Thanks for the support ladies! It was nice to read through your posts and I totally agree with and appreciate your feedback. @perianjay @Sabes44 @Wafflesmom @vancouverpetunia @beckys98 @acw271011
It was starting to feel like the wedding took over our lives with the planning and financially and time wise so I am really grateful to have my schedule back and try to get back to normal again now being a Mrs of course.
I had done a lot of prep work and reading but I guess I had never read too much in the forums about post weddings other than reviews and photos...so I just wanted to be really honest about how I felt because while I'm so happy and grateful I also felt those other feelings.
Having been back now for about a week now it's easier to look back and really be grateful for everything and just agree that those little things won't be important years to come and they don't define our marriage and nobody will even care about them.
It was epic in every sense of the word and expression and what everyone pointed out was that you could feel the love in the room, not just between me and the husbter but also between our guests and the genuine care and that everyone was so present in the celebration. Our photographer said that pictures turned out amazing because everyone was like smiling like a 5 yr old in a candy shop. So I guess when it comes down to it, gratitude is the word of the day.
We didn't get rained out, everyone was healthy and able to attend, we had a safe trip back home, the resort was safe and beautiful, I can't ask for more.
As for the flowers vancouverpetunia, I didn't think I was going to do my own flowers but I asked for a quote and I got really annoyed with the flower prices at the resort. It was approx. 1000usd. I loved our venue for the reception and like most of my friends who had been married before told me, I didn't need a lot of décor. The venue itself was enough. My dad bought me the cute little vases, they were smaller than I expected but knew it would be fine.
I asked the WC to give me a clear definition of what a vendor was and I realized that if I went to Walmart or Chedraui and bought flowers that these stores are not considered a vendor under their definition. So my intentions were to buy the flowers at Walmart because I had gone earlier on in the week and they had a ton of roses but by the time we went back the day before the wedding they were all gone. I found a flower market and the lady had just about everything I needed. I spent about $258 and even if I wanted her to put them together she couldn't because she was so busy with wedding season.
I told our WC that I was going to be putting together our flowers and our centrepieces and she didn't say anything. I had been a little frustrated with them about a few things and I don't know if they just didn't feel like arguing me with me or if in fact, what I did was fine, because I didn't necessarily go through a vendor by their definition.
We got a huge garbage bag and put everything in there so when we arrived at the hotel we just took it up straight to our rooms. I filled up the bathtub with water and had everything soak in there. We had a production line with all the ladies at night to put together the bouquets. I am experienced in the flower industry so I had an idea of what I was doing. I overestimated the flowers that I would need so we did have leftovers and I added it to the BM bouquets to fill it up more.
The centrepieces were perfect for what I wanted. I saw some of the centre pieces they did for other weddings and they were so tropical tacky, I don't know if that makes sense but trust me, it was not pinterest approved. hahaha
So I was really happy that we pulled that one off. I wasn't in love with my bouquet but at that point there nothing I could do as it was included in our wedding package.
@MrsCtoB I think you nailed exactly how I felt. I hope brides-to-be read this just to have an idea of what kind of feelings you expect. I dont' miss the planning because to be honest, I was so ready for this wedding and so ready to just do it. I just feel so overwhelmed with joy and sad it's over and the reality is that now I am going to be focusing on other stages in life and while this one was epic, it is not in the past. We are so grateful though and are encouraging our friends to do destination weddings. haha
Edited by veryvalentine, 02 July 2015 - 07:14 AM.