It's such a different experience when you go to a wedding right in the middle of planning your own! I think I noticed a lot more of the details than others might. Just thought I'd share some things I liked/disliked...
- really pretty themeing and color scheme, they went all out on making everything match the theme (which I know a lot of people wouldn't appreciate but I did).
- centerpieces- gorgeous and all different! Went along the same theme but no two were alike, nice touch
- coozies at the bar (I always love these no matter how many times I see it)
- mashed potato bar... O. M. G. amazing
- beautiful, personal and relatively short ceremony
- photobooth, probably the hit of the night
- band- awesome wedding band, probably the best I've seen/heard
- speeches were LONG. Best Man spoke for at least 20 minutes... about ONLY the groom! It was painful and somewhat embarassing- you could tell how bored/uncomfortable people were getting. I read somewhere you should prep your WP speakers on keeping speeches short... this is why.
- bride and her father did a choreographed dance. It would have been cute if it was a little shorter. The B&G had their first dance, the G & MOG danced, then B and FOB danced a whole 3 minute normal slow song, then broke out into this choreographed medley that went for a loooong time (8 song bits total). Most of us felt like it took too much of the attention away from the B&G and focused solely on the B & her dad.
- There wasn't enough seating for everyone. 225 guests... maybe seating for 150ish. There were wedding party tables but SO's were not technically supposed to sit there. It turned into a free-for-all and people just sat wherever and ended up pulling up seats at tables, etc. It just felt so informal and was a total mess. They also ran out of certain foods and the food stations were spread out waaay too much.
- The speeches took up so much time that no one watched them cut the cake because everyone either had to pee or get a drink by the time they were over. AND it cut into the dancing time. They had this amazing wedding band that only played about an hour and a half total because everything took so long. I would have loved more dancing!
All in all it was a beautiful wedding but I think if they had enough seating and real assigned tables it would have made it feel so much more organized. And there were 4 speeches (some too long) that really cut into the band's playing time. So moral of the story... have enough seats and keep the speeches short!!