It’s already been 2 months since the day Ray (#tallasianguy) and I tied the knot in front of 75 of our closest friends and family overseas in Koh Samui, Thailand. I have to say that it was THE BEST DAY & WEEKEND of my life and I still wish that we were in Koh Samui drinking out of coconuts and eating spicy Thai food. Maybe it’s because it was our wedding, but it was truly more magical and memorable than I could imagine. I will definitely be writing more about this later in a few other posts. Today I wanted to share some photos of the #bestweekendever and give the same advice that I tell every bride, and especially told myself before departing on a 22-hour plane ride to the other side of the world.
I know that weddings can be stressful, overwhelming and sometimes just not manageable. It may be because I help 15-20 couples a year put on the wedding that it prepared me for all the planning in store. I mean airline and shuttle schedules, hotel room and villa assignments, table seating assignments, and the list goes on. I never let anything get to me, even when there was no PLAN B for the monsoon weather that extended out from December. I always told myself to make the most of everything because regardless of what happens there are 75 other people there with us that we wanted to make sure had the time of their life. I relied on the amazing lead coordinators (Gloria Yi and Gloria Lee) that we flew with us to Thailand to take care of our guests and the entire weekend. I learned to live in the moment and not dwell on the things that won’t matter 5, 10, 20 or 100 years from now.
Today, 2 months later I am still on cloud nine wishing that we could all one day be back on the island celebrating and dancing under the stars in front of the ocean. It was magical and I could not have imagined it any other way! The people, the food, the island vibes… to us it was the best weekend ever.
My advice to the thousands or brides out there (if you wish to take some pieces of advice from a now former bride):
- Hire someone your are comfortable and confident with and TRUST them the entire way. Do not try to control everything and remember everything for the entire day. Your planner will help guide you.
- Try on everything the week before the wedding and pack all your personal and wedding items at least 5 days prior to the wedding.
- Make a check list of everything that needs to be handed off to your planner and match against theirs.
- Drink a lot of water the week of the wedding and make sure to get plenty of sleep because you probably won’t sleep as much a few days before the wedding. I was just so excited that I couldn’t wait to wake up each day!
- Lay out EVERYTHING the night before the wedding. I personally laid out all my hair and makeup items in sections on a towel so the people who needed those items would be able to come in and start right away. I also made sure to have water and iced tea available for the wonderful ladies/ bridesmaids in my life while getting ready.
- Lay out everything that you would like to have photographed in an area that no one will touch.
- Have your bridesmaids pack up all their items before helping you get ready so it’s not messy or hectic later on.
- Wake up earlier, finish earlier and take time to sit down and enjoy lunch with the wedding party. This was one thing I was very thankful for! We pre-ordered all our lunch so we had time to actually sit with the entire wedding party and our families to enjoy a meal before everything began.
- Keep your wedding party happy, hydrated and full because the best wedding party is a happy wedding party. We also had drinks and fresh fruit ready for them after the photos and before the ceremony to unwind and enjoy the view before the festivities completely began.
These are just some of my tips that we were glad we did for our wedding party, family and us. Enjoy some of the photos taken from our friends phones in the meantime! Can’t wait to share more with you all.