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Here's the story of their wedding journey. It's a top 10 list of Sharon & Rob's personal touches, moments they loved, and lessons they learned:
1. Family Bonding Time
2. Finding the Right Florist
5. Keeping the Bar Open
6. Designing the Playlist
Even though they hired a DJ, Sharon & Rob had a really clear idea of what music they wanted - they forbade The Chicken Dance and The Electric Slide and outlawed any disco or country music. They gave the DJ their wishlist of songs - which was essentially a 5-hour playlist that filled the entire time. While they think a DJ is essential if you don't know what songs you want, and can be a great help in reading the room and getting people to dance, in retrospect they probably could have rented equipment and set their iPod to play straight through. Sharon said coming up with the playlist was easy, as the two of them have similar taste in music. Rob said he had a lot of experience putting together playlists for the parties he would throw in law school, but this time he enjoyed playing songs that he wanted to hear, regardless of what other people would think. "You wouldn't exactly play Mumford & Sons at a regular party." Join us Tuesday for an hour-long exerpt of their favorite dance songs from the wedding!
7. Surviving the First Dance
8. Smurfs & Snackie-Cakes
9. Built-in Accommodations
Lodging for out-of-town guests is always a concern, and they liked that their venue was a hotel. People were free to carouse and then take a responsible elevator ride a few steps away from where they'd been drinking.
10. Hiring Someone to Do the Legwork
Sharon & Rob are busy people, and with only six months to throw everything together, they knew they needed help. So they hired the wife of a friend to research venues for them. Rob's advice to anyone planning a wedding? "If you have reliable people, delegate! I wish we had done more of that!" Sharon adds wryly, "Then you have time to do things like rehearse the first dance."