Next up on the #WivesTales blog series is another bold and beautiful blonde! Introducing Kim and her husband George…
These two were married at the stunning Spencer’s at the Waterfront in September 2014. We asked Kim to share a bit about her wedding planning experience and here is what she had to say …
When did you get engaged and how long was your wedding planning process?
George and I got engaged January 2014 and married the following September 2014. With a few hints over the course of our relationship, George knew I had always wanted a fall wedding and a short engagement.
A short engagement was important to me not only because I wanted to marry George sooner, but, as anyone close to me knows, I am terrible at making decisions. For me, a longer engagement would have meant more time to procrastinate and increased opportunities to change my mind a million and one times which would have caused me more stress then was needed!
What was the most challenging part of your wedding planning process?
I would have to say the most challenging part of the process was finalizing the guest list. We wanted to have a smaller wedding with a goal of keeping our list at 100. This was much harder than we originally anticipated. I have a larger family that I am very close with and George has made many close friends over his hockey career. This made for some very difficult cuts, all with the hopes that everyone would understand.
As we all know, weddings are expensive! While trying to stay on budget, what choices did you make in attempt to save money?
George and I decided against having a formal sit down dinner and host a cocktail reception instead. To great surprise of many this was not a cost cutter but did allow us to save in other areas such as decorating and table arrangements. We were also able to take a bit more simple approach to the décor as our venue had gorgeous floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake providing us with a beautiful back drop. For any DIY projects we had, we made sure to take advantage of those handy people around us to help.
What was your favourite part of your wedding day (other than marrying your best friend of course!)?
I would have to say my favourite part of the day was seeing our closest friends and families all in one room having a great time together. The hours of planning and organizing are 100% worth it when we were able to see everyone we love enjoying themselves and all the hard work we put into the day.
What is one thing you wish you did differently for your wedding?
I can honestly say that if I were to do one thing differently, it would be to not only hire a day-of coordinator, but a planner to help throughout the complete process. George and I didn’t think hiring someone was necessary and figured it was an easy way to save a few dollars. We knew exactly where and when we wanted to get married prior to even getting engaged. Seeing as I have never planned a wedding before, I thought that was the biggest decision that had to be made and since we already had that covered we would have no issues with the rest of the planning.
I strongly believe that if we had hired a professional to help us along the way and guide us through everything that needed to take place, it would have helped alleviate the stress level during the process. As for the day of – there were a few things during our reception that didn’t go exactly as planned. No, I did not freak out, and I am sure no one else even noticed. BUT that doesn’t change the fact that it is still upsetting when you think of how much time or energy you put into it. If we had hired a day of coordinator, these are things they would have taken care of to ensure everything went smoothly for the couple.
Wedding planning takes A LOT of time, energy and thoughts. How did you feel once the wedding was over? How did you adjust to your free time and freedom from the all-consuming wedding thoughts?
Truthfully, I was very relieved! I woke up the next morning and felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Although I enjoyed the planning process, I was excited to know it would not be on my mind 24/7. During the months of planning, it felt like there was always something I had to do or plan or confirm. For the first time in 8 months, I felt like to could truly just enjoy the day without being worried something wasn’t being taken care of.
Looking back over your 8 month engagement, what was your favourite part of wedding planning?
My favourite part of wedding planning would most definitely have to be the menu tasting. I think George would also agree! We had our reception at Spencer’s at the Waterfront in Burlington. If anyone has not eaten at this restaurant they must go, the food is amazing!! Due to the style of wedding we were hosting (Cocktail Reception) we had the option of going to their Sunday Brunch for our tasting. This has honestly become one of my most favourite meals to date. We continue to go back any chance we get!
Finally, any tips / tricks / words-of-wifey-wisdom for brides currently planning their wedding?
Enjoy every second of everyday during the planning process – before you know it, your wedding day will have come and gone!