My office buddy, Andrea Nesbitt of Candy Glass Productions said “I do” two weeks ago and I thought her unique experience as a bride AND a wedding vendor yielded a few interesting tid-bits I thought I would share.
Andrea and Kevin (her now hubby) hail from our neighbors to the North; Toronto, Ontario. Because the majority of their friends and family are in Canada they decided to have the wedding close to home. Here is a quick run down of their day:
Priorities: Kevin and Andrea’s priorities were Photography and (no surprise) Videography. Because those were their priorities they also invested in lighting to ensure their memories looked as pretty as possible. Andrea’s moms’ priorities included having a delicious (multi-coursed) meal, beautiful chairs, and she wanted to ensure the day was beautiful!
Venue: Their first venue choice was closed due to renovations so they ended up choosing (a gorgeous) ballroom that is above a wonderful local restaurant. The restaurant took care of the food and staffing. They even purchased new chairs to help make Andrea’s mom happy.
Andrea’s favorite moment: Seeing Kevin for the first time.
Things that kept Andrea up at night: The ceremony and their choreographed first dance.
Things she would change: She wouldn’t change a thing. She loved everything about her wedding day!
Biggest Frustration: Andrea’s mom was very excited about the wedding, and because of the distance, she took a lead role in the planning. While Andrea and Kevin both are very thankful for everything their families did, Andrea does admit her biggest frustration with the planning was that her mom was so free with her opinions throughout the planning process.
Biggest Lesson Professionally: While Andrea is a very experienced wedding professional, and knows how quickly time passes at a wedding, she really experienced that first hand. She felt the day was over in an instant and was so personally thankful she invested in video as it has allowed her to relive the day, and its many special moments. Now having been through this process herself she feels like it will allow to her better relate to her clients, as she has been in their shoes and understands their concerns, frustrations, and anxieties.
Best bargain: Her wedding dress. Andrea ordered her gorgeous gown online at DHGate.com which ships dresses from China. The dress, including shipping was $180.00. She used On a Whim Studios for her alterations and absolutely loved working with Suzanne Buxton on those final touches. While the thought of ordering a wedding dress online is scary, this worked out really well for her. If you are interested in trying the same, Andrea’s advice is two fold. She advises you to be patient and be prepared for it not to go right. The total process took 2 months, and required two shipments. (The first time, they sent a tie, not a dress) J She also recommends reading reviews and using vendors who allow you to send in your custom measurements.
Biggest Surprise: What has surprised Andrea the most is that she is suffering from some post wedding blues. She really had so fun getting ready for the day and then to have it blow right by has left her wanting more. This has made her so thankful to have the video footage and she is so darn excited for more pictures.