One thing I didn't mention in the last post (but hinted to in my Licensed to Wed post) was a huge, and I repeat, HUGE, potential disaster.
Long story short, my SIL, who was in charge of booking our ceremony square in historic Savannah (because she could get a local discount), booked the wrong time!
Our wedding was to begin at 4:00 pm in Whitfield Square. But Mr. Lab got a call from his sister right before we left to get our marriage license saying that she had booked the square beginning at 4:00 pm! That meant there was no time to set up! We frantically started calling the security guard that was working the squares that day and our day of coordinator to see if anything could be done. But there was a wedding before us that was slated for 2:30 pm and they planned to take photos after their ceremony at the square.
I. Was. A. MESS.
When we walked into the courthouse I still had tears in my eyes. I'm sure it looked fantastic to have a bride-to-be crying as she got her marriage license. And it was obvious that they were not tears of joy.
To make matters worse, instead of apologizing for the mistake and helping find a way to fix it, SIL Lab tried to put the blame on me! I was seriously beyond upset that this mistake went unnoticed for literally eight months and I was finding out about it with just days until the wedding.
EVERY LITTLE THING was dependent on a 4:00 pm start time. The sunset was around 6:00 pm, the horse carriage was booked for 3:30-4:30 pm, and the biggest thing of all was Mr. Lab and I had chosen NOT to do a first look (my gift to him), which was again dependent on getting done in time to take photos with sunlight still left.
Thankfully, I had an awesome day of coordinator.
My simply amazing day of coordinator Jennifer of Tybee Island Wedding
I already know that whatever I say here won’t be enough justice for this wonderful woman. From the moment I first talked to her I knew she was going to be nothing less than amazing. She took the time to read through my blog and familiarize herself with my vision. She lovingly put up with my email communication because I suck so much at making time to talk on the phone.
She took charge of the ceremony timing mix up and made every phone call possible to make sure our day wouldn't be ruined. She tried seeing if the couple before us had the same kind of chairs we wanted so set up wouldn't be necessary (they didn't) and she called the couple themselves to see how long their ceremony would take. I still to this day don't know how she made everything better, but she did it somehow.
I just want to take a moment and say this: If you are getting married in the Savannah area, do yourself a favor and hire this woman to ease your mind! Not only is she great at what she does, she also comes at an incredibly affordable price. Jennifer, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for EVERYTHING!
Somehow, we had our first major crisis adverted. I still didn't know for sure until a couple days before the wedding whether Mr. Lab and I would be able to honor our no first look. But Mr. Lab told me that if we would have to do them, he would be okay with it to keep everything on schedule and beat the sunset. (Isn't he the best?!?)
So our wedding wasn't exactly on time, but at least we didn't have it in the dark!