Tell me about your wedding

posted 3 years ago in Recaps
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@lunalyra:  

What’s your venue like?  We got married in a theatre my husband is helping to rennovate.  He is their resident technical director.  Before:

After:

What sort of ceremony are you having?  We had a short, sweet ceremony.  One of our friends got ordained and married us.  We wrote our own vows.

How many people are you inviting?  We ended up with around 115 guests.

What will they be eating and drinking?  We had our favorite cajun restaurant cater our wedding.  We had jambalaya, B&B (caramalized onions, black beans, and corn.  delish!), and something else I can’t remember.  There was also spinach salad.  We just had beer and wine.

What is your theme/colour scheme?  Our theme ended up being 1940s vintage theatre lol

What entertainment have you got planned? We had a dixie land band play over dinner, a 20 piece big band played while guests entered and after dinner, then a DJ later in the evening

How much will you be spending?  We spend $10,000 for everything (Rings and dress included)

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@lunalyra:  Thank you!  It was such a fun day =)

What are the two venues you’re looking at?

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We are getting married on this beach in Maui and using this same photographer as the couple you see below..  we will have 18 invited guests joining us but only expect about 15 to actually come.  It will be small and intimate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our reception dinner will most likely be at this beach front restaurant that offers a private dining cabana (still awaiting feedback for guest count before booking)

 

 

 

 

 Our wedding will cost roughly $5000.00 for the ceremony, photographer, florals, food etc.  We are investing a majority of our budget in guest airfare to Maui.  Over all we are spending $15,000.00 for a week’s vacation with those we love and chrerish most.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

What’s your venue like?

We rented a former dairy farm in the Catskills.  We stayed in the house, and we had an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour and then dinner was served in the barn loft.  We also hosted a BBQ the night before and a brunch the next morning, both at the same property.

What sort of ceremony are you having?

I’m not religious, but I’m of Jewish descent, and my husband is secular/agnostic.  He agreed to have a Jewish ceremony — I wanted to have some sense of culture/history/tradition — but we hired a very liberal female rabbi and made a few changes to the ceremony to accomodate his preferences too.  He actually built our chuppah, including chopping down the trees himself!

How many people are you inviting?

We invited about 160 and had about 90 RSVP yes.  It was a quasi-destination wedding (3hr drive from the area where we live) and required an overnight stay, so we expected a lot of the more marginal/obligatory invitations to be declined.  It worked out pretty well because I wanted a smaller and more intimate experience.  We had about 80 people actually attend — there were 2 no-shows and 8 last-minute cancellations for various reasons.

What will they be eating and drinking?

Thanks to Hurricane Irene, our caterer quit with 2 days notice.  We were suppose to have a plated meal, but we ended up with a new caterer who set up a buffet at the last minute.  I don’t really remember what was served, but the food was fine.  We stocked our own bar and had a bartender serve drinks.  We also bought a ton of wine and drank the leftovers for quite awhile afterwards!

What is your theme/colour scheme?

No theme, but the mismatched bridesmaid dresses soft pinks/oranges, light greens, light brown, and gold/tan.  The flowers and paper lanterns (in the barn) were in similar shades.  The invitations were soft orange and brown font on ivory paper with a poppy design, and the save the dates were brown font on ivory paper with a light green dandelion design.  I wanted the colors to complement the natural mountain setting.

What entertainment have you got planned?

We had a ipod playlist because I generally find bands and djs to be overbearing and cheesy.  We skipped things like bridal party introductions at the reception, though we did do first dances.  We also had a fireworks display after dinner; it was a wedding gift from our fireworks-obsessed cousin 🙂

How much will you be spending?

Too much!  We should have eloped!  (That was my original suggestion!)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013
What’s your venue like?
Our venue was a hotel from the late 1800s on a lake. Our reception room as on the second floor and overlooked the lake. It was a long rectangular room with one full wall of windows and a covered porch overlooking the lake. The building was white with blue carpets and our colors were blue, white, and yellow so it flowed beautifully!
 
What sort of ceremony are you having?
We had our ceremony on the same property as the reception site. It was in the conference center. We completely transformed it with draping and a beautiful aisle. We had a Lutheran pastor do our ceremony which was sweet and encouraging. It lasted a about 20 minutes. We also lit a unity candle. 
 
How many people are you inviting?
We invited 140ish people and our final number of attending guests was 90 – this is including the bridal party and us.
 
What will they be eating and drinking?
Oh the food!! This is where we had a lot of fun! We had a cocktail hour with punch, two signature drinks, and a keg. The rest was a cash bar which I felt worked out fine. 
During cocktail hour we had an antipasto display, spinach artichoke dip, ham and pickle roll ups, and grapes rolled in goat cheese and walnuts. 
We served a plated meal with three options which guests selected on their RSVP – Tuscan stuffed pork chop, Herb marinated chicken breast, and Crab stuffed tilapia. Each meal came with a dinner salad. Each entree had a side of sage roasted potatoes and green bean almondine. 
Later in the evening we had snacks brought out. Potato chips and dip, pretzels and dip, and cocktail sandwiches in ham and beef. 
 
What is your theme/colour scheme?
Our theme was Elegant Country Spring. Our colors were white/ivory, blue, and pops of yellow. Half of our center pieces where milk bud vases and the other were tall centerpieces. 
 
What entertainment have you got planned?
We hired a country band from the Minneapolis area, definitely worth it!!
 
How much will you be spending?
Not counting my dress or ring our grand total was just under $15,000. 
 
Here is the link to my recap and wedding blog if you’d like to see more pictures! Any questions please let me know! 
 
 
 
 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

What’s your venue like?

HUGE.  Way too big for my wedding, but such a great deal I couldn’t pass it up!  If I may give some unsolicited advice, if you have the opportunity to get a venue that doubles as a caterer and table/chair rental place, don’t pass it up!  It’s in the middle of downtown, and is pretty modern and urban on the inside too with dark hardwood floors, slim brick columns (which we are covering with white linens), and a big stage for the DJ.

 

What sort of ceremony are you having?

Church wedding, no guest readers, but one guest musician (my brother).  We’ll be having a unity candle ceremony and solo piano playing all classical music, but no hymns (we love God but hate hymns!  Is that awful?)

How many people are you inviting?

Inviting almost 200, so far only about 100 have rsvp’d yes (hoping for around 150 in the end).

What will they be eating and drinking?

We’re still thinking about it, but here’s a few of our ideas.  We want to have a buffet with Southern-style options (e.g. country fried steak, rotisserie chicken with brown gravy) plus lots of hearty veggie options for our numerous vegetarians who are coming.  We’re setting up a kids room with sitters and giving them chicken nuggets and pizza.  We’re also planning on open bar because we want to have a really energetic “party” wedding 😉

What is your theme/colour scheme?

Colors are silver and lavender.  We don’t have a theme per se, but much of the reception decor inspiration comes from the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino in Vegas–lots of glass, silver and clear beads for the tables.

What entertainment have you got planned?

We have a D.J. who will play universally popular dance music for the early part of the reception.  After 9, we are switching to house/electronica similar to the music that our favorite club in Vegas plays, and starting sort of a rave thing with glow sticks, etc 🙂

How much will you be spending?

Around $30K

 

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