Post # 1
I’ve noticed there are several of us Atlanta girls getting married this summer in the North Georgia mountains. I thought I would create a thread where we could share some vendor suggestions….and planning advice along the way.
So, when & where is your celebrations?
What vendors are you using?
Are there things we might could help you out with?
What are you stressing out over right now?
Post # 3
I’ll start. Our wedding is mid-June at Glen-Ella Springs Inn.
We are using the Inn for the majority of our catering/linens/etc. We are in the process of choosing between two cake vendors and the florist.
I also have a trial run with Sidney’s salon in Clarkesville in early May.
I would love some suggestions for Makeup, b/c I’m thinking right now I’ll have to DIY it.
We just settled on our favors. Mini Jars of Jam from Jaemor Farms that I’ll DIY some fabric top covers for.
I’m stressing out about our invitations which are hopefully shipping this weekend from the letterpress vendor I found on the weddingbee boards!
Post # 4
The only thing I’m stressing (and not really now though) GGSB, is the lack of the E ring making an official landing on my left hand. I am a traditionalist and also saw a cousin of mine get financially screwed over by her former FI so I am not putting one darn thing in stone until THE STONE arrives.
I’ve visited a lot of venues (T’s seen one with me) and am getting info left and right. You can pm me anytime and this thread is a great idea!
Give it up for the N. Ga brides to be!!!!
Post # 5
Now GGSB, I’ve met a woman recently who’s an awesome freelance florist but also works with a large wedding planning group too..she is much more affordable when it’s just her..and not the whole group doing florals. I can get a name for you after we go to baseball practice again! (her son’s on my son’s team and she’s very nice..if I have mine here, she’s gonna do it)
Post # 6
I"m getting married in Dillard Georgia, at the Dillard House on June 6. We fell in love with the food there! Trying to find a scenic place for a BBQ the night before (needs to be ok with alcohol though) somewhere in North Georgia (Rabun/Burton Lakes or Tallulah Falls and north).
We are using a guy named Dale Echols for our photographer, but won’t have more info about him till after we see the pics, I guess.
One cake person I’d recommend is located in Franklin, NC (just across the state line). It’s a one-woman show called Patty Cakes and she is insanely reasonably priced and her cake was delicious at the tasting.
I’m wanting to diy my flowers so am looking for a good farmers market or perhaps a florist who will just sell me a couple of bunches of something yellow 🙂 Also, I"m thinking of putting together OOT bags featuring geogia peaches and peanuts, so will be searching for a good farm stand too. Ideas?
GGSB Glen Ella seems like they have some nice options. How many people are you having there?
Post # 7
I’m getting married at Lake Rabun this August.
Jaemor farms is a great place to grab local produce. They’re on HWY 441, not too far south of Tallulah Gorge. We’re providing Georgia faves as our favors…peaches, vidalias, peanuts, etc.
For a relaxed BBQ venue, Tallulah Gorge State Park has some pavilions you can rent for like $60. For a little more put together venue, the Lake Rabun Pavilion is gorgeous–we’re having our reception there. see lakerabun.org for pics of the pavilion. rental is $1000 + $250 deposit. You can bring any caterer and bring your own booze (though the say no hard alcohol, they aren’t sticklers to it). The Lake Rabun Hotel across the street can actually cater BBQs & Low Country Boils for a moderate price, too. The pavilion also has tables you can rent for $5 (8′ rectangle) and plastic white chairs for $1 each.
We’ve booked a block of rooms at Kingwood Resort…$99/night! They have golf, pool, etc. Our other guests will be at the Lake Rabun Hotel, which I love!!!
I plan to DIY the flowers with stems bought at an Atlanta wholesaler. But, I’d love any suggestions for someone to do the simple bouquet & possibly ceremony arrangement or two. Bellenga, please share!
I’m searching for an officiant, preferably a Methodist pastor. I’m not tied to anyone in Atlanta where we live, so it makes more sense to find someone local if possible. My mom’s ordained, but no thank you! 🙂
As for hair & makeup, I think I’ll DIY that one too. My mom used to own a makeup studio, so we have all the fancy shmancy makeup tools of the trade.
Hope this helps! Please keep the insights coming!!
Post # 8
@stephbriggs – We’re having 75 people at Glen Ella but it could accomodate more if you chose to use the meadow in the back instead of a smaller garden. We liked that we could pay a bartender but supply our own beverages. They will provide mixers for a small fee as well.
Def. check out Jaemor farms for peanuts/peaches etc. Once you know what you want give them a call and ask about buying it by the case or in bulk. http://www.jamsjellies.com/
Our photographer is Climie & Co. and so far we’ve been really pleased (we should actually see our engagement photos tomorrow).
I’d LOVE to DIY our flowers but I just don’t see it happening with everything going on and everyone arriving from out of town. My inital price on flowers was CRAZY so now I’m in detail mode with the florist. So Bellenga pass on the digits if you have another option!!
