My last post showed you some of the details of our reception.
As I had mentioned before, by this time, it was POURING. Our reception & ceremony locations required very little walking outside, but the rain was so crazy that even if you were running 20 feet, you’d be getting pretty wet. Somehow (with the help of a bunch of Disney umbrellas that were lent to us) our guests made it over in one piece, and they didn’t look too drenched. I certainly didn’t hear any complaints, anyway. Our planner was able to take Mr. L’s grandparents in her suburban, and actually drove onto the sidewalk—so fortunately, they didn’t have to walk outside at all!
When we walked in our venue, I first had the disappointment of seeing the all-white linens, but soon, Mr. L and I were encouraged by the staff to take a few moments for ourselves, have a seat downstairs and eat some of our appetizers, and generally—take a breath. It was probably only about 10 minutes, but I’m glad we took their advice and relaxed for a bit. Then, strangely, our Jazz Trio that we thought would play through the cocktail hour, packed up their instruments and left. Hmmm.
We approached them as they were packing up and asked what was up—they replied that because of the delay in our ceremony, that cut into our time we had planned with them for the cocktail hour. We were disappointed—we had thought we had about a half an hour left—but accepted this and moved on.
Later, we did the math in our heads…we were supposed to have them for a three hour block of time. Ceremony was supposed to have started at 5:00. Assuming they started at 4:30, wouldn’t that mean we had them until 7:30? And even when you subtract a 30 minutes break (part of the contract), at least 7:00? They were out the door by 6:45. That didn’t add up. At first, our planner was a little confused too, but after doing some digging herself, she found out that they actually begin ONE HOUR before your start time, to incorporate rehearsal. Listen, I get it. If that’s what your package is, fine. But that should have been made SUPER clear—that when you pay for 3 hours, you actually are only getting about two hours of play time. Frankly, this was one aspect of the wedding that Mr. L was adamant about having, and had we known that was the package, we would have paid up for an additional hour! It was disappointing, to say the least. And nowhere in our paperwork (I looked it over later!) did it say anything about them setting up and starting by 4:00 PM. Unfortunately, there was no budging on getting any sort of reimbursement. Such is life.
The other small-ish mistake that was made regarding cocktail hour was a dietary restriction—we had four gluten-free guests, and we had been told all our appetizers were going to be gluten free. However, our tuna tartare had some sort of gluten garnish that was noticed by one of our GF guests. I’m glad she said something though—we ended up getting reimbursed the price of 4 people’s appetizers—which I think was about $120, so—score there! They were able to eat the other appetizers anyway, so I don’t have too much guilt about it 🙂
As our cocktail hour was wrapping up, our DJ approached us and asked if there was a specific song we wanted our bridal party entering to. Apparently we hadn’t chosen anything. As we looked at each other, a little overwhelmed at the request in this moment, the DJ said he can just play something upbeat that he usually does. Our response? “Sure, whatever is fine—okay!”
Mistake. Our bridal party entered to some bizarro, techno, X-Files-esque theme song circa 1999. Oh god. We looked at each other and laughed—but were suddenly REALLY scared about our DJ choice. Thankfully, we had given him a pretty obnoxiously long list of songs we wanted played during dinner, and then for dancing later. Ladies (and gents!)—I know that DJs tell you not to do that. And it will be tempting not to, because it’s more work for you anyway. But in the end? WE WERE SO GLAD WE DID. This guy had great reviews—but even so, we knew we were going to be really picky about what we wanted, and it all turned out okay—but I think it was in large part thanks to our annoying list. Some of the stuff he played after the Jazz Trio left during cocktail hour made us nervous too—instrumental versions of Disney ballads?? We had specifically said NO to that! Oy. I don’t think many people were paying too much attention to it during cocktail hour and our entrances, so—no harm done—but really? Thank goodness for the list.
By the way…I considered not writing about these minor things that went wrong, because honestly? I don’t really think about them at all when I think about our wedding day. It was only when I mentally went through the day, moment by moment, that I remembered these things even happened! But I want to give you an honest recap—full of the good, bad, and ugly!
After we made our entrance down the staircase, the DJ directed our attention to the screen on stage, where we’d have to watch “an important safety video.”
So, turns out…Mr. L surprised me (and all the guests, obviously) with a video! If you didn’t pick up on it, it’s making fun of all the cheesy safety videos you see as you are getting on to rides at the parks. I truly did not know about it, at all. Looking back, I of course should have guessed it (he works for a video production company)—and I haven’t mentioned this before, but Mr. L was “stuck at work” until almost 3:00 AM the night before we left for Florida! We were getting up at about 5:00 AM to start the drive the next day, and I was getting pretty mad, I’m not going to lie. Well, of course—it wasn’t that he had work to do, but rather he was finishing up this video, which was clearly a ton of work. (Oh—and before any of you ask…no, I’m not pregnant!)
Mr. L’s dad being told to dance!
I love that we have this video to watch and remind us of our wedding day whenever we want! I remember the confusion and subsequent laughter so clearly. He did an amazing job, and it added so seamlessly to the day we had envisioned: full of laughter, the unexpected, and love. Thank you, Mr. Llama!
Missed a recap?
- Reception Details
- The Actual Ceremony
- The Ceremony that Could Have Been
- Bridal Party photos
- Family portraits
- Time to take some photos alone!
- First look
- The Guys Get Ready
- The Ladies Get Ready
Wedding topper by Vintage By Crystal
All other photos by Ashley Jane Photography