Apr 23, 2011

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We originally wanted to have our wedding for $10,000.  We quickly discovered there was no way that was going to happen.  So here is the rough breakdown:
  • Ceremony and Reception site: Lakeside ceremony and ballroom reception $1200
  • Food/Caterer: Buffet meal for 100 guests - $4000
  • Bar/Alcohol: $1000 (open bar until $1000 worth is gone; rest is cash bar)
  • Bridal gown/alterations: Designer gown found for discount online - $1000
  • Bridal accessories: $100
  • Groom's attire (free with groomsmen's rentals): $0
  • Groom's gift: $150
  • Stationary/postage: $365 (Semi-DIY)
  • Photography: 3 photographers, 8 hours, high resolution and edited CD- $1250
  • Videography: 1 videographer, 2 cameras, high definition, 5 edited Bluray DVDs, 6 hours - $1500
  • Ceremony music: Acoustic guitar trio - $0 (gift from family friend who is a musician)
  • Reception music: DJ and MC duo - $0 (gift from family friend who is a pro DJ)
  • Flowers: $200 (major discount at after season sale on silks and DIY)
  • Favors: $0 (from winning a contest)
  • Cake: 4-tier to feed 150 and grooms cake to feed 100 - $250 (at cost - family friend is a pastry chef)
  • Officiant: $0 (family friend who is also a pastor)
  • Hair/makeup: $0 (complimentary for bride and BMs because stylist was a no-show for bridal portraits)
  • Wedding party gifts: $230 (15 people total with many gifts made as DIY)
  • Transportation: Trolley $1000
  • Hotels: Out of town bags - $80
  • Misc.: Decorations, centerpieces, programs - $900
  • Parents'/Grandparents' gifts: $30 (embroidered handkerchiefs)
  • Day of Coordinator: $0 (included in venue)
Total: $13,255
  • Last updated on January 31, 2011 at 1:29 pm
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  • Last updated on January 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm
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I'm giving FI a little care package on the morning of the wedding with four items in it and a note attached to each item:

"A watch to get you to the altar on time"FI loves Frank Sinatra, fedoras, wing-tips, and anything vintage.  A pocket watch is perfect for him!  I'm going to have our wedding date engraved on it.  Maybe one day we'll pass it down to our future son or daughter.

FI s Surprise Wedding Day Gift photo 1  Source

"A GPS in case you get lost"FI always has to borrow mine, poor thing.  This one is simple, but that's all he needs.  

Garmin Nuvi 1100 GPS Navigation System 3.5" Touchscreen (Manufacturer Source

"A pair of socks in case you get cold feet"FI will get a "kick" out of these (teehee).  His family is Irish and he fully embraces it, so I'm giving him Leprechaun socks.  AND they match his tan suit he'll be wearing.

Men's Clover Argyle SocksMen's Clover Argyle Socks Source

"A pack of beer in case you get REALLY cold feet"FI's favorite beer is Smithwick's.  I'm only giving him a six pack since I don't want him sloppy for the ceremony.  

FI s Surprise Wedding Day Gift photo 3
  • Last updated on January 12, 2011 at 5:17 am
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Photo Wish List (I understand if not all of these can be obtained, but I would love to have these)


  • Bride's dress on the hanger or over a chair
  • Close-up of bride's shoes
  • Bride in curlers or having makeup applied
  • Bridesmaids applying their makeup
  • Bride putting on garter
  • Mom and/or bridesmaids helping the bride put on her dress
  • Close-up of dress details
  • Bride together with bridesmaids
  • Bride hugging/talking to mom
  • Mom or bridesmaids putting finishing touches on bride, adding veil, jewelry etc
  • Bride spending moment alone, thinking quietly, praying or looking out the window/mirror
  • Groom putting on tie
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Groom with dad, hugging or talking


