The week leading up to our wedding wasn’t really eventful—or maybe it was and I’ve just blocked that part out of my memory. I’ve already mentioned that some tasks took some last minute effort, and others got scratched from the list, and I spent a significant chunk of my time checking the weather. The Monday before the wedding was Memorial Day, so we had an extra day off of work to take care of those last minute items. We had done most of the hard work a few weeks before, which involved packing up all that glassware, labeling the boxes, and loading them into my parents’ giant van, but there were still a million things on the to-do list.
The madness, and the result
But you don’t want to hear about the week-of crazies, no more than I want to relive them. The biggest item to get done was on Wednesday: Sphinx, his parents, my mom, and some other awesome helpers delivered all that decor to the Board of Trade, and they stored it in a back room. This was so helpful, because we didn’t have to worry about transporting all that glassware to the guy who would set it up, and we got it out of our hair a few days in advance.
And with all the formalities out of the way it was time to party! We danced a lot, hive…judging from the photos we got back, I’d say everyone was having as much fun as Billie and I were. We did all the usual wedding dances (electric slide and so on), we danced to some old school, some hip hop, and we ever threw in a polka for our dollar dance. For the most part, our guest had never even heard a polka before, but they improvised like nobody’s business…
After getting back our engagement pictures, I was super excited to start working on save the dates. I checked out some of the popular sites such as Minted and Wedding Paper Divas and lastly Vistaprint. I was extremely impressed with the designs from Minted & WPD, but the prices for 300 magnets was insane to me! I couldn’t justify spending $500 plus dollars on those. But the opposite thing happened on Vistaprint. I was totally unimpressed with their designs, but those prices? I couldn’t get over them. Plus, they are always sending out 40 and 50% off coupons.
I decided I would test out my design skills and go with Vistaprint. I was still dead set on the magnets because they’re just super convenient. To this day up until moving from my apartment, I still had every STD magnet hanging on my fridge. I’m some sort of weird STD hoarder. (That sounds and looks really bad.)
During my quest on Wedding Paper Divas I instantly fell in love with this design. It was really difficult to accept that I wasnt going to be able to have this design because again…I’m frugal. I would like to also point out that great minds think alike (a la Mrs. Pyramid).
In the spirit of previous posts from Mrs. Barn, Miss Hen, and Mrs. Clover about elements of their weddings that might have been but ultimately didn’t come to pass, I present to you—the color scheme that wasn’t.
Early on in my wedding dreams, I had a pretty clear vision of what my bridal party would wear. MB would be in a fantastic navy suit flanked by his groomsmen similarly suited. Something like this (without the Kiss impressions):
We’ve been getting a lot of questions from our guests (via my mother) about our wedding day, mainly regarding transportation and logistics. We anticipated a lot of questions in this department since most of our guests are not Brooklyn/NYC natives and navigating the city can be tricky and intimidating. In an effort to provide information in an efficient way, share best practices, and also spread the word about our somewhat non-traditional reception, I’ve put together a list of FAQs and posted it all over our wedding website. Here’s how it reads, verbatim:
1.What kind of party is this? We want our reception to be a free-flowing, lounge-style PAR-TAY! In light of this, we are hosting a Progressive Cocktail reception, also known as a Strolling reception or Stationed reception. Feel free to move, mingle, dance, sit, and eat where you please, when you please!
2.What the heck is a Progressive Cocktail reception? There will be no assigned seating and (gasp!) not enough seating for all our guests. Dinner will be served from stations located around the reception space so feel free to pick and choose what you’d like to eat, and hit up the stations as often as you like! Fear not, tables and chairs will be provided so that you can sit when you want to.
3.Does this mean I’m going to be standing all night? No! There will be proper seating (i.e., at a table) for 75% of our expected guest count, plus two lounge areas of funky vintage furniture (hand-picked by the bride) next to the dance floor.
Hive, before I get started with wedding recaps, I wanted to tackle a post that was so incredibly helpful to me when I wanted to become a bee.
I have never blogged before I started here at Weddingbee—imagine that?! I think we can all agree that’s pretty clear. I am sure that I have made a few professional writers cringe. I know I am not the strongest writer nor the best blogger, and I am A-OK with that. It’s who I am. Despite not being the best, I really enjoy doing it and have considered keeping up a family blog afterwards to keep my family in the loop with things going on just the next state over.