Wedding Wisdom: Sarah and Todd!

I'm back with more wedding wisdom! This time, Sarah and Todd weigh in on how to enjoy your wedding day. Sarah and Todd are two of my oldest, dearest friends. I've known them for well over a decade and our adventures have taken us all over the country. We've been tipsy in Sonoma County, sang Gotye at the top of our lungs on a road trip near DC, and ate our way through Giacomo's pumpkin tortellini in Boston. (More than once!) I like them, they're good!

Snuggled with their two pups, Todd and Sarah are living the good live in the perpetually charming state of Vermont. They have been married for a million years now, and still act like adorable school kids who have shy crushes on each other. It's ridiculously cute and syrupy sweet, and I love that about them!

They first danced as husband and wife to U2 - All I Want Is You and Sarah's advice for your big day is practical and wonderful (much like her!), so heed this great advice when your big day approaches!

"I was dead set on eating my entire dinner meal. Most brides and grooms don't eat their food because they are too busy visiting with guests etc. I did not want this to happen. I did not want to waste my meal! If I could do it again, I actually wouldn't eat very much. My stomach was in such knots from simply the day of my wedding and my stress/nerves and everything else that, after eating I was in pain for the rest of the night. I couldn't even enjoy a beer."

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Wedding Wisdom: Kimberly and Rob!

I'm excited to bring you the next couple in Two Penny Parties' Summer Wedding Wisdom Series! This time: Kimberly & Rob! I met Kimberly about a year or so ago through yelp (you know, the awesome review site) when she became the Community Manager of the DC area. I think my first impression of her was, "she's pretty much a rainbow covered bunny unicorn. SO nice!" To this day I stand by that statement. In fact, I think it's pretty much the most accurate thing I've ever written.

When she and her super nice husband Rob aren't taking over the Nation's Capital you can find them volunteering at local food banks, spending time with their family and being madly in love with each other.

At their wedding Kimberly and Rob first danced to the dulcet tones of The Temptations' Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) and her advice to you on your big day is:

"My best wedding decision was to hire a day of wedding coordinator. Even though I plan events for a living, it was amazing to just hand all the contracts and contacts I had and let the planner take care of it. She set everything up before the wedding and delivered all of the decor, flowers, and presents to my house the next day. It really made a huge difference in upping the enjoyment level for me, my husband, family and friends who were helping the wedding."

I think many people get themselves so far off their budget that this advice cannot even be an option. In your planning stages, be sure to build in the cost of a planner! It will save you some sanity on the day of! Stay tuned for more Wedding Wisdom coming soon!

Wedding Wisdom: Erin and Scott!

After recently attending a wedding, I thought it would be fun to pick the collective brains of all of my friends and get their advice on how to plan / handle their big day. I also asked them to throw in the name of the first song they danced to in case you're looking for some musical inspiration. Every week for the rest of the summer this blog will feature a new couple so be sure to visit often and soak up their wise words!

Let's kick things off with Erin and Scott. I've known Erin for almost eight years now when I met her through her older sister Cara, who was my awesome roommate in California. True story: at one point in my life (for about a minute) I desperately wanted to set Erin up with a colleague of mine named Andrew. Oh how I imagined they would make the most magical couple and ride off into the sunset together on a purple unicorn! Then, at a Super Bowl Party I casually introduced them and I realized in half an instant that the two of them could not have been more mismatched.

Thankfully for everyone involved, Erin met Scott and is now living happily ever after with him. Every moment I've spent with them, I can plainly see they are madly in love. Besides making a stunning couple, these two lovebirds are two of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. Seriously, so sweet. Like freshly made caramel!

Erin and Scott danced to the timeless All the Way by Billie Holiday and her wise words for the big day are...
"While it feels overwhelming, your wedding is just one day. The real party is a lifetime of a lovely marriage. (In other words, don't sweat the small stuff!)"
Great advice to keep your day in perspective, no? Stay tuned next week for more Wedding Wisdom!