- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
Finally! My husband and I were married on August 14th, and after waiting and waiting, all of our photos are in. Here’s a link to the ones we’ve posted on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2118165&id=33205431&l=b5c47ba6c2
Back when I was still planning the wedding, I’d scour the internet for post-wedding advice & tips from brides who’d been through it already. So, here’s my 2 cents:
What I would have done differently:
- Spent less money – we ended up spending around $12,000. I would have liked to have kept that closer to $7,500. But, there’s almost no way with catering, the DJ, etc. So, I don’t regret it too much, but if you think about it anything more than a couple thousand dollars is a huge amount to spend for just one day.
- I would have made the wedding night and next day more private. We were surrounded by family and friends the night of and day after. It would have been really nice to have had that time to ourselves.
- I wouldn’t have had so many strings attached. Lots of people did us lots of favors for the wedding day. I feel like there was and still is some tension.
- Invited more family – I left some family members out because of budget reasons, or because I didn’t think they’d be able to make it, only to find out that they were really disappointed afterwards.
- I would have drank less. I wasn’t wasted or anything, but if I could do it over, I would have limited consumption to 3-4 drinks throughout the entire day instead of 6-7.
- We would have better prepared our speeches. Oops. 🙂
- Little “touches” that didn’t cost a whole lot, but took extra effort – like a basket of snacks before the ceremony, a bathroom basket, a flip flop basket, wedding program fans, etc.
- Asking friends to take pictures with their digital cameras – we have literally thousands of pictures. Your photographer can only be in one place at a time, so it was nice to have friends taking pics as well. And, that way, you can view them right away!
- Our day-of wedding coordinator. I don’t know what we would have done without her.
- Flowers – they only last a couple of days, afterall. I didn’t even notice the centerpieces, and none of our guests really did either.
- Bridesmaids dresses – we got ours on sale for $45 each. They didn’t follow the norm for bridesmaid dresses, but they worked out very nicely!
- Chairs, tableware, etc. – honestly, people didn’t notice them. And people were not sitting in their seats much!
- Michaels stuff – I’m sure I spent a few hundred dollars on random Michaels items, anywhere from cardstock to wedding nick nacks to unused invitations. I should have planned better!
- Photographer – being a part of the wedding party, you miss like half of the actual wedding. Our photographer caught things that we didn’t get to see, like the flower girl walking down the aisle, guests during photo hour, etc.
- DJ – the DJ can really make or break the day, and ours did an awesome job
- Catering, although fewer choices would have been just fine