(Closed) If you could do it all over again…

posted 5 years ago in Recaps
Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

I would have had put more thought it on our ceremony. It was short and quick which people loved, but I wish it could have been a little longer and more personal.

I also would have hald double the ammount of lemonade, tea, and sodas avalible, nearly everyone drank lemonade and tea and not many people drank the beer or wine which i thought was odd, but it worked okay, needed more lemonade. 

Also, had I know we wouldn’t have been able to use any of the center pieces I made I just would have not made them (totally long story involving a flood) anyways, our centerpieces were beautiful, just jars and rocks and branches out friends cut literally minuets before the reception, but still. I would have just done that in the first place. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would not spend so much time with family photos, and have more time with wedding party and DH and myself alone. As it was, family photos took almost an hour and a half, leaving only 30minutes or so for wedding party, and husband/wife photos.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@out4answers:  not much. The only thing that really comes to mind is that dh wore his dress uniform at the request of his mother for the ceremony.  The plan was to change right after into a tux because I just wanted one day to be “us” not cops. Our photographers were really excited about the uniform and kept pushing to take more photos in it and I kind of let them steamroll me and then ended up running out of time/energy to take any posed photos in the outfit I wanted. 

Mmm… That and I would have put peonies in my bouquet. They sucked that season and weren’t available for as cheap as I wanted at the wholesaler. I wish I’d just sucked up the money and bought them from a regular florist. 

And psychologically, I had a hard time with people treating me “special” and wanting to do things with/for me.  Having now been part of my best friends wedding and feeling how much I wanted to make HER day special, I wish I would have been better about just soaking up the love and letting people share the experience more.  Ie, I had an aunt that knew I wanted the peonies… And offered to make a last minute run to a florist and buy some, but I didnt want to be a pain!  

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would have hired a different florist with much more experience.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@globalmargaret:  oh good one. I also would have had a longer more personal ceremony, but that ties into my last point. I always heard people hate long ceremonies, and I didn’t want to be a bother so planned ours pretty short and sweet. But it was like… 10 minutes short! barely long enough for me to really FEEL the signifigance.  Total blur!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would have let out my dress just before I ate.  I was having tummy issues becasue my dress was too tight and I didn’t lossen it up until later in the night.  It would have been nice to actually drink a little and eat some of the yummy desserts I made! 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

would have gotten a real good photographer cause at the end that’s what you really walk away with.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@out4answers:  yeah, it was advise i really wish I had!  I wasn’t too sick, but I wasn’t able to dance, eat and drink as much as I would have liked.  By the time I was feeling better the party was starting to break up.  

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I would have gone wiht a different florist. I was very specific that I wanted DARK red roses and NOT bright red roses… what did I get? Bright red roses…. I photoshoped my bouquet in every single photo to make the bouquet darker…

I also had included fake purple hydrangea because it was out of season… in retrospect I should have stuck with real or gone wiht other flowers.. the under the petals showed a lot and when photographed turned out super bright – again photoshop.

Before photoshop:

After photoshop and what I really wanted my bouquet to look like:

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would have stuck to my guns in the first place about what kind of dress and dress-buying experience I wanted, but that all turned out well so I wouldn’t say it’s something I would change about my wedding. I would have gotten more flowers! We DIYd them, so it was a tough call about how much would translate into how much on the tables. I’d have liked a little more. I would have communicated a little better about things that were going on at the venue right before the ceremony so that anyone who was there would have known to do them (i.e. who gets bouts, silly little things like that). I would have had the plan for the end of the night a little more nailed down so that it wasn’t a weird moment of stress and confusion, but it was all ok. Other than that, I was shocked how well everything went, I thought I would have a lot more to say in a post like this!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

@out4answers:  An hour for family photos is crazy- ours took about 15 minutes, with a TON of combinations (I have divorced parents.) Your photographer should be able to move everybody in and out quickly.

I wouldn’t have drank so much at the rehearsal dinner. :)-  And I would have hired another DJ- ours was cheap, but not really my style.

An extra hour for the reception would have been nice, but since we had an after-party at nearby hotel, I can live with that.

Oh-and I would have done better reinforcements for the card box, so no one would have messed with three of our gifts. (Grrr!)

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