Hope you’re not hungry if you’re planning to read this post! If you remember, we did our food tasting at the end of last year. We were very blown away by the different options that our venue had and didn’t really think we could go wrong with any of the food we could have ordered, but we really wanted to give our guests a Southern experience. We wanted them to get the Charleston feel to their whole trip to our wedding weekend, so our food was going to be a big part of that.
We decided on doing stations and spreading them around the venue so that people could start at different stations and there wouldn’t be a backed up line anywhere. From our understanding, everything worked out great.
Truth moment for you: It takes longer for Mr. Puffer to get ready in the morning than me. Granted, I think part of the reason his morning ablutions take so long is because he stands under the shower spray for a good 15 minutes before soaping up. But still. He’s a guy. He doesn’t wear makeup. He has no hair. However, where it takes him a minimum of 45 minutes to get out of the house, I can manage it in 30.
And it shows. I’m not exactly creative in the hairstyling department, and I definitely sacrifice good makeup application for an extra 15 minutes with the snooze button. So bringing in pros to tackle my bridal look was definitely a top priority.
Before I started my search, I sat down and came up with some attributes I desired. First, I wanted pros willing to come onsite. Our wedding doesn’t start until later in the evening, so Mr. Puffer and I both reserved suites to give our wedding party a place to gather and prepare. And traffic around Baltimore is unpredictable at all times of the day; I kept envisioning us girls being late to the wedding. The hotel is a simple hop, skip, and jump away from the venue.
Second, I really wanted someone who could provide both hair and makeup. The idea of interviewing separate hair and makeup pros was just…exhausting.
Hello hive! We’re all getting together on the Weddingbee boards for a post-a-thon this Wednesday at 7:00 EST.
Wedding season is in full swing, and I know a lot of you have a wedding date looming SOON. So why not take a night off and relax with your fellow hive members for some wedding-related and not-wedding-related chatter?
Haven’t participated in a post-a-thon before? They’re super fun! Hive members, bloggers, and hostesses swarm the boards to chat about all kinds of things, from “How should I do my nails on my wedding day?” to “What’s for dinner tonight?” There will also be a chat thread for general conversation in “real time.”
Keep in mind that anyone can participate: married, engaged, waiting”—whatever!
The hostesses will be there to get things kicked off, so please join us!
The very last major thing we had left was making the ceremony programs. Unfortunately, we didn’t know any details about our ceremony until less than a week out.
Like everything else about our wedding, I wanted to go with nontraditional programs. We weren’t having musicians, speakers, live singers, or a bridal party, so we had no reason to credit anyone. The only person we needed to acknowledge was our amazing officiant Charles.
Since we didn’t have all the details, we had to get creative to let our guests know what to expect. Mr. Sea Monkey got on this right away, while I started on picking a design.
My job was pretty easy, because I immediately fell in love with one design. In this design, they had an envelope on the back that holds tissues “for tears of joy.” One thing I always forget to bring with me whenever I go to weddings is a tissue.
After the cocktail hour was finished, everyone headed inside to find their place. We finished our private photos and then got in line for the grand entrances. The bridal party paired up and entered first to the announcement of their names. We wanted to get the party started right from the beginning, so we had them enter to the Space Jam theme song, by Quad City DJs. This song is always a hit for ’90s kids.