Post # 1
Im just feeling so defeated now. I arrived yesterday to where my DW is taking place….it started on a high note as tension with my family began to settle once we arrived….and also I got bumped up to first class on the way here….everything seemed to be falling into place.
But just about an hour ago, we were visiting the hotel where my guests will be staying to finalize the reservations..and my cousin mentioned (very matter of factly) that she noticed they are remodeling the exterior of the church we are to be wed in…but that the inside is still gorgeous. She said it like it was no big deal, but then went on to say there is scaffolding on the bell tower and the exterior is completley borded up. I felt like crying but tried so hard not to.
We are getting married in a church that is well, hudreds of years old…it’s like a mini cathedral…very gorgeous…very elegant…yes, very old. I had not anticipated this might happen…but I guess within the last few months it ended up in desperate need restoration…even though it looked fantastic last time I saw it in December. No one notified us…and all I can think about is how my photos will be ruined…how my guests are expecting some grand church but all they will see is boards and scaffolding.
I have not seen it myself yet…I saw the tower from a distanc and yes, it had scaffolding all the way to the top.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2013 - ceremony at a gazebo outside, reception at neighboring restaurant on a lake
Did you immedietaly get in touch with the church? Is there another available in the area? Did you sign any kind of contract? The church should have notified you and should currenlty be finding you a suitable back up if you are unhappy with it. Shame on them.
I’m so sorry you are going through this, how stressful. Try to remind yourself though that the most important pictures of you and your husband exchanging vows will be inside without any of the construction.
Post # 4
@fresitachulita: So many things went wrong on my wedding day but they aren’t the things I focused on, it was a beautiful day regardless and everything went great.
It might not be as you imagined it but trust me everything will work out.
Post # 5
Well, this is Mexico and this is the Catholic chuch….no they did not notify us…and apparently it’s not required here. This is high wedding season in mexico, I doubt I’ll find a nother church that’s available in the next two weeks…I don’t know if I’ll take it as far as finding out.
My cousin said she will take me to go look at it closer tonight. I don’t know how I’m going to feel, or what exactly to expect.
Post # 6
I went to go get a closer look. The entire tower is scaffolded, and the area below cordoned off with boardes and bariers which blocks off one side of the church to the right of the door out 20 feet or so. So, basically, only hte left side of the church is as it usually is.
I watched a wedding take place and the bride even walked under the bordes from the right side of the church! uggh!
The only suggestions I got was to ask the photographer not to photograph the exterior of the church or take video of the exterior…and to use pre-rennovation photos and video if he has them…and that if we take photos outside after the weddign to take them on the left side.
Still really dissapointed. It’s like a huge scar on the face of my gorgeous church.
Post # 7
This exact same thing happened to me!! 2 weeks before they started doing renovations on the outside and they didnt notify us either! Bright ORANGE scaffold all over the outside! Honestly it ended up not being too bad, my photographer just skipped the outside pics and the inside of the church was beautiful, try not to let it get to you! I promise the day of it will be the last thing youll be thinking of.
Post # 8
You might have had one picture in your wedding album of the outside of the church. This won’t really effect your pictures, and certainly won’t effect your interior shots, or how people remember the day – I promise!!
Post # 9
@MrsPom: Seriously? I was livid! Yeah, bright orange scaffolding all around the bell tower….it breaks my heart, I chose this church out of several other breathtaking churches, it’s just so sad to me right now. Yes, the inside is still spectacular, just sad especially being a stickler for detail and ambiance….feling the need to impress my guests as well many of whom are flying very far to see me get married.
I know it will be okay…can’t help but be angry right now.
My cousin had this happen to her a couple years ago. Except she got married in a church (the one that was my second runner up) that had two belltowers, and thus both sides of the church were covered in scaffolding and borded up at the base…so she only had a 6 foot space between the bordes to enter the church….so I guess it could be worse. I just hope nothing else goes wrong…but you know what they say, what can..will.