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We’re happy to have Caitlyn be our first guest blogger! Being an incredibly organized and enthusiastic bride, Cait booked us for Day of Coordination almost a year before her big day. It was an absolute joy working with her and Nick leading up to their fabulous fall wedding and making sure her vision and DIY projects came to life. I want to say thank you to the following vendors and Cait will take it from there!
Hi, I’m Cait. My husband, Nick, and I were married on October 7th, 2011 at Fort William Henry Resort in Lake George, NY. Our wedding was everything that I’ve always dreamt of and more. Without the help of our family, friends and amazing vendors, we would not have had the magical day that we did.
Our journey started in May 2005 when Nick and I met. He was working at an electronics retailer and I went in to buy a phone. I guess the rest is history. Our first official date was at Applebees where Nick brought me the first bouquet of flowers that I had ever received. He claims that the flowers were alive and well upon his arrival but I seem to recall them wilting from the almost 100 degree weather in his unair-conditoned car. Regardless of whose version is correct, I loved those flowers and I kept them for weeks until they finally started to stink and my mother threw them away.
Fast forward several years. We had discussed marriage for a while and we both felt that it was the right time. We’re not the most traditional of couples so we shopped for and selected my ring together. On June 11th, 2010 (5 years and 13 days after our first date, but who’s counting?), Nick asked me to be his wife and I (of course!) said yes. He proposed in Congress Park (Saratoga Springs) next to the Spit and Spat monument. We were finally engaged after more than 5 years together and it felt amazing! Now I could plan without people thinking I was crazy (I was a bit of a “pre planner”).
My vision for our wedding is what I’ve been calling “fallapalooza”. Autumn in the Adirondacks is incredible so after determining our wedding date and location, it just made sense to go with a fall theme. I wanted to take advantage of the free décor (i.e. the fall foliage). Little did I know that Mother Nature would decide to extend summer and the leaves wouldn’t change. The weekend of our wedding was referred to as an “Indian summer” because of the unseasonably warm weather. It was 65 degrees with not a cloud in the sky. We couldn’t have asked for a better day.
Throughout planning, I got my inspiration from a number of different sources. Most were from the internet (Pinterest, various wedding blogs like Project Wedding, Style Me Pretty, etc…) and some magazines. A good chunk of my ideas came from my own noggin’, though. I was one of those little girls who planned her wedding since Barbies so I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted. We had a budget to stick to so I had to get creative with a lot of my ideas. Anything that I could do myself, I did. I spent countless hours in front of my computer slaving away in Photoshop. Don’t even get me started on how many blades I went through on my paper cutter! It was all worth it though. Receiving compliments and being able to say “I made that!” was a great feeling. I didn’t have a crafty bone in my body before wedding planning but now, I’m a DIY machine.
Our wedding had more special touches than I can even count. Everything from our photo booth to centerpieces to bathroom baskets were created with our own blood, sweat and tears. My favorite DIY was our photo booth, though I can’t really take much credit for it. Nick and his Dad (with lots of help from his Mom, too) created the most amazing photo booth I’ve ever seen. I sketched the basics of what I was looking for and my father in law made it. Our photo booth could fit upwards of a dozen people and it was the highlight of our wedding.
Some of my other favorite aspects were our apple pie favors, the late night snack station where we offered fresh apple cider donuts & mini milk cartons, the mini candy buffet as the kids table centerpiece (why waste an expensive floral arrangement on kids who won’t care about it anyway?), our seating chart, the Super Mario table numbers (that I made pixel by pixel) and the ceremony as a whole.
When it came to hiring a DOC (day of coordinator), I really just wanted someone who could pick up the slack the day of. I’m a planner at heart so I felt like I could hold my own but on your wedding day, you really need to be the bride and not the coordinator. I’ve heard so many horror stories of brides stressing themselves out because something goes wrong or mothers of the bride not even enjoying the wedding because they’re trying to make sure that everything runs perfectly. I didn’t want that for myself or my mom so hiring a DOC was the obvious way to go. It worked out perfectly for me after finding Kris. She totally put my mind at ease and allowed me to sit back and enjoy being the bride. It was a relief to have someone in my corner who was working for me and only me. Her job was to make sure that I was taken care of and everything ran smoothly, which I was and it did. The biggest help for me was her assistance right before the wedding. As any bride can tell you, the days leading up to your wedding are full of all sorts of crazy emotions. I went from a weepy mess to a raging lunatic at the drop of a hat (just ask my husband!). Not having to even speak to my vendors during the final week was fabulous. All communication went through Kris and if there was an issue, she’d let me know. I honestly cannot stress the importance of a DOC. It’s a decision that you won’t regret.
My best advice for future brides would be to not take yourself too seriously. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and you should enjoy it. It’s over before you know it and you’ll never get to experience it again (well, hopefully). Brides have to be prepared for things not to go as planned. We spend months (or in my case, years) meticulously coordinating every last detail and we’re certain everything will go off without a hitch. The reality is that there will be issues and not everything will run smoothly but at the end of the day, does it really matter? You got your prize by marrying the love of your life. Something can seem absolutely catastrophic the day of but years down the road, you’ll look back and laugh. So what if your new husband steps on the back of your dress and pulls the bustle out or the leaves that you’ve been stalking for weeks decide not to change (Mother Nature and I are still on the outs because of this). In the end all you really need is your new husband (or wife!) and a marriage license. Everything else is gravy.