Wednesday, January 14, 2009

That Wedding: Ring Ceremony Prep

While the boys were golfing and us girls were gallivanting around taking photos, my DOC Tiffany, Hotel 1000 coordinator Donna, Aunt, and a few cousins were putting the finishing touches on all of the setup.

I felt really bad about asking my aunt to hang the chandelier for me, because I felt like I was asking her to work on a day of celebration. She'd already driven all the way out to Seattle for the weekend, taken time off of work, and now I wanted her to climb up on a ladder and hang things up. I tried to find a way to fit doing it myself into the schedule but it would have meant getting up at 4 am on my wedding day for setup, and I knew that was a bad idea.

Now I realize that people were so willing to do things for me because they love me. It's wonderful to see the ways in which people gather to show how much they care about you on your wedding day. I love my family and friends for that.

We didn't end up lighting the candles on the chandelier, and just let them hang in their Phantom-esque glory. My aunt and cousins then hung 12 hanging glass votives with battery powered tea lights and sparkly diamond chips inside. The decor was simple, cheap, and modern and I loved it.

I needed something to dress up the runner and the buttons I was incorporating throughout the wedding provided the perfect solution. I sorted through my huge supply purchased off of ebay and filtered out all of the black, cream, ivory, and gold buttons.

I printed the reserved seating signs on sheets of cardstock two-by-two and cut them in half. I made sure to inform all of those who had reserved seats to look for them so we didn't have someone doing a reading sitting in the back row.

The programs were a last minute project that I ended up being really happy with. I was just going to do little quarter sheets of paper set on every other chair, but then I realized that our quote was entirely too long for people to pay attention unless they could read it.

So I emailed Ami of Elizabeth Anne Designs and she whipped up a template for me in word. We went back and forth for a long time on how to bind the three pages together. The sewing machine wasn't working so I couldn't do that again, and I didn't want to just use staples.

Photo by me

Using a hole punch and filling it with a diamond head tack turned out to be the perfect solution.

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The second page had the quote we used for our reading printed on vellum. I hope it helped people better understand how we feel about marriage, and what we think a succesful marriage is.

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On the last page I had the chance to reuse the compass I purchased off of iStockphoto.

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When creating the schedule for the wedding I stressed a lot about the period of time between the temple and the ring ceremony. What would our guests do for so long? I felt like I needed to be entertaining them every moment of the day, and now I realize how ridiculous that was. The break gave family and friends a chance to relax.

That Mother got a chance to touch up her hair and makeup.

It was a time to kick off your shoes and relax...

and my grandma took that really seriously.

Around 4:00 pm the ushers started escorting their guests to their seats. You might have noticed that the cousin pictured here doing the ushering was also hanging up tealights earlier. He was really helpful that day, and it was so fun to look at the pictures and see how they took ushering the ladies to their seats very seriously.

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That morning in the temple, That Groom and I made the decision that we wanted to take a moment with our parents and the officiant to say a prayer right before the ring ceremony started. It was a very brief moment, but I think it was one that we all needed to help put us in the right mindset before things started. Luckily there were no nerves (well maybe for our friend doing the reading and the officiant), but our parents and we as a couple felt great since the marriage had already happened that morning.

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As we walked into the atrium the ushers were waiting to escort the ladies inside.

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It was very important to our officiant (and now we agree with him) that the ring ceremony be as free of pomp and pageantry as possible. We wanted to share this moment with our friends, but also emphasize that the most important thing to us was our marriage in the temple earlier that day. As I walked in, clutching my non-vows, no one stood up.

We walked in quickly, and because the aisle was so small it made more sense for That Groom to follow behind me instead of walking side by side.

I forgot to do my bustle up and I was forced to reach behind and awkwardly hitch up the train. I couldn't bear to let it drag and mess up my pretty buttons. :)

Photo by guest

What bride doesn't love a good shoe shot?

We sat down and waited for the sounds of Yo-Yo Ma playing his Cello Suites to die down.

I think our friends and family were starting to get impatient. It was time!

I don't know how, but that girl Kelli Nicole was everywhere.


That Wedding: Bridesmaid Party!
That Wedding: Whole Foods (Rehearsal-ish) Luncheon
That Wedding: Harbor Sailing
That Wedding: Putting My Face On
That Wedding: The Gift Exchange
That Wedding: Dressing That Bride
That Wedding: Bridal Details
That Wedding: The First Look
That Wedding: Into The Woods
That Wedding: Woodsy Family Portraits
That Wedding: To Wed! To Wed!
That Wedding: Showered With Love, Coins, and Hugs
That Wedding: Group Shots With a Little Spice
That Wedding: Those Groomsmen
That Wedding: The Whole Party
That Wedding: Me and My Maids (+Manmaid)


Anne-Laure said...

I love your programs! Any advice where to get a diamond head tack similar to the one you used?

Jenna said...

Hehe did you comment on WB as well? Unfortunately I do not have an answer for you. They were one of the many wonderful things my mom has tucked away in her office! I don't even think tack is the right word for what that little pin is that filled the hole punch hole and helped it slide around.

Not much use am I?

Cate Subrosa said...

You know what? People aren't just willing to do things for you because they love you, they enjoy doing things for you.

I really like how you decided to make this part a bit more casual.

Cécy said...

I love the buttons.
I ended up not doing a program by lack of time and no one missed it.
I do regret not doing sitting signs for the close family though. It would have avoided those empty seats between my family and the rest of the guests... oh well.

And I agree on the whole people doing things for you. I felt bad that some of my family members did so much, but I do realize it's out of love, that they did not feel obligated, they just wanted to be a part of it.