- 9 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
I know that when I was planning my wedding, I had no idea what I was doing. I would have loved to hear a BTDT account of a bunch of weddings. What did you splurge on that meant the most, what could have you done without, what did you regret not doing?
Slurges/details that were worth it:
I think my #1 highlight (and splurge) was our wedding video. We have 1.5 hours of it on video and it gives me goosebumps to watch. Seeing my family, everyone we love and care about in one room, in motion, is so special. I said to DH that you have all those people around when you die, but it’s so nice to celebrate with them while we’re all young, healthy and happy. I loved my photography, but the video was well worth the money. I think my #1 advice is to get make sure you get it videotaped, even if you think it may be out of budget.
Wedding photography. I am so glad I went for the most expensive photographer and went with someone I truly clicked with. The photographer and his wife felt like old friends at the end of the day and it showed in our pictures; we were so comfortable.
There was the meal and venue too. That set the stage, but in the end, it was the people there that made it feel like it did.
Also, the candles and hydrangeas I had planned were so simple but were so beautiful. They were the one detail I wouldn’t budge on. I’m so glad I didn’t do a big centerpiece.
I’m so glad I had a very nice plan B for the rain for pictures. We ended up loving plan B more than we would have plan A. It rained hard that morning and early afternoon and we had our pictures taking in a covered bridge/kissing bridge. It was beautiful!
Splurges/details that didn’t matter as much as I thought:
I bought a few little decorative things from etsy. A sign with our names on them. Earrings that I obsessed over choosing. My shoes. I don’t regret them per say, but they were details even I barely noticed that day. I had comfy shoes, but hardly anyone noticed they were even red!
One big regret was that I didn’t make sure all the sets of grandparents knew where we were going for pictures and I didn’t think to do pictures of the extended family. Not the end of the world, but I did feel bad for quite a bit about that.