Bride Backwards Blogging our wedding from the honeymoon to the proposal!

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DIY: Ceremony Decorations

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I will say it again: the most important decision you make about your wedding is your choice of venue. Everything revolves around this decision, and starting off with something that is already thisclose to perfect will save you a lot of money and time. Our ceremony was held on the second floor of a yacht with floor-to-ceiling windows, which was floating on one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. At sunset. We could have had no decorations and everything would have been beautiful. In my opinion, the first factor in ceremony “decor” that...

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DIY: Progamming

One of my personal favorite keepsakes from any wedding are the programs. Such a great way to introduce the theme & tone of the wedding as soon as guests sit down for the ceremony, and a great way to say a special thank you to the people who’ve helped out with your planning! I did all the printing and design work for our programs myself, and it was a fun project that added a lot of personalization. (Writing this just reminded me that I need to get a frame for our leftover programs, actually!) Here’s what we came up with:...

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DIY: Crafting for the Kiddos

Kids are the best, basically. I wanted to spend some extra time coming up with fun things for our flower girl and two ring bearers to carry down the aisle. What we ended up with was very inexpensive, all homemade, and really fun! Flower Girl: A Starfish Basket This was a very simple project, that took about 15 minutes and cost about $10. Here are the (fairly obvious) steps for making a flower girl basket of your own Choose a nice basket from your local craft store. I picked out a small, but sturdy, basket from Michael’s. I think a darker...

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Down the Aisle

Our venue provided a sort of unique setup for the bride and groom as the wedding ceremony started. Matt and I were on opposite ends of the yacht, with me outside on the bow and him downstairs at the stern. I couldn’t see any of what was going on inside, but I could hear the music playing. It was one of the happiest, calmest moments of my life… just standing alone with the ocean breeze in my face. I would have completely missed my “entrance” if not for our wedding coordinator, I was so relaxed and focused on the beautiful...

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Well Read

I adore my friends, and would have had twenty bridesmaids if I could have fit them all at the front of the yacht. So, I totally understand the semi-agony of choosing bridesmaids and filling all your “roles” for the wedding party. At the end of the day, I actually really lucked out in this regard because two of my very close girlfriends (who I’m just as close with as the girls who were bridesmaids) are also extremely well-spoken. Making them readers was completely the perfect choice, and their part in our ceremony was absolutely priceless. I also think they probably...

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A Simple Ceremony

Our ceremony was probably about 15 minutes in total, which we loved. I’ve been to beautiful weddings, especially in churches, where the ceremony was an hour long. It really is more your personal preference, religious beliefs, and how your family feels about the whole thing. We really wanted something simple, short, and sweet. There were two things on my mind during the ceremony: This is happening.  If I let go of my very, very soon-to-be husband’s hand at any point during this ceremony, I will absolutely pass out right here in front of all our friends and family.  I wasn’t nervous,...

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

A lot of married friends told me that the moment that would stand out the most during the wedding day was the first few minutes after we came back down the aisle as husband and wife. It really is such a surreal memory, and we’re lucky to have it on video otherwise I might not really remember it. Our ceremony “exit song” was one of the last song choices I made… mostly because I forgot about needing to pick a song for that moment. I’ve been to weddings where the exit song is super serious, which is cool if you’re...

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Creative Menus

I’ll talk about our experience when tasting potential wedding food later, but that actually has little to do with our wedding menu offerings because we didn’t actually taste the food we ended up choosing! Basically, we did our tasting wayyy too early (over a year before the wedding) because we were so excited, but ended up changing our minds as the wedding planning evolved. I’m really glad with what we ended up serving at the wedding, though. I had spent a good six months underselling the food to our would-be guests. We weren’t really in love with what we had...

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Favor-iting

Choosing the “perfect” favors become sort of unexpectedly important to me. We were reminded so often about people having to travel for the wedding that I really did want to find something unique and symbolic as a gift and thank you. We looked at options like nautical bottle openers or wine keys, seeds that could be planted, and picture frames. Nothing really struck me as the perfect fit, though, until I found the WeddingFavorsandMore Etsy Shop. It was about a week after I had bought our centerpieces, which had this great nautical rope detailing, so when I saw these… …it...

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Flash Forward: First Quarter

Today marks three months since our wedding day! I can’t believe how quickly the months have been flying by. People keep asking me two questions: How are you guys doooooing? (Said is a cautious, disturbing tone.) This one always makes me laugh. As though after exchanging vows we would suddenly morph from a happy couple into this horrible concept of “marriage” that so many people seem to have ingrained in them. It always kind of baffles me. What’s different about being married, has anything changed? This is a much more normal question, and one that I think about the answer to quite...