So I received all my wedding photos today (yay!) BUT it made me realise that I didn’t even blog about it?!?!
I’ve been Mrs Prince for nearly two months now!!!!
The photos brought back so many amazing memories of the day – people kept telling me that actual day will fly and they weren’t wrong at all…
So a little summary for those interested in my wedding experience or plan on having a destination wedding here are some small tips and some little thing I did/believe in….
Lets take it back to the day before – mid-morning it belted down with rain for maybe 2-3 hours this made me nervous but I just didn’t want to talk about it, it was the elephant in the room. Every time anyone said ‘it’ll be okay’ I wanted to punch them. So I went and had a sweat session with myself to let out any emotions and by the time I left the gym the sun was out (This instantly lifted my mood or maybe it was the endorphins from the gym?) but I still knew in the back of my mind my wedding day had been forecast to thunder storm. You can’t change the weather.
The night before me and Matt slept separately, my mum wanted this tradition I really didn’t mind I got to cuddle next to my soon-to-be baby momma bridesmaid (who BTW is absolutely amazing for even making it over, it meant the world to me having Han stand by my side.) I slept like a baby – zero stresses, zero nerves – you can’t change anything now you might as well get your beauty sleep.
Waking up fresh the next day (my wedding day ekkkk!) the first thing I did was open up the curtain and look for clouds, rain or any sign that the weather would turn to shit….
It was perfectly sunny, blue skies and all. I checked every hour preying for it to stay this way how can it be forecasted to thunder storm when it look so perfect? I know exactly why, a certain angel in the sky was watching over us, he is always around and I will be forever grateful for the beautiful weather he created for us.
It was time for hair and make up – brides make sure you eat – I’m sure your brideslaves will be all over this but you’re so busy running around you kind of forget. I was nervous about having hair and make up done by people I didn’t know – none of us had a trial either but if I had my time again I still wouldn’t have a trial they did an amazing job!
Future Bali brides, you know it’s hot in Bali – but it is REALLY f*cking hot standing at the alter. We were ALL sweating like you wouldn’t believe – I’m sure you’ve all done Bikram so this might help you relate… You know when you feel sweat literally drip down your arm and off your elbow, yup that was happening to me. The guys white shirts were going see through. I thought I was melting, I was worried I’d be looking haggard in the photos because of that damn sun! So BUY your groomsmen a second shirt for this reason and thank me later. Yes, my hair dropped and I was pretty shiny for some photos but after a freshen up I felt okay – make sure you freshen up pre-photo hour – idiot me did so afterwards.
We had a very relaxed ceremony it last a whole of 15 minutes I think, The priest (being Indonesian) kept calling me CHAN-TLE and Matt MAT-WHO which we both thought was hilarious, we couldn’t understand him very well but it was a bit of fun and relaxed us both I think!
At the reception I wanted all the formalities done so we could get on that dance floor and I could let loose after months of planning – so after our entrance we had fire dancers which lead to dinner, then speeches, then another fire dance,then cutting the cake (which was made entirely of watermelon because I didn’t want an actual cake in Bali due to the weather) to our first dance – which me and Matt had been sneaking off to do private lessons with Hayley from BM dance studios – not a single person knew we had a routined dance so that was fun to pull out! (We had a videographer so I’ll be sure to upload it!)
That was the last of the formalities – no father daughter dance, no flower throwing, no guarder – I’m not into all that.
It was time to dance and let loose – we were surrounding by 48 of our nearest and dearest – which reminds me – we had a cut off of 50 people (including me and Matt). It was hard, it sucked but it had to be done – sure people kicked up a stink but I think if they did it shows who they truly are and at the end of the day you can’t please everyone and the 48 people who made it were perfect and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. Such an great bunch of family and friends!
Before we knew it, it was time to say good-bye, the night was over. I woke up the next morning semi shocked. It’s done – every girl dreams about this day and it’s done?? It didn’t all sink in until we got home then I was stuck in a bit of a lul, a little lost – the amount of time that was spending on pintrest to perfect this wedding was ridic and I now had all this time back. So prepare to be a little lost – it’s okay you’ll soon get back into routine.
Wow, so much written and it literally all word vomited from my brain onto the page.
Pay extra – We paid a lot extra, the villa we stayed at alone was insane! But my theory on it all was you only get one wedding (well most people do) so if you want the fire dancers, the giant letters and videography then get it, it’s all totally worth it if you really want it.
BUT not too much extra – Big things yes but be smart – my planner was going to charge me $3 per pineapple as I wanted pineapples as decorations. The chef at the villa got them for me for $1 each. Doesn’t sound like a lot but when you’re needed 30+ it adds up. Wedding are expensive be smart.
Don’t be an asshole – people accomodate you the best they can, yes if you’re not happy with something speak up but don’t be a rude asshole.
Don’t drink too much – I got a little drunk by accident people just kept bring me drinks and I hadn’t really eaten, a normal wedding night ends in hugging your new husband, I ended up hugging a toilet bowl.
Don’t stress about small things on the day – I had placemats that were MIA I noticed but no-one else did so who cares!
DIY – As much as I could, I did. Destination weddings are hard for this but I made all the signage.
ENJOY the bloody day!!!
Getting married in Bali and want to know who I used for what? Just shout out, love helping fellow brideys not make the same mistakes I did….
Stay Strong & Stretch,