To give you a bit of a background, I’m a wife to this guy:
and a mom to this gal:
I’m also a bit of a health nut, an enthusiast runner (although that’s on hold for a little while), and a self-proclaimed foodie.
I love photography, clothes, all things baby, scrapbooking, home decorating, shoes, good wine and shopping.
Today I’m excited to be a guest blogger for Cait, one of my favorite fitness and health bloggers. With her recent engagement (congrats again Cait!), I thought it might be appropriate to talk a little about my wedding and what I’d keep the same and what I’d do differently if I knew then what I know now.
Jon and I met relatively young (college) and married young (I had just turned 24 days before our wedding). Our wedding was simple and fun, like us. There were a few things that we did that I wouldn’t change:
The open bar. Yup. When you’re in your early or mid 20’s, this seems like a priority. Not only were most of our guests in the same age group, but I’m Russian, where, believe it or not (some stereotypes are, indeed, true), alcohol is at the center of the celebration. In fact, it was important to my family and their friends that the bar served shots because that’s how we toast a special occasion in our culture.
My dress. I didn’t spend a fortune (it was $250!), but it was exactly what I wanted. I still fondly look back at the pictures and my “cupcake” dress.
Our DJ. It’s not something that we thought would be such an integral part of our wedding, but a good DJ (or band) really make a huge difference. He listened to all of my requests (even when he tried to talk me out of playing the chicken dance) and integrated music that appealed to every age group. Aside from the dinner hour, about 90% of our guests spent their time on their feet, dancing the evening away.
There were also a few things that I wish we had done differently:
The photographer. We chose to go with someone we knew (I won’t name any names), which had its perks and had quite a few downfalls. On the plus side, it was probably a bit cheaper than usual and he was incredibly accommodating. However, he was just starting out and didn’t have that “groove” yet. Our pictures came out OK (they were good quality), but there was no artistic spin to them (we all stood in a straight line), it took him almost 9 months to get them back to us, and they didn’t include an engagement package. (Just so you know, he’s now a pretty incredible photographer…he just needed a couple of years under his belt). Photos of my wedding day is something I will never get back and I wish we chose to spend more time and money finding someone we really liked.
Our guestbook. Since our wedding I’ve been to quite a lot of weddings and I’ve come to love some of the creative and wonderful ways that others have chosen to do their guestbook. My favorite to date is my college roommate Heather’s. She and her husband set up a photo booth and a prop station. Guests used various props (gnomes, hats, funny mustaches and glasses) to take silly, funny pictures, then signed their well wishes to the new husband and wife on a page where their pictures were inserted (the guests also received a copy).
The small stuff. Okay, so the small stuff really doesn’t matter sometimes, but there are a few things here and there that I wish I had paid more attention to than I did. Our limo smells like puke (so gross), the hotel lost some reservations, the church didn’t have air conditioning or working fans (we got married on the hottest day in July). Some of these things were unavoidable, but I think with a little more attention on my part, we could have had some different outcomes.
Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Kat!! Clearly I am in a wedding crazed type mode right now and I LOVE reading thoughts on weddings.. and hearing what people who have already tied the knot have to say!!
Photo Booth.. sounds awesome. Will be looking into that!!!