Heather and Matthew
Tell us about your wedding planning process.
What did you expect it to be like?
Honestly, I did not know what to expect. I walked in with no expectations. I had seen my sisters and friends be engaged and get married, but it is truly different experiencing it for yourself.
What was it actually like?
The planning process is stressful. I actually am a wedding planner and coordinator so I worked on almost everything alone. My mother and aunt assisted me with thinking outside the box on items I had tunnel vision on as well as gathering décor to ensure I had everything to make my ideas come to reality. I do recommend to future brides to hire a coordinator to assist in planning to alleviate unwanted stress.
What would have made the process better?
For a majority of our engagement Matthew was actually sent to work out of town during the week which definitely put an additional stress element to the mix as I did not have my partner in the evenings when I just needed to decompress with a glass of wine. So, I would say having him around more during the engagement to assist with little details could have made the process easier on me, but he was working hard to provide for us and I appreciate him so much for that.
What was the easiest part?
What was the most difficult part?
The most difficult part of planning our wedding is that everyone, although with good intentions, has their own thoughts on how our wedding day should be. I wanted feedback from others as there are many little details that can be missed if you do not collaborate with others, but you can only select a number of ideas. My advice to future brides is to listen to all the advice thrown your way, but you can take what you want and put the rest in your back pocket as back-ups if needed.
What is one thing you wish you would have known prior to planning your wedding?
Did you hire a planner or day-of coordinator?
Why did you choose your venue?
What planning tools did you use?
How long were you engaged?
Who helped with the planning?
What turned out to be your best decision surrounding the big day?
Most stressful decision?
Anything you would have done differently?
Recap your big day for us:
What made you laugh?
Where did you splurge?
What made you cry?
What unexpected things happened that weren’t planned for? How did you handle them?
What were the most memorable moments?
The Grand March is another memorable moment because it was the largest Grand March I have ever participated in. Mr. & Mrs. Ballard led the march and they took us outside, around the building, and back in with no issues. I was so thankful to have amazing friends that could lead this difficult march.
Did you incorporate any special traditions or sentimental details in your ceremony or reception?
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
What was your wedding budget and for how many guests?
Local Vendors used
|Venue||The Chandelier of Gruene|
|Officiant||Judge Todd Friesenhahn|
|Caterer||Bill Millers BBQ|
|Florist||Blooms – HEB 306|
The Perfect Day for décor &
Elegantly Crafted Designs for Signage
|Dress Shop||Celebrations Wedding and Prom|
|Live Band||Rumor Town|
|Wedding Coordinator||The Perfect Day|
|Makeup Artist||Teresa Gomez @Felger & Friends|
|Hair Stylist||Robyn Saldivar @ Felger & Friends|
|Tan Stylist||Hollywood Tans|
|Bartending/Beverage Service||Margarita Madness|
|DJ and MC||Stan Elliot with CrossRoads Mobile DJ|
|Decor||Heather Orsak – The Perfect Day|
The soundtrack for our wedding day
|Processional||Hey Pretty Girl||by Kip Moore|
|Bride Entrance||I Get to Love You||by Ruelle|
|Recessional||Don’t You Forget About Me||by Simple Minds|
|First Dance||The Long Way||by Brett Eldredge|
|Father/Daughter Dance||My Wish||by Rascal Flatts|
|Mother/Son Dance||I Hope You Dance||by Lee Ann Womack|