- 5 months ago
- Wedding: February 2017 - historical mansion
I started using WeddingBee about a year-and-a-half ago to research rings and dresses and all things wedding-related. My now-husband and I got engaged on May 21, 2016 and planned our wedding for February 25, 2017. In Boston. It was a risky choice, but, against all odds, we had gorgeous weather on our wedding day. It was 65 degrees and partly sunny with some drizzle, which meant that there was a rainbow (!) during our first look. All in all, the things that I stressed out about the most, ended up being the most worthwhile and made our wedding unique.
1. Besides the weather, I was stressed about writing our own ceremony. We had a friend officiate, and he did an amazing job, but writing the entire script ourselves got tense at times. I wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet, and DH wanted it to be meaningful. We eventually found a middle ground, and several people told us that it was the best ceremony they’d ever seen.
2. DH didn’t want to bore people with a traditional first dance, so he planned a choreographed routine, but I am not a good dancer, and I wasn’t confident that I’d be able to dance at all in a floor-length dress! In the end, our dance was a big hit.
3. I had a bad makeup trial, whichI wrote about here http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/makeup-trial-take-2-thanks-for-your-advice-last-time/ and was worried about not feeling beautiful on my wedding day. Thanks to the support of WeddingBees, especially BalletParker, I found a different hair and makeup artist, and, not to sound arrogant, I looked (and felt) amazing. DH had tears in his eyes during our first look.
4. We saved a ton of money by making our own bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces with Costco flowers. My total flower budget was something like $250. I was a little concerned that the bouquets would be wilted and unprofessional looking, but I think they looked pretty good overall, and I was thrilled to not have to pay a professional florist. We ended up coming in under budget even after hiring a karaoke DJ for the night before the wedding and providing pizza, beer, and wings for everyone in attendance. (The wedding itself had a plated meal and open bar, etc., etc.)
5. I was worried that all the buildup and stress of wedding planning would lead to disappointment, but it was truly the best day of our lives. I have over 750 pictures from our photographer (and a few that guest took), so it’s hard to choose for this recap, but I’ve chosen a few of my ultimate favorites. Good luck with your planning, Bees!
Getting ready with my mom…
Ready for the first look….
Walking downstairs with my mom and SIL to the first look…
Turn around, bright eyes….
Look! There’s a rainbow!
Lots of posed pictures….
That one is my favorite.
Walking in with my dad (the music changed to “the Final Countdown” to surprise everyone)
Practicing our dance and our dance itself….
Doing the robot dance with my dad…
Dancing with my baby cousin
Tables in the dining room — each one had baby/childhood pictures of us at different ages….
So, those are my favorite among the 750 pictures! (The dip picture was taken by our officiant, actually. Most of the others are professional.)