  • Wide shot of ceremony space from the back
  • Guests arriving
  • hostesses (Ashley, Dana, Erin, & Sarah)
  • Wide shot of guests in their seats
  • Guitarists playing
  • Ushers helping grandparents and special guests to their seats
  • Close up of details (arch, aisle markers, programs, etc.)
  • Groom and groomsmen waiting nervously for bride to walk down aisle
  • Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
  • Wedding party standing at the altar
  • Bride just before walking down the aisle
  • Back shot of bride (and father) beginning to walk down the aisle
  • Full-frontal shot of bride (and father) walking down the aisle
  • Close-up of groom's face when he sees bride for the first time (MUST HAVE)
  • Back shot of bride and groom together at the altar with officiant between them
  • Shot focusing on bridesmaids' bouquets, lined up as they hold them at the altar
  • Close-up of hands as the rings are exchanged
  • Close-up of bride's face, as seen over the groom's shoulder
  • Close-up of groom's face, as seen over the bride's shoulder
  • Shot of both sets of parents' faces as they witness ceremony
  • The kiss
  • Announcement as husband and wife, bride and groom facing guests
  • Happy couple walking back down the aisle together, as married couple
  • Bride and groom walking out of ceremony space, hand-in-hand

BEFORE THE RECEPTION/During the cocktail hour 

  • Bride and groom with bride’s extended family 
  • Bride and groom with groom’s extended family
  • Bride and groom with her immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents)
  • Bride and groom with his immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents)
  • Bride and groom with her parents (Hank and Elaine Gentry)
  • Groom and bride with his parents (Barbara and Ernie Shaver)
  • Groom and military veteran guests
  • Groom and military brothers
  • Group shot of bride, groom, and wedding party
  • Bride with groomsmen
  • Groom with bridesmaids
  • Full shot of bride and groom together, smiling
  • Full shot of bride and groom kissing
  • Bride being lifted or carried by groom or sitting on groom's lap
  • Close-up of couples' faces


  • Close-up of details (place settings, name cards, etc.)
  • Close-up of centerpieces
  • Wide shot of entire room before everyone arrives
  • Bridal party’s entrances
  • Bride and groom’s entrance
  • Bride and groom's first dance
  • Groom dipping bride
  • Bride dancing with her dad -- close-up of faces
  • Groom dancing with his mom-- close-up of faces
  • Close-up of cake
  • Best Man and Matron of Honor (or other guests) making a toast to the couple
  • Bride and groom's faces as they listen to the toast(s)
  • Guests smiling and clapping
  • Guests dancing and cutting loose on the dance floor. 
  • Wide shot of entire room after guests arrive
  • Close-ups of guests' faces, laughing and having a great time -- lots of these
  • Parents dancing
  • Close-up of DJ
  • Bride and groom cutting the cake
  • Bride and groom feeding each other
  • Bride tossing the bouquet
  • Guest catching bouquet
  • Groom removing bride’s garter
  • Groom tossing the garter
  • Guest catching garter
  • Bride and groom leaving (birdseed toss)
  • Bride and groom on deck of trolley
  • Back of trolley as it drives away


  • Last updated on January 11, 2011 at 8:01 am
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I have absolutely no idea what is going on for my Bachelorette Party.  FI and I are doing it co-ed two nights before the wedding, because that's when all of our friends will be in town, and we are not comfortable drinking if the other is not around.  Plus, co-ed is just more FUN!    

My dress:  It was the last one from asos.com

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Shoes (that I already own) by Nine West- Enzo Angiolini look-alike:

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  • Last updated on January 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm
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We will be boarding the trolley at the end of the reception with our bridal party and traveling to downtown Charlotte to RiRa Irish Pub for our after party.  I really didn't plan on changing out of my dress, but my mother convinced me that my wedding dress will be heavy and I'll probably be tired of it by the end of the night.

My dress:  Petal Applique Dress by Calvin Klein (bought at Nordstrom)

Calvin Klein Petal Appliqué Strapless Taffeta Dress



3.9'' High Heel Pink Sling Back Satin Romantic Fashion Prom Sandals Source