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Bridget & Alex


Wedding Date: January 10, 2015

Budget: $10,000-$11,000

Guest Head Count: 100

Venue: The Riverview Inn, wedding and reception

Catering: The Riverview Inn

Photography: Wallflower Wedding Photography

Bridal Gown: The Wedding Plantation, Columbus Ohio

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Thedaintyard, etsy

Alterations: Only One Tailoring, Nashville TN

Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair: Isabella Sophia

Makeup: La Bella Femme by RoShawn

Rehearsal Dinner: The Looking Glass

DJ: First Dance DJ Service



Wedding Color Palette: Forest green and gold



Q&A with the bride, Bridget


What was your first step in planning your wedding day?

Finding a ceremony and reception venue! We really wanted to feel comfortable with our venue and were okay with being flexible with dates. Plus the venue helped to set the tone for the rest of the wedding.


Finding a ceremony and reception venue! We really wanted to feel comfortable with our venue and were okay with being flexible with dates. Plus the venue helped to set the tone for the rest of the wedding.


Finding a ceremony and reception venue! We really wanted to feel comfortable with our venue and were okay with being flexible with dates. Plus the venue helped to set the tone for the rest of the wedding.


Finding a ceremony and reception venue! We really wanted to feel comfortable with our venue and were okay with being flexible with dates. Plus the venue helped to set the tone for the rest of the wedding.



Finding a ceremony and reception venue! We really wanted to feel comfortable with our venue and were okay with being flexible with dates. Plus the venue helped to set the tone for the rest of the wedding.



Did you do any DIY projects?


Yes! We had more DIY projects than originally planned, due to a compressed time schedule and keeping our budget in check.

Invitations - Invitation kit from Office Max, printed on home laser printer

Wedding programs - Pearl shimmer card stock, printed on home laser printer

Escort cards - wine corks, with pearl shimmer card stock

Centerpieces - the venue provided the hurricane vases and mirror squares; I added sticks and twigs that I had spray painted gold, and my sister made gold/silver wrapping paper stars that we used.

Bouquets/boutonnieres/corsages - I purchased silk flowers and supplies on sale from Hobby Lobby and arranged them months before the wedding. It was wonderful to not have to worry about fresh flowers the day of and I will have my bouquet forever. Plus, we saved by not having a florist.

Wedding cake and cookie/dessert table - I made the two tier wedding cake and cupcakes, and family and friends brought the other cookies and treats. It was a big hit and we had stamped paper bags, so guests could take extras home with them.




What is your favorite detail from your wedding day?

My aunt lent me my grandmother's engagement and wedding rings to wear, which was incredibly special- she had passed away almost exactly a year earlier.

I also loved the lighting underneath the sweetheart and cake/cookie tables at our reception - The Riverview Inn, and their event coordinator, Rebecca, did an amazing job setting everything up!


*If you could go back and change anything from the planning process, wedding day, etc, what would it be?


I organized everyone's hair and make-up (family and bridal party). While I thought it would be a small task, it was actually much larger than I expected and had many changes in the 3 days leading up to and including the wedding day. I could have delegated the task to a bridesmaid and been a little less stressed that morning.  


What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

Our first dance. While we were in front of everyone, it was one of the more "private" moments of the day, and we were able to talk to each other and really take everything in.

  

Did you do a First Look with your groom?


Yes, we did. Alex really liked the idea, and I was more hesitant, but we are so glad we chose to have a first look. It let us take all of our bridal party shots before the ceremony and the sun setting, which was very important with an afternoon winter wedding. And we didn't have to rush between the ceremony and reception, which allowed us time to relax.




Any advice for brides planning their wedding day?

At the end of the day, you are going to be married to your best friend. Don't worry about the details - if something is forgotten or not done or you don't have chair covers (as long as you remember the wedding license!), no one will notice or judge you. Enjoy being around family and friends that you don't see often.



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