Sunday, July 3, 2011

My Wedding - A Look Back...

All photos were taken by our friend and photographer, Tracey Heppner.
To view more photos, read her blog post here!
Read our engagement story here!

Our wedding ceremony & reception venue - UBC Boathouse in Richmond, BC

Herro! I'm still here in the Philippines but finally have some down time to put together a post. I wanted to reflect on my wedding planning process and the wedding itself so that a) I have something to look back on in the future and b) hopefully it will help those who are currently planning their wedding and those who will be getting married in the future.

DON'T PROCRASTINATE - If you're like me, you like to leave things to the last minute because you know you'll get the job done anyway no matter what but if you're planning a wedding (especially a wedding on a budget), you'll need time to carefully plan for things like DIY projects.

YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT - Though it's your wedding, there are many others to think about and consider when it comes to wedding details, mainly.... PARENTS! They will likely want to invite so-and-so who invited them to their son's wedding as well as your cousin's second cousin's brother. Their taste is also likely different from your taste so you may have to come to a compromise... you may have to let your orange polka dot chair covers go.

All of us including bridesmaids and groomsmen stopped in the middle of the aisle and posed for a photo, this was my pose. :P

STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF - This is so important! You don't want to look back at your wedding and think "that wasn't me at all" Even with the above point in mind, make sure the wedding is still YOU. It made me smile every time someone came up to me and said "this wedding is totally you guys" It's challenging trying to keep parents and other requests in mind while staying true to yourself but in the end it is worth it!

details that were "us"
one: my silver glitter TOMS shoes that matched our theme colors of gray & aqua
two: as most of you know, i have a clothing line called herro hachi - of course, it had to be incorporated into the wedding somehow. "herro?" pins were on all boutonnieres, my bouquet, and my bridesmaids' dresses. 
three & four: two of our favorite things - japanese snacks and bubbletea! a bowl of pocky sticks were at each table and bubbletea was served during "cocktail" hour
five: instead of photo booths, we had flip books vancouver at our reception! you get 6 seconds of video time and it comes out in a book :)

CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES, especially on your wedding day! Know that not everything will go according to plan. Things will go wrong - at my brothers wedding reception, the audio didn't work, at my friends reception, her cake started melting and leaning sideways, at my wedding reception, it took 30 minutes for us to get our slideshow working. It's okay!

WORK AS A TEAM - I have to say that planning a wedding is really a test of your relationship with your partner. Many times my husband (still feels weird saying that) and I disagreed on many details during the wedding planning process. We also disagreed on what was worth spending money on and what wasn't worth it. Communication & Compromise is important! (Patience & Perseverance too :P)

Our wedding reception entrance to "Thunderstruck" by ACDC

TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE - It gets stressful... really stressful. I had plans to lose weight for my wedding day but in the end, I didn't have time or energy to include a work out routine but i lost weight because of stress. Stay healthy and take time for yourself. Outings with your bridesmaids and close girlfriends are great for venting, laughing, crying, and just enjoying each others company. :)

Instead of a cake, we had home made cupcakes made by our very good friend. She even made a bride and groom cupcake for the very top of the cupcake tower!

ACCEPT HELP - If you're like me, you like having control over most details because you want things done a certain way. During the wedding planning process, especially during the last few weeks before the wedding - you will need help! My matron of honor (my sis in law) was great because all I had to do was tell her what needed to get done and how I wanted it done and she took care of delegating and instructing others. She was also great at answering questions because trust me, days before the wedding, people will be asking you 13402983 questions and many of them are the same questions you've answered tons of times already. Make sure your bridesmaids are always in the loop so they can take the Q&A off your shoulders.

HIRE A WEDDING CO-ORDINATOR - If I were to do it all over again, i would definitely hire a coordinator to help from the beginning to the end of the wedding planning. If it's in your budget, go for it! It'll make your life easier and you'll actually have time and energy to enjoy the process. If hiring a wedding co-ordinator isn't in your budget, make sure you at least have one for the day of your wedding. Nothing worse than someone coming up to you at the head table and complaining that you've sat them at the same table as someone they don't like. ;)

So... ready to get married? :P

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shirley said...

you look absolutely amazing and your reception was so creative :) i esp. love your flip books and your wedding reception entrance. i hope you are having an amazing time in the PI and congratulations!

suki pooki said...

