In looking for information for a family tree project, I came across some of our wedding receipts and my handwritten notes regarding the vows and music selection. We were married in 1975, a time when writing your own vows and selecting a lot of your own music was the thing to do. There was secular music also, but I didn't find links to those passages. A nun sang some of the songs. She was in a long pink dress, similar to my bridesmaids. Some of Bill's single friends were very interested, then very disappointed to find out that she wasn't my sister, but a Sister.
These photos don't really go with the music links. The music was from the church ceremony, I added photos that I had already scanned and stored on my hard drive.
Entrance music: To Fill the World With Love and Love Story Theme
Processional: The Wedding Song
Day By Day
Music during candle lighting ceremony: Color My World
And if a picture does paint a thousand words, what does this one say? (Actually it says that Bill's buddies were trying to help him keep his white tux clean)
Let There Be Peace on Earth
Recessional Music: We've Only Just Begun and I Can't Help Falling in Love With You
At the risk of sounding like a dinosaur, I can't believe how much everything has gone up in price, even if we are talking 35 years! Receptions here in the SE Michigan area were typically at Knights of Columbus or Amvet halls. Our wedding guest list had 100 people, with approximately 80 in attendance that evening.
The cost of the hall, food, liquor and table decorations was $600.90
The cake was chocolate with butter cream icing: $65.71
Church flowers, bouquets, boutonnieres and 100 feet of white runner for church aisle: $107.64
The band played from 9 PM - 1 AM: $180.00
I don't have the receipt for the photographer, but I think that bill was $150 and we have a large album plus all the proofs in two smaller albums. My dress had been a display model in a bridal store, but I bought it in a bridal resale shop. With the photographer and my dress we still came in under our budget of $1500 which felt like a lot of money back then!
I think my son and daughter-in-law's wedding is going to be a wee bit more expensive.
If they're as happy in 35 years, whatever their wedding costs, it will be worth every penny.