PINKNINJAS RE-CAP PART 2
DH and I took a few minutes together in the bridal suite. I then popped into my reception room to see what it looked like. My venue did a great job listening to my requests but my florists had COMPLETELY forgotten to do the leaf insert in all the short hydrangea vases. I had gone over it multiple times, given him pics AND he did a sample for me. I wasn’t broken hearted or anything, just disappointed but did my best to shrug it off and get back to the party. The room still looked beautiful! The venue did try to get the florists people to fix the problem but it was too late for that one (and I just today found out after calling him that the leafs were dead or something, still slightly annoyed over this).
Also, my photobooth & DJ hadn’t arrived yet so I had my designated DOC call them and luckily they both must have arrived shortly thereafter. I then went into my cocktail hour, mingled a bit, tasted some hourderves and had them bring me a pina colada! I got to hang for a bit before we did formals, which was nice. Lots of people were asking to see my red shoes and all wanted to take pics. haha! We ran late taking formals and the venue was pressing us to get inside and start the reception. There was some last minute drama about who was walking who into the room, I had to put my foot down and possibly hurt some feelings. Lets just say its not always easy being a child of divorce. It was fine though and everyone did what I asked of him or her in the end.
DJ started the announcements and DH & I entered the room, ran through human arch & then did our first dance. It went better than expected. We sat down for some toasts and my MOH and Best Man gave a speech. I really loved my MOHs speech. The DJ then opened up the dance floor and people started dancing. I changed into my converse so that I could really get down! DH and I are pretty good dancers and the DJ was great! We picked him very carefully and he really listened. People seemed to dig the music and LOVED the photobooth and the terrace, especially when we served cigars out there. We took some photobooth pics too. I regretted not announcing it or having the DJ announce it. It got ALOT of use but I did notice that not everyone used it, or at not everyone put their strip in the guestbook. Also, all of the guests didn’t notice the crazy awesome table cards that DH put 1000 hours into. Those people that did loved them though.
I ate some of all of the food that was placed in front of me but I felt bad that I didn’t make it to greet every table. I got to most of one side and then didn't have time. After dinner we did parent dances and the venue made us cut the cake even though DH was totally against it. I think we got some funny pics during the cake cutting though. At some point my videographer had to leave which was okay seeing as he got the most important moments. I did wish he could have stayed the whole time. Then my dad made a surprise speech which was sweet. They served these crazy Viennese hour deserts soon after and I tasted things and everything was really yummy. I didn't drink very much all night, just sipped mainly and was completely sober was super happy. They kept asking if we needed drinks and I always had a full one since I hadn’t touched it.
Soon after that some people started to pack it in. It was a Sunday after-all so unfortunately a lot of people had work and didn't party as hard as they might have otherwise. Even some for the younger crowd whose weddings I have attended and I know they get crazy seemed mild. The trade off was less people on the dance floor for more money in our pocket. Honestly, I couldn't have afforded my place on a Saturday. DH & I dance our butts off though & my legs ACHED the next day from dancing (sign of a good night ). I hated being off the dance floor. I would pop out to take a quick pic and I would hear a song I liked and I would skip (yes, I was skipped around the ballroom in my dress most of the night).
I realized at one point after desert that we NEVER signed the marriage license (ooops!) and by the time I had a second to do it my officiant had already left. We had our witnesses sign anyway and gave it to some of her family to get to her to sign and send back. Our officiant was a family member on DHs side who happened to be a judge. We got back on the dancefloor just in time to excite some of the partiers who had planned to take off from work and stay over the hotel to join us. They loved to just circle us and watched us dance which was cool but we wanted them to dance too so I start grabbing individuals onto the middle of the dancefloor to dance with me & DH. This was one if my favorite parts of the night.
I also fell on my ass at one point b/c my bustle had fallen out and I didn't bother to have someone re-bustle me b/c I wanted to just party before it was all over. I stepped on myself and fell, but it was a cushioned fall b/c of the layers of dress and I thought it was funny and photog snapped a pic. Our photogs were amazing all night and were singing along to a lot of the songs which was cool. The last dance we asked the DJ to play 4 Non Blondes “whats up” which is a song I love to do at karaoke. It was another awesome moment as people swayed and slow danced as they “screamed to the top of their lungs!” Overall it was amazing and most everything was perfect and we were both so happy. The little mishaps didn't really effect the day. It was a KICK ASS party and I was so proud of what DH & I accomplished. We both wish we could have been guest at our own wedding, I guess that's what the video is for!