Photos by Jonny Edwin
Everything I feared might go wrong at my wedding did.
It not only rained, it poured—so much so that the shuttle bringing our guests to the hotel had to pull over on I-94 because the driver couldn't see the road. We postponed the ceremony until those guests arrived, which was about an hour.
The heat? Brutal. The humidity? Even worse. It felt like a CorePower class (minus the token weird guy in bike shorts). Other highlights: The kitchen equipment showed up three hours late, the decorations fell apart en route to the gym and by the end of the night, the bottom eight inches of my pristine white dress looked the color of a polluted pond.
But, guess what? It was the greatest party ever. I could not have cared less about my destroyed dress, the rain actually seemed to unify the crowd, the food was great, and that whole starting the wedding an hour late business? We just opened the bar early and everyone was thrilled.
Conclusion: If you're focused on all the things not going as planned during your wedding, you are doing it wrong!
I know every couple is different and the most important aspects a wedding varies from couple to couple. Having said that, here are the things I’m glad I spent the money on (plus a few things we could’ve gone without).
WORTH EVERY CENT
Our wedding planner.
Between the weather, late deliveries, broken decorations, etc., the day could’ve gone to hell in a handbag. Alyson Newquist and her crew from the Bash Collective handled everything perfectly. Josh and I could just enjoyed the day. Oh, and she helped us recoup over $800 in fees from our vendors that didn’t deliver on time. (Alyson, we owe you dinner).
I knew I wouldn’t regret dropping some cash on our photos. Jonny Edwin and Liz Hardt did an amazing job! What I was really surprised by was how much Josh and I love our wedding video. I barely remember anything from the day, and both Josh and I got teary watching the highlight video. It was a last minute addition that I couldn’t be more thankful for. Gracias, Mariah Harrison!
I've known Matt Kotefka since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. He's one of the greatest guys ever and his DJing skills are second to none. Do you want people to mill about your wedding and not dance? Great! Make a playlist on your iPod! Do you want people to dance at your wedding? Hire Matt.
Josh’s mom graciously printed 250 Team MoJo toothbrushes for our wedding. It was such a fun idea—his mom runs a dental office and you never leave their house without hitting the free dental hygiene jackpot. We thought it’d be a fun and useful favor for guests. Turns out, getting people to take favors home is next to impossible. We are now the proud owners of 150 toothbrushes. Yay!
Late Night Snack
The food at our wedding was unbelievable (catered by Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen). I’m obsessed with hot dogs and thought the ones from the Canteen would be the perfect late night snack. They would’ve been… if anyone would’ve gotten around to eating them. We provided a pretty substantial dinner, so people weren’t starving. Many guests never even saw we were serving them. If I could do it again, I’d probably skip the late night munchies.
Fancy Underthings (TMI—Sorry mom and dad!)
You’re supposed to wear sexy underwear as a bride, right? Right. I bought some lacey white hip-hugging panties (I know we all hate that word, deal with it!) for a pretty penny at Room No. 3. They were gorgeous! Problem is, due to the excessive heat, my spray tan turned the inside of the dress and said underwear a lovely shade of Snooki orange. Obviously, I hid them as soon as I returned to our bridal suite. Spray tans + white material + excessive heat = no bueno. Do yourself a favor and save the fancy stuff for the honeymoon.