To me, the best weddings are the ones that are simple, handmade, and filled with love. Today’s wedding from Diana McGregor is the perfect example. This couple kept it relaxed and focused on what really mattered to them, taking the stress level down and the fun level up! I love how they made a list of guidelines to keep them on track. Also, I really like how they organized their ceremony, with bridesmaids and groomsmen on both sides!
We got engaged on April 27, 2013 and were married on September 1, 2013— a four month engagement! In my mind, it was the perfect amount of time. Right after we were engaged, we talked about what we wanted in a wedding and what was most important to us, so we made a list:
We didn’t want our bridal party to spend more than $75 on their outfits. We got the ladies’ dresses on zappos and the guys’ pants from Banana Republic. Everything is totally re-wearable and our gifts to them was their jewelry, ties and suspenders. I put all the flower arrangements together 2 months before and 4 days before the wedding. The bouquets and boutonnieres were made with balsa wood flowers and they were super fun and pretty. They’re even getting used again— decorative pieces in our house! I wore my great-grandmother’s wedding dress from 1932! My mom also wore it in 1975. I modified it a tiny bit and added lace, too.
The wedding was unique because we tossed the idea of a sit-down dinner and instead had a more “casual cocktail dinner” which was a total hit! Guests were able to watch the pizzas be created from Fist of Flour pizza and choose a dessert from Lexi’s Frozen Custard. The truth is, wedding dinners are sometimes awkward! The bride and groom decide seating arrangements three days before the wedding when they’re completely stressed out and that means you get seated next to the groom’s high school friends who you just met for the first time. Our theory was, why not let people talk to who they want to talk to and leave when they want to leave— all without feeling awkward about it?! So we had table space that you could sit down at if you wanted but if not, you could stand to talk with your friends. And it was a BLAST!
The simplicity of the day was awesome. This is how it went: ceremony, dinner/dessert/drinks, three speeches (welcome, maid of honor, best man), first dance, dance party. That’s it! I guess all of the details I’ve planned previously encouraged me to be as low key as possible. All of this allowed us to be as present as possible. My motto for the day was to “let it go.” It was a little windy? Let it go. The hair dresser was late? Let it go. I spilled lipgloss on the front of my dress right before the “first look” with Dillon? Let it go.