It has been…781 days since I got engaged, 455 days since I was accepted as a Weddingbee blogger, and 235 days since my wedding. And it is on this day that I must say so long and close this chapter of my life.
This past year has been a whirlwind, and I could not have imagined it without Weddingbee. Not only was I able to share my journey and bounce ideas off of the hive, I also became part of a wonderful community of amazing people (special shout-out to my Honeymoon Gen bees!). Planning my wedding without the ‘Bee just would not have been as fun, and for that I thank each and every one of you. Thank you for the encouragement, the comments, and all of the love and support.
Now that you’ve seen the wedding, I’m back to tell you about how we spent our money. During our planning process, I always found budget posts helpful, especially when we were first developing ours, so I wanted to make sure to share this with the hive before signing off for good!
Our original budget was $30,000, and we ended up spending just a tiny bit over that (not including our honeymoon), so we did a very good job of sticking to it! Here’s the breakdown.
I started my recaps with a video, so I thought it was only proper to end with one. I can’t say enough good things about our videographers at 3rd Hat Productions—for thinking that I didn’t need videography at the beginning of all of this, it was definitely one of the best decisions I made throughout this whole process.
Without further ado, I present to you…our wedding day.
I personally love wedding dance floor photos. Talk about capturing people with their guard down! The first time I saw some of these photos, I laughed out loud—who knew our friends would seriously break it down?!
Once people had gotten their share of sweets and the head table was removed from the dance floor, it was time to kick the party off with our first slow dance. Like much of our ceremony music, I had this song picked out for a long time. Click to listen along with Dave Matthews Band’s “You and Me.”
Fun fact: the lyrics of this song (“we can do anything”) are tattooed on my ribcage.
About a week before the wedding, we decided to sneak in a quick dance lesson. It allowed us to do some sweet moves like a twirl…
Overall, I was very happy with our food options on our wedding day. If you remember from a previous post, we decided to go with a chicken and filet duet plate with roasted potatoes and green beans—pretty standard wedding food. For the vegetarian option, I chose a white vegetable lasagna, which both MOH Morticia and I devoured. I feel so bad for the ladies that don’t get to eat on their wedding day, so I was adamant about getting our table visits done prior to service so we could enjoy the food we chose.
I didn’t manage to snag any photos of our food, but we had a nice plated service accompanied with a salad and bread. What I do have for you, however, is photos of our dessert table!
Our mini dessert bar played double-duty and also acted as our favors for the evening. This ended up working very well and, although we had quite a few boxes left over, there were no desserts left at all—glad our DOC Marie made us up a box to take back to the hotel!
This post is going to be a little long and wordy, but I definitely did not want to skip the amazing things people said about us on our wedding day. It meant a lot to me that Mama Plane, MOH Morticia, and BM Chopper took the time to each write amazing speeches in our honor, and I’m happy to be sharing them with you today. So without further ado, Mama Plane, take it away!
“Ladies and gentlemen, as the mother of the bride, it is my privilege to give the first speech. I would like to start by saying, on behalf of Ken, myself, and Troy’s parents, welcome to all the relatives and friends who have joined us to celebrate Maria and Troy’s wedding. I know that many of you have traveled long distances to be here. Thank you all for coming to help celebrate this very special day.
“Today, I must be the proudest mom on earth. Maria, you have grown to be a beautiful and outstanding young woman and, I must say, a stunning bride today.
“Troy, I would like to welcome you into the family, even though you have been a part of it for some time now. This just makes it official.