Noooooo! I MUST have my orange seat covers! haha jk jk! Wow that's one crazy process just to make a nice wedding! I feel like sometimes people forget that you could just technically get married without all the fancy stuff but then again who doesn't like fancy stuff?! =D

You look sooooo gorgeous and beautiful in your wedding gown! The ceremony looks pretty too, I love the idea of flower balls! So chic! and OMG bubble tea?! Im so there!!! That's one awesome cocktail hour! The hour where guests are usually bored out of their minds hahaha but you can never be bored with bbt!!! But hmm Im all down for getting married! a few years! =D

Gessyl Enchanted said...

been waiting for wedding pictures. haha! :) i can tell from the details alone that your wedding day was wonderful! and i superduper agree about hiring a coordinator. I did too. and all i had to worry are my jitters. hahaha

Sonia said...

it looked like a super fun wedding, Kym! Congratulations!

MissA* said...

It's such a beautiful wedding, Kym! We hired wedding planners to plan our entire wedding. It really made our lives so much easier and we got to enjoy our wedding day.

breakingrumours said...

your wedding really screams you :D its such a beautiful wedding! :) love all the ideas you incorporated into it,all the personal touches are lovely.

Keri said...

Wow, this is amazing! You look stunning.
I love how every little detail was carefully thought out to represent who you are. love :)
Enjoy the rest of your stay in the Philippians~!

RicAdeMus said...

You two and your helpers did a great job putting the wedding together. I'm thinking now you can understand even better the tears K shed as she walked down the aisle (after being swarmed by bugs while trying to get a few pre-wedding pics; her dad's pants being five inches too bug; the flowers being delvered to the wrong place; etc.).

ko0ty said...

Your wedding was creativity to the max! When I saw those pocky sticks in the jar, I thought it was so cute; those simple details are so brilliant. The bride and groom cupcakes = haven't seen that before.. super unique. Good job and congrats again, Kym!!

dolce la robyn said...

one word: AWESOMENESS!!!

MeiBelle said...

I absolutely loved everything about your wedding. In all your pictures I could see the love!

And your bride and groom cupcakes are adorable!!

Congrats again Kym, may the both of you have a beautiful and prosperous marriage!

Richelle said...

CONGRATULATIONS KYM! You are such a beautiful bride! Have fun in the PI :)


mizzsandychau said...

you look so beautiful on your wedding day! Looks like a really nice place that you picked! i love hte bride and groom cupcake, it's so cute and i love how you added your "herro" on your bouquet. I think bbt and pocky sticks is such a fun idea, really loving all these pics haha. Congratulations again!

yvonne... said...

Congrats again!!! Your wedding must have been amazing!! i am so happy for you guys..and my gosh those cupcakes are the cutest thing!!

Maeve Rachel said...

You look so beautiful! Your whole day looks amazing! =) It really does look like it was so fun but still very personal and very you! I LOVE the flip book idea.. and pocky!!! =D Congrats again Kym! =)

... daisy... said...

This annoying internet connection is so slow that I can't look at the picture... damn it! so I will look tomorrow in the office!!!! So you're married!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So happy for you!!!!

Dirt On The Rocks said...

gorgeous! gorgeous! you looked absolutely stunning. seriously though you're a very beautiful blushing bride. it's awesome of you to write down your tips through your experiences. i am not getting married anytime soon it's just nice to read on the possibilities i can come up with when it's my turn :)

Becks said...

Ah, LOVE the pocky sticks!

P.S. Once you're settled back in we need to get together!

Melissa said...

kim, you were a beautiful bride!! Love all the personal touches and am so glad you enjoyed your special day! Have fun in the philippines =)

Nashe^ said...

It was goegeous, Kym, I'm sure you know that already! I've thought about Flipbooks before, but if it's in Singapore it's prolly gonna cost a bomb.

Meh. I'll just elope. :P

H. said...

Own *---* You look so pretty, and the wedding looks so perfect !!
I wish you all the best !! Have fun in Philippines !!


KyandiiCandy said...

Kym! omg i haven't been to your blog a long time! and now you get married already! CONGRATULATIONSS!! =D you look so pretty! =D and wow everything at your wedding looks so awesome! love it! =D wish you and your husband all the best! =D already any plans for babies? hihiih =P xx

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Meream said...

HAHAHAHA! That entrance photo! You are hilarious. I am dying here! :p