- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
The short version: Our wedding was awesome! Things that went right: I loved my hair and makeup, everyone loved the place, the food, etc. We all danced the whole time, my DJ was amazing after the ceremony, my photographer was very unobtrusive, my venue was really organized. Things that went wrong: got stuck in traffic the day before and was almost late to my own rehearsal, lost my vows, felt horrible performance anxiety that prevented me from eating much of anything after breakfast, lost the bridal party for half an hour, my dad tried to give me away to the wrong person, processional music started at the wrong time, my family is rude, and I didn’t do a good job at throwing the bouquet.
Dress: Pronovias Petunia, hair accessory and veil from the bridal salon i do…i do… in Morristown, NJ
Photos: Craig Warga Weddings in NYC (awesome guy)
Flowers: Whole Foods Vauxhall (amazing to work with)
Venue: Liberty House Restaurant, Jersey City
Groom and Groomsman attire: JCrew
Bridesmaids dresses: Dessy/After Six
Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar
Makeup: AKG Makeup (Alex Gregorek- whole bridal party and moms)
I’ve written a novel, but bolded the important parts =) Scroll down for pictures!
I’ll start with the day before: my mom and I drove around like crazy people for the whole afternoon before my 6pm rehearsal, and it was extremely stressful, but definitely worth it. In order to prevent complications on the day of the wedding, we went down to Jersey City to pay for our flowers, drop off my dress, check into the hotel rooms, and leave some last minute things with our venue (my honey straw escort cards, programs/menus, aisle décor, etc.). If you have ever been to North Jersey, you know that the traffic, especially around the city, is HORRIBLE.
We couldn’t check into the hotel until 3, so that put us on a pretty tight time line to begin with. When we got into the hotel, I had problems with my ID/credit cards, so that was annoying. Luckily the DoubleTree gives out cookies, and they gave me three so that made me feel a little better =) DH and I ended up technically renting 5, yep, you got that right…5 nights over three rooms at the hotel, and it was one of the best decisions we could have made. It gave me a lot of peace of mind to be able to hang my dress in the room and know it was there and in one piece, with the train spread out to get rid of wrinkles (after we rearranged the furniture, of course; the only place to hang it was a picture that was bolted to the wall).
We ended up renting two rooms for two nights (Friday and Saturday) and one room just for us on Saturday. I gave my MUA, who lives in my neighborhood, a key to the room where we would be getting ready, so that she and her coworker could get there at 10:00 the morning of to set up before we got there. Because our hotel had a 3pm check in, we would not have been able to get ready there without having the rooms booked for Friday as well, since they “couldn’t guarantee” an early check-in- not sure enough for this uptight and perfection-obsessed bride!
It was really awesome not to have to clean everything up since we didn’t have to be out of those rooms until Sunday at noon, but we also got to come back after the reception to a new, clean room with just our stuff in it the night of the wedding. It ended up being a good thing we had those two extra rooms for Saturday night as well, since two of our groomsmen had been planning to stay with a friend who didn’t tell them he would be out of town that night!
ANYWAY, we ended up being SUPER late- I had to get my hair cut, and was almost an hour late for my appointment. They stayed late so that I could get it done (but seriously, my whole wedding party- 10 people- and I got our hair done there the morning of the wedding, and we paid for it all, so they’d better make sure I can get it cut beforehand…) and then my mom came back to pick me up- with my outfit and some makeup- so that I could change for the rehearsal. At this point, everything was pretty much done (except for my vows- eek!), so I could finally relax.
We had our rehearsal the night before at DH’s parents’ house, since we didn’t feel like having everyone combat traffic and drive a long way just to do a rehearsal. SIL ordered custom koozies, and she and MIL planned an awesome dinner for us at a local high end steakhouse; SIL put so much effort into it that they thought she was the bride, it was really sweet. She put all of my favorite dishes from that restaurant on the menu, which was awesome.
We then collected all of the bridesmaids’ dresses, and had DH drive them down to the hotel where we had booked rooms to get ready. I didn’t want to deal with people forgetting things on the day of, or having their dresses get wrinkled in the car. He ended up staying there, anyway, so that he wouldn’t have to get up early. After he left, I wrote my vows- aka went on Weddingbee and used other bees’ vows as inspiration, and compiled everything I liked ; ).
I had a few of my bridesmaids sleep over, so we woke up and got ready to go to the salon. I read my vows to my mom, and both of us ended up crying- but amazingly it was the only time I cried all day. After we left for the salon, my mom went and got Starbucks to deliver to us so we could eat breakfast.
