- 3 years ago
My name is Elle, I planned my wedding in 6 days… and I’m here to tell you, it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Our original plan was to get married on our anniversary, 12/09/18. Then, at 11pm the week before our anniversary, we decided to get married 12/09/17 instead. We called up our family one by one to ask “hey, what are you doing Saturday? Do you want to come see us get married?” and that was that!
If I had a million dollars and 10 years to plan my wedding, I wouldn’t change a thing. Our day was unbelievably perfect in every way – big, small, and surprising. I even got my wish for snow! (Of course, when you plan your wedding day in 6 days, you get to check the forecast first).
You should know, I’m a total perfectionist control freak. Planning so much as a trip to the hair salon in 6 days is NOT in my rule book. But I think that’s part of what made this plan work so well for me. If I had an entire year to dwell on every single element of my wedding, I wouldn’t have been able to relax and enjoy my wedding day, and any small mistake would seem disastrous. With so little time I was forced to delegate some task, and that meant everyone got to play a part in the overall vision of my big day which made it that much more full of love.
Total size of the wedding: 10 people including us. My mom/dad/stepdad/brother, his mom/dad/stepmom/childhood best friend. My brother took pictures (which I am so blown away by) and his friend officiated (he also officiated his brother’s wedding so he was already ordained). I should note that it has always been my wish to have a small wedding, so this didn’t feel like a sacrifice. If you always wanted a big wedding, then go for it girl!
I ended up getting everything I originally wanted, and I don’t feel I had to sacrifice on anything either, although I know luck played a big role in that. I got the exact dress I originally had saved, they just happened to have a sample in my size. The fur cape and shoes were things I kind of randomly landed on but loved. I ended up choosing to get my hair and makeup done and am so glad I did- I think it helped me feel more like a bride. His mom was responsible for flowers and they came out way better than I had envisioned!
On the morning of the wedding, his mom gave me a piece of her wedding hat that she had remade into a bonnet for my husband’s christening, and then again into a hankie for me. I also wore the pearls my mom had worn when she married my dad, and then had restrung for me for my 21st birthday.
We are both originally from around the same area, about 2 hours from where we live now. We had the wedding in his hometown, where we both lived together for about a year.
We had the ceremony at his dads house, which has a gorgeous view of the mountains and a nice poolside deck that wraps around the front of the house. His stepmom did some perfectly simple decorations with some tulle and some potted greenery. When we were looking everything over Friday night, I mentioned I would love to have some lace bows and my poor husband took it to heart. He stayed up really late learning to make them by hand since we couldn’t find any premade.
Instead of a traditional sendoff after the ceremony, we danced to “Imagining” by Brian Crain (playing on a Bluetooth speaker) while everyone was still seated. Then we split off and I asked my dad to dance and he asked his mom. She was a ballerina so we knew the first dance was important to her. We also danced with our dog since by then he was losing his mind trying to get our attention.
After the ceremony we didn’t have time for pictures before our reservation time, so we went straight to lunch at a little French restaurant that specializes in chocolate. Everything was so delicious, especially the hot chocolate I somehow managed not to drip on myself. And then the best thing ever happened- it started to snow big fluffy snowflakes!
After lunch, we went back to his dads house for the most beautiful pictures in the snow. Then we had cupcakes and a champagne toast and chatted while we warmed up.
The snow was getting pretty heavy, so most people headed home and we made reservations at a hotel downtown (we were planning to go home as well originally). We bundled up and spent a few hours by the fire pit while the remaining boys (husband, his dad, my brother) smoked cigars.
We had his dad drop us off at our hotel and then walked to dinner. We hadn’t packed anything but sweats and wedding attire, so we showed up to dinner at our favorite, super tiny Italian place without a reservation, with me in a somewhat soggy wedding dress and cloak. This was probably the best part of our entire day! Everyone at the restaurant was beyond nice. The owner asked his wife to leave early so we could have her table! Someone bought us champagne and someone else paid for our dinner! It was absolutely the perfect end to a perfect night.
The next day we went to brunch at our old “spot” with his friend who married us, and then wandered around the snowy downtown with some lattes from our old favorite coffee place. Then, we had his mom come bring us back to our car and collected our fur baby from her (she had been dog sitting) and drove home.
I put all the details of planning and cost in another thread so I could keep this one focused on the fun part, but if anyone cares to know more this is the link: https://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/the-logistics-of-a-last-minute-winter-wedding/