Hilary’s Tips: 10 Ways I Made My Wedding Easier

Unconventional things I did that made my wedding a lot less stressful, more fun, and way more memorable.


4. Cut out the religious parts.

If you’re not particularly religious, you can tell the priest or officiant to cut all the pre-scripted religious text from the ceremony. Instead, pick prose that means something special to you. This will make your ceremony more personal and a lot less boring for your guests.

Hilary’s Tips: 10 Ways I Made My Wedding Easier

Our ‘altar’ had only us and our parents. My hubby’s cousin officiated.

Hilary’s Tips: 10 Ways I Made My Wedding Easier

5. Use silk flowers.

They cost roughly the same, but you can keep them in your house after, as a gorgeous reminder of your special day. Not to mention that you’ll have less garbage after, and they’re much lighter and less accident-prone than a vase with water. I recommend Jane Seymour Botanicals because they are simply stunning and look 100% real.

6. Ask your videographer to interview your guests. 

Hilary’s Tips: 10 Ways I Made My Wedding EasierThis is actually something I wish we’d done. Have your wedding videographer ask your guests what they love most about you as a couple. You can give your videographer photos of the friends you want in the edited version of your final wedding video (which is usually only 10 minutes or so), but tell him/her that you want the full video footage as well, so you can see all the bloopers!

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 29 Comments

  1. Avatar of Mary Garcia

    Mary Garcia

    #6 sounds really fun including the bloopers, but most of my friends hate being flashed on the screen with their awkward speech and all. They would probably ditch my wedding if they knew there would be an interview (Nah, just kidding they love me too much to do that that.) But yeah. I’d love the bloopers instead. My friends are very wacky and fun so they would enjoy something like that rather than an interview. Thank you for these unconventional ideas! ❤️

  2. Avatar of Megan Smith

    Megan Smith

    I’m single so I have no idea about weddings and how hard it is to prepare them, but I’m definitely considering all of this.

  3. Avatar of Eleanor Bartal

    I’m not religious either so I really did ask to skip those parts. I’m glad the pastor didn’t complain.

  4. Avatar of Kayla Carlson

    I wish I’ve seen this before our wedding. It was so stressful I nearly backed out.

  5. Avatar of Lucia Pombo

    It’s crazy that some weddings hold their receptions far from the church wedding. Seriously? Book somewhere close. Not everyone has a car.

  6. Avatar of Bernice Perry

    Bernice Perry

    I don’t mind using silk flowers instead of the usual bouquet. To be honest, that’s least of my concern as long as I have a decent looking bouquet that doesn’t look like it’s for a funeral. Thanks for this advice. It’s even better that I could keep my wedding bouquet and treasure it for the years to come rather than take photos with it then throw it away afterward. We all know how expensive these wedding bouquets are… It can be insane. I’d go for the silk.?

  7. Avatar of Sheri Lawrence

    Sheri Lawrence

    Wow, doing all of this in my wedding for sure. I want my wedding to be like a breeze and less stressful.

  8. Avatar of Linda Dent

    Linda Dent

    I really like the idea of fake flowers instead of real ones. I also think that for decorations for the aisle, fake flowers would be better.

  9. Avatar of Felicia Sanders

    I would still prefer the traditional wedding. I want that day to be special.

  10. Avatar of Felicia Castro

    Weddings usually take about 3-4 hours depending on the program after the ceremony. If there’s anything that you need to shorten, it’s that reception after. Get rid of the usual bouquet throwing and all that stuff. Have a fun program that’s fun for all and less time consuming.

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