- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
The day has come – the pro pics are in! Before my wedding, I loved to gaze at photos of newlyweds – but I’m also a nutter about logistics/costs. Here are some photos, a link the blog where you can see more, as well as what we spent money on.
You can see more at: http://www.deidrelynn.com/2013/07/11/andy-kayleigh-wedding/
For 75 guests, on a friends family farm:
Decoration + Lighting
I splurged and rented out a cabin in the woods for our bridal party to stay the night before and the night after. I’m also planning on selling the extra pieces I bought, like tablecloths, vases, etc, so I’m estimating that the wedding really came in at around $11,500
We DIY’ed almost everything. Instead of a caterer, we had the mains made and delivered by an organic cafe. The salad bar and appetizers for cocktail hour were made by the MIL, as well as a rag tag team of women who spent all day before prepping. For drinks, we purchased alcohol from a local, and very helpful, nearby store. For the cocktail hour, we offered 3 specialty cocktails, beer, wine and sodas. Under the tent, we had a DIY bar (no bartender) with recipes cards we had made. We hired two local teenage girls to be “waitresses”, refilling water glases, keeping set up food, collecting dirty plates.
Some of the little details aren’t in these photos – but I/we handmade paper flowers, created and designed our programs, created and designed our seating cards, created the archway from scratch, created our fingerprint guestbook, created a display for those loved and lost, as well as a photo tribute to the hubby and me as we were kids growing up. We had tons of help from friends and family – but none of this felt too overwhelming (or so I heard) because I had come up with a pretty good attack plan early on and stuck with it.
Plan, plan, plan for the little details and try to communicate what you need/want from other people. Do your best to come up with timelines, lists and things yet to be done or needing to be bought, and try to include your friends and family when you can.
At a certain point, let all of that I mentioned before go. For me that was the morning of. I knew a lot needed to be done, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to be the one to have my hands dirty making things happen. I tried to communicate to as best of possible to folks what I needed – and then I sat back down on my makeup stool and breathed.
Don’t slouch! I was guilty of this – you can see it in some of my photos. I had thought to remind myself of this during the day, but it totally left my brain. If you have a slouching problem (like me) ask a good friend to remind you to stand up straight throughout the day. I wish I had!
On your wedding day, you are the bride. You are indestructable. Nothing can get you down. Anyone you ask for a favor will do it. Use your bride powers! They are amazing, albeit short lived.
Be Present. This is the best advice a recently married bride told me – and I took it to heart. I absorbed the entire day – every single moment is plastered into my brain.
Hope this is helpful to someone (anyone!). If you have any questions for me, have at it!