Once the ring is on her finger, newly engaged brides excitedly begin their planning process. Excitement quickly shifts to anxiety as the first step for many brides is to turn to wedding books or websites for traditional engagement timelines. You know what they look like—pages long with a painfully endless list of traditional bridal expectations that induce panic attacks, hair loss, and shameful bridezilla moments.
There’s apparently a fine line between “Oh that’s so interesting!” and “What the heck was she thinking?!”
Thanks to our small budget and pseudo-hispter desire to do things a little out of the norm, Roo and I have been coming up with creative solutions for our wedding. Things like serving food from a food truck and popsicles instead of cake. So I’ve been trying to think outside of the proverbial “box” when it comes to decor, too.
Already in the works for table decorations are crafty DIY projects involving dollar store candles, plastic succulents, and gold spray paint—a trio I realize sounds crazy, but I’m totally confident will look incredible. What I’m not so confident about? Kraft paper table runners.
First looks obviously are not a new trend in the wedding world. The reasons for doing a first look are extremely practical: it calms the nerves before the ceremony, it gives you more time to take couple’s and family portraits, the couple can enjoy cocktail hour rather than taking portraits at that time, plus, I’m sure there’s an assortment of other personal reasons that couples take first look photos.
Here are some adorable previous bees’ first looks:
If you’ll indulge me for a second, I want to show you the cocktail hour we, um, didn’t actually have. So many people put hard work into details for this part of the reception, and it would have been really pretty, so…just pretend there’s people here. (They’re inside—it only rained for the cocktail hour and then the rest of the evening was very nice. Too late for me, though.)
The cocktail hour and dancing would have taken place on this patio. There were cafe tables and high boys, and even a beverage dispenser (a glass one, not a big orange Gatorade cooler like Shamrock pictured) if guests came early.