Post # 9
@mrsv2bee – I just PM’ed you some phone numbers but thought I’d share some of it here as well
Officiant: Jim Burgin – He lives on Lake Rabun. He was ordained as Methodist but that is the ceremony he typically follows. His area is really clinical counseling, and he is a really nice gentleman. His wife is the pastry chef at Glen Ella. PM me if you’d like his contact info
Music: Bella Musica String Ensemble soloist/due/trio options available. We choose the duo. They are also local to Clarkesville and have been a pleasure to work with. We contacted them earlier but then got busy with other things and never asked for a contract. However before they would book another gig they first contacted us to make sure what our plans were. http://www.bellamusicastrings.com They can email you examples of their abilities.
I’m having my hair done b/c it’s so thick I’d just end up fighting with it but I’ll DIY my makeup….I just need to go have a few lessons first since I don’t wear any eye makeup (other than clear mascara) on a daily basis.
What about DJ’s? Anyone going this route and have any good suggestions? I know a wonderful one in Atlanta, but he’s a bit out of my price range plus it’s kinda far for him to commute. You ladies using anyone in the area?
Post # 10
@ bellenga – if you have the floral contact please send it over. Also if you would like my collection of N.GA venue information let me know. We visited almost all the possbilites of Vineyards/Farms/Ranch Deals in N.Ga and a few in AL and TN. Most of them I have pricing for as well.
OK girls…my next question for you?
What is your "theme" or color scheme?
We really don’t have a theme unless you call it Not so Shabby chic 😉
We are using blues/purples/greens and milk glass.
I just purchased our napkins at Ikea over the weekend (dark royal blue) b/c it was cheaper than renting them. (yes napkins came in our contract with the venue but I felt we needed some color on the tables since I’m trying to scale back on the flowers. Between those, shepard hooks, and mason jars I’ll have some classifieds items post-wedding!
Post # 11
I’ll see the friend who’s the florist next week when baseball starts back..kids are on spring break right now and I’ll get her number for everybody here. She does freelance and also works with Events by DeZine and alpharetta florists..
I haven’t heard of Glenn Ella. I am gonna check that out! And that string quartet too..are they good enough to play "Viva la Vida?" That’s my aisle mile song! I’m still not sure of where we’ll have our wedding. Part of me wants the clubhouse at his subdivison (Laurel Springs in Suwanee) and part of me loves Canoe, and part of me wants his family’s home in MS.
Post # 12
Theme is Old south meets Old Hollywood. Colors cameo pink, black, and shimmery aqua. Black bridesmaids dresses, with cameo pink pashminas and either pink or black shoes depending on how they feel about it. Pearls at the neck.
I’ll get into the nitty gritty when the left hand is officially adorned!
Post # 13
Here’s two lovely pics of the clubhouse in his neighborhood.. The back of the clubhouse faces the rolling hills and the area where they place the tents for receptions is to the left (as you look at the picture). Weddings are in a garden area behind the clubhouse with the area with the tables used for either cocktail hours or pre wedding snacks..
Post # 14
i guess we are going with country casual: springy greens, yellows and blues. My friends are referring to it as a Hoe Down! We will use green table toppers/runners. Haven’t figured out centerpieces yet, but probably will be potted plants in yellow or white pots or maybe huricanes or mason jars with candles. something simple and not fussy. im very anti-frou frou. Thinking of finding a bluegrass duo/trio to play the night before or something.
Our officiant is an old friend who went to semiinary but lives in Asheville NC.
yes! we are doing the same with the dillard house, providing the alcohol and they provide the bartender and mixers. I"m stoked and have found great deals on alcohol at Greene’s in Atlanta on Ponce. We will probably get our beer and wine from someplace more local though, so that we dont have to drive it up there! Probably going to get the wine from Bryson’s Food Store in Highlands NC. Not sure about the beer though.
No DJ recommendations, we are ipoding. Sorry.
Post # 15
oh yeah, Mrsv2bee:
I’ve gotten recommendations for these florists (but I havent checked any of them out myself)
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What Atlanta wholesaler are you using? I’m wanted to diy something simple but don’t know what sort of flowers we can assume will be available etc.
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Post # 16
@ stephbriggs – your post got all messed up when you pasted the table…but i’d love your recos.
as for flower wholesalers…check out cutflower.com’s website. they’re based in ATL (if you have a tax ID #…which i have through my uncle who’s a landscaper). Their website is GREAT for knowing what flowers are available by month. Click on a flower you like from the flower gallery, and they’ll tell you the availability. The Dekalb Farmers Market (in Decatur) will also special order flowers for you wholesale. Not all of the staff speaks very clear English, but just ask to speak to the lady who manages the flowers…she’s there a few days a week and should be able to help you figure out what they can get, pricing, etc.
As for our theme…we don’t really have one. We’re using various shades of green with some pewter accents & throwing in a little twine. Girls are in lime green silk dresses, guys are in a gray faint pinstripe suit. We’re playing off the natural surroundings and not taking anything too fancy. Natural & ethereal, I suppose. I keep telling myself "you’re at the lake, for goodness sake."
@GGSB – I’m interested in your mason jars. I just bought some but am searching for some tiny ones if you’ve got them after your wedding! Maybe the shepherd’s hooks too.