We’re getting down to crunch time! The marriage license application has been sent, the final payment has been made, the home party invites have been mailed, and now we wait. In 3 weeks, we’ll be in paradise!
Last week, I received an email from the hotel’s wedding department with our wedding day itinerary. Being left in the dark about the big day until now hasn’t really bothered me except for when people asked me how the planning is going. Uh, we’re done. We have been for a while. We’ve left most of the actual planning in the hands of the hotel”¦ just the way we wanted it.
So when I read the wedding day plan”¦
- 5:00: Groom comes to lobby for 1st set of pictures
- 5:15: Bride escorted from her room for pictures in lobby
- 5:30: Ceremony begins. Photographer takes pics during and after ceremony at wedding site
- 6:30: Ceremony and pictures conclude
”¦ I thought it was perfectly simple and sweet. Normally, a reception immediately following the ceremony is expected but we didn’t want to do the expected, we wanted to do things our way and the island way—laid back and low stress. I’m starting to think we’re already on ”˜island time’! We don’t have anything planned after the ceremony and the home party has taken on a life of it’s own. We both agree, that is our ‘something after the wedding’, it’s just going to happen a month later.
Someone actually said to me, “Isn’t that going to be kind of anti-climactic for you? ”˜I do’, then you’re done?”
Well, no”¦ the ”˜I do’ part is our climax! Afterwards, we envision opening a bottle of champagne, doing a toast with our friends and families, then jumping in the pool!
The simple fact is that our number one goal is to promise to love and honor each other for the rest of our lives with our families and friends sharing in the joy that is our marriage. Our number 2 goal is to relax and enjoy the vacation. Our reception is to follow”¦ one month later.
My best advice is if you are planning to go against the grain, do it. It’s your day and no one should be allowed to dictate your wedding day but you and your fiance.
Have you/did you deal with any negative feedback regarding your planning of your day?
- Chicago/St. Thomas
- Commercial Real Estate & Hairstylist
- Wedding Date:
- April 2010
- Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas