May 26, 2012
We are going to book a last minute flight to paris to leave the day after our wedding. Wr plan on staying for two weeks with a trip to England and Germany mixed in there if we're lucky. Not sure where we will be staying but I'm so excited for the romance and beauty of the city.
Look Inspiration While in Paris
SNEAK PEEK IS HERE!
THE PERFECT DAY
Our wedding day couldn't have been any more beautiful then I could have imagined. Even though there was slip-ups, forgotten and unplanned things but somehow it all came together! I remember reading on here that so many brides felt the day flew by and they weren't kidding. At least I was aware so I tried to soak up every memory and not sweat the small stuff. I kept getting compliments all day about how calm I was. The weather was in our favour a beautiful 24 degrees, light wind to keep the bugs away and clear skies.
To my hair stylist, makeup artist, cake maker, wedding planner, DJ, caterer, photographer and videographers... W.O.W! Thank you for making everything and everyone so beautiful! You all deserve a big pat on the back!
Bobby and I enjoyed every second of our day celebrating with friends and family. Everyone who truly meant something to us was there. My sisters and sisters-in-law looked breath-taking! The moms looked stunning too! I was happy with how I looked, especially that I still looked like myself. Everyone delivering things showed up on time and were all so respectful. Our vows were short and sweet which the guests said they appreciated. Bobby and I escaped for a few minutes alone just to give each other a real whole hearted kiss. People enjoyed taking funny pictures in the photo booth we set up, some of them are so funny! Dinner was served on time and the food was delicious! Moe from New Port came himself and made sure things went smoothly. What a sweetheart! Toasts were done by Bobby's best friend who was very sweet, followed by my sister who did a great job thanking everyone, then Bobby's father who presented us with a deed for 10 acres of land to build on, and finally my dad who made me tear saying how beautiful I was and how proud he was to have Bobby in our family. The cake was SO GOOD! Then came the dances. Bobby's sister delivered a beautiful song for our first dance called "Forever and a Day" which she wrote from the perspective of Bobby. I can't wait to hear it recorded. Then came the Father/Daughter dance that made every person cry. My daddy is the sweetest man! The Mother/Son dance was cute and fun. My best friend Ariana did a rendition of "Awake My Soul" by Mumford and Sons and all the couple were invited to the dance floor. Another beautifully done song I can't wait to hear again! The rest of the night was very laid back, casual and fun. DJ Lil Phil was perfect! Everything on cue and delivered some amazing music for the night! There was fireworks, drinking, dancing and lots of love that night!
There were some things that didn't get set up or didn't get set up right but why sweat the little stuff. We started a little late but then again what wedding starts on time? Money, money, money lol we definitely went over our budget and had to get a little help from our parents but they were all too happy to help out! The late bus returning guests only had 5 people on it and our limo arrived before they left, but they said go for it. I still felt bad leaving them.
Bobby's father is a hard case and he wouldn't shut up during the ceremony! Kept saying "well hold her hand" or "speak up". Excuse me but SHUT UP! The officiant messed up on a few things, including our I DO vows and my middle name lol It's Joan and I'm pretty sure I was called Jean, Jane, Johan, etc. Even though I made it very clear to people, there were cars parked behind the location so thank you blue car for ruining all my photos! I'll get over it but still could have been prevented! Some of the rental glasses got broken, understandable but people could be more careful. I can only imagine what a bar goes through every night! Whoever took a bite out of my husband's truck cake is going to get smacked! We'll be keeping it for our anniversary because everyone ate the top of our cake :(
WEDDING PURCHASE:: ORIGINAL BUDGET/REVIEWED BUDGET/REALITY
Wedding Dress:: $3000/Same/$3350 ---------------- OVER!
Bride's Shoes:: $200/Same/$105-------------------UNDER!
Bride's Hair:: $100/Same
Bride's Makeup:: $60/Same/$70-----------------------OVER!
Wedding Band:: $400/Same/$115-------------------UNDER!
Garter:: Forgot to budget/Same/$15---------OVER!
Groom's Suit:: $1000/$300
Groom's Tie:: $100/$150
Groom Haircut:: $30/Same
Groom's Shoes $200/$450
Wedding Band:: $600/Same/$300--------------UNDER!
Belt:: Didn't Budget/$100
Dress Shirt:: Didn't Budget/$150
Groom's Gift from Bride:: $1200/Same/$2100---------------OVER!
BMs Hair:: $150/$200
BMs Makeup:: $100/Same/$280-----------------OVER!
BMs Gift from Couple:: $120/$200
GMs Ties:: $100/$500
GMs Gift from Couple:: $70/$30
GMs Trip (G/FOB/FOG):: $350/Same
Cake Materials:: $75/Mom/FREE-----------------UNDER!
Cake Stand:: Free/Free/FREE--------------------FREE!
Cake Topper:: $75/Same/$110-------------------OVER!
