Real newlyweds give wedding planning tips based on their experience.
Annie and Eamon Hai’s wedding took place on Oct. 14, 2017, at The Vault.
If you could do anything about your wedding differently, what would you change and why?
Annie: Being better about the timing for hair and makeup. I was having [so much] fun just hanging out with my girls and family that I didn’t get into the chair until way too late! The boys were there to pick us up and I was just getting my dress on. I wish I had more time to perfect my hair and makeup and enjoy some time getting comfortable in my dress before having to run out the door!
Eamon: Might have changed the order of toasts/dances. I realized after that the longer you wait for toasts, the more pressure it puts on them!
What are you happy you spent money on?
A: Our amazing photographer, wedding planner and party bus.
E: A great dress for my wife!
What do you think you could have done without?
A: Several of the favors were left behind and not necessary, but they weren’t expensive items.
E: The dessert station.
What was your biggest surprise when planning your wedding?
E: How much detail is needed for it!
A: It is a lot more time and effort than one would ever think. I became much more comfortable with letting others take on tasks when I thought I’d want my hands in everything. I didn’t even know what the cake looked like until the day of!
What do you wish you’d known before you started planning?
A: Budget planning is necessary, albeit uncomfortable, with so many involved. I would plan a budget down to the dollar next time!
E: How quickly the day flies by and [to] take more time to enjoy the moments and dancing.
Did you experience any wedding-day snafus?
A: My dress did not fit the way it should. Unfortunately, my seamstress had a death in the family and I had to pick the dress up without being able to try it on [at the] last minute. We made it work with tape and a special bra the day of, but it certainly could have fit better.
Did you and your fiancé get into any silly arguments?
E: People to invite, more specifically the number of people. I have a big family and a lot of friends. At the end of the day, we realized that everyone that is being invited will be both of our families and friends, and that helped.
Brides, any dress shopping advice?
A: Take whomever you want dress shopping. Everyone will have opinions about who should go, or you may feel obligated to take certain family members or friends. Pick who you want, not what everyone else wants. My husband helped me pick my dress, and I couldn’t have been happier having him there!
What about menswear?
E: I used The Black Tux online and highly recommend it. A couple of my friends have used it since my wedding and have had great experiences also.
Do you have any general advice for couples currently planning their weddings?
A: Plan your budget and stick to it—it will save you a lot of stress.
E: Don't make too big of a deal out of all the small details. At the end of the day, it is just about you and your partner.
A: If you lead busy lives, I would recommend a wedding planner. They take so much off your plate and do whatever you ask with a smile. The day of runs smoothly and stress-free because all you worry about is having a great time; they take care of everything else.