- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
I would have started the wedding earlier. We started at 6, ceremony ended around 6:30, and sun set at 7. The goal was for the guests to enjoy the sunset during the cocktail hour, and that worked out great! However, I forgot to factor in that we would only have like 20 minutes to get pictures after the ceremony. We did do pictures before, but we started a little late so those were cut short too.
My first wedding in 2004 was an entire list of what I would change (including marrying my exH even though he’s a lovely person) so I’ll break it down for you:
What I wanted:
A sleek trumpet style dress
An intimate wedding with no extended family
A small and simple bouquet
A DJ for dancing (I LOVE to dance)
A small bridal party
What I got:
A big poofy princess ballgown
A 100+ person wedding with extended family and my parent’s friends
A HUGE monstrosity of a cascade bouquet. I’m serious. It was HUGE.
A 13 piece swing band (they were awesome but no one danced)
I learned from this experience. That’s why Fiance and I are paying for our wedding OURSELVES so my mother does not have any control.
I would have brought safety pins. Seriously, my bustle fell out, the first time one of my MOH’s tacked it back up with black thread (no white thread but who cares) but that didn’t last long so it fell out again before our first dance (which we had taken lessons for). Luckily the train had a wrist loop but it still dragged and the pics from the rest of the night all had the train hanging off my wrist.
I would have hired a different DOC maybe even two DOC’s. We went over everything in detail a couple of days before plus I had a huge spreadsheet with who was doing what when. Each column was color co-ordinated by person/item, groom, me, servers, music, DOC, food & drink, furniture/decor set-up, etc. It was taped down in the room where all the prep was happening. Each row was a 5 min. time slot. One of the first things was 34 chairs set up for the ceremony with the first two rows on each side reserved. This was cross referenced in both the DOC and set-up columns as the DOC being the one responsible for making sure the venue set up the correct number of chairs and reserving the rows, there was 15 minutes on the timeline for her to accomplish this (in case there were any delays or distractions). There were 33 chairs, my MOH’s husband sat in the back by the DJ and nothing reserved. My SIL who was singing a solo sat in the back row instead of the second row. The DOC went downhill from there.
If I could have had the time, I would have gone in earlier to the reception venue to make sure everything was in the right place. Our guest book ended up hidden beneath a stack of presents and consequently only has about 7 signatures and comments in it. Ah well though, it’s not a big deal 🙂
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