Bridal hindsight Grace and Saviour bridal advice

Bridal hindsight really is 20/20, so we chatted to stylist extraordinaire and recent bride, Grace Campbell of Grace & Saviour to find out what she’d do differently!

Bridal hindsight Grace and Saviour bridal advice

What I wish I’d known…
“That it really does go so quickly! Savour each stage of the day and try especially to find some time just for the two of you, with some Champagne. The journey from the church to our reception and the feeling of being just married, and the anticipation of the rest of the day, is once in a lifetime and just for the two of you.”

The one thing I’d change…
“More time spent relaxing with guests, and less on formal portraits. I still haven’t put an album together, but I can remember standing having photos taken for a long part of what was such a quick and special day.”

A planning mistake I made…
“Definitely supplying and sourcing too much of the big picture myself, such as styling props, furniture and décor. It meant that while everyone was at an Oyster Festival the next day, I was packing candles, and vases. It would have been wonderful to savour the next day and know a company would come in and take everything away, while I enjoyed time with our visiting family and friends.”

Bridal hindsight Grace and Saviour bridal advice

I wish I hadn’t spent big on…
“We provided a lot of free drinks to our guests, and they either didn’t notice at all, or drank too much! There were a few ‘tired and emotional’ guests by the end of the evening. Perhaps we might have reigned that in a little.”

I wish I’d invested more in…
“Styling the reception room. I didn’t go for a full plan, as I wanted time to enjoy being the bride. But now, with the work I do for other couples, I wish I had given some of that detail to my own memories, reflecting back more of who we are as a couple.”

The thing that surprised me…
“How restless and excited I was just to get up the aisle and stand beside my now husband!”

Bridal hindsight Grace and Saviour bridal advice

My best advice…
“Be true to your couple style, and also realistic about how much you really can do yourself, or with your family/ bridesmaids. There are some beautiful trends out there, but we first start with who our couples are; how do they spend their time together? What sort of environment are they comfortable in? What makes them feel good together? Who you are together, is the start of everything; the time of year you get married, the venue, dress style etc. In a truly successful wedding, it informs every element of the day.”

You might also like: Been there bride - Cat from the Cake Cuppery tells us what she would have done differently