We cancelled the venue, lost our deposit, and sent out announcements through Facebook to tell people about our smaller wedding! One thing that left a sour taste in my mouth was that when I talked to a lady from the venue, she asked how many people our wedding was and continued to say that she's been talking to other couples who are decreasing their 100+ weddings to 50 people with no issues. I don't mind if people want to have their weddings still but the stress of not knowing is not worth it to me and my fiance. (sorry about the teeny vent)
After that, we sent out these "howler" inspired announcements to the majority of our guests (we have to call our grandmothers who don't have Facebook). I was so worried that our guests would say things like "so when's the celebration?" or "what's the rush? You're young, just postpone until next year." Thankfully no one said anything like that! Whew, that's a load off of my chest. Thanks to everyone on WW for being so supportive!
The only question I have left is I really need help for how to still have a Harry Potter inspired wedding! So far, our idea is to have our ceremony on the cliffs near Elbow, SK. That's not really HP inspired but my fiance and I really loved the photos of the location haha. Then we want to take photos near the cliffs and have a picnic lunch with our few guests. For the HP elements, all we have right now is:
-lilies in my bouquet (like Harry's mom)
-red and yellow for our Hogwarts houses (Gryffindor for FH and Hufflepuff for me)
-red and yellow garter I made
-red bowtie my FH is wearing
-might dye my dress red and/or yellow on the bottom or on the tulle underneath the dress
-a teeny replica of Hogwarts that can go on top of a cake/cheesecake at our picnic
-we have all of the HP books so I thought maybe photos with those could be fun
That might sound like a ton of elements to some, but I had a honeydukes candy table planned, a photo booth with cheesy props, tables with napkins in the different house colors, floating candles, etc. so I'm feeling a bit disappointed I won't be able to have these decor pieces at the wedding. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated fam Also, sorry about the essay I wrote haha.