- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
Our wedding turned out great! Thanks to WeddingBee, several aspects of our wedding were uniquely new to our guests, and it definitely had the stamp of our personalities! Also thanks to my obsessive planning, the day went quite smoothly. Only minor details went awry, but I think as the bride I was the only one who noticed them.
We had a Catholic ceremony in a church, pictures outside at a park near the lake, and reception in a restaurant’s private banquet hall. The groom and his family are Mexican, so we incorporated several of their traditions into the wedding, including arras coins, a lazo de boda, and a mariachi band. We also specifically chose a bilingual priest, hired bilingual DJs, and printed both languages on our invitations and programs.
Our colors were navy blue and silver, but I didn’t go overboard trying to stick to those two colors. For example, there were yellow sunflowers in my bouquet and the church decorations, and I didn’t bother to cover the maroon-colored chairs in the venue.
Now onto the pictures!
I put my bridesmaids to work just before the ceremony tucking mini carnations into the programs. We then arranged them into a large basket and assigned the usher to give one program to each family as they walked in.
Here’s a good picture of my dress and hairdo from the back, taken in the bride’s room before the ceremony.
During the ceremony, my groom was very attentive to the priest, while I was attentive to our photographers! This picture showcases my DIY veil quite well.
The whole bridal party plus usher in front of the altar. I think this is really neat alternative to the traditional pictures where everyone stands in a straight line on either side. I had bought some ribbon and instructed the florist to attach it to the bridesmaids’ bouquets. I think she weighted the ends of the ribbon to prevent it from curling up.
We stopped at a park by the lake for pictures after the ceremony. I ditched the veil and put on my “bridal sunglasses” instead. The site was great because we had rocks, the lake, an enormous flower garden, trees, grass, sidewalks, and even a little beachy area. When choosing your photo site, think about how many different natural props you’ll have to make your photos interesting.
Instead of another solumn processional, the entire bridal party danced into the reception to my favorite slightly-eclectic song, “I’m Famous” by Alan Wilkis:
Our cake was simple but elegant, as is our style. I found the topper at Hobby Lobby. The monogram looked like a child had done it, but at least the cake tasted good! Their chocolate cake tastes more like brownies, and they used fresh strawberries in the filling. Yum!
Each centerpiece consisted of a mirror provided by the venue, three tiered-height pillar candles ordered from quickcandles.com, a simple two-iris bouquet in a slender vase, and some blue fake-grass stuff I found at a craft store. I like that it gave height to the centerpieces without obstructing the guests’ view of each other across the table. We were kind of stuck with white linens from the venue, so we opted for navy blue napkins to get some color onto the tables.
Our dinner entertainment was a mariachi band. They were very popular with the guests! After dinner, we transitioned to a DJ and some good dancing music.
Make sure to lean your head on his shoulder while the photographer’s watching; you won’t regret it.
I’ll post more details in the bios and DIY sections. I have a million other pictures that I didn’t post, so feel free to ask if you want to see anything!