In honor of my 3rd wedding anniversary, I’m celebrating with a whole week of wedding posts. Im kicking it off with a photo tour of my vintage carnival theme and giving my advice on how to enjoy your wedding day.
The benefit of being a bridesmaid a few times before actually getting married myself was that I saw first hand just how stressful a wedding can be and how often the bride doesn’t get to enjoy her day. I really wanted to enjoy my wedding so I came up with a game plan to combat what seemed inevitable.
First, I made a list of the most important priorities that I wanted from my wedding day, for me it was
1. To marry Juice…the whole point of the day right?!
2. I wanted to have fun
3. I wanted my guest to have fun
I kept this list in mind the entire wedding planning process and referred back to it when making budget decisions or dealing with a problem.
The other problem I saw with other brides was that they had too many things to do to really just relax. Since I love to plan parties and usually keep control of the reins the entire time, my solution to this one was really tough. But I hired a “Day of Coordinator” anyway.
For me this was by far the best money ever spent! I got to do all the fun details building up to the wedding and then Leslie Price and Ashley Wilson took care of vendor coordination so I wasn’t bombarded with calls from the florist, baker, chairs, tables, and tent deliveries, the Photo Booth set up, the caterer, and overseeing the setup/decorating of our wedding site. They nailed it and took care of a few details I didn’t have time for; they made adorable little activity kits for the children at our wedding, picked up the wedding cake knife that I had totally spaced, and popped popcorn for our send off. I was especially happy they boxed up a few pieces of cake for Juice and I to enjoy later.
My wedding day was amazing even though it was far from perfect. It rained and poured all morning, with the weather reports showing a 90% chance of rain during the ceremony for most of the day and the generator powering our music cut out just as the flash mob portion of our wedding dance started. But I just held on to my list and knew that rain or shine, music or not, I was going to marry my love, dance, and have fun.
Here are some of my favorite details from my vintage carnival themed wedding:
- Liberty Park with Ferris Wheel
- Invitations with carnival tickets included
- Hand crocheted doilies everywhere, lovingly made by my extra mom Sheri
- Pinwheels adorned with ribbons, pom-pom fringe, and ric-rac for flower girls
- Vintage umbrellas rented from Bella Umbrella
- Vintage blue Ball jars for vases
- My grandparents cake topper
- My adorable wedding cake
- Circus tent curtains
- Cupcake garland
- Billy balls painted blue for my bouquet
- Bow ties from theBellandtheBeau on Etsy
- Popcorn, gelato, cotton candy, and lemonade bar
- Acoustic stylings of Trenton McKean
- Photo booth and props
- Flash mob dance to Hall and Oats You Make My Dreams Come True
Here is the photo Tour
I hope you enjoyed my wedding photo tour. I’d love to hear what you would put on your own wedding priorities list.
Photography credit for all of these wonderful photos goes to Cat Palmer