Tamayo and Nicole
Wedding date: May 16th, 2010
Wedding theme/uniqueness: Nothing major. Intimate Style with 15-20 guests.
Best tip: Make purchases but do not say they are for a wedding. The simple word ‘wedding’ drives up the costs by 100%. Control every single part of the planning in order to ensure that things are done the way you want and there is no debating with people who don’t see or understand your vision. Take everything in strides. Your budget will change many times, even with our small wedding, our budget changed at least 2 times. List everything, when emotions start running high, you will not have a complete handle on things and may forget a few things. Do not buy bridal magazines, they are product placement magnets.
Economical trade-off: If you don’t have to buy/use real flowers, then build your own bouquets. Also, utilize people in your family that have a touch for the crafts or can sew. You will save yourself the head ache of running behind people who aren’t fulfilling what you’re paying for and save on a lot of minor changes that would have otherwise be costly. Utilize Shutterfly!
Wedding day horror: My mother burned my wedding veil! I had to run out and get a new one.
Definite splurge: The bride and groom outfits, when you look good, you will definitely feel good. Be creative with the food and liquor! This will be memorable and guests will filled tummies make the best memories. Also, pictures and videos done professionally makes quite a difference!
Ceremony tip: Don’t have the officiant/pastor do it all. Ask people close to you to do various things, like a reading or a song. It breaks up the service and introduces new elements to the ceremony. Also, experiment with different forms of entertainment. We had a saxophonist for the ceremony as opposed to someone just playing a popular song.
Don’t sit too far from your guests. The bridal party will be too tired and unacquainted to entertain you. Plus, you want to be in on those jokes from the various tables.
Guest tip: Get them involved and over feed them!
Honeymoon: Didn’t have one:-(….SOOO MAYBE HAVE ONE! LOL