Did you do any DIY Projects or create any handmade items for your wedding?
My mother-in-law hand wrote our welcome sign for the entrance of our wedding.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We had a memory table for lost loved ones. Instead of having sparklers or a rice exit, we had bubbles!
For the wedding itself, I had pictures of me and my husband and wrote on the back of each one telling him how much I love and care for him. Each bridesmaid handed him a photo when they got to the altar before departing to the side.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable moment of our day was having everyone gather around us at the end of the ceremony and saying a prayer. It really showed us how much we’re loved by our family and friends. It allowed all of us to give thanks to God for giving us each other, and for allowing us to have a perfect day that we got to share with everyone we love so dearly.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We had a lot of family who helped out. My Aunt is a chef who was also my maid of honor!
We used most of the venue’s decor, so we didn’t have to buy really any decor of our own.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our biggest splurge was the venue. My amazing in-laws paid for our venue and gave us the chance to have our dream wedding. Without them, we would’ve had it outside on the coldest day of the year – which wouldn’t have worked out.
What were your favorite details?
My husband’s favorite detail was the groom and bridal suites. The suites had everything needed for our perfect day! He loved that it was both cozy and roomy to hang out in with his groomsmen when they had down time.
My favorite detail was having our friends and family in the wedding party. Seeing everyone have a good time making memories we’ll all have for a lifetime was truly special. Sharing the day with special people in our life will always be the perfect detail to the entire day.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Try to take it in one step at a time and really enjoy it. Don’t let every little thing get to you, and let your family and friends help to take some of the load off. Without my family being there every step of the way making sure I was okay and everything was how me and my husband wanted it, it wouldn’t have gone exactly how it did.
We planned this wedding in only 4 months while my husband was across the country in the army. My family took so much time and care to fill in that gap to be my support when my husband couldn’t be. My husband let me take control of the planning and he provided everything he could while being far away.
Get pictures of everything. Once the day is gone, you’ll forever miss the feeling – having those pictures and memories really do make a difference. You’ll always have it to look back on.