Monday, November 14, 2011

The Jenks' Get Married

Here's my post from my guest blogging experience over on Popcorn on the Stove.  Just wanted to share it here as well....


*disclaimer....this is my experience with planning my wedding.  Every bride is different.  Figure out what is important to YOU and stick with it!

I can't say that I was ever one of those girls who dreamed about my wedding day. 
Did I want to get married?
Yes.  I wanted a husband and a family.  But, I never envisioned what the day of my marriage would actually look like (heck, it could have been at the courthouse, I don't think I would have cared).
  But then, my boyfriend proposed......and all bets were off.  
At this point in my life, I had been to quite a few weddings, and even been in a couple of them, so I thought that I knew what I wanted.  
And I wanted EVERYTHING!!  Because this was my one day.  
right?
Ummmmm....did you know that the average wedding in the US costs $27,000 dollars?!?  
Yeesh.  That's a down payment on a house.  
Yeah, so that wasn't going to happen.  Even if someone was willing to pay that amount of money (thank you generous parents), the bargain shopper in me just couldn't do it.  If I can go to Harris Teeter and get a birthday cake for 30 bucks, why does a wedding cake cost 20x that amount? 
Just because it has the "W" word before cake? 
I felt ripped off.  
So, my future husband and I sat down and discussed what were our have-to-have-it-non-negotiables for wedding day.  
He said-booze, and I agreed (we're 1/23rd Irish, don't judge).  
My havetohaves- a 4 piece band and red velvet cake.  
Yeah, that was it.
So why spend all that money on all the other stuff?
Like the flowers, and the invitations and the chair covers and table linens, and the string quartet....
I mean...I liked those things too, but they weren't a necessity.
Especially not the paper stuff.  I thought about it, and I couldn't recall what ONE wedding invitation I had received looked like.  Now, don't get me wrong, that fancy stuff is worth swooning over.  But, I didn't want to spend megabucks on something people were probably going to throw away (let's be honest here).
And since I knew I would have to have invitations, and programs and all that other paper who-dads, I figured out a way to make them myself.... 
 on Microsoft Powerpoint (ummm, yes, Powerpoint. I don't know nothing about that adobe stuff), 

So, I created my own:
  • Bridemaids requests (you know, the "will you be my bridesmaid?" cards)
  • Save-the-Dates
  • Wedding Programs 
  • Welcome Bag Welcome Tags (the "Thanks for Coming" notes with a cute picture of us so people can remember who they flew into town to see)
  • Waterbottle Covers (I took the label off of the cheap water bottles and put on a piece of paper that had our names and wedding date with our wedding logo  .ooooh, fancy.)
  • and our Reception Seating Chart (it was a southern-style wedding, but I'm a sucker for a seating chart). 

Did I mention I made all of this in POWERPOINT.  So, yeah, it's not that hard.  And maybe you have a friend who is super good with adobe or formatting or fonts (whatever all that mumbojumbo technical stuff is called....).  Call 'em up, see if they can help (my future brother-in-law worked at a printing company and was able to print all of the above items for pennies.)
UNLESS Paper goods/Invites are your non-negotiables.  
Then, go all out.  It's your thing, so make sure people know it's important to you.

And after all that, I got cocky and decided to make my own centerpieces
ok, this might have been because I was going into bridezilla-no-one-can-see-my-wedding-day-vision-like-me-must-control-everything rage.
But, I think it worked out in the end.  We use those glass cylinders for every major holiday.

And, come wedding day,  all that mattered to me was that my husband and I were married.  And all of our friends and family were there to show us an amazing amount of love and support.  It truly was one of the most special days of my life....I mean, our life.

So was it worth it to me to spend all of our money on the booze and the band?  
If one picture could sum it up.....
yep.*

*yeah, that's me and my mom and dad on stage singing with the band....during my reception....and they didn't kick us off.  
Best.night.ever. 

2 comments:

  1. Thank you again for guest posting! I loved seeing all the details from your wedding :)

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  2. Thank you for the fun, wonderful opportunity! I can't wait to see more pics from your big day!

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