I took the first wave of bridesmaids who had their hair done down to the hotel, and we started getting our makeup done and put on our awesome Plum Pretty Sugar robes, which were their bridesmaid gifts (and they LOVED them!) My MUA was awesome, I couldn’t have asked for a better job on my makeup- she also threw in false lashes for everyone, and put coverup on two of our groomsmen! We chilled out and ate sandwiches while we waited for everyone to be done, and at some point my photographer showed up.
We had a moment of panic when we couldn’t find my vows– we had to have my sister’s friend print them from my computer and then bring them to us at the hotel. I found them in my car (where I knew they were- other people insisted I had brought them up to the room!) a couple of days later.
We ended up having the hotel shuttle take all of us over to the venue, where we did our first look and our pictures. It was a little hot, but everyone dealt with it. My photographer took DH and I to do some couples shots I requested, and sent the second shooter with the bridal party back to the venue- which I didn’t think would end up being a problem, but was- the second shooter ended up taking more pictures of them, so we couldn’t find our siblings for about 15 minutes to take family pictures, which ended up being extremely rushed. The whole bridal party was just gone for way too long (we used the time when we couldn’t find them to practice our first dance, though, so it ended up working out), and all of the guests got to watch us take family pictures.
Finally, we got ready to start the processional, and the processional music started WAY too early. I had entrusted the DJ meeting to my DH, and he failed to mention that grandparents were just getting escorted to their seats, and weren’t part of the actual procession. Oops! It worked out fine… until my dad tried to give me away to the wrong person! He acknowledged DH’s twin brother, our officiant, and tried to hand me off to him! I guess it was too much pressure for him =) It ended up being a good thing, though, because all of our guests had to stop crying so they could laugh.
We got through the ceremony, on which we got a ton of compliments for having BIL officiate (he did great!), and could finally stop being anxious! I was feeling big time performance anxiety, and barely ate all day (including dinner). I tried a little bit of food from the cocktail hour up in the bridal suite of our venue (it was awesome- they put out a spread with a sampling of the food for us, and DH ate most of it!), drank a signature cocktail, and had my bustle done. Then we went down to find our grandparents and take some pictures with them at the cocktail hour.
Moving on to the reception, our entrance, first dance, and parent dances went really well (which we were worried about, because we completely bombed our practice session at our dance studio the week before). I had to tell my mom’s family to be quiet during DH’s side of the family’s speeches, which was a huge bummer- they were being really rude. After that, though, there wasn’t much left to do. Everyone loved the food, loved the view, loved the atmosphere, and my mom’s family only had a few verbal confrontations among themselves (win!).
My bouquet toss (to Move B*tch! by Ludacris) was horrible– we had enough people on the floor, but my toss landed really short (they had me throw from a balcony, and I was afraid of hitting the chandelier). Someone ran out and grabbed it after everyone watched it fall, though! Our cake (from Carlo’s) ended up being awesome, everyone loved it.
I don’t think everything would have gone nearly as well if my venue hadn’t been so organized. The bridal attendant kept track of all of my flowers and my veil, fixed my bustle, helped me change my shoes, got my lipstick, etc. I left with everything I arrived with, down to the leftover flowers and centerpieces we picked up the next day. They even put the card box in a huge plastic bag so nothing would fall out. Really on top of their game.
And that was it! I picked 50 bobby pins and 4 rubber bands out of my hair at the end of the night, stuck our leftover food in the fridge (they sent us home with some steak entrees that we didn’t get to try because we ordered fish), took showers and went to bed feeling awesome about the day.
There of course was drama that I found out about later… but that’s fodder for another post! Here are the pictures (you can see our full preview here: http://www.craigwargaweddings.com/blog/?page_id=1159)
My dress hanging from the only place we could find! And then me trimming threads fromthe bottom
Our GM loved their flasks- we’re lucky that we’re the first wedding most of them have been in lol
My 5 year old half brother was our ring bearer- didn’t he look thrilled about it??
You can tell my dad looks nervous- and for good reason, since he was getting ready to give me away to BIL!
Still laughing about it =)
But not as hard as at this joke BIL told
Our petal aisle runners that took FOREVER- DH did most of it, and then my mom finished them
Our first dance!
DH with his crazy cousins
You can kind of see our Dollar Tree candle stick/vase improved hurricane vase centerpieces in this picture!
Dancing with his maternal grandparents!
The END! I’m sure I’ll still be around WB, though =)