I’ve been debating this post all day. I don’t want to seem insensitive to what’s going on around us. However, with that being said. This past year has been a pretty crappy year for most Americans and I truly believe that ALL of us need something to not only look forward to but to be happy about.
David and I thought we had our entire wedding planned out in one evening and then out of nowhere DRAMA hit! I’m not going to get into all of that but it became very apparent that we weren’t going to have our wedding in our hometown of Dallas, Texas. That’s when we began brainstorming where could we go? We talked about places that we had traveled together that were special to the two of us. We didn’t like any of those options! LOL We knew that we wanted to get married on our anniversary which is New Year’s Eve. So our thought had always been to get married early evening, have a nice dinner with our family and then have our reception with friends which would be a NYE party. This really hindered our options because so many destinations already had NYE parties on the books and they wouldn’t do a wedding as well.
One day David came home and said, “We’re not going to Vegas! What do you think about Niagara Falls?” I thought this was a very unique idea. I’d never been there but I kinda brushed the whole idea off. A couple of days later I was so tired of everything that I started doing my Niagara Falls research. That’s when I found the venue! The Hilton Niagara Falls does wedding ceremonies in their presidential suite which I believe was on the 64th floor with 180 degree views of Niagara Falls. It was BREATHTAKING! I immediately thought I need a harpist. From there everything fell into place. I laid out most of my thoughts and showed David that evening. I’d even found the cutest little town called Niagara on the Lake and a small hotel covered in snow called the Prince of Wales Hotel. If you haven’t guessed yes, it was very British and the cutest! The hotel even did high tea in the afternoon!! Surprisingly David liked the idea but he really wasn’t sold on Niagara on the lake. We came up with the idea that if we didn’t like the Prince of Wales we could take the train to the Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City.
When we told our families and they LOVED the idea and everyone was immediately on board. The only person that had been was my father-in-law and it was when he was in college I believe. So this was a fun and new trip for everyone involved. We called the hotel and began working with their wedding coordinator. Here’s where the hiccup was. To use that room as our venue we could only have 12 guests at our wedding. We made a plan for another room in case we had more people attend … just in case. We invited 30 people to our wedding knowing that 1/2 would not attend (general rule of thumb) and since it was on a holiday and in Canada, we weren’t expecting many to attend. When it came to who to invite David and I had to be brutal. We were going from our original list of around 600 people to 30. So we made a deal we were only going to invite people that both of us were friends with and we had to have hung out or talked to them in the past 6 months.
I had my two best friends and their husbands and our family. It was perfect! Since the room was already decorated their wasn’t much that we needed to do. I had flowers, our wedding cake and the harpist and that was REALLY all the room needed! It was absolutely PERFECT! If anyone has any reservations about doing a small wedding because it’s not what you had in your mind. Get over it! This was so intimate and perfect. I’m beyond thankful that we did our wedding the way that we did. We were able to hang out and talk to everyone. Nobody was left out. If I had to do it again I’d do it the exact same way!!