I know that you previously wanted to get married in a church and decided against it – how did you make that decision?
As far as planning the wedding, that was mostly up to our wedding planner! All of the vendors we hired had done plenty of outdoor and private residence events, so they all knew what they were doing!
Having a wedding planner was key to my sanity, overall. While I still was involved in a lot of the decision making and things, she handled all the other stuff (which is a lot!). Having people close to you to lean on is key. I tried to not talk about “the wedding” every time Mike and I were together, but he was definitely a shoulder to lean on when I got overwhelmed. My bridesmaids and mom helped me talk through options and decisions, as well, which was great!
Keeping perspective was important, too. While we wanted the day to be special and everything we dreamed, there was also the reality that it is just one day. It’s important, of course, but not because of the food you choose of the dress you wear. It’s important because of what it means to you, your spouse, and your loved ones. Everything else should pale in comparison.
While there were times when I legitimately wished we’d decided to elope, it was all worth it, 110%. It was the most incredible day!
Mike’s dad gave hime some loose diamonds that had been taken out of some family rings, so we knew that we wanted to use those for my band. I wanted a band that matched my engagement ring band, so that was easy! He picked out the band that he liked the look and feel of the most – I think we were at our jewelers for a total of 30 minutes for him to pick it out. He didn’t have much of an opinion, so just picked the one he liked the most!