Shannon and John said “I Do” at the classic Governor Hotel. This was a special wedding for us because of our special friendship with Shannon. Shannon and John did a lot “right” as they were planning their wedding.
Some of the best steps they took for a beautiful, stress-free day were:
They made a budget and kept to it.
We always encourage our couples to make a budget, because we know how fast things add up. Shannon and John were very diligent about staying on track and that made it easier for them to make the trade-offs necessary come in on budget. For instance, Shannon and John chose a beautiful blush color palette for their wedding, but she choose to give her florist: your perfect blossoms flexibility and discretion over which flowers were chosen, so that they could give her the overall look she wanted, while staying on budget.
They kept the guest list manageable.
A small guest list is the single best way to stay on track budget wise, but it also has other ramifications. A smaller guest list allows you to socialize with your guests, and spend quality time with them, rather than just saying “hello, thanks for coming”.
A wedding takes months to plan but it only lasts about 6-8 hours. And of those 6-8 hours so much of it is not quality time for the two of you. The thing I most loved about Shannon and John’s wedding is that they spent much of the reception on the dance floor dancing with each other and their friends and just having fun. They made time with each other a priority and because of that they will have many happy memories of that day to cherish over the next 60+ years.