Planning our Las Vegas nuptials was easy as far as weddings go. It's not like had some elaborate huge wedding that involved cake tastings, seating assignments, and selecting chair covers. I did all of my planning virtually through the use of The Knot , Etsy, and Pinterest. Goodness, I have no idea what the brides of yesteryear did. With in two weeks of being engaged I had the major bones taken care of: date, ceremony venue, and reception venue - without leaving the keyboard of my laptop. After that I just engulfed myself in filling in all the details. A task I very much enjoyed. Like really enjoyed. I honestly feel like I would enjoy event planning for a living. And seriously, if there is anyway I can help any of you with any type of special event planning, I'd love to assist. Seriously. Or at the very least share your details with me.
I poured hours and a lot of money into the details.
|Personalized Poker Chips.|
|Customized Swag Bags.|
|Name tags w/ nod to how I know each individual.|
|Personalized wooden cake topper.|
If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen all these pictures (and several more) before and are already aware of my love of details so I won't inundate you further.
What did I learn from all that money spent? Honestly, guests - unless they are like me - generally do not give a rats ass about the individual details. Boy guests don't care about cutesy swag bags; they care that you have cold beer and hot food. The ladies are slightly more into it, but honestly my guests were getting buzzed up too and half of them lost track of their bags by the end of the night. Good food and drinks - that's the priority! Good times will follow.
I would also suggest before nitty gritty details make sure you have good entertainment/music, a professional photographer, and the bride & groom styled properly (great dress, hair, makeup, and suit for him). That's just my two cents but with everything stay within your budget and what you can afford.
Do I regret spending the money and do I think my attention to detail was a waste of time? The answer is a resounding no. For the six months leading up to the wedding it was my hobby to plan, to locate unique things, and to be creative. Hobbies cost money and take time. It entertained me. I loved every second of it. I also enjoyed sharing my finds with the Instagram community and I grateful they humored me. If you are reading this, thank you for humoring me further.
To quote Aristotle, "The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts". Meaning that perhaps some of the individual details went on noticed, but all added together there was illuminating flare about our day that made it unique to us. Tower and I were represented. The last thing I wanted was a cookie cutter wedding. I am biased, but certainly don't want to come off as pompous but I think we achieved that. I am not saying our wedding was the fanciest wedding ever, in fact, I've been a to a New Jersey wedding (they sure know how to have weddings) that tops ours twice over. But ours reflected us and gave me the best memories - to us that's a wedding win. Ah, the sweet, sweet memories of having so many people we love from all facets of life in the same place at one time. That is the best feeling ever. My heart is still smiling.
It's only been a week, but so far married life is good. Since we lived together for two years, I wouldn't say there was a major shift in the dynamic of our relationship but it seems to be more legit. We are official. He is my family. I'd also like to add that made a pot roast this week and pancakes & bacon this morning. How's that for my first week as a wife?