About Michelle

Bride’s Name & Age:  Michelle, 22
Bride’s Occupation: Childcare Provider
Groom’s Name & Age: Greg, 27
Groom’s Occupation: Owner- Fine Woodworking Company

How long have you’re been dreaming of your wedding day and what was/is your Dream Wedding? When I was a little girl, I used to do pageants, and remember singing “Going to the Chapel” in a gorgeous little girl wedding dress. I remember feeling so pretty. I couldn’t wait to get married one day, and dreamed of a big, beautiful wedding. I was ten when I did this pageant. I also remember planning a wedding with my next door neighbor boyfriend when I was about twelve. I have always dreamed of having a perfect wedding day, the only thing that has changed is the groom. I have always wanted to huge cupcake looking dress, to be married in a small, gorgeous Chapel, and be whisked away to my reception, in a huge ball room, with dancing and chandeliers everywhere. It will be very glitzy and girly.

Approx. Wedding Budget: Estimated $8-10k, very flexible

Who’s paying for your wedding? Gregory and I, ourselves

What happens if you go over budget?  Nothing, Greg will just have to complete more jobs to pay for everything. We are just estimating our budget, there is nothing we will compromise.

Did you hire a wedding planner? How are they doing? Orignially, we were to be wed at a marina in town, but when they filed for bankruptcy, we fired our planner, because she was also an employee of the venue. I strongly feel at this point, that the only way to have things done right, and trust it be done right, is to do it yourself. (With a Groom and a few bridesmaids)

How helpful has the groom been (or not) in the planning process? Greg was very helpful in planning for the marina; we haven’t been able to make plans for this new wedding yet. He was helpful and attended every meeting, and allowed both of our opinions to be expressed. For the most part, we agreed on things.

Tell us about your family. How have they been involved in the planning process?
I am very close to my family, we have always been close. I have two sisters that are within a year apart from me, so we grew up as friends and enemies at the same time. I also have a drama mama half-sister, Kendall. They put in their stupid ideas too, but they aren’t as bad as Greg’s family. My mom really wants me to have a fairytale-themed wedding. I don’t want that and neither does Greg, so she needs to stop pushing it. I told my sister Kendall, if she died or cut her hair one more time, she was out, because I do have back up bridesmaids, and have no problem replacing someone. Her hair is just below her ears from frying it off, and is dyed black, red, etc. according to her mood, and that is not cool on my alter. My other sister, Gailyn, got pregnant, and is no longer in the wedding, I cannot have a pregnant girl at my alter. Roseanna, my older sister, she is confused, and thinks this is her wedding, as she is trying to run the show, and that isn’t going to happen. She is super bossy and controlling. But, at the end of the day, we are family, and do love each other, we made a deal with each other that we wouldn’t let this wedding tear up our sisterhood. My dad grew up with a house full of women, and tries to dodge the situations as often as possible.

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 been married, we have one gorgeous eighteen month old daughter together, Sophia. She will hopefully be the flower girl. She has gastro issues, so she is just getting good at walking, and will hopefully be better by the wedding.

What’s the worst thing that could go wrong on your wedding day?
Haha, Roseanna squeeze into my dress and walk herself down my isle…I wouldn’t put it past her, ever since we were little, she’s always had to be the star of the show. Or, Kendall have one of her total drama island meltdown moments right in the middle of the ceremony, which has been known to happen…

Define the type a bride you will be: Controlling, Demanding, Neurotic, or laid back.
Please give us examples:
Mostly Emotional/Controlling. I will be an emotional wreck, but am OCD anyways, so adding this much stress plus a time constraint to the equation is a recipe for disaster. I will try to keep every detail of my big day perfect. Being in control of a situation really helps me to get through things without having to flip out so much.

What disagreements have come up about the wedding?
That his dad is not allowed to drink at the wedding, or he will be kicked out, Greg thinks it’s not fair, but I called his dad anyhow. He also, so far, won’t take the best man spot from his drama-loving dad, but I am determined to change that for sure! Greg and I have gotten along great about things, but haven’t gotten very far into planning yet.

Has the engagement/wedding ever been called off, or in jeopardy? If so, what happened and how did it get resolved? Only once, when his dad had us arguing over his niece and nephew being in the wedding. We resolved it by realizing that we don’t know them, they live in Italy, he has seen his niece like three times ever, weddings are about love and unity, and I am not united with them. So we decided to agree that my nephews be in the wedding, and my niece, because they live in town, and we have them over all the time.