My 11K wedding recap!!

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My wedding was better than I imagined.  It was beautiful for all the right reasons.  My husband surprised me with a poem during the ceremony and I just about died.  As soon as he said he wrote a poem I began bawling....he could of read the newspaper after he said that and it wouldn't have mattered.  He's  not the romantic type so that alone just made everything so much better. 


As some of you may remember, I had issues with feeling beautiful....worrying that my husband would not find me beautiful or that I would disappoint everyone who expected me to look beautiful.  This was because I didn't like how my first hair and makeup trial went and I had doubts about my dress.  But in the end, I did feel beautiful and I did love my dress.


I loved ALL my vendors.  I can't say enough great things about the venue, my photographer, my florist, my DOC....


Regrets:


I wish the organ during the ceremony was louder.  It was too low and my father (who sang during the ceremony) just sang over the organ.  I don't think those in the back could even hear it.


I wish my dress was hemmed better.  I was stepping on it all night!  It was hard to dance in it since it wasn't hemmed right, and we are a family of dancers!  My bustle literally fell apart by the end of the night because it had been stepped on so much.  But I wouldn't let it stop me from having fun.


EDITED: One thing I forgot to mention in terms of regret is that I got a facial the day before my wedding.  If I could do it again, I would've gotten the facial at least 5 days before.  My skin is pretty clear but the facial caused me to have some small bumps.  Facials can bring everything to the surface so if you're going to get it done, do it the week before not the day before!


Glad I:


Got a DOC!  WMforever was my DOC and she just made everything happen.  I don't know that my vision (my centerpieces, the ceremony space) would've come to life if it weren't for her.  She was fantastic...and I just felt a sense of ease that everything was being taken care of.  She's not only calm and sweet, but she's crafty!  I think the day before I told her I didn't have anything to throw after the ceremony and last minute she created these cones from paper, put rose petals in them, created little signs on them, and hung them at the end of each row at the ceremony!  I mean it was incredible!  I HIGHLY recommend her to any NY/NJ brides.  You will not be sorry.


Spent a little extra for a photographer - he was a little outside my budget but he worked with me and we agreed on a price we were both comfortable with and I could not be happier.


Kept the guestlist small - We had about 90 people and I think it was the perfect amount of people.  It was  more intimate and being able to talk to everyone, even for a small while, was important to us.  Had the guest list been bigger, it would've been hard to be balance greeting everyone, taking pictures with each table, and just dancing and enjoying ourselves.


Didn't drink too much - I think I had only 1 alcoholic drink.  It helped me take everything in, and I wanted to remember everything!  Plus, I only had to pee once!  and whenyou're in a dress like that, its hard to pee!  LOL


I planned my wedding in 2 months and spent 11K.  I've learned that all you need is a few personal details, but it doesn't need to be overdone....You'll only drive yourself crazy for something very few will notice.  As others have said, the wedding was beautiful because you can feel all the love - the love between bride and groom, and the family and friends that are there to support them.  My sisters (bridesmaids) dresses cost a whopping $19.99! 

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:17 am
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christina.ryan
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Thanks for the advice. Your wedding looked amazing.

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:21 am
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So beautiful!  Congrats Mrs.!

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:22 am
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Can I just start off by saying... WOW!!? Your wedding was beautiful! You look gorgeous, your dress in fantastic, I love your colors, and your shoes are totally adorable. Congrats!!!

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:24 am
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I would have guessed your wedding was a 40K or 60K  You must have been a budget wonder!

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:24 am
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You guys looked phenomenal!  And it looked like a gorgeous wedding!

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:27 am
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You had a gorgeous wedding and for 11k?!?!?  WOW!  I am curious- do you have a breakdown of the budget and what went into what? 

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:32 am
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From all your pics, it was definitely a gorgeous wedding.  And you looked stunning!

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:34 am
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Yes I do! I think I have it on my work computer (and I'm on a business trip on my laptop), so as soon as I get back, I will give you a breakdown.

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:36 am
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That is awesome! Congrats!

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:36 am
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You looked beautiful! Congrats and thank you for the advice!

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:39 am
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I am glad that you had a great time.

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:44 am
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Incredible...everything looked gorgeous!!  Congrats Mrs : )

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:44 am
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great recap, congrats Mrs. =)

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:48 am
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Your pictures look beautiful and you look so happy!! Congrats on being a Mrs.

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:48 am
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Awesome!!! I'm glad you had a wonderful time!!!
Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:52 am
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11K!?!?!??! STOP! Your wedding was beautiful...Platinum Wedding status! WOW.  You are very beautiful as well Congrats!

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:55 am
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Congrats!!! 

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:59 am
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Great post. Congrats again.

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 6:00 am
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11k wow you inspired me and I'm not even actively planning. But can't wait till I start!!! Beautiful wedding!!!

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 6:01 am
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stunning wedding!  Congrats!

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 6:25 am
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