Here's what I learned:
-Designers make great weddings, but planning pays off. Homemade decorations and invitations make a great, unique, bold statement that is impressive to everyone.
-Weddings can easily go from being all about the couple getting married to being all about their respective families, carrying out long held traditions and doing things the way they are expected to be done. Be ready to compromise (its not always a bad thing!)
-Making a schedule makes everyone more comfortable.
-Choose your wedding party wisely. They're your closest support, and can make a big difference in the overall execution of the wedding.
The wedding was definitely a success, and I had an absolute blast being around some of my very good friends for a few days. Not sure who will be next to be married.....