Our wedding day was a giant party with a nod to traditional weddings, wrapped in elegance! We went big with a 20-person wedding party, our ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and our reception in the Pantlind and Imperial Ballrooms, at the Amway Grand Plaza. We wanted our guests to enjoy a fun, carefree night, with delicious food and dessert, open bars, good music, and the opportunity to catch-up with family and friends! Based off the feedback, and our overall happiness at the end of our wedding night, we can confidently say it was a success!
I have two favorite moments from our wedding day!
The first moment was waking up the morning of to find a dusting of snow on the ground. I dreamed of wedding snow photos and I could not believe that I lucked out! My friends kept joking that the snow princess got her wedding wish!
The second moment was dancing at our reception! My husband and I, and our guests, let loose for one big dance party! During the second to last song of the night, my college friends lifted me into the air on the dance floor, a tradition of ours that began as dance majors in college. Eric’s friends did not want to be stood up by the ladies, so they lifted him into the air too, and we both floated around the dance floor. It was a silly moment and so much fun!
Stick to your gut and plan the day that is the perfect fit for you and your significant other! Everyone has a different idea of their perfect wedding, so plan the day you both want to send you into married life. In regard to logistics, decide what aspects of the day are most important to you and plan those first. I booked our venue and our photographer (the lovely Karyn May) first, and I am so happy I did. The reception and photographs were the most important to me, so I am glad I booked both of those right out of the gate. It lifted a big weight off my shoulders.
Enjoy every single moment of your wedding day because it flies by! Also, if you have the opportunity, take a moment to step away from the hustle and bustle and observe your wedding with just your significant other. Before my husband and I entered our reception for dinner, we went up to the balcony that overlooked the Pantlind Ballroom and took a few minutes just to take it all in and watch our guests enjoy themselves!
I would not change one thing!