I'm writing this post as a newly married woman! And let me tell you, aside from a few minor (and not so minor setbacks) our wedding was a success. But the funny thing is? Even with all those setbacks, I was so happy to be with people that I love and care about on our special day, that I didn't lament over these blips.
The fact that we couldn't find my wedding band just minutes before the ceremony, thus taking away all the hard work I had spent making sure my husband wouldn't see me before I walked down the aisle because we had to scramble to look for it? Or the fact that our officiant, after giving me the ring to put on Wasim's hand had accidentally skipped a paragraph, and thus pronounced us husband & wife before I could even say *With this ring I thee wed*?
The botched first dance where we made so many mistakes that it was clear we didn't practice; the way my Favorite Gentleman quoted Spiderman in his vows and not ending them on a serious note; the rainy weather forcing us to move some of our carnival games indoors, thus losing the ability to play them; and even the fact that we were up late cleaning the venue because I underestimated how much time was required?
All of that, I saw as par for the course, because EVERYONE was telling me that something would go wrong on our wedding day and that those are what make the stories. That you're always hearing about people's collapsed cakes and missing officiants and cousins getting drunk (none of which happened at my wedding), and it seems like every wedding has a story, no matter how perfect you expect things to go.
And as far as budget goes? We spent $6,500. A little more than our ideal ($5,000), but far from our maximum ($8,000). I'll be posting a more clear breakdown in a following post, here is a photo taken that would make you not realize how perfectly-imperfect our wedding went. More to follow!