Keri
Expert November 2019

11/1/19 Bam! Photos, budget, and takeaways

Keri, on November 13, 2019 at 2:57 PM Posted in Community Conversations 1 31
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We did it! We got married Friday, November 1st. It snowed the day before the wedding and the day after. but thankfully it was somewhat sunny on the actual day. Out of 125 guests who RVSP'd yes, we had 4 adults and 2 kids cancel the day of due to weather/transportation. Ceremony and reception were in same location, an industrial venue downtown Grand Rapids, MI. It was a beautiful day, and it feels amazing to be married!

*Budget: $20,000

*Spent: approximately $21,500 (not including honeymoon, rings, rehearsal dinner, tips)

Venue (ceremony, reception, DOC, tables, chairs, DJ): $3800

Catering: $5800

Late night snack: $250

Cupcakes (set up and delivery): $570

Bar: $3500

Photobooth: $500

Photography: $1800

Attire for both: $1800

Decor/flowers: $1900

Transportation ( shuttle for guests, limo for us): $800

Invitations/save the dates/postage: $550

Hair/make up/nails (mom, MOH, and I): $300

Hotel room for two nights: $350

Things I'm glad I did/went well :

- First look. Definitely calmed my nerves.

- Wore my leopard coat for pictures. I LOVE leopard.

-Walked down the aisle to "My Girl." It was NOT silent when I walked down. Friends and family were clapping and cheering. I loved it!

- Small bridal party (MOH and BM only)

- No videographer

-No photographer for staged getting ready photos

- No MOH/BM speeches. My mom gave a blessing before dinner, and we gave a short thank you during the reception.

- Nontraditional food (tacos, southwestern mac and cheese, sliders, etc.)

-Late night snack of pizza/cannolis were a hit

- Open bar. Guests loved the options.

- Chose a Friday. It cost us $3000 less with our venue.

- Didn't have my family/friends work

- No favors

- Played "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan for our father/daughter and mother/son dance. I bawled.

To be honest not a lot went "wrong." Our DJ came with the venue and was okay. Late night snack was delivered almost an hour after it should have been there. We paid for glassware through dinner, but they gave my husband a plastic cup at dinner. I was a little snippy about that, but not a huge deal. People took cupcakes before we cut into one.

Walking down aisle11/1/19 Bam! Photos, budget, and takeaways 1

Ceremony view11/1/19 Bam! Photos, budget, and takeaways 2

flower11/1/19 Bam! Photos, budget, and takeaways 3

MOH/BM11/1/19 Bam! Photos, budget, and takeaways 4

venue11/1/19 Bam! Photos, budget, and takeaways 5

sweetheart table11/1/19 Bam! Photos, budget, and takeaways 6

reception view11/1/19 Bam! Photos, budget, and takeaways 7

leopard coat11/1/19 Bam! Photos, budget, and takeaways 8


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  • Melle
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    Congratulations 馃帀
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  • Fenja
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    Fenja
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    Congratulations!! Looks like it was a great day!

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  • Melissa
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    Love your leopard coat and flowers!!
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  • Sabrina
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    I love the one with the foliage...and I am so happy (or relieved) that I saw you didn't have the photographer for getting ready pics cause I was looking to also not do the same. So that makes me feel better. But now, back to you. I loved the venue and jacket. You looked beautiful. CONGRATS!!!!!

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  • Natalie
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    Gorgeous! I love everything, you dress, decor, songs. I'm also walking down the aisle to My Girl! Did you start the track at the very beginning of the song?

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  • Keri
    Expert November 2019
    Keri
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    Yes, and then it played for a few seconds, everyone stood, the curtains opened, and I made my debut!
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  • Keri
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    Keri
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    Thanks! The getting ready photos just weren't important to me. I don't think you'll them either.

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  • Natalie
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    Awesome! I also love the Bob Dylan song you chose Smiley smile

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  • Cher Horowitz
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    Cher Horowitz
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    Congratulations to both of you! I'm loving your beautiful dress and bouquet!

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  • Cyndy
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    Congratulations m! Your pictures are beautiful.
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  • Katie
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    Congratulations your special day looked magical
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  • Jaimie
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    Wow this is stunning!
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  • Keri
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    Thanks Cher!
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  • JEANIE
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    Congrats! It looks like everything turned out beautifully! I love your leopard coat!
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  • Keri
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    Keri
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    Thanks...last minute Meijer purchase!
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  • Nikkeisha
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    Nikkeisha
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    Congratulations! You looked beautiful!

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  • Diana
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    Congratulations!!! I loved the Leopard coat. Everything looked absolutely amazing!!
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  • Christal
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    CONGRATULATIONS, KERI!


    Thank you for sharing your day with us! Love the red napkins on the table with the gold! You look very beautiful and happy.
    I also love 馃挆 your leopard jacket! Enjoy marriage!
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  • Cliodhna
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2030
    Cliodhna
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    These are beautiful photos, Keri!

    I love the coat you paired with your dress, so cool!

    Huge congrats Smiley ring

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  • Janiya
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    Congratulations! I wish the both of you a long and happy marriage!

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