Married bees – care to share?

posted 2 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

The food & food service were better than we had expected.  That’s the good.

The really bad is the crazy officiant dh hired refused to allow ANY music, inculding Canon in D as I walked down the aisle.  It was awful & there was nothing I could do about it once the wedding had started.  I wish dh had let me know ahead of time, I’d have fired him & we’d have gotten an emergency officiant.

Our photos also came out terrible.  Even our guests look awful. The pics of the buildings look great, though.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Having a small wedding with takeaway after was so relaxing and silly and fun. There was no stress. And going to the indian restuarant to pick up our order in my wedding dress with my new husband made me giggle! Our photos were not good. I wish we had spent more money on that. 

Post # 4
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3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

The DJ and sparklers were great. I didn’t realize how big a hit the photobooth would be, it was packed all night. We also ordered late night Domino’s and everyone scarfed those down. I’m also glad I had a reception dress so I could dance around. The absolute best part was having 300 of our closest friends and family there which I wouldn’t trade for anything! I’m also glad I didn’t stress about really anything. I’m also glad we didn’t do any kind of gap. 

We had an open bar with 6 beers, 4 wines, and well drinks. From what I heard some of the well drinks weren’t great, so I may have gone with the premium drinks if I knew they weren’t very good. Probably could have done without the videographer. I really really regret not having formal family photos, which we planned on doing but after the ceremony it was raining so everyone rushed off to the reception. Overall there really isn’t much I would have changed. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Blondiebunny:  What I absolutely loved was having my parents in the limo with me on the way to the ceremony. I never thought I would want them with us (they were there for logistics purposes only), but we had so much fun and it made me so much more relaxed. Your friends are awesome, but it is even better to have your family around.

The other thing I am so happy we did is that we gave MIL 30 minutes for “Christmas Card” photos before the ceremony. DH is one of 6 kids and instead of each family paying for professional photographs done for Christmas cards, the families could get really good photos of their kids dressed up. This was so important to them and allowed me to have time with my family without any vendors.

The one regret was my food/alcohol consumption. My dress was tight and I did not eat enough before the ceremony. I think I had a salad and a slice of banana bread, so like 500 calories and I had run 6 miles that morning. I was starving by the reception (I ate all of my dinner, half of DH’s dinner, and 4  desserts), but the wine hit me hard. I would have had the limo stop for food on the way to the reception if I were to do it all again.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Blondiebunny:  Loved the ceremony, photo/photographer, and food. Which to me was the most important thing. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Honestly.

Post # 7
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508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Loved so many thinks I couldn’t list them – only one regret the whole night – when we entered the ballroom the coordinator had all the bridesmaids and groomsmen line the dance floor – I had wanted them to go to their seats (there were seven of each) – I heard her say it but felt awkward yelling to be heard over everyone that I didn’t want that so I kept quiet. Well they wound up blocking the whole dance floor lol so guests had to stand to see the first dance and even then some couldn’t see it… So my advice is if you hear something you don’t want call it out bc you will likely regret it later. All in all though it was a tiny detail in an otherwise perfect day 🙂

Post # 9
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898 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

DH and I had a small, intimate wedding (~30 people). This allowed us to spend more money on the venue and the food which was SOOO worth it. Our one year anniversary is coming up and people are still talking about the food.

I do wish however that we had put more money into photography. We got a good deal by using a photographer that was just getting started and I figured as long as we get some frame-worthy pictures I’d be happy. I was not. While I do have some very nice photos that we now display in our house, I want more. I look at the photos of other bees and hang my head. Lol.

Post # 10
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5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Blondiebunny:  I was really pleased that we chose a casual venue with awesome food over one where we’d have to cut corners on the food to be able to afford a pretty room.

What I would have done differently: gotten a pro photographer. DH and I are both camera shy so we didn’t feel like it was a big deal at the time but now all I have are a few guest photos.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Our photos turned out fantastically. Better than expected. I love them. 

But there are some photos we missed (partially my fault for not doing a better must have list) like us with all of our parents together and a photo of each table at the reception. 

no other regrets though. Wedding was awesome!!!!

Post # 12
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1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

Is there one element of your wedding which turned out super awesome and you’re really pleased with?

I was SO happy with our venue/dj and how they accomodated us with the changing weather.  We changed the ceremony time to have it work with the weather and they transitioned all of the guests with ease.  It was a bed and breakfast and the personal attention they gave to everyone was AMAZING.  I also had guests with severe food allergies accomodated and they were willing to talk to the guests and put them at ease as well.

I also used WedPics and sent the app to my guests weeks before and a reminder the day before.  Some of my guests brought great cameras and took amazing shots, and pictures after the pro-photographer left.  The DJ had stayed a bit longer because he was amazing like that and the last dance we took I am happy to have pictures of 🙂  We also got a lot of pictures of the shenanigans going on while we were getting ready, like the car being decorated and of my siblings joking around.  One of my favorite pictures actually came from this app.

Is there one thing you regret and would have done differently?

I would’ve asked for more examples from our photographer of sparkler photos which she had said she could do.  They were SO awful but my nieces loved running around us with them so I still have a good memory from it!  We weren’t doing them with all of our guests because of the weather (drizzling at that point), but still.  They also didn’t get all of the pictures on the “must get” list which was annoying.  On the other hand, the photographer did bring an assistant that was not in our agreement and got shots that otherwise I would’ve missed.  Still a great value for what we paid though, and the outdoor shots were wonderful.  Not a huge regret overall, but just something I do think about.

 

Post # 13
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1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Blondiebunny:  I really enjoyed our caterer and dj they turned out way better then expected and were both amazing….

I wish i had someone around me who would have told me about all the drama instead of trying to “spare us” and then getting pissed at us when we were upset that certain family members werent there and apparently everyone knew but us…and then everyone called me bridezilla and were pissed at me and DH until we let everyone know in not so short order that we didnt know what was going on so we didnt get like 15 pictures we REALLY wanted because no one updated us and we spent part of our wedding day really upset because no one bothered to tell us vital information to the flow of the day….and we are still kind of upset about it…me more so then DH because I had some rather rude things said about me because I was upset that someone who is notoriously 2 hours late for everything was 3 hours late but had a legitimate excuse but i digress….

otherwise our wedding was amazingly perfect….and my DH had my back through everything…

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I LOVED the ceremony. We chose to do it under the Mexican resort’s gazebo with the beach in the background (as oppose to right on the sand) and it was seriously one of the most beautiful ceremony setups I’d ever seen. I was so in love!

The main thing I regret was having it in Mexico in August. It was SO HOT. So much sweat and fanning lol.

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