Bride’s Name, Age & Occupation: Davina, 30, Bartender
Groom’s Name, Age & Occupation: Brian, 30, WWE Referee
How long have you’re been dreaming of your wedding day and what was/is your Dream Wedding? Every girl dreams of her wedding day. I've always imagined my future husband waiting for me down the aisle and my wedding being lavish and exciting with family and friends surrounding me. I started dreaming of my ultimate dream wedding at fourteen. All I needed was the Groom. Now I've found him. My prince charming. I always pictured a modern wedding with a touch of elegance, with lots of candles and flowers everywhere. Especially roses!!!! I love roses. I really think of love as a sort of fairytale and that's how I want my wedding, like a fairytale!!
Who’s paying for your wedding? My parents gave us $4,000 towards the wedding. My fiance and I are covering the rest.
What happens if you go over budget? Nothing, we are currently over budget now. We will have to work harder to cover the expenses. I don't mind as I really want the best wedding possible.
Did you hire a wedding planner? How are they doing?
No wedding planner was specifically hired. I am fortunate enough to have Pamela, Palo Alto University's Events Coordinator, help me with my wedding planning and wedding costs. She is really helpful and completely gets me and my wedding vision.
How helpful has the groom been (or not) in the planning process?
My Fiance usually lets me have final say because he knows even when I ask for his opinion, I'm still gonna go with my choice anyway.
Tell us about your family. How have they been involved in the planning process?
Mom - My mom is awesome. She looks fabulous and always has a great time. She is very entertaining and has been very helpful during the wedding process. We always have a great time, full of laughter. I am very close to her. Our relationship is very open and trusting. She isn't shy about being herself or voicing her opinions. All my friends love her. My only main concern is my mom's ability to over share! She has a tendency to speak very openly about sexual things and voices her opinions about anything she feels is right in her mind. I can't help but laugh and be embarrassed at the same time. Another concern of mine, is my mom's drinking. When she has too much wine, she can either become frisky or rude. She is especially annoyed at my husbands's family for how they first reacted to our engagement. I am really afraid of how she might act around them let alone make snide comments that they can hear within close earshot! Momzilla, might just make an appearance! Hahahahahaha.
Dad - Dad is so sweet. He is calm, very mellow and charming. He is very generous and giving. He will be walking me down the aisle and I'm very excited about that. I am very close to my dad and a complete daddy's girl. He kind of embarrasses me when he tries to hit on my friends! It's like really dad, really!? He thinks my friends like him! I really hate how he friends all my girls on facebook! Ahhh! No dad. Of course my girlfriends laugh it off. My dad is oblivious to whats going on around him. He just goes with the flow and hopes for the best.
Sister- My sister is my best friend. She is sweet and beautiful. She's my only sister. We grew up like twins, even though we're two and half years apart. We are extremely attached to one another. She is my maid of honor and rightfully so! We call, text and email everyday even if we see each other. Cel, as I call her for short, is my favorite person. She knows my personality and understands me like no one else. I love her! She has my back and knows when I'm upset or about to fly off the handle or get crazy on someone. We have gotten into some trouble especially when we are partying and having a good time! My sister and I can make people feel left out because of our bond. We don't mean to, we kind of just do. We can even know what we're thinking by looking at each other. I have her back and she has mine. My sister knows I'm not taking anybody's BS during my wedding! I know she will take care of anyone in my bridal party who acts up. Get with the program or get the boot!
Brother(s) David- He is really handsome and likes to be the jokester of our family. He's constantly making up nicknames for our friends and family and can be a little annoying when it comes to his shoe collection. He takes his Jordan shoe collection way too serious, its hilarious. In fact, he's upset because my finance wants the groomsmen to wear Converse as their shoes for the wedding. My brother hates Converse! He doesn't know it yet, but since he's in the wedding he has to wear them. He will probably try to convince my fiance to change the shoes but thats not going to happen! He is also very comedic, constantly acting like a joker. David also has a reputation for hooking up with both mine and my sister's friends. It causes problems sometimes. Like our friends asking us why he hasn't called them. Uh, can you say awkward!?!
Sean- He's an outgoing guy. Don't give him too much alcohol cause he will tear up the dance floor and take it over. He can be obnoxious and funny at the same time. He's very loud and outgoing. He is entertaining all on his own. He always threatens to tell embarrassing stories about me to my finance and it gets my blood boiling! But in all, he's a funny guy!
Jace- Jace could take like a whole book to talk about. That guy could basically get his own dating show! He has, first of all, like five girlfriends and those are just the ones I know about. He is charming and charismatic and very handsome. He looks a lot like my other brother David the one I mentioned above. He constantly gets into trouble. He gets my other two brothers all riled up and they find ways to get into trouble. My mom and her current finance met because of Jace. He was Jace's attorney. Jace better behave that's all I know. And like I said before, it remains to be seen if he behaves during the week of the wedding and during the wedding reception. He and my other two brothers always try to take my finance out and bring him home late to make me mad. That's why I don't want them in charge of the bachelor party! They better listen to me when I say: no bachelor party with them in charge! My brothers have a way of getting the party started and getting people all pumped up and ready to party. It sounds fun but at some point I want people to go home and the wedding to end but with them there I somehow don't see that happening. I love my brothers and just hope they behave during the wedding and don't scare off my fiance's family with their crazy party antics!
Have you or your groom been married before? Any children? If so, what role will the kids play on the wedding day? Neither of us have ever been married or have any children.
What’s the worst thing that could go wrong on your wedding day? Am I limited to one thing? Ha ha!! Here's my list: (1) My dress not fitting or not being what I envisioned it looking on. (2) My hair not cooperating and going flat on me (3) My makeup running (4) Rain, last June it was raining (5) My feet hurting in my shoes (6) Bad pictures (7) My bridesmaids being late or bratty (8) My brothers acting like party animals (9) My groomsmen hungover from the rehearsal dinner from the night before (10) Everyone being late to the venue (11) Being late myself (12) My DJ or band not playing the songs I selected to play at the right time. Ahhhh I think thats everything! I think .........
Define the type a bride you will be:Controlling, Demanding, Neurotic, or laid back. Please give us examples: Controlling- because I need to be in control of everything and everyone that has to do with my wedding. Demanding- because I want what I want when I want it at my wedding. And I demand that everyone behave and do what I ask within reason. Emotional- because I am really sensitive and get very upset if something goes wrong! I literally cry at the drop of a hat if I get upset or something hurts my feelings. Believe it or not, I also have a laid back side to me. I can be really easy going with my wedding as long as everyone cooperates.
What disagreements have come up about the wedding? Who the best man is. We are arguing about Randi's perm and mustache. Also, the amount of guests. My mother-in-law wants to invite a lot people and we are going way over budget. Whether or not to have a limo. I say no, he says yea.
Has the engagement/wedding ever been called off, or in jeopardy? If so, what happened and how did it get resolved? At one point, my fiance and I were on the verge of calling everything off with his parents and sisters not being too excited about our engagement and the pressure of having to please his family and him having to please me was definitely taking a toll on our relationship. We were definitely arguing about the fact that I felt hurt and felt like they weren't accepting of me. And he felt bad and kept trying to bring us together. I think we are all starting to come around and get along. It's all about repairing our relationship and moving forward and I hope that we can get to a really good place someday.