You're Not Alone: Rachael O.

My clients often feel isolated as they plan their weddings. They can't talk about the hard parts because people think they're complaining, ungrateful, or second-guessing their choice to get married. But I know something my clients don't: They're not alone. Hear it from people who've been there.

Rachael O.
Eloped September 25, 2016; wedding ceremony and reception May 13, 2017

When it comes to your wedding, what was your...

Worst surprise?

The people who owned the venue — a farm — ended up being surprisingly difficult to work with. They were used to catering to smaller weddings (50-ish people) rather than larger ones like ours (130 people) and they made a bunch of promises they didn't deliver on.

The worst: They "forgot" to put signage out directing people to the site, which was super hard to find. 

Biggest regret?

We made a Spotify playlist and rented mediocre sound equipment for dancing instead of hiring a DJ. 

In hindsight the extra money would have been worth it because even though we downloaded the playlist, it turned off randomly a couple of times. People ended up "playing DJ" by hijacking the phone it played from and finding their favorite songs instead of letting ours play! 

Best advice?

Just relax.

So many people told us our wedding was the best they've ever been to and I am convinced it's because we kept it pretty casual.

We invited everyone to camp at the site after dancing was over (we had a midnight nacho bar and pancake breakfast so everyone was fed!). The chill time around the campfire at the end of the night was the best part. 

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