope my experience will help others! 🙂 

Thanks so much Lauren!  I think your advice and insight is really spot on.  And you were a lovely bride!

Any thoughts about Lauren’s advice?  Do you love these Behind the Veil features?  Do you find them helpful?  I’m trying to gauge interest in future features…  Thanks!

{photos by CvB Photography}