Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wedding meme


I copied this from Kristine (My Men on the sidebar – posting from email again).  It was fun to read hers, so I’m totally copying it.  I actually copied many of her answers, because our weddings were so similar – including the fact that they were only 2 weeks apart.

1) When was your wedding day? -
August 17, 2001

2) What day of the week was it? – Friday

3) Did you get married in a church? - No, we were married in the Salt Lake Temple

4) How many in your wedding party? – I had 3 bridesmaids and he had 3 groomsmen.

5) How many guests were invited to your wedding? – I don’t even remember.  Most of my family was unable to attend the actual wedding inside the temple and so they waited outside (for those of you unfamiliar with LDS customs, only worthy members of the church are allowed in the temple).  The room inside the temple was packed, mostly with my husband’s family.  I think we invited 500 to the reception, but planned for 300.  We started running out of food at the end, but I don’t know what the actual count was.

6) How long did you wait to tie the knot after your proposal? - About 4 months

7) Did you register for gifts? - Yes, we registered at Target and ZCMI.

8) Who did you hire as your photographer & videographer? - Barrus Photography (just like Kristine) did my bridal portraits, wedding pictures, and video.  I wasn’t super impressed with them.  They showed up late and didn’t even get a picture of the entire wedding party.  I did love that they got words of advice from my friends and family in the video, and my kids love watching the “mommy and daddy movie.”

9) Did you have a DJ or a band? – We were supposed to have Ben’s cousin do our music.  He’s a very talented singer/songwriter.  He planned to do it for free as our present, but about a week before the wedding he was offered a paying gig and he totally stood us up.  We ended up with nothing.  I was so bummed too – I really wanted to dance.  I’d even paid for a larger dance floor.

10) Did the father walk the bride down the aisle? – There are no aisles in temple weddings.  But my dad was there, crying like a baby.  I don’t think he ever thought I was going to get married.

11) What color were the bridesmaid dresses & groomsmen vests? – The girls wore purple, mothers wore butter yellow, and the guys wore black tuxedos.

12) Who was the Maid Of Honor? The Best Man? – My sister Jen was my maid of honor (I guess, technically she was a matron of honor) and my husband’s best friend Jon was the best man.  The rest of the line included my (now ex) sister-in-law, and my best friend Joni.  The other 3 guys were his brothers.

13)What were your colors? – purple and butter cream yellow.

14) Did the bride have a bridal shower? – Yes – 4 actually.  I had a family shower, a friend shower, a shower at work, and one from my mom’s friends (they have a tradition of throwing showers for all their friends daughters).

15) What type of limo did you get? – No limo.  We did take a horse-drawn carriage from the reception to the bed and breakfast that we spent our first night in.

16) What type of wedding gown/tux did you two wear? - My dress was a simple, short-sleeved gown with some subtle stitching and beadwork.  I actually didn’t like my dress at all.  I had a totally different one picked out, but my mom liked the one I got much better.  She talked me into getting the one I got instead, but I never really liked it.  I thought it made me look fat.

17) How was the weather? - It was a very hot August day but slightly overcast.

18) Where did you go on your Honeymoon? – We took a
Caribbean cruise that left from New Orleans.  We were able to spend an entire day in The Big Easy before the cruise left.  We visited Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel on the cruise.  It was an amazing trip.

19) What was your favorite part of your wedding day? – Our wedding wasn’t until
4pm, so I got up late and was able to have my hair and make up done at the salon.  Our lunch was at noon and was just down the street from the temple so we just walked.  The reception was next door to the temple as well, so we were able to walk there.  It was all very relaxing and easy.

20) How long have you been married? – 7.5 years

21) What was the most memorable "bridezilla" moment? – I was the opposite of bridezilla.  In fact, I was way too passive about the whole thing.  I had never been the type of girl who dreamt about her wedding day, and I had too few opinions about how I wanted stuff. 

22) What was your most memorable wedding-related mental breakdown? – I don’t remember ever having one breakdown.  (again, way too passive about the whole thing)

23) What would you change about your day? – I didn’t eat at my reception (other than a bite of wedding cake) and I was starving by the time we got back to the room.  I also would be much more opinionated.  I really wanted my bridesmaids in black, but my mom said it looked like a funeral.  And I really wanted just red roses, but my mother-in-law convinced me that I should do lots of different flowers.  I also (as stated above) hated my dress, and was really uncomfortable all day.  I don’t even like looking at the pictures.  I wasn’t really upset at the time, but since I’ve had 7 years to think about it I would do things differently and stand up for what I really wanted.  I’m not really upset about it now either, but I do wish I could have changed some things.


I also think that I would have tried to have some type of civil ceremony in addition to the temple ceremony so that my family could have been a part of my wedding.  Only my parents and a handful of extended family were able to attend the wedding – the rest waited outside, including all my siblings, their spouses, and my elderly grandparents who had travelled from Maryland.

24) What was your most memorable Wedding moment? – This may sounds funny, but I remember very little from my actual wedding day.  The whole day was like a blur to me.  There are a couple of things that stick out in my mind though:  Our reception was on the top floor of the JSB, overlooking the temple, looking west.  During the reception, there was the most amazing sunset. It was breathtaking.  I also had a lot of friends who live out of state come and surprise me, that I had no idea were going to be there.  It was a great surprise.


Oh, and one more thing.  My (soon to be) husband was late to the wedding lunch.  Everyone kept asking where he was, and I was worried he wasn’t going to show up.


Kristina said...

Okay - that's weird... we went on the SAME cruise for our honeymoon!! We went in December 2001, stayed a few days in New Orleans and then hopped on the boat and hit Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. It was great - it's just so funny that you guys went on the same boat - although a few months earlier :). Small world eh? TTYL

Chelsea said...

A horse-drawn carriage, how fun! And your honeymoon sounds spectacular. Wow. I could use a trip like that right now!!

How did your family react to not being able to be in the temple with you? That is always so hard. I had lots of family members waiting outside and I still feel bad about it.

Jan the crazy lady said...

How fun. I dreamed of the carriage but a no go. I got sick on my honeymoon, so no honeymoon.

See, you basically have the best memories ever. You lucky girl. How fun and thanks for sharing with us that important day.

Kristine said...

That is so funny how similar our weddings were! I'm sorry you didn't like your dress though. That's one of the best parts! It sounds like your mom and MIL planned the whole thing for you!

I didn't really like Barrus either, but I couldn't say too much of my disappointment on my blog because my mom reads it and I know she already feels bad.

Kari said...

How fun to remember! After reading those I might just have to copy and do it too! I love your colors. I had everyone in black (girls too) and roses for flowers, but if I could change it I would've done what you did for yours! Funny huh?

Kriss said...

I think you need to post pics!! -kriss :)

Ruhiyyih Rose said...

Oh this is great! I learned a lot...tho I am not in wedding planning mode until I finally get engaged, I learned from you here the importance of doing what you want, and not allowing all that everyone else wants to be what is decided on. I think the trick is if I am paying for it, I get to decide? :) Yes, post some pics! :)

tiburon said...

Love reading these tags :)

Omgirl said...

So fun to read about! Isn't it funny how much of our weddings we let other people convince us into? I have a few of those things too, like you, that people talked me into and I've always regretted it.