- 8 years ago
Hi Atlanta Bees!
So I got married last Sunday, September 5th at the Solarium in Decatur. The Solarium was an excellent venue for our budget and style. I happened to pick it because I was working with a short time line and it was available on the right weekend, but it turned out marvelous. We had the ceremony outside, and the building was a beautiful backdrop. The manager stayed out of the way and was there to answer questions, and she was kind enough to let one of my bridesmaids who was nursing use her office to pump. I was worried about the layout of the venue, but it worked perfectly. Also, they allow smoking outside, which was a must with our smoking friends and family members. We got a great deal, too – it’s 50% off the rental price if you get someone in the 30030 area code to sign the contract. You can bring in your own food & alcohol, and they have tables and 100 wooden folding chairs, so we didn’t need to rent anything!
We used Wild Oats to cater the wedding. Terry, the owner/chef and her crew were fantastic. They set everything up, and they even helped with my decorations. The food, which was vegetarian french/italian, was delicious, and even the meat lovers were satisfied. One friend’s picky husband told me he didn’t realize at first that there was no meat, which is what I hoped would happen. Terry and her crew helped clean everything at the end of the night, even my own stuff, and her bartender Frank was a hit with everyone. The price was very reasonable, too!
I bought herbs and flowers at the DeKalb Farmers Market and a family member made herb/flower bouquets in mason jars. The herbs were a little pricey – the Buford Highway Farmers Market is cheaper – but this is the place to go in Atlanta if you want something other than roses for your wedding and you don’t have time to order online. I bought aster and masumoto asters, which I couldn’t find anywhere else. I did make an unsuccessful trip to the Atlanta Farmer’s Market – I would check out National Floral Distributers if you do want roses or carnations.
I bought dried lavender for $35/box and about $12 shipping from a farm in California. We put the lavender in french buckets and pitchers from Ikea to supplement the herbs, and I carried a dried lavender bouquet. The boxes were very large and had at least 20 bunches of dried lavender with about 50-100 stems in each. We didn’t even use it all! For info contact Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I bought white table cloths and napkins from linentablecloth.com. The shipping was fast and free, and the prices were the best I found. You can use google to find a coupon, usually. I got an additional 10% off, so I spent a total of $275 for about 25 table cloths and 8 dozen napkins.
I can’t comment yet on the photography because I haven’t seen photos yet, but we went with Fixed Focal, and I was really happy with Jon at the wedding. My husband (!) and I liked that they do this as a side thing and have 9 to 5 jobs, because that means they really like it. Jon was practically invisible, and he didn’t spend too long getting family photos. I hope I like the end result as much as I liked working with him and his wife!
We got wine and a keg from Green’s. Beware – the Buford Highway location does NOT carry kegs. Only the Ponce branch does. Oops. The woman who worked in the wine department on Buford Highway was really great. I told her my budget and she found wines for $6.99/bottle that everyone, even my discerning father-in-law, liked. I felt like the other wine stores were testing the limits of my budget, but Green’s really listened, and because of that I’ll be a customer for all my future wine purchases as well.
We registered at Amazon.com, and I’m a fan. You can add a button to your web browser that will allow you to add items from any website to your amazon registry, which is great – it allows you to pick and choose the things you really want without having to register at 5 different stores. Most stuff we registered for through amazon, but we were able to add our awesome Dreamzone sheets from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and our Crate and Barrell wine glasses without having a bunch of different registries. Plus, amazon keeps a thank you list so you can remember who got you what. When someone buys you something, you even get an email alerting you that “wedding booty” is on the way!
My dress was from David’s bridal. I went there just to get an idea of shapes, but I fell in love with the 9T9612 – it’s described as a trumpet gown, but it fit me perfectly and I usually have to wear empire waisted dresses since my middle is bigger than my chest. The alterations people were great – I spent a ton of money on the bustle, hemming, and chest decreasing, but I felt like it was worth it. Everything was on time and well done. I was pleasantly surprised by my experience. I admit I had low expectations of what I had previously considered the Wal-Mart of wedding dress shops, but I was impressed.
I bought my veil from veilshop.com. There are a ton of options and the prices can’t be beat!
I bought the pitchers/vases, tea lights and holders, and white frames I spraypainted to turn into chalkboards at Ikea. Ikea was an excellent resource. I also got the mason jars at the Wal-Mart on Cobb Parkway and at Ace Hardware. Not all Wal-Marts carry the jars. I also got many items at Joann’s – don’t go in without a printable coupon, though!
I am selling a lot of my decorations on craigslist:http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/for/1948829318.html
Once I clean my dress I plan to sell it, too. It is a size 20W, but the top has been taken in to accomodate my non-plus-sized chest. It’s probably a B/C cup. It was hemmed just a tad since I decided to wear small wedges. Because the fabric is not stiff, they had to add 9 bustles to each layer (champagne satin and ivory lace), for a total of 18 bustles. I left it bustled all night, though there is a short train. I also plan to sell my veil, which was plain ivory, elbow-length, and had ivory thread stitching on the edges.
Lemme know if you’re interested!