In honor of our 4 year wedding anniversary, I want to tell you about our crazy wedding. I’ll go ahead and warn you: this post is long! Have you ever heard the saying, “the worse the wedding, the better the marriage?” Well, I think it’s true because our wedding was AWFUL! We got engaged on New Years Eve 2008 (January 31st, 2007 around 11pm, to be exact) and planned our wedding on a very tight budget. By tight budget, I mean we spent under $1000, including my engagement ring. We had a lot of friends and family help us out – Phillip’s parents paid for/made the food, his grandma made our cake, his aunt did our photography and his uncle was the minister; my mom paid for getting my hair done on our wedding day and my jewelry; also, our friends went in half with my mom for a nice hotel on our wedding night.
In order to save money, I slaved over handmade wedding invitations, bouquets, boutonnières, corsages, centerpieces and other decor. I saved a LOT of money but I also wasted a lot of time because I’m sure the wedding invitations were eventually thrown away and the decor was only used for a few hours. We also wasted some money by being nice. We only had a maid of honor and a best man so we bought their clothing so they wouldn’t have to spend a bunch of money. They both looked fantastic BUT they changed out of their clothes right after the ceremony. I didn’t understand why at the time but it was because they went to “decorate” (aka TRASH) our getaway car (did I mention I HATE that tradition?) and they didn’t want to mess up their clothes. I still don’t understand why they didn’t change back but oh well. Okay, so that wasn’t a “disaster” but I’ll get there, I promise.
The morning of our wedding went pretty well. I got my hair done and spent the morning with my mom, trying to relax. We asked the wedding party to be at the church 2 hours before the wedding so we could get some of the pictures done (bride with wedding party, groom with wedding party, etc). I wanted to get them all done but our photographer (Phillip’s aunt) refused, saying that it’s “bad luck.” Well, our best man and maid of honor were some of the last people to the church so we got maybe 10 pictures taken. The really annoying part about that comes later.
When the ceremony started, I was nervous but I knew it was short so I wasn’t as scared as I could have been. What I didn’t know was how short it really would be. Kevin, the officiant and Phillip’s uncle, did a little speech at the beginning and then we prayed. Then, we did the “I Dos”. He then had us exchange rings. My wedding order had the exchanging rings part almost at the end so I was starting to freak out a little bit. I whispered “what about the vows?” and Phillip whispered “I think they come later” but I knew they didn’t because I wrote the order myself. Then we did the unity sand ceremony. After the sand ceremony, Kevin paused to find his place and realized that he forgot the vows and he just started improvising. He did the “I Dos” again and did a mini sermon about love and marriage while also asking us if we agreed to love, honor, cherish, etc. (so we kinda did our vows but not really). Then, he had us kiss and pronounced us man and wife and we were done. From start to finish, our wedding was about 12 minutes, including several long awkward pauses.
After our ceremony, we visited with a few people and then we got started on pictures. Our photographer was sooooo slow. She had to line up every picture perfectly and then get the shot perfectly because she was using film instead of digital. I didn’t complain because she was taking the pictures for free but I was really upset because I was tired, hungry and I felt like our guests were just as tired and hungry while waiting for us. We finished about half of the pictures and then we did our “grand entrance” into the church gym (our reception area). We each got a plate of food and then everyone else got in line for their food. We had put the line right behind the head table so everyone could talk to us as we ate but that proved to be annoying because we were doing more talking than eating. Our maid of honor and best man conveniently “disappeared” during this time to go decorate the car and the hotel. Of course, they never told anyone where they went.
After we ate (the little amount that we ate), we visited a few tables and then were whisked off to finish the pictures. I was so tired and frustrated at this point that I wanted to say “forget it” about the rest but Phillip wanted group pictures of each side of his family (even though I told him it was a bad idea). This took FOREVER! We probably spent another hour finishing up the pictures and as we were taking our last picture, Phillip’s grandpa comes out of the reception area and angrily says “You better hurry up because everyone is leaving already.” I almost lost it but maintained my composure for one last picture. I then took a minute to go cry and went back to the reception area.
I did notice that some of the guests were gone but it certainly wasn’t everyone (obviously). We then cut the cake and did the toasts. The toast was probably my favorite part of the whole day. I cried (happy tears this time) through almost all of the toasts. The last one was our maid of honor and best man who told the embarrassing story of how we started dating (I might share that sometime) and gave us the keys to our hotel room. Shortly after that, we did the getaway and headed to the hotel room to finally get some rest.
So there you have it, our disaster wedding. Okay, so it doesn’t seem all that bad but when you add it all together, along with a few things I didn’t mention (like having to sew my mom’s dress at the last-minute), it was pretty disastrous. One of the worst things didn’t even happen until weeks after the wedding. We got our pictures back…and they were AWFUL! The flash was too bright in most pictures, some pictures were too dark, others were just terribly composed. All of the pictures in this post came from our wedding album so you’ll see what I mean. I put the worst one to the left of this paragraph. Can you even make out the face? Yeah, me neither – and the images you see been edited so they were even worse to start.
Even with all of these bad things that happened on our wedding day, we’re happy we got married. We are still very much in love (enough to write a blog together, lol) and very happy together. But one of these days, we’re definitely going to renew our vows – well, actually we’ll say them for the first time, lol.
So did you have any wedding disasters? Tell us about them – misery loves company, dontcha know?