Post # 1
As a newlywed, or even as a bride-to-be immersed in the planning process, what are the top 5 decisions you made regarding your wedding? During the planning process, I think it would have been helpful to see what brides considered to be the things that made the most difference in the end…
Post # 3
Umm, I can’t think of 5, so here are my top 2!
1. The photographer!
2. Letting it go and just enjoying it even if it wasn’t perfect.
Post # 4
My top 5 decisions – in no particular order:
1) My photographer! I was going to have a friend who does amateur photography take my wedding shots to save some money. Then I saw the work of Krista (impress-photo.com) and I just fell in love. It was a little more than we had budgeted, but I am SOOOOO happy with the results.
2) Staying in SoHo rather than midtown on our honeymoon. We spent half of our honeymoon in NYC and originally, I had booked a room midtown so we could be in the center of everything. A couple of months before the wedding, I was searching around and found a hotel in SoHo (Four Points SoHo) that we could get a suite for the same price as the basic midtown room. It. was. FANTASTIC. Wonderful service, no stress of the hustle and bustle of NYC inthe summer, views of the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, etc. and easy access to the subway.
3) Mad Lib RSVPs. These were fairly easy to do and SO much fun to get back. We were able to display the RSVPs at the cocktail hour for others to enjoy and although we got some people who didn’t quite get it (my husband’s grandmother just wrote “MOM MOM – I AM COMING TO THE WEDDING” across the whole thing) and some who didn’t care, it’s obvious that the majority of people had fun with it.
4) Letting my bridesmaids pick their own dresses. I hate shopping. It was hard enough for me to choose my own dress, I didn’t want the stress of finding something pretty and affordable that fit everyone’s tastes and body types. So I went to Home Depot and got paint swatches and said “match one of these shades of green” The results were classy, yet casual and that’s just what we were going for. The flowers were just ivory and I’m sure all my girls were comfortable (both physically and with what they paid)
5) Hiring a friend to act as DOC. I was lucky enough to find a friend who was willing to do this for us for very little, and he was so awesome. He took on the role and took it seriously. I was told that I was the least-stressed bride that people had seen, which is saying a lot because I regularly plan events and can get pretty stressed about wanting things to go perfectly. Because Larry was there, I was able to just enjoy my day and pass off the details. No one called me, no one bothered me, and I drank my champagne and danced with my new husband in peace!
Post # 5
1. Hiring a Day of Coordinator. Her fee included an assistant, so while the DoC was at the church with me, the assistant was at the venue. The DoC also ran the rehearsal and did a good job wrangling the priest.
2. Prioritizing. I knew everything wouldn’t be perfect, that I couldn’t afford everything I wanted, that I couldn’t accomplish all the DIY I wanted. So I decided what was most important and focused on that- my time, my budget, my energy.
Post # 6
1. Having the ceremony at a garden at the college where I teach — a beautiful setting and my contacts in Facilities made sure the area was in top shape. My friends in IT wired the area for sound and even cued the music — all for free!
2. NOT sticking with the custom-made dress that turned out horribly and going for another dress that made me feel gorgeous!
3. Going for a different look – let’s face it, not many 50 year old brides can pull off the sleeveless poofy white dress thing so I didn’t even try. I went with a champagne-colored turn oif the century replica, a Victorian tea hat with a bunched veil and Victorian lace boots. Peope are still commenting to me about the unique look!
4. Print-your-own invites. Got ’em for $6 a box off of eBay and a student offered to laser-print them for me. A brillant move!
5. After-party the next day. Although we had a simple reception immediately after the ceremony; the pig roast the next day was such a blast! We agreed we are going to try and have one for every anniversary!
Post # 7
#s 1-5 would be splurging on the photographer. That is a choice that I will never ever regret… Other than that, we just followed our guts, and it all seemed to work out!
Post # 8
Gosh this could be hard!
1. Choosing My FI 🙂 I know cheesy. But after calling off my wedding and trying to find the true me I found him and am so thankful for that decision everyday!
2. My e-ring. It is both of our birthstones and we met on his birthday. It is the Legacy Aquamarine Halo from Tiffany’s. I’ve never had anything from there and I foresee giving this piece of jewerly one day to a little one! 🙂
3. Our venue. We went with an airplane hangar that looks like a WWII hangar. The FI is a pilot and that was our initial attraction. However, now we have learned that his grandparents met overseas in WWII. She was a nurse and he was in the Army. Also two of our other Granddad’s were in WWII. So we are going to showcase their photos, letters home etc. In front of the old Army Jeep inside the hangar.
4. Our Cake. The venue is 5 hours from my home town. I didn’t feel comfy with any of the cake vendors near the venue. So we are going with our home town cake bakery that everyone here uses for their weddings. She will deliver it but I feel better knowing that she’s doing the cakes!
5. Our invitations. I found a seller on Etsy to design an invitation that looks like an old USO Dance invitation. I am having one made into a poster size and matted to use as the guest book!
Post # 9
Best decisions I made about the wedding:
- The Groom–‘Nuff said! 😉
- The Venue–Was totally worth the splurge. It was great to have our ceremony and reception all in one place
- Guest List–we kept things small and it was really awesome. It was great to be able to talk to everyone without spending the entire night doing it.
- Photographer–We spent a lot of money on photography, but it was totally worth it.
- DIYing flowers–We saved a TON of money on flowers (only spent $60) and no one noticed!