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Laura - that's awesome. Where did you end up purchasing the rest of the flowers?

 

Best of luck this weekend! I hope everything goes fabulous. Try to enjoy yourself and not get too frustrated during the final preps!

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I ended up getting the rest of the flowers at Loblaws of all places!  Yesterday was the last day of their sale -- 3 bunches for $15, so i just grabbed 6 bunches.  there are 2 more pink gerberas, but sadly the stems broke during the transport home, so their in a measuring cup right now awaiting a smaller vase tomorrow lol

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well let's just say that i am SO GLAD that our AHR is O - V - E - R.

 

there were good parts and bad parts and am just glad that i can finally breathe.

 

long story short (although this may be long in the end lol), hubby and i only agreed to this AHR at the hall if it was a dinner only.  since his parents wouldn't go for the idea of a bbq (which is what we wanted) they said they'd pay for the entire thing if we could have it at the hall. again, we agreed on this to be a dinner only....no dj..no dance.. no speeches.. etc. we had our wedding and this was just to be a night to get together with friends and family (and for my inlaws to invite their friends to). hubby and i aren't dancers either and really aren't party people....

 

anyway, decor-wise, I was pretty happy with how all of my diy projects turned out. unfortunately no pictures yet as they're on other people's cameras lol ... they consisted of a smallish vase that had shells on the bottom and a big green spider mum floating on top.. i also got frames from the dollar store which i spray painted blueish/turquoise and in those i put the table numbers... for the numbers, i took 13 different photos of us from the wedding (we had 13 tables) and photoshopped the numbers on the picture... we then spread out some little turquoise beads and additional shells on the tables.. it looked pretty good. :)

 

the cupcakes turned out to be perfect!  i manged to get the icing the exact colour i wanted and everyone couldn't stop saying how good they were - score!

 

the food was fantastic and everyone loved that as well.

 

it was great to see everyone and meet some of the in-laws friends...

 

BUT then there was the music issue... gAH!!!

 

i spent HOURS last week downloading songs to put together our playlist.  earlier saturday afternoon, hubby set up our laptop with our stereo and we tested the sound and everything having it all ready to go.

 

WELL...... after going home to shower and get dressed for the event, we return to the hall just after cocktails were served to find our friends up on the stage where we had our stereo and laptop set up.  our stuff was pushed to the side and they had huge speakers with their music.  we had absolutely NO IDEA this was going to happen and didn't get to pick songs or anything.  FIL went BEHIND our backs, took our friends out and told them he wanted music and asked them to take care of it.  Grrrr my blood was boiling Saturday night and it's boiling again now as I think about it.  Saying I was livid is almost an understatement!  FIL saw that we had set up our own stuff earlier in the day and said nothing.  I sought him out at the hall and asked what was going on.. explained that i had spent hours making our own playlist and why did he do this behind our backs.. it was then when i told him - NO DANCING it's not what WE wanted.  FIL promised me at that point, no there wouldn't be dancing..... our friends new that i was pissed and agreed to put our playlist on during dinner... and then ... well low-and-behold, after dinner, dance music started being pumped.  omg guys i was SO UPSET i was shaking.  yeah some of the guests got up and started dancing, BUT that's not what we wanted for our party....

 

i know there's nothing i can do about it now but i am SO SO mad at my in laws for doing all of that behind out backs.  yes i'm appreciative for the party, but it just wasn't a reflection of us and our wishes...  i loved my in-laws before this whole wedding party thing and now i am just so upset and annoyed about their lack of caring about what my hubby and i wanted that i just don't even want to see them.

 

yes we did end up coming out of this with a lot of $ from their friends in the end, but geeze... i wish it had gone differently.  thank goodness hubby and i are going away for the weekend so i don't have to see the in laws for 2 weeks at least... maybe my blood will settle by then...

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Oh Laura, sorry that they upset you and hubby so much. I'm glad to hear that everything you planned turned out so well. It sucks that you spent so much time setting up your playlist and picking out songs only to have it pushed aside. I'm glad your friends played your music through dinner.

 

I think that's why I have completely taken over all the plans for our AHR. I have been so worried that someone else will step in and try to make it something that isn't what we want. My hubby is already worried that his family will be under dressed or cause a scene. MIL doesn't even want to sit with FIL's family because she doesn't get along with them. I'm also worried that some will show up hung over or drunk, and it's a Sunday lunch!

 

So big hugs Laura, just remember there's usually someone out there that has it worse off.

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Laura, I am so sorry to hear this big hug to yousmile03.gif

 

At least your having a weekend getaway to help calm you down, just sit back relax, breathe, and remember how perfect your wedding day was!!!

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Laura,

 Totally get it. I know most of us wanted a small AHR and ended up with a big reception. I kind of feel like we are all in the same boat! I know that my AHR (it's this weekend) is not exactly what I envisioned either but I am trying to consider everyone else too. A lot of our guests have traveled to celebrate with us and if they want a fancy party then so be it. I am going to have a great time either way. But the dj better not play the hokey pokey! lol Can't wait to see the pictures from your AHR!

Enjoy your weekend away!

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