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!!!