Photographer: George Street Photo & Video
Venue & Caterer: George Ranch Historical Park
Hair & Makeup: Thalio Beckham Makeup Artistry
Cake: Kakes Xcetera
Dress Designer: David's Bridal
Flowers: Make Believe'N
Guestbook Pages: Creative Cardstock
Read on to hear more from the bride on her Ford And Family Texas Wedding.
Sadly, there are many things I'd like to do differently. I'll give you a few and let you choose the most blog-friendly.
1. I wish I'd spent more time exploring my own wedding. Once we came in and made the rounds greeting people I never took the time to go and see the different elements that I'd worked so hard on for over a year. I never got to see the s'mores setup, where the catering was and I still don't know what the restrooms looked like (that sounds insane and trivial- but it was important to us that the guests were comfortable and I still worry that the outdoor restrooms might have been like Girl Scout camp all daddy longleggy and dusty).
2. I would have been MORE aggressive. The second you become engaged, if you sneeze too loud you'll be accused of being a Bridezilla. I was so overly-conscious about trying to be an "easy breezy bride" that I think I ended up letting some things fall through the cracks- that I've since lost sleep about!
There were some vendors (not listed) that were slow to call back or resistant to my wants and needs and I compromised in areas that, in hindsight, I really shouldn't have. One vendor [the photobooth- which was number one on my "wants" list] in particular was IMPOSSIBLE to get a hold of and when I wasn't able to reach them shortly before the wedding to confirm things I managed to convince myself that, "they do this all the time...it's fine...they'll be there." Then, sure enough, my wedding day came and the vendor didn't show up. They were scheduled to arrive at 4:30 to set up during our ceremony so that the guests could have something fun to do while the wedding party took pictures- and I was absolutely crushed. The guests wouldn't have known any different except for those I'd talked to about the service [photobooth] beforehand- but when we came in for the introduction and it wasn't in the room it made my first impression of the reception a pretty heartbreaking and disappointing one. They showed up at 7:30pm when the wedding was scheduled to end less than an hour later and I assure you- my oversensitivity to being a Bridezilla disappeared very quickly.
And as far as the budget, we didn't actually sit down and make an initial hard-line budget. This is partially because a lot of what we used were family owned items, but also because setting out initially I didn't have any clue what we were really facing and what a wedding entails. Plus he and I only very recently got a joint bank account so based on our incomes and preferences we would purchase things as we went along. When we found something we decided that we wanted, checked around and went with either the best price for that particular item/service or we went with what we thought suited us. To this day I don't know much we ended up spending on the wedding- but I'd prefer it that way. I was very happy with what we had and I'd hate to find out it was "too much" money and have a sense of regret that we spent to much- and I'd hate to find out it was significantly less money than we think it was and then feel regret that we might have passed something over we shouldn't have.