In addition, our Real Weddings Editor is also busy featuring cute couples for our photo galleries! Each week, she’ll be sharing her favorite real weddings on Fridays at noon. Check out this roundup below:
Exquisite Miami Resort Wedding– Jessica and Dave were married at Trump National Doral Miami in Miami, Fla. on December 13. The ceremony began with bagpipe music!
Mountainside Colorado Lodge Wedding– Jennifer and Andrew were married at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera in Edwards, Colo. on July 19. Their reception tables featured pretty details, including lush floral arrangements and peach centerpieces.
Cheerful Lakeside Alabama Wedding– Lindsey and Austen were married at Guntersville Church of Christ, followed by a reception at the bride’s grandmother’s lakeside home in Guntersville, Ala. on August 16. “We did a pass in the boat to wave goodbye to all of our friends and family,” Lindsey said. “It is so fun to remember our send-off and all of our guests standing on the seawall and waving eagerly as we left.”
Candid Georgia Cottage Wedding– Kathryn and Patrick were married at The Crane Cottage in Jekyll Island, Ga. on May 2. Trees covered in Spanish Moss created a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony. “The lush trellises were stunning and so romantic, and since it was a destination that the majority of our friends and family were not aware of, we knew it would be perfect,” Kathryn said.
Classic California Vineyard Wedding– Hannah and Joe were married at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, Calif. on June 7. One thousand paper cranes decorated the ceremony, and the couple’s Irish wolfhound, O’Reilly, was a big part of the day.
Over the past year, we have been collecting answers to questions such as: “If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be and why?” from newlyweds, like Christie and Mark, pictured above. “When you go on date night, don’t talk about the wedding! It is hard to think of anything else sometimes, especially as it get’s closer, but the best thing you can do is to try and keep it all in perspective and not let it take over your relationship.” Need more tips? Read more here.
Who pays for what in a wedding? There’s no rhyme or reason to it because nowadays, there are lots of ways to divvy up the budget. Some scenarios: the couple pays for everything, the families spit everything equally, or perhaps, one family pays and the other does not. As a starting point, our Advice Editor has made a traditional breakdown, but keep in mind that this is not the final word on the matter, simply suggestions.
Once you’ve determined a set amount, be sure to visit WeddingWire’s Budget Tool to help track your spending, set up payment schedules, and redistribute funds!
Christie and Mark were married in a traditional Catholic mass ceremony at St. Vincent de Paul Church followed by a reception at James Leary Flood Mansion in San Francisco, Calif. on December 28. “We ended up picking our wedding venue really quickly because the moment we walked in, we were so blown away that we couldn’t even look at anything else,” Christie said. “We could imagine our big day there, and it just felt right. Also, the view of the Golden Gate Bridge didn’t hurt!” She wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with an off-the-shoulder overlay and ivory sash, while the bridesmaids blushed in their long pink chiffon dresses. Groomsmen looked dapper in classic black tuxedos, accessorized with bow ties. “Our favorite moment was when we said our vows to each other,” she said. “A wedding is just one day, but those vows will last a lifetime.” The glamorous reception featured tall candelabra centerpieces overflowing with hydrangeas and roses, bells were placed at each setting with a guests’ name, and a box of chocolates too. The dance floor was even lit with snowflakes! “Larry Lynch and The Mob really brought the house down, and everyone was dancing all night long,” Christie said. “See everyone have so much fun really made my day.”
1. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples that are planning their wedding, what would it be?
Let your wedding planner do the planning! We found the more we gave Daniella and her team creative freedom, along with what we wanted as far as venue and theme, she was able to create something beyond our expectations. Belle Signature Design made it easy and fun.
2. Give us one moment in your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.
We LOVED our pictures–Chris and I loved our photographer, Clane Gessel. He worked closely with us not only with WHERE are pictures were taken but HOW they were taken. This created that personal touch to all of our photos. Both our personalities came through in every photo, which is what we wanted. The last thing we wanted were those “tacky” or “staged” wedding photos that you see all too often. If you want photos that are amazing and capture who you are as a couple, then Clane is the perfect photographer.