Andrene
Master October 2011

I'm Back with Pics --UPDATE on Pg 6 PHOTOBOOTH PICS

Andrene, on October 17, 2011 at 10:49 AM Posted in Planning 0 129
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Hello ladies. Sorry for the delay but work has been crazy since I got back. Okay, here’s my recap:

In general everything went better than expected and all the guests are still talking about what a great time they had and how they’ve never been to a wedding like ours before and don’t think they will ever go to one like it again. They noticed all the little details and were very appreciative of my efforts. Thanks again to all you ladies for all the encouragement on my DIYs and the endless support during the past year. I would have been one depressed bride if I didn’t have you all to turn to everyday. My list of lessons learned is a bit long so I will spread it out over the next few posts. But, here are a few teaser pics to start. Credit goes to: http://cookproductions.com/index2.php#/rgallery1/1/ . I made it into his coveted online gallerySmiley smile . . . soo cool




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  • Andrene
    Master October 2011
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    Ceremony: So glad we didn’t give in to family pressure to do a Catholic mass. My brother did a fantastic job and even people who normally hate these things couldn’t say enough great things about the ceremony. We laughed, we cried and it was all so memorable and personal. I am beyond touched that he gifted us with this. Funny moment from the ceremony. . .the coordinator arranged to have security stand outside the doors so that no one would get in after we started. I was thrilled when she told meSmiley smile But, it turns out we didn’t need him at all. All the guests were on time and in their seats well before the start time (a rarity for sure with the Jamaicans). Lesson: The ceremony is for the two of you so do what feels right to the both of you.




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  • Nicole
    Master November 2011
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    Eeek we've been waiting for your return!!! You are so lovely Andrene! Congratulations

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  • Andrene
    Master October 2011
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    Programs + Favors + Welcome Bags: There wasn’t a single program or favor left at the end of the night. In fact there were people who didn’t want to open the program boxes or favors because they wanted to display them in their homes when they got home (or in a few cases show them off to people who could not make it). People actually spent money on water and snacks from the hotel because they didn’t want to open the stuff in the welcome bags. Many actually carried them as hand luggage (a few packed the water) on the flight home because they didn’t want them to get damaged in transit. The pie pops were a big hit and the little chairs from the rehearsal dinner were all pocketed before we got to the toast and told people they were theirs to take homeSmiley smile Our nephews loved all the special favors we did for them and are now happily back at home bragging to everyone who will listen about their favorite Aunty AndieSmiley smile Lesson: If the favors are useful or edible, people will appreciate them. Plus, there are people who still treasure wedding programs.

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  • Amy E.
    Super November 2011
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    Congrats...beautiful pics!

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  • Andrene
    Master October 2011
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    Décor: So many people tried to tell me we couldn’t have lighting, etc. in our room and I was able to find a lighting company that did a jaw-droppingly beautiful job. Even the staff at the venue admitted that they have never seen a wedding in the ballroom look so beautiful. Lesson: Find vendors who understand your vision and are willing to think outside the box.

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  • Andrene
    Master October 2011
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    Music: The iPod set-up for the ceremony worked out beautifully. Everyone loved the prelude music and were singing along with the soundtrack. Also, the songs we selected for our processional and recessional were big hits. All the guests are still talking about how original it was (they typically are used to the catholic mass with the non-secular music). Invest in a good DJ. Ours rocked the house for both the reception and after party. People stayed on the dancefloor the entire night and would have kept on going if the venues didn’t shut us downSmiley smile

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  • Andrene
    Master October 2011
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    Photobooth + Caricature: Very big hit with young and old guests. If your budget allows I highly recommend it. Plus, since we were so busy, it was very nice to see all the images from the guestbook. I’d say the open bar definitely gave folks the courage to ham it up for the camera.

    Photo + Video: Get really good vendors for this. I was so busy running around making sure all the guests were okay I didn’t take 2 minutes to look around and enjoy everything (not to mention all that food). Thankfully I will get to relive all I missed when the photos and video come out.

    Open Bar: I know this is a never ending debate on here. We had open bar for all 3 of our wedding events and I can honestly say there was no drunken craziness. I do believe this was the icing on the cake for many of the guests.

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  • Yani
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    We were all waiting for your return...glad you have a beautiful day. Lovely pictures and you guys make a beautiful couple.

