And at last the planning began. Since we didn't hire a planner or coordinator I found out firsthand how hard it is to plan your own wedding, and now I have this urge to share what I learned with the entire world - especially with you daring readers who are looking to plan your own wedding as well. That's why I decided to make a little wedding mini-series to document the big day (because what credibility would I have without proof that I actually got married?), the planning that went into the big day, and the process of changing your name after your wedding if you choose to do so. Personally, I feel like nobody focuses enough on that last happy headache so I'm more than happy to share my experience! So. Part One: THE BIG DAY!
As every bride will tell you, not everything turned out exactly the way I pictured it to be. I woke up with a pounding headache that didn't go away, the check-in table decor wasn't set up correctly, the centerpieces were something worthy of a Nailed It! meme, and I got makeup all over my white dress before the reception even started, to name a few.
We had a tight budget so I didn't really have what you'd call a bridal party...it was more like a bridal buddy. Brides here traditionally pay for their bridal party's dresses, makeup, mani/pedis, etc, so I only had a Matron of Honor and that was it. And that saved me a lot of $$$. We stayed at a modest 2-star hotel in the middle of town so that even if we were running late we'd still be able to book it to the wedding venue a couple of miles away. We got ready at the hotel, and because I didn't want to spend money on a limo and couldn't find someone to take us, I drove to my own wedding, dolled up and all.
|At least it was air conditioned|
The ceremony itself was short and sweet. C and I had originally planned to write our own vows but conveniently "forgot" to so we ended up going with the traditional version.
After the ceremony, rather than do a Wedding March recessional we followed in the footsteps of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Literally. Have you ever seen the movie 500 Days of Summer? Remember that dance he did to the Hall & Oates song "You Make My Dreams Come True"? We did a segment of that but with a few tweaks:
This tradition became popular after Sadako Sasaki's story and it's believed that the recipients will receive 1,000 years of happiness. A thousand happy years sounds pretty awesome to me so this was my one must-have for the wedding. The catch? You have to fold a thousand origami cranes. C doesn't know how to fold cranes; he took five tries to make that one blue groom's crane in the bottom corner. Better than nothing at least. We went with a swan design and had it professionally mounted. I love it!
|Even the cherry blossoms are made from cranes!|
|Close up of the mounted cranes|
|C made a Pebbles cardbox topper :)|
|I don't splurge, but if I do I make sure it's because of dogs|
But what you may not know about me is that I'm also kind of obsessed with Legos. I've long since run out of space to store the ones I already built, but I keep buying and building new ones. We even received three new Lego sets from our wedding alone. Whooooo! Anyway, I'm sharing this tidbit because it has everything to do with our reception entrance:
|Everything is awesome!!|
The food was yummy as always and the company was even better. Everything flowed so smoothly (or if it didn't, everyone did a great job covering it up). My cousin even prepared a wonderful slideshow of C's and my childhood years leading up to the wedding.
Sooner or later we knew people were going to tap their glasses to get us to kiss. Being the unpredictable people we are (*snickerrr*) we decided to turn the tables. The first time, we chose an unsuspecting couple to demonstrate a kiss and we copied them:
|We put the PSY in tipsy|
We love games. Every time we throw a party we try to incorporate at least one fun game or activity and our wedding was no exception. This time we chose three couples to play "Man, I Feel Like A Woman." Never heard of it? It's simple. Each girl has 3 minutes to collect whatever she needs from the guests in order to make her man look like a woman. After time is up, each guy has to come up with a stage name and strut his stuff on the catwalk. It doesn't have anything to do with getting married, but it sounded like a crazy good time. And it was. Lipstick and accessories came flying out from all corners of the room and the girls got right to work.
And what fun is a wedding reception with the bouquet and garter toss? Well actually, based on the weddings that I've attended, people tend to roll their eyes and just tolerate the tradition. The single ladies never want to go up to catch the bouquet and the guys find it a bit awkward to catch a garter that just came off of his buddy's wife's thigh five seconds ago. That's why we decided to put a spin on it. Instead of tossing the bouquet, I presented it to the longest married woman (52 years!!) and we added money to the garter. Oh yeah, and it wasn't a garter at all:
|Wedding dress and slippers? #onlyinhawaii|