Vendor Review continued…

Continuing with my review of our fabulous vendors

6. Shutter Hutch Videographers 5 hearts

This was a last-minute decision but one of the best that we made. Jaime & Chad were AWESOME to work with and so much fun. Jaime even picked me up in a van and drove me back to the barn so I didn’t have to keep walking in the rain (I did have an umbrella). Chad made sure to get all the best shots and we are DYING to see our video – pinky promise to post a highlight one here! I HIGHLY recommend using ShutterHutch if you’re in