Wedding programs were pretty much at the bottom of our wedding priority to-do list. As soon as my parents (who were hosting and paying for the wedding) said they didn’t see a need for a wedding program, both Tyler and I thought we were done with the topic… Long story short, it was another one of those things that we were told we “had to” do. Ha!
Refusing to pay the hundreds upon hundreds of dollars to have our wedding programs designed and printed – and we wouldn’t even host the idea of asking my parents to pay for it since they were the ones who told us we didn’t have to do it – Tyler and I decided to design and pay for them ourselves.
I went through practically the entire Etsy “wedding program” search results and found a few things that I liked, but nothing that I really loved.
So one night/morning when I couldn’t sleep because I was a bundle of bridal nerves, I decided it was a good idea to start designing our wedding programs! Ha!
And since I’m essentially Vistaprint junkie and knew that I could get 100 programs for next to nothing, I started my design process there and got a few printing size templates.
Our wedding programs were definitely one-of-a-kind and I have yet to see anything else like them yet (mostly the content and design of the back of the program with the “fun facts about the bride and groom”). I’m glad that our wedding guests got to learn more about our relationship through our wedding program!
- The bride & groom asked Carolyn’s parents to officiate their wedding ceremony since the couple respect their marriage so much
- For their first date, Tyler took Carolyn to see the movie Hollywood Homicide. Before the previews even started, Tyler had his arm around Carolyn
- For good luck, Carolyn is wearing her Grandma’s engagement ring on her right hand as her “something borrowed” since her grandparents had the best of marriages
- Today, Tyler & Carolyn have been together for 3,358 days. Tyler & Carolyn have been celebrating their first date anniversary on June 23rd for the past 9 years. Their first date was actually on June 22nd. They each separately figured out they were celebrating their anniversary on the wrong day, but didn’t tell each other. So, as of today, they’ve actually been together for 3,359 days
- Carolyn took her best friend with her on their second date because she was unsure if she actually like Tyler
- Tyler has given Carolyn many nicknames over the years, including “tater tot” & “puddin’ pop”
- Carolyn first knew Tyler loved her when he took her to see New York Minute (a thrilling Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen movie) and he didn’t walk out of the theater
- Tyler always sins win when the two play the Wii game “Just Dance”
- Carolyn initiated the first kiss
- Carolyn has been trying to convince Tyler to buy her a puppy for the past… ohhh… 3,359 days
- The couple will be moving to Dallas, Texas shortly after they get back from their honeymoon
- Tyler & Carolyn have a Sunday morning chocolate chip pancake tradition
- When Tyler was younger, he used to spit his peas into his glass of milk to avoid eating them. To get Carolyn to eat her peas when she was younger, the R——s smothered them in cheese. Peas and cheese are now one of Tyler & Carolyn’s favorite vegetables
- Tyler transfered to James Madison University his sophomore year to be with Carolyn. While they both love their alma mater dearly, the Duke Dog mascot silly. Whenever the mascot was out on “the Commons,” Carolyn would make Tyler walk the long, roundabout way around campus to avoid seeing him
- When asked, Tyler’s favorite food is “Carolyn’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies”
- Tyler sat behind Carolyn during high school geometry class. He distracted her so much from her studies that she had to get extra tutoring to keep up her GPA
- Tyler & Carolyn have a rule about keeping champagne in their house so they are always prepared to celebrate, even the small things
- Tyler & Carolyn will be honeymooning on the beaches of Antigua
- When Tyler cooks for Carolyn, he always says “I make no promises” before she takes the first bite
- After saying “yes” when Tyler asked Carolyn to marry him, Carolyn wanted to make sure Tyler had asked her Dad for permission first. He already had.
- When the couple says “I do” they mean “forever”