Five years ago, at least a handful of you were watching me get married at Walt Disney World via cell phone photos posted live to this blog by my bridesman, Nate. Can you believe it’s been 5 years?
Here are some thoughts looking back on our Disney wedding…
Best part of our wedding: having so many family members join us at Walt Disney World. Originally, I was very stressed when our guest list kept growing. Now, I can’t believe how blessed we are to have that many people who were willing to make the trip and I love that our families were able to mix and mingle in such a happy place. I especially cherish the fact that my grandparents made it out from California, since my grandfather passed away two years later. He had such a wonderful time and it’s my best memory with him.
Biggest Disney wedding regret: not spending more to keep the party going. It’s funny that I regret not spending enough money, since we went over budget by $2,000 as it was, but I really wish we had added a dessert party. Our guests would have loved it and at 5PM when the wedding was wrapping up, nobody wanted the fun to stop so we ended up trying to find each other at Downtown Disney. We should have sprung the extra cash to end the night with Illuminations and sweets to really end it on a high note.
Can’t believe we spent so much on: invitations and mailing newsletters. Considering I did them myself and they were ok-but-not-awesome, I can’t believe I spent a combined $1,000 putting together mail and sending it out to people. I really could have done something better with that money…good reminder that DIY doesn’t always mean cheaper!
Why didn’t we spend more on: bridal party gifts. I’ve always felt bad about not doing more for our party, especially since they spent so much to be down there with us.
I don’t know why we: thought we could run the WDW half-marathon two days after our wedding day. That was never going to happen!
I’m so glad we: took a week-long honeymoon 5 months before we got married. It was such a wonderful trip and when we went back for our WDW wedding, we didn’t feel any pressure to do everything in the parks.
If I could do it all again: I would have made our wedding party smaller. We included 16 people because we wanted them to know how special they are to us, but they ended up being “rewarded” by being told what to wear, having to get up early to take photos, and (for most) sitting in the front row for the wedding ceremony while their significant others sat by themselves. Not much of a perk for putting years of friendship in! Since we couldn’t do anything exclusive for them, we should have just let them come and enjoy the day.
I know a lot of you are a few years out from your Disney wedding. Anything you would have done differently?