Wedding Graduate: Emma!


Ok, ladies and gentlemen. As of this writing, I don’t know what happened on Prop 8, and I try not to talk about non-wedding related politics here. But I will tell you that I’m typing this tipsy, and I hope that many of you are as happy as I am right now. Now! On with the show! I love every single wedding graduate post, but this one made a huge light bulb go on over my head. “Ohhhh….” it made me think “of course.” So, I bring you Emma, of the killer at home wedding.
Wedding Graduate: Emma! | A Practical WeddingI always imagined that I’d want an enormous wedding, with hundreds of people and fanfare befitting a queen. When it came down to it, however, and it was time to plan my actual wedding, with my actual boyfriend and my actual family, I was surprised to discover that what I wanted was much more intimate. We ended up with about thirty people in my parents’ dining room. I wore my mother’s dress and a piece of tulle the size of a pumpkin on my head. It was packed and warm and perfect. Everyone (including the rabbi) laughed throughout.

What we did right: keep it small. The smaller the better. We had a larger party the next day, but in retrospect, I would have picked a handful of people and moved them to the ceremony list, and then cancelled the second event. After the wedding, all I wanted to do was hang out with my husband and our families.
Wedding Graduate: Emma! | A Practical WeddingHave talented friends. We had one friend, Catherine Thompson, draw our portrait. Another friend sang at the ceremony. The printer cut our letterpressing bill in half because Mike does a lot of work with him. In my experience, everyone loves weddings, and will go out of their way to help you. Help is good.

What we did somewhat right: Tell people what to do. This is not the time to be a shrinking violet. I think this is something we could have done more of, actually– we were so solid on what we wanted that we didn’t end up delegating much responsibility on the actual day. Make lists. Give them to your mothers and friends.

Schedule things well. I spent much of my wedding day getting my hair done. Make sure you’re not missing the fun.

What we did wrong: Nothing. Here’s the thing. I was at my parents’ house, surrounded by people I love. We hired a great photographer, and my best friend was shooting video all day. Afterwards, we all had lobster rolls. What could be better? No matter what isn’t exactly right, it’s still your wedding. You’re going to be goofy with laughter all day long. Just enjoy it.

Ohhhhh…. ask for help! And more help! Of course! Thank you for stopping by Emma, and for all your wise words of wisdom.

Photo by Cappy Hotchkiss, and check out the groom’s awesome design studio

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03208244458086146065 Blablover5

    I love the response to what went wrong.

    It’s just so much shal I say healthier to weigh the good versus the bad than to just say “Oh it would have been perfect if X would have happened.”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10010855220044881380 Krista

    Love it! That sounds like a fun wedding. I’ll try to remember the advice to ask for help!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10211797571405802312 Rachel

    This wedding makes me happy. It’s so sweet and personal and not at all stuffy.

  • Peonies and Polaroids

    So lovely! I adore this wedding.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09361658418978897159 Danielle

    Rabbi + lobster rolls? You sound like my kinda jew!