Mr. Orca and I knew right off the bat that we were in no position to throw ourselves into debt with this wedding. So far, we are debt free (other than our car payment), and we like it that way!
Oregon is a wonderful place to get married for a lot of reasons, but we give super big thumbs up to the cost of getting married here. Yes, there are your $50,000 venues, and no, we didn’t really search in metropolitan (read: pricey) areas. Nonetheless, we felt confident in our abilities to plan a wedding that was financially responsible and the wedding of our dreams.
When I think back on our wedding it’s usually in a hazy, “hey, we got married a couple of years ago, cool!” kind of way. I’m excited to take part in this series because I haven’t put much recent thought toward all of those little details I was so worried about at the time!
1. What was your biggest priority about (or for?) the event (e.g., catering, photography)?
I really wanted our wedding to feel intimate and personal. I knew we would eat well and I knew we’d have photos—and so I put my focus on truly making it our wedding. Even two years later I don’t remember exactly what I ate, but I remember the personal photos we selected for decor, the handcrafted invitations, the personalized ceremony.
And, again, two years later our guests have occasionally commented that they haven’t been to a wedding like ours (or that they want their wedding to be like ours!), so I think we did well.
2. What was your biggest concern for the day (e.g., rain, nobody dancing, guests being bored)?
Hiya, hive! I’ve had an absolutely crazy month of travel and it continues tomorrow as we Crabs head down to South Jersey to celebrate Turkey Day. As always, we have a ton to be thankful for this year and we’re trying to stay calm and continue to diligently check items off our wedding check list!
One of the things I was able to accomplish last week was a final meeting with our florist, Rachel from Church Street Flowers. I’m beyond stoked about our florist for two reasons. First, she and her business partners are incredibly talented floral designers who come up with artful compositions like this.
Dino and Taco both spent the night in the suite with me, but I woke up on my own and had some quiet time. First a shower, then I sat down to write a quick post for you guys, my dad brought me a yummy coffee which helped to soothe my throat, and finally I put together my letter for Sphinx. In the end, I liked leaving it to last minute, because my emotions were more sincere and sappy that way. As I was finishing up the letter, the activity level in the room started to pick up.
Well hive, I can hardly believe it…it’s been 723 days since Billie and I got engaged, 245 days since my first post went up here on the ‘Bee, and 142 days since I said “I do”! I have shared all my DIYs, my wedding hopes and dreams, and a little drama too! We have relived (what I considered to be) a magical day in countless recaps, and really there is not much more left for me to tell. It’s time for this goat to say goodbye and move on from my wedding-related planning into the next phase of my life. (It’s ma birthday month! Hello 30s—may you be even more awesome than the 20s were.)
I’ve never been good at expressing my feelings or leaving with heartfelt hugs and well wishes. (I’m more of a cry behind my sunglasses on the way to the airport kinda gal—tears? What tears? There’s something in my eye!) But for you, hive, I’ll give it my best shot…