This is our first post-a-thon since we launched our site redesign, so let’s make it a good one!
If you’ve never participated in a post-a-thon before, they’re tons of fun! Bloggers bees, hive hostesses, and hive members all get together on the boards for lots of chatting, wedding related and otherwise. It’s a great way to get to know everyone better, and it goes down great with a glass of wine (or cranberry juice! or a cuppa tea!) and some light wedding crafting, if you’re a crafty DIY bride.
And waiting bees and married bees are always welcome to join in the fun as well!
I absolutely love detail posts, and I’m so excited to share with you a few details from our American wedding!
Mr. G’s suit and shoes. Mr. G went with a gray pinstriped suit and pink pocket square. The condo where we stayed had all sorts of cool decor, and our photographer took this shot with a vintage jukebox from the condo.
Guys, in case I haven’t stressed it enough already: I love to dance. Seriously. LOVE IT. So naturally, I wanted our reception to be the best party of my life, and for that, you need a kick-ass DJ. Our DJ actually came highly recommended from our photographers, and even though he was a little more than we initially wanted to spend, it was well worth the money. We met with Mark twice before the wedding and gave him some direction about the type of music we liked, but pretty much let him do his thang. In fact, we didn’t even provide a “do not play” list because, really, there are no songs that were that offensive to us. I did provide a “must play” list with a dozen Cuban songs, but only because I knew they would be overlooked otherwise. (I will go into a little bit more detail on that in my next post since many of you inquired about my Cuban playlist.)
I already mentioned that we had our first dance right off the bat, so the dance floor was open very early on, and our guests certainly didn’t waste any time. In fact, the dance floor was packed in between each dinner course, and it stayed packed all the way till 3:00 AM, when we had to close the party down.
Everyone was out on the dance floor, from our adorable flower girls (and their Barbies)…
Wait—you mean MY DRESS isn’t the only piece of important attire on this day??
Because I didn’t take a whole lot of input from Mr. Llama on what he wanted me to wear on our wedding day, I wanted him to have the same freedom. He has always wanted a three piece suit, so this seemed the perfect time to invest (I’m very punny) in one.
Research is great! Don’t get me wrong, Google is probably my first step in every wedding-planning stage, but there’s something to be said for speaking to real people, getting pricing firsthand, and sampling products. Where, you ask, can all these wonderous things happen all at once? Why at a bridal show, of course. It’s great to attend at least one bridal show early on in your planning process, preferably one in the area you plan to hold your wedding. This way you get to meet lots of relevant vendors all at once. And you can do an apples-to-apples comparison on price, style, and so on. Plus, free samples!!!
We actually attended a bridal show hosted at our wedding venue. It was really great because our venue has to approve outside vendors like the DJ, and this way we got to meet people who are already pre-approved.
In addition to free samples a lot of vendors will hold raffles, and often the show itself will give away great prizes! Here are a few tips to take full advantage of attending a bridal show:
In my last post about wedding activities, I mentioned that Mr. Rooster and I will probably be skipping some of the usual wedding traditions, like tossing the bouquet and cutting the cake. I thought it would be a good idea (for both your entertainment and my need to get things down on paper) to share a bit about what traditions we’re keeping, which we’re throwing out, and which we’re on the fence about.
First dance & father-daughter and mother-son dances. I think the first dance and family dances are such special and tender moments. I’m not thrilled about having everybody’s eyes on me, but I am excited to share those special moments with my dad and husband.
Toasts. OK, y’all. Roo and I love wedding toasts. The only thing we love more than wedding toasts is comedy. I can’t wait to sit back and hear funny stories from our best man and maid of honor. It’s like your own personal roast. Do your worst, wedding party!
As our engagement photo shoot day approached, I received an invitation to attend a bridal shower…on the same day as our engagement photos. It bummed me out a little to have to be rushing around beforehand, but in the end it wasn’t really a big deal. I was attending the shower with MOH PT, so I wore the sweater dress that I was intending to wear for the “nicer” outfit for our photos, and then stopped at MOH PT’s house after the shower to do some hair and makeup touch-ups before going to meet Monsieur P and Tressa. I took MOH PT’s advice to darken up my eye makeup a little more than usual to make sure it showed up in photos. And now, for your viewing pleasure, I give to you our favorites.
All photos by Tressa McCune Photography.
Outfit 1: “Nice” Casual—on Miss Parisian, sweater dress (sorry I don’t remember where from), scarf, tights, Madden boots; on Monsieur P, Express sweater and button-down, jeans, casual shoes. We’re not formal people, and wearing a cocktail dress for photos would have been overkill for us.
One of my favorites of all, in the black and white, also nice in color.