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  • Andrene
    Master October 2011
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    Thank You Cards + Card Box: Be sure to get some TY cards even if you are not asking for gifts. I am still blown away by the generosity of our friends and family. Thanks to their generosity our baby fund is set. Now, I just need to sit down and write out all those TY cards (and of course get started on that baby making). Also, have a card box or designate someone to collect any cards/gifts people may bring to the wedding. We didn’t do this so people started to leave the cards on the escort card table. Thank the lord our coordinator was on top of it and quickly scooped them up and put them in our suite.

    Budget: When you set your dress budget don’t forget to add in the cost to get it cleaned and preserved. I’m spending a whopping $300 for my wedding dress and $150 for my reception dress.

    Dress + Shoes: Make sure someone knows how to bustle your dress. Thankfully the coordinator at the hotel was a pro at this. Since my MOH was not around for any of my fittings, she hadn’t a clue h

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  • Andrene
    Master October 2011
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    DRAMA (part 1 of 2) : MIL and my absentee MOH really were in top form. MIL was obsessed with being the last to get hair and makeup on the wedding day and bitched to everyone who would listen about not being informed about what we had planned for the wedding. Both my mom and DH were quick to set her in her spot so she was relatively quiet on the day of. But she still sneakily managed to get her own way by convincing the hair and makeup girls to touch her up after they were finished with me (I haven’t told DH this because I know he would flip out on her).

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  • Cyndi K
    Master August 2012
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    Beautiful photos!

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  • Andrene
    Master October 2011
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    Photobooth + Caricature: Very big hit with young and old guests. If your budget allows I highly recommend it. Plus, since we were so busy, it was very nice to see all the images from the guestbook. I’d say the open bar definitely gave folks the courage to ham it up for the camera.

    Photo + Video: Get really good vendors for this. I was so busy running around making sure all the guests were okay I didn’t take 2 minutes to look around and enjoy everything (not to mention all that food). Thankfully I will get to relive all I missed when the photos and video come out.

    Open Bar: I know this is a never ending debate on here. We had open bar for all 3 of our wedding events and I can honestly say there was no drunken craziness. I do believe this was the icing on the cake for many of the guests.

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  • Andrene
    Master October 2011
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    My MOH was also real piece of work. After not calling me to even find out how the planning was going this past year, she shows up and tries to steal my thunder: from telling me I gained weight at the rehearsal dinner, to telling my DH that she would be a great catch since she looks great in white, to not fitting in her dress causing us to run behind on photos and the most hurtful of all. . .my mom being stuck in the bathroom trying to sew her in the dress and missing out on the chance to do that picture with her zipping me into my dress. She also came on to every able bodied man at the wedding all the while taking every opportunity to say how much she helped me during the planning (now you ladies know this was a total LIE), and bragging about how much cooler/thinner/better than me she is. After the wedding she posted a crap load of really bad pics of me on FB (of course she looked great in all of them). I had to go through so much back and forth with her to get her to take them down because she didn't see anything wrong with them. To future brides, if you have someone like this in your life DO NOT invite them to your wedding or let them be a part of your wedding party.

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  • J
    Master November 2011
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    Looks like it was great!

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  • Shannon S (Mrs Ski)
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    Welcome Back!!, You pictures are beautiful!

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  • Andrene
    Master October 2011
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    Now for a few candids from guests.

    last dance ("Simply the Best" By Tina Turner). I was sweaty as hell but so didn't care at this point.

    Favorite shot: (me, DH and his gran). All the stress and money and time was all worth it to see how happy she was being able to share this moment with us. She's had a very difficult year (cancer, heartattack, phnemonia) but still flew 13 hours to be there for us. I cry everytime I think about it.

    This shot was taken at about 3am in the hotel bar/lounge. The place had closed by this but the guests were still not reday to go to bed. This is me opening the photobooth guestbook.




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  • MekMek
    Master June 2012
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    I am so sorry that you had to go through any of that with your MOH. Know this you look FABULOUS in the photos you've posted here. Your hubby obviously made the correct decision in when he said I do.

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  • Cavan
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    Congratulations Andrene! The pics are gorgeous and you look amazing! I love hearing that all the planning was worth it. Sorry about your MIL and MOH but it sounds like they didn't ruin your day. I'm anxious to see more pics.

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  • Sabrina
    Master November 2014
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    WOW.... i am so sorry your MOH is a total B....however the rest of your day was amazing and eveyone loved it i am sure. was waiting for you to get back with the details ...... so many congrats, going to look at your pics now! LOL

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  • ~*DesigningBride12*~
    VIP September 2012
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    OMG Andrene, you and hubby look amazing.. I love your dresses and those flowers are beautiful.. Glad everything went well... Congrats..

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