Tamika
Expert October 2019

Wedding Pricing (entire Wedding and Honeymoon)

Tamika, on October 31, 2019 at 2:58 PM Posted in Married Life 3 13
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So now that we are officially married- As I said before I was stressed out for nothing.

How our wedding went: DESTINATION WEDDING

SAVE THE DATE- Walgreens- Promo Code 60% off- $45.00

Chapel At The Park Gatlinburg- Ceremony $5,500

Ceremony Photographer- Chapel at the park- part of price of Venue

Marriage License in TN- $40.00

Wedding Cake- Part of Chapel At The Park pricing

Flowers and Coordinator- Amazon Yvette (Cousin Marie) Hill-250.00

Praise Dancer for Ceremony- Cousin Juanita Hickson- Gift

Formal Wedding Invitation- MagnetStreet 40% off with Addressed envelopes- $320.00

Headpiece- Amazon- $13.00

Wedding Dress- Something Borrowed and Blue Bridal District Cincinnati- Mother's gift to bride $0

Garter Belt plus Garter Toss- My Wedding Garter- $55.00

Wedding Shoes- Amazon- $110.00- Only paid $30.00

Walking down the aisle music- BeBe Winans- This Song- $13.99

Nails- L&T Nails in Kenwood Cincinnati- $55.00

Eyebrows Threading; Eyebrows Tinted and eyelashes- Niyah in TriCounty Cincinnati- $40.00

Makeup for everyone- Parrillos Gatlinburg, TN (Another Bridal Party gift) $240.00

Hair Design- $35.00 for gave her $75.00

Cascade Wedding Flowers- Angel Isabella- $ 40.00

Bouquet Toss- Amazon- $ 17.00

Bridal Party dresses- Amazon Less than $55.00

Groomsmen suits- Amazon Less than $80.00

Hotel Welcome Gifts- Amazon

Snacks for Welcome Bags Walmart

Bridal gift Bags: Etsy; Gifts inside bag- Amazon- Bridal Hangers- Amazon

Reception- Park Vista Hotel Gatlinburg- Part of Chapel at the Park price

Blocked Hotel rooms- Park Vista Hotel Gatlinburg

Catering- Park Vista Hotel- Part of Chapel at the Park price

Champagne Toast- $250.00

Beer/ Wine/ Soda- $660.00- refund of $225.09 of unused alcohol

First Dance song- Keith Sweat- I'll Give All My Love

Mother and Son Dance- Freddie Jackson- You Are My Lady

Bride and Son song- Cierra- I Got You

Photo Booth- Memories In A Flash- $670.00

DJ- Air Force One Mobile DJ- Part of Chapel at the Park price

Favors: Amazon, WH Candy and Double Tree Hotel Cookies-- 230.00

Photographer- JCS Photography from Cincinnati ( 3 hours of coverage unlimited photos and photobook- $350.00

Reception Decorations: Yvette (Cousin Marie) Hill- Cincinnati- Amazon and unknown website.

Stay while in Gatlinburg- Total 7 Days including Honeymoon- Elkspring Cabin- City Slicker Cabin- $2300.00

Vendor Gifts- Amazon

Limo- Sweethearts Limousine- Part of Chapel at the Park price

Parents gifts- Amazon

Husband surprise gift- Amazon

Rental Car- Kerry Toyota Dealership

Additional wedding bands for our 10 year on 10/19/2019- JVL Jewelry- 365.00 rings for both rings for $80.00 including lifetime warranty.


Less than $11,250.00 for everything- we went over our budget by $3,000

No Credit Cards, No loans we paid cash for everything paycheck to paycheck and we started everything 05/2018


Make sure you do your wedding what suits you and in your budget; a lot of advice that you get from onliners can come off rude but its their opinion.

I did my wedding different and somewhat kind of informal for many reasons:


1. Destination Wedding

So we would not be wasteful of our money and knew exactly how many people was going to attend we did the following:

We sent out our Save The Dates attached with the RSVP with the Blocked rooms information; We knew exactly our guest count and went off of that and it was perfect. We sent our Formal Invitations to those that RSVP'd.

2. We had 2 Wedding Websites in case one favored one more than another or there was a glitched in the system.

WeddingWire & Theknot

3. Two Wedding Registries-

Amazon and Target.

Guest are going to buy you what they want regardless or go on one of the websites to beat the price. Sometimes guests do not bring anything at all.

4. Gave a lot of detail about the area and discounted tickets and lodging in case Park Vista was not in their price range.

5. We had Fish and Chicken with 3 sides- So they can have an option or get both

6. We put 660.00 in the bar but did not announced open bar- until the guest arrived to the reception- There is a lot of waste in alcohol or abused to it. A lot of guest bought liquor drinks or BYOB anyway- We did not want our guest to get wasted.

7. We did a lot of favors for the guests for traveling

Personalized Candy bars, Bar, Flower seeds and Vegetable seeds, Chap Sticks, Photo Booth, welcome bags for those that checked in at the Blocked room provided, etc.

The wedding was a hit and we even had folks come that we haven't seen in years it was a full house and all the seats was filled at both places. I stressed out from listening to people on here on how not to do this and that also from other people outside the net and everyone is still talking about our wedding.


I want you to do it your way and not your Mom's way, Grandma's way or how your bestfriend did it 5 years ago.

HAVE FUN WITH YOUR PLANNING!!!





13 Comments

Latest activity by Tamika, on November 1, 2019 at 12:26 PM
  • Caytlyn
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    It's always helpful to see breakdowns! Kind of random, but I'm from the Cincinnati area as well (and going to Gatlinburg for our honeymoon) and I'm looking for a nail salon because the person I usually go to is on vacation the week of our wedding. Were you happy with your experience at L&T?

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  • Tamika
    Expert October 2019
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    I was happy but the problem was I was referred by a coworker and for the work I had done I would rather not traveled all the way to Kenwood for it. The salon is clean and gorgeous if you live in Kenwood but I probably would have went to Colerain or Western Hills if you find one let me know.

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  • Tamika
    Expert October 2019
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    Caytlyn, where are you staying for your honeymoon?

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  • Caytlyn
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    We're staying in a cabin between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

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  • Tamika
    Expert October 2019
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    Okay, the good thing is when you have your Honeymoon it will be the end of November so hopefully the traffic is not too crazy. It was off the charts when we went because of the Foliage of the leaves and everything.

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  • Tamika
    Expert October 2019
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    If you go with L&T which has 3 locations make sure you go online to receive the 10% discount but do not open the code until you pay out.

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  • Hannah
    Dedicated November 2019
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    I LOVE all this detail! So helpful and informative!
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  • Tamika
    Expert October 2019
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    Thank you Hannah!!!!!
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  • Tiffanie
    Just Said Yes July 2022
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    Thank you so much. Very much appreciated. I haven't been stressing yet. I am somewhat laid back so even though I may hear their opinions I rarely listen. It is so funny to me that so many people have opinions on how they think your day should but but failed to ask your opinion on their special day. So you have me encouraged and congratulations on your union. May God bless you two in a lifetime of happiness !

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  • Tamika
    Expert October 2019
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    Thank you Tiffanie!!! I can't wait to see your pictures you GOT THIS!!!!
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  • Patricia
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    I Love your break down and agree fully that some ladies can come off as rude ( that's why I barely post) , but yes I'm doing it my way all the way ... Nothing like getting encouragement from positive women ... Congrats
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  • Susan
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    Great work!

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  • Tamika
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    Thank you Patricia!!!!!
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