Just stumbled across this thread after replying to another in this section, and thought I would throw in some of my wedding memories. I've been married 8 years, and the date was February 13th.
When I was planning mine I had my Dad give me a budget amount, and I went from there. The gown was the most expensive besides the food, and I did a lot myself, too.
It was an evening formal wedding, and my colors were black, silver and white. Since I did not want to fall into the Valentine's red thing I went completely opposite with my colors.
/Disclaimer:These are pictures of pictures. When we were married people still used negatives, and not digital images as now. Thus the poor photo quality.
The centerpieces for each table were simple black taper candles with double sided tape in a spiral, then rolled in silver glitter. Under those was white sand in glass holders, on top of silver fabric on top of black linen tableclothes. Some white flowers, and greenery was then added. This is about the best pic I could find of them.
I did the calligraphy for all my invitations (addresses, names), placecards and table numbers.
The bridesmaid gowns were "recycled" from a friends wedding that I was in 2 years earlier. I liked them so much I got them from the other girls to re-use.
I loved how my cake turned out! I saw it in a magazine at the time, and had it made to look like that one. It had a fondant bow with simple flowers, and silver leaves.
The flowers were all simple white ones. My bouquet was white roses with some green, and the bridemades had calla lillies. My vail was shoulder length when I bought it, so I added the longer train piece that was detachable after the ceremony. Heres me and my Dad.
Lastly, here is a shot of my gown. I loved this gown, and hope my daughter will want to wear it. The top is covered in pearls and sequins, and each waist seam is lined with pearls, too. This photo was taken several months later when the weather was much warmer than the wedding month.
Wow, sorry for the long post, but it was nice to look through these and recall our wedding.
I hope all of you new brides, and brides to be are as happy as we are.