Featured Bride, Nikki S.| Wedding Location: Minnetonka, MN | Wedding Date: April 9, 2011
One month to go!Well folks, we are under one month away (as of Wednesday). We have done SO much in the last month and it finally feels as if the wedding is coming together. My recent discovery of centerpiece goodness has been Pier One Imports. Surprisingly, I have found many items around $10, and I absolutely love their spring line. We chose these lime green vases that will actually be a part of the bridesmaids' gifts post-wedding. They also had these beautiful faux hydrangeas that look great in the vase. I know you're probably thinking, “Fake flowers- yuck!” But I thought the same thing, and these flowers look about as real as they could get! Also, a big seller for the fake flower has been that we can buy them all now and they will last forever. Plus, they were the same price as the real thing. Along with the hydrangeas, we will put an array of candles in various sizes, and wheat grass and roses on the other tables. To cut the cost of purchasing glass for the candles, we found glass we can rent. It’s an amazing way to save and a great idea.
Finalizing the details.We finalized our menu and came up with a basic order to the ceremony. We are now trying to think of fun things to do at the dance. Since we are a part of a college ministry, we are around a lot of students on a daily basis. That being said, we wanted them to be a part of our big day, but really felt restricted with our size and budget. So we created dance cards, purchased extra dessert, and invited them all to the dance. Does anyone have any crazy, fun ideas for just the reception? For now, we have dessert and drinks for them, as well as s'mores, glow sticks and a song list that could get anyone out of their seat. The last few things are bridal accessories, my hair style for the big day, and gifts. What was the best bridesmaid gift you have ever gotten, or heard of girls getting?
My advice:It’s hard to believe this is all finally coming together. Brides, it seems like so much and can be really overwhelming at times, but realize it goes fast! Before I know it, it will be here and gone. Put more focus on your marriage and life ahead, and let everything to do with the wedding be a bonus joy, with the purpose of sharing your love story with your guests. And don't forget that your big day is for you and your husband! So many times my mom and friends have had to tell me to stop thinking so much about our guests. Of course, you should be considerate of your guests, but the day is for celebrating the two of you! One of the vendors we met with told me to plan for 10%-20% of your plans to go wrong on the big day. She then said, “But only you will notice them- just go with it!” You can’t help but wonder what will go wrong, and after watching youtube videos of wedding mishaps, we are laughing at the possibilities. :)