- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
Okay, so the threads about ‘what went wrong at your wedding’ or ‘what was the worst thing that happened at your wedding’ are probably quite cathartic, and can be useful for planning brides – I know I picked up some tips on things to do or remember.
But I thought it might be nice to shout about all the things that went right! What went to plan, or better than you expected? What surprised you in a good way on the day? Here are mine:
– It was meant to pour with rain from midday but we had our 2.30pm ceremony, served drinks and food outside, took photos outside, got in the wedding car – and as the door slammed, the heavens opened. Someone liked us that day.
– My make-up was finished at 1pm and hadn’t budged when we left at midnight. I had some slight smudges from crying during the ceremony – there’s a lovely photo of my mum helping me fix them – but otherwise it didn’t need touching up once.
– My florist apparently developed psychic abilities, or she just really paid attention to the details of our wedding. About a week before the wedding, I saw a picture of a buttonhole with a pearl pin and wished I’d known about them sooner. I was very happy when I saw she’d used them on the bouquets and buttonholes.
– I hadn’t realised how much attention a wedding car gets, daft as that sounds. At one point, an entire group of tourists turned and took photos of us. I saw a lady holding the hand of a little boy, maybe her grandson, and she tapped him on the shoulder, pointed and said: “Look at the bride!”
– This bride was early. So we got some photos done, e.g. of me with the BMs, that we planned to do later – meaning we spent less time taking photos after the ceremony and more time actually enjoying our drinks reception.
– Dinner also ran early. The caterer said 2 hours and I guess she built in contingency time. We finished the speeches 30 minutes early and, while our guests were served coffee, went outside with our tog and vog to get more bride and groom shots in the rain with a heart-shaped umbrella and my purple wellies.
– We had some babies and young children at our ceremony and nobody cried during the vows. One baby cried during one of the readings, but it stopped (or someone took him/her out, I don’t know) very quickly, so it really wasn’t an issue.
– People actually used our typewriter guestbook. I had mentally prepared myself for the fact that they might just not bother, especially as the typewriter table was at the back of the room and people had to walk over there specially. But actually we had loads of messages typed on there.
– Our first dance went perfectly. We had a couple of lessons and learned a simple routine but figured we’d probably stuff it up and just wing it, especially as we hadn’t really practised quite enough, but it went brilliantly.
– My bustle stayed put! That I never expected – I’d even asked my Maid/Matron of Honor to bring a bulldog clip for if all else failed. My dress shop put a button and loop inside the dress so it was all tucked away neatly.
– People took almost all the favours (homemade jam). Again I’d prepared myself for the fact they might just not bother.
– I hadn’t quite twigged that on your wedding day people compliment you all day long, including people you might not expect to. H has this big, burly friend who’s a bit of a joker – he’s really nice but doesn’t tend to say anything serious, and I remember him coming up to me and gushing about how stunning my dress was, which I did not expect.
Now you go!