My wedding was a DW, small (27 guests), not a formal reception. I loved my venue so I don't think I would change anything other then maybe a different dress. The one I chose is beautiful (and I haven't gotten our pro pics back yet) but was very uncomfortable. I would have also budgeted for video but I knew from the get go I would regret that.
I would have gone with a destination wedding like we originally planned and skipped all of the drama caused by our families.
I am with Lauren... Only thing I would change is end the night earlier. I think everyone was beat but we had to keep the party going til 11 when the limo was coming. Other than that it was perfect and I wouldn't change a thing.
At first I wanted to do the whole big wedding thing. But the more I thought about the ceremony, the more I hated it. FH and I aren't technically eloping, we'll have a small (about 30 ppl if everyone invited goes) DW and then a reception when we get back. So I feel like I'm getting the best of both worlds and have been much happier since we decided it.
Very few things would I change at this point (but the wedding hasn't happened yet so maybe more). 1. I would have thought more about the dress....not need to feel bridal just feel more like me. 2. I wouldn't have felt so bad about not including people. SO many weddings have really limited wedding lists that being inclusive is awesome but probably not as much of a thing to worry about back we started making the guest list.
But the size of a wedding we are having now feels pretty perfect roughly 225 people with roughly 36 babies and kiddos coming.
@January Wedding, that is pretty much what happened to us. I haven't regretted the decision since we paid the down payment for the ceremony on the catamaran. FH is happy, I'm happy, my parents are happy. Everyone else? Meh.