Picture Frames/Pictures:: $30/Same
Serving Utensils:: $20/$5
Marriage License:: $100/Same
Aisle Markers:: Didn't Budget/$50
MOB/MOG Hair:: $100/Same
MOB/MOG Makeup:: $50/Same/$140------------------OVER!
Parent Gifts from Couple :: $250/$200
Wedding Photo Package:: $3200/$1800/$2252------------OVER!
Catering Food 150:: $3500/Same (incl. pig, servers)
Candy Buffet:: $150/$100
Wagon Table:: $100/Free/FREE------------------FREE!
Bar Servers:: $300/Free
Tent Rental:: $800/Same
DIY Bar:: $200/Free
Other Drinks:: $100/$200
Wedding Signs:: $20/Free
Dancefloor:: $100/Free/Bob Sr. taking care of it--FREE!
Card Bucket:: $40/Free/FREE--------------FREE!
Blankets/Hay Seats:: $50/Free
Tractor Touchup:: $100/Same
Deer Head:: $100/$250
Engagement Announcements:: $100/$40/Cut from Budget
Save the Date Magnets:: $100/$50/Cut from Budget
Invitations, Envelopes, Maps, Etc:: $300/$75
Jars and Labels:: Didn't Budget/$65/$ ---------------UNDER!
TOTAL:: $20,000 / $17,000 / FINAL COST: $
So Little Time
I know a year seems like a long time to put together a wedding but it seriously sneaks up on you! Make sure if you're DIY wedding you stay organized with lists and an agenda. It will help you stay on top of things. Don't forget the minor details, they add up quickly if left for the last minute.
Get insurance for engagement ring
Book photographer - Love Bunny Photography
Book engagement shoot
Print Photos, buy copyright, give as gifts
Pick wedding colours - Candy Apple Red, Cinnamon Stick Brown, Golden Honey Yellow
Send out Save the Dates - Mason Jars, Engagement photo, instructions
Design, Print & Mail out Invitations
Book Venue - Bobby's Uncle Mike's Property in Maxville, ON
Buy Decor - Lights, Paper Lanterns, Gather Branches, bunting banners, aisle markers, arch
Tablescape - Centrepieces, table runners, chair ribbons, table numbers
Centrepieces - Cut wood slabs, buy candles, arrange and glue candles, burn monogram, decorate
Rentals - Tables, Chairs, Dancefloor, Plates/Glasses/Utensils, DJ requirements
Buffet Wagon - Clean, refinish, decorate
Candy Buffet - Jars, candies, scoops, decorate
Bride - Buy wedding dress, shoes, jewellery, book hair trial/appointment, break in shoes, dress fittings
Groom - Buy suit/get it tailored, tie, pocket square, shoes, book hair cut
Bridesmaids - Give dress code, buy gifts
Groomsmen - Give dress code, buy gifts
Parents - Give dress code, buy gifts
Photobooth - Frames, sign, camera, camera stand, props, display of pictures
Make Signs - Directions, Parking, Venue
Wedding Favour - Make candy apples, wrap, Design/print Thank You card
Ceremony - Hire officiant, Choose songs, write vows/perfect/memorize, Get marriage license
Reception - Make plan, hire DJ, pick MC, Choose songs, Choose toast givers
Bar - Set up, hire bartender(s), decorate, buy alcohol, set up other drinks
Shuttle Sevices - Plan timeline, hire company, transportation for bride and groom seperate
Hotel - Book block of hotel rooms for guests, book hotel room for bride and groom (if we go to sleep!)
Flowers - Make kusudama origami flowers, make into bouquets/boutonnieres, fill spaces, decorate
Thank you - Gift basket for bridal shower hostess, gift for bachelorette/bachelor party host(esses)
Clean Up - Before the wedding venue and supplies, After the wedding clean up crew
Cake - Hire cake maker, buy topper, make cake stand, get stool table, get photos of parents' wedding, decor
Honeymoon - Book flights/hotels, Budget food/spending, Passports ready, travellor's cheques/insurance
We chose a local restaurant as our caterer. Their food has a comfort and homemade feel to it. It is NewPort Restaurant in Ottawa. They will be providing two serving chefs that will be stationed at the buffet table.
What's On the Menu
Vegetable Tray with Dip and Olives
Pasta Salad with Lime and Coriander Dressing
Potato Salad with Lemon, Garlic & Mint Dressing
Pot Roast with Peppercorn Sauce or Beef Bourguignon
Baked Lasagna with Meat Sauce
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Steamed Fresh Vegetables
Hot Apple Crumble with Ice Cream
Variety of Homemade Pies
Coffee and Tea
Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls and Butter
Buffet Table Inspiration
We're hoping to create a comfort among our guests and make them feel at home when dishing up their meal. We want it to feel like they're at a potluck and everyone brought a home cooked meal. The spread will be layed out on an antique hay wagon. There will also be a variety of drinks in glass jars where people can help themselves.
Inspiration What we have to work from