1) What was the most memorable moment or aspect of your wedding?
When Lyle and I walked down the path to the park where our reception was held. To see everyone you love, gathered in one spot and surrounding you with love, everyone smiling and happy… it absolutely took my breath away.
2) What was the biggest hiccup?
Setting up at the park, about an hour or two before the guests were set to arrive, we suddenly realized we were short about, oh, 25 chairs. How did we underestimate that drastically?? Lyle’s dad played the perfect poker face when I told him, and said, “Oh, is that all? No problem, we’ll find them.” He knew I was worried about getting everything done in time, and didn’t want to stress me out. He called Lyle’s brother, who went door-to-door to all the neighbors and borrowed the chairs we needed. It’s an example of how the generous, helpful side of people really came out during the whole weekend.
3) If you could have done anything differently, what would it have been?
Little things: remembering to put open bottles of wine out on all of the tables, remembering to take special pictures with certain friends and family members. For the most part, though, I wouldn’t change a thing. Even the imperfections and mistakes have become part of the whole story and its charm.
4) Any parting words of advice, wisdom or an anecdote that you’d like to share to future Brides?
Start your planning with a simple meal with your fiancé. Give yourself plenty of time to relax and just talk about what you imagine. Start with how much you love each other, then take your time asking each other what’s really important to each of you. I loved the 2000 dollar wedding website’s advice about backward-planning. We made lists of our top ten priorities for the wedding. It was fun to read them after the wedding was over. We ended up meeting just about every one of our wishes/ priorities. And the lists helped us stay grounded and focused even in the midst of all the talk about napkin holders, photographers, and beet salad recipes.
Thanks for sharing Melissa!
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