Hi ladies! I just got back from my honeymoon in the DR! Time to start my recap of the wedding. We were lucky, not too many problems/drama.
The day before and the day after the wedding, it POURED out. I was so worried I was going to have a super rainy wedding day. But the rain held off all day on Saturday! I was so happy. It was cloudy but it stayed really dry out. Thank god.
8:45am I woke up in the bridal suite by myself, which was weird because my sister spent the night there too. AND we were supposed to start hair and makeup at 9am in the bridal suite and there wasn't a soul around. No makeup/hair people were setting up, my sister was gone, no bridesmaids, nada. AND I was running super late, I hadn't showered or anything. I showered and dried my hair really fast but at 9:15am, still no one was around! People started showing up 10 minutes later though. But we started hair/makeup at least 30 minutes late which was not good. I did my own makeup! I thought I would be so nervous but I practiced a few times before the wedding and it came out fine. I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be. My hands started shaking when I did my lashes, but I held it together well enough.
11:45am Videographer/Photographer show up to start filming/taking pictures of everyone getting ready. The only thing was the photographer said they were going to come at 12:30pm/1pm and we had them booked for 8 hours that day. This caused a problem later in the night.
1:30pm I put on my dress/jewelry/shoes. We were cutting it a little close, the ceremony was supposed to start at 2pm. But it was right next door, so we didn't have to commute anywhere. I originally had two veils, one cathedral and one blusher. But I decided at the last minute not to wear the blusher. I feel like it was just a little much.
2:00pm I wasn't nervous until we pulled up to the church. Then I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me. We started a little late, about 2:15pm. When I started to walk down the aisle, I felt like a ball of anxiety. I was shaking so hard, my face was shaking! I didn't cry but I was just so so nervous! When I got to Adam, I suddenly felt much better. He held my hand then entire ceremony and told me how happy he was and how beautiful I looked. He really did make my nerves go away. He tried to put my ring on the wrong hand, but everyone laughed about it. Also, we had a full catholic mass, so when we had to exchange the sign of peace w/ our family, I had a really hard time moving around. My train and my veil were so long, all my bridesmaids had to help me move from pew to pew! That was not graceful looking, I'm sure. LOL. Oh well. We did a receiving line after, which originally I was totally against, but the next day I was so happy we did one. If we hadn't, I wouldn't have seen SO many people at the wedding honestly. It turned out to be a lifesaver.
3:30pm We did pictures in the Boston Garden. Usually, pictures don't bother me but our ENTIRE family was watching us and I was just not on my picture game. I'm so worried our pictures aren't going to come out that great, I wish others had had more cute picture ideas. I just couldn't think straight w/ 30 people watching us! Eventually, I asked the photographer if we could go off on our own, just the four of us, and I think we got some good shots in. But I'm still worried about how they're going to turn out...Make sure you have a good "must-have" picture list to give your photog! It was really hard to come up w/ cute picture ideas on the spot like that. I wish my photographer had more ideas too.
5:00pm Cocktail hour started but I didn't get to see any of it. :( We couldn't figure out how to bustle my dress, we were working on it for almost an hour! Basically, I still had a bit of a train during the reception. I thought it would be destroyed at the end of the night, but it actually stayed in tact!! Unbelievable considering how many times it was stepped on.
6:00pm Reception starts. I had an amazing day of coordinator, she's the only reason I ate anything. AND she kept us on our timeline. She was worth every penny, there's no way I things would have been as seamless as they were w/o her. Girls, I highly HIGHLY recommend a day of coordinator. Also, this is where we hit an issue w/ the photog. Halfway through our reception (before we had done dances or a few other things), my DOC came up to Adam and I and said our photographer's 8 hours were up. And they said they would stay for $500 AN HOUR. So basically, after paying them $2500, they wanted another $1250 to stay for the rest of the reception. Originally, my photographer said they weren't going to nickel and dime us and they would stay til the end of the reception. I should have gotten that in writing. I was so upset. I spent 20 minutes debating this w/ my new husband in the middle of our wedding when we should have been having a good time. Finally, our photog said they would stay til the end for an extra $250, which we went w/. But I felt a little taken advantage of and it annoyed me for a bit. I tried to not let it bother me but how could you not be bothered by that? AND they had showed up for pictures that morning about 45min earlier than they were supposed to! So didn't they owe us at least another hour anyways? Like I said, annoying.
The other thing was our cake was wrong. No one would notice because I went a little overboard on wedding flowers and it was very well decorated, thanks to my florist. But I had paid an extra $100 for several things (rhinestone banding, etc.) and the cake had NONE of it. It was just a plain white cake. So needless to say, I was irritated but I didn't let that get to me. Just going to make sure I get that $100 back!
My dad's toast was so embarassing. It was the unneccessarily long story about the day I was born, complete w/ sound effects of my mother giving birth. And I think he was trying to be funny but there were CRICKETS. Needless to say, it was the most embarassing moment ever and I'm kind of hoping my videographer didn't get the whole thing on tape but he probably did. Ugh. I was annoyed w/ my mom, she was mortified too but how did she not know that was his speech before he went up there??? I'm cringing just thinking about it again...
Other than that, the wedding went really smoothly and I really have to say that it was all my day of coordinator's doing. I can't reiterate enough how happy I was to have her.
I'll post pictures when I have them!!