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The Unfake Wedding of Marie + Vic, v.4

I promise, this is the last one! Just too many great photos from Abby Jiu Photograhy, how could I not share them? I mean, come on already.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this two day journey into my good friend’s wedding. The whole thing just made me so excited, I felt like a puppy half the time about to wiggle myself into peeing on the floor. Happily, I avoided that one.

On to the reception….







What was the biggest waste of money that you loved?

Well, I don’t consider it a waste at all, but it wasn’t a wedding staple, that’s for sure! It was the Wookie Ice Luge at the reception, which I purchased in place of a groom’s cake to honor my 6 foot 7 groom. He has gone by the nickname “Wookie” since college. It was a HUGE success, and my 70-year old relatives were doing shots of flavored vodka from it from the second they arrived at the reception. We even ran out of the little airplane bottles of flavored vodkas in the first hour!

T30SB Commentary: All kidding aside, this Wookie Ice Luge was an enormous success. People flocked to it the moment the reception started. Once they ran out of the mini vodkas, folks just got shots from the bar and made do. There was ice luge improvisation with different liquors ALL NIGHT LONG. Honestly, it was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.




T30SB Commentary: Marie’s signature cocktail, Bali Passion! It was soooooo yummy.

What was the biggest waste of money that you wish you’d passed on?

I’d have to say it was my day-of planner. She was a friend of a friend and just wasn’t there for me like she should have been on the day of the wedding. I found out later that she didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes, but that’s what the wedding planner does! She’s allowed! We ran late on a lot of stuff the day of the wedding, and I think a lot of that could have been avoided had she been more involved.

T30SB Commentary: OK, since Marie said it, I’ll have to agree with her. A few things I noticed were that she was completely absent while everyone was getting ready. She didn’t check in to see how everyone was progressing, she didn’t call, she wasn’t there when they were doing pictures beforehand. As time was ticking away, I eyeballed the photographer a couple of times wondering if she’d mention the time as I could tell she was getting nervous too. She did and then I did and then everyone got moving, but I thought that was really strange. Also, when Marie’s dress-tastrophe happened, she simply walked out of the room. I think what everyone can learn from this is that you need to have a conversation with your planner on exactly what he/she will be doing, where they will be and what you think you made need as the bride/their employer. 




T30SB Commentary: This was probably the best Best Man speech I’ve ever heard. The visuals made it hysterical. There were references to their prior love of all things WWF and “Faux-kleys” to their grown up love of all things NASCAR. His most important piece of advice to the new husband? He was instructed to give up the jorts (jeans + shorts)  - that he should save them for guy-time only. This Best Man got a standing-O!


What did you love that was also the cheapest?

The props I bought for the portrait studio/photo booth. The Party Depot had so many cheap funny hats, wigs, and sunglasses. We got some GREAT pictures of my friends and family with rainbow afros, astronaut and Viking helmets, Princess Leia hair, and a number of assorted other props.

T30SB Commentary: Photos below. It was so hard to choose just a couple, they were incredibly and awesomely funny.

What was the most unexpected thing that happened (not necessarily a bad thing, just a surprise)?

The amount of people dancing, and how early they got out on the dance floor! People started dancing before dinner even started, and it lasted the whole night. People were doing stage dives, break dancing, dancing on tables, you name it. It was crazy!! The ice luge may have had something to do with that.

T30SB Commentary: True dat.

What was the funniest thing that happened?

My dad on the dance floor, jumping up and down with the crowd while dancing to “Jump” by Kris Kross.

What was the most ooey-gooey, tear-jerking moment?

The father-daughter dance, when my dad reminded me how I used to put my feet on his as a little girl when we danced together



T30SB Commentary: I’m telling you, the old folks were getting’ down!




Did you DIY? What parts?

I made the table numbers, which were wooden numbers which I covered with sand, then attached to a base. I bought teeny flip flops off the internet and glue-gunned them to the base. My dad made a very nice stained wood shelf for all the family pictures we had displayed at the reception also. My mom made the bows on the ceremony chairs. It was a family affair!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. It was a week of heaven!!!

T30SB Commentary: As an FYI, Marie found her heaven on earth spot via Snique Away. It’s like Rue La La for vacationers. Here’s an invite! http://www.sniqueaway.com/invite/t30sb


T30SB Commentary: There’s that tongue pose I mentioned in v.1 of these series of posts!


T30SB Commentary: I think this might be my all-time favorite picture of me and The Candyman. I have titled it “We will conquer you.”




If you could do it all over again, what would you change, if anything?

Not much, but maybe my choice in a vendor or two. I should have done more homework. Five months isn’t long to plan a wedding, and I think I might have chosen hastily because I was worried about time. But overall, everything was fabulous. I had a number of people tell me it was the best wedding they had ever been to!

T30SB Commentary: Damn skippy it was. Hands down. Best. Wedding. Ever.

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I’m honored that Marie and Vic chose to share their amazing day with me and ultimately, with all my readers. I hope you have enjoyed it too.

Congratulations to Marie & The Wookie!

Reader Comments (6)

These posts are just FABULOUS!!! It brought back so many wonderful memories of one of (if not THE) best days of my life, and I am so honored you are sharing it with your readers. 4 whole posts, I am blown away!!! But I had a great mentor in T30SB; what an amazing guide, confidant, advisor, seamstress (heehee) and just plain old wonderful friend. I am so blessed.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Great wedding synopsis. I almost felt like I was there!
Ditto on the congratulations!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMom

What ever happened with your "what bra to wear with the dress to the wedding" situation? I saw in the picture you are wearing the silver dress (the one that presented that issue, right?)! PS- You look fabulous in that picture!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

I agree with your mom - very fun to hear about it all! Kris Kross was the first CD I ever bought. In Chicago on my 8th grade class trip. I would bet money I still have the entire thing memorized. Daddy Mack'll make you JUMP JUMP :)

How did "Wookie" come out of Chewbacca - that is what that thing is - from Star Wars, right????

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

@Daisy - *Sigh* You make me feel so old.
Yes, Chewbacca is his name. Chewbacca is a Wookie. Wookies are this whole giant race of walking/roar-talking Sasquach-esque furballs.

June 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterLouise

@Kristina, YES! I meant to post about that whole bra thing and forgot. I wore the silver dress, returned the Anthro skirt (good thing, now that I officially hate them) and realized that I had failed to hit up the local outlet mega-mall. I got a pair of low-rise spanx-type lower gear and I found some stick-on-the-boob padded bra things for $25! Much lower than the Victoria's Secret brand for $65! I ended up adjusting the straps on the dress a little so that they were tighter, which made the whole dress feel better, so I felt I looked okay. I was only a smidge more naked than a few other women, but more so than a few others, so I felt pretty good that night! I did have the blister issue, but once I got some BandAids on those, I was feelin' great! It was a fantastic time!

June 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterLouise

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