The Merry Ones: Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Amelia Heinle (Victoria) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe)
Long Commitment or Short Commitment?
Egan: “I had a long engagement. We got engaged in February and I wanted a summer wedding, so it took us a year and a half to plan. It allowed us to really enjoy the process and not feel rushed!”
Heinle: “Long commitment. Good things are worth the wait.”
Hendrickson: “Short. We got married six months after our engagement.”
Hire a wedding planner or do it yourself?
Egan: “Wedding planner. Tonya Szele is amazing and resides in Santa Barbara. Three of my friends have gone to her since!
Heinle: “I did it myself, but I wish I had hired a wedding planner.”
Hendrickson: “We ended up eloping and planned the wedding on our own 10 days before! We just had to find a place to say our vows and then have dinner.”
Invite everyone or keep it small?
Egan: “My wedding was not small. There were 200 people, but still he felt super intimate.
Heinle: “We kept it small and I’m very glad we did.”
Hendrickson: “We kept it small and invited 10 of our closest friends to the jailbreak and then we celebrated with our families.”
Indoor or outdoor?
Egan: “A little of both! We got married on a bluff overlooking the ocean, then the reception was in a barn that I helped decorate with my wedding planner. I’m still obsessed with that barn to this day.”
Heinle: “I did ours indoors because it was snowing, but I like the idea of an outdoor wedding, weather permitting.”
Hendrickson: “Outdoor wedding. I always prefer to be outdoors, weather permitting!”
Venue or destination?
Egan: “Ours was in Santa Barbara, about a two-hour drive from Los Angeles. I liked that it was a full weekend of activities, so it didn’t end like that! I loved that we were able to spend Friday through Sunday with our closest friends and family. I highly recommend it.”
Heinle: “We did a destination wedding in Montana. It was great and very YELLOWSTONE.”
Hendrickson: “Fate! We got married on St. Barts.
The groom: tuxedo or no tuxedo?
Egan: “Tux! He looked so handsome. And he still wears that tuxedo to events now, nine years later, and I love seeing it again.”
Heinle: “Thad (Luckinbill, ex-JT) was wearing a very nice tuxedo!”
Hendrickson: “No tuxedo, he was wearing shorts and a linen shirt.”
The bride: with or without a veil?
Heinle: “They convinced me in a sound of music veil and it was probably the best part of the dress.”
Hendrickson: “I did not wear a veil. In the end, a veil did not go with my outfit.”
Traditional vows or write your own?
Egan: “We were married by a Catholic priest and a rabbi, but then we wrote our own vows.”
Heinle: “We did the traditional vows.”
Hendrickson: “We wrote ours and Rob’s were so much better than mine! He made everyone cry.”
Choreograph the first dance or improvise it?
Egan: “We went to a dance class and had a choreographed dance. Our song was ‘The One’ by Elton John.”
Heinle: “We did it on the dance floor and we had a great time.”
Hendrickson: “Get happy! There was no first dance, but we danced on the tables at the end of the night.”
Buffet or sit-down dinner?
Egan: “Sit down dinner.”
Heinle: “It was a casual dinner, which gave us the opportunity to spend more time with our guests.”
Hendrickson: “We opted for a formal dinner.”
Smash the cake or eat it delicately?
Egan: “We actually had no cake! Instead we made mini cupcakes. The whole cake-cutting thing never meant much to me, so we decided against it. However, I love it when others do it! To each his own.”
Heinle: “We didn’t break cakes. In fact, we saved the cake and served it the next night and it was delicious.”
Hendrickson: “At the wedding reception with the family, we ate our cake delicately. Smashing the cake is never a good idea.”
DJ or live band?
Egan: “Live band, baby!”
Heinle: “We had a DJ and it was great.”
Hendrickson: “We didn’t have any at our wedding, but as a guest, I love a good cover band.”
The best advice for a stress-free wedding?
Egan: “Just enjoy the day, and most importantly, each other. Take a few minutes, just the two of you, to be alone on that magical day and take it all in. Oh! And hire a videographer. You will not regret.”
Heinle: “Focus on the fun and have plenty of wine and good music on hand.”
Hendrickson: “Do not think too much. Remember, it’s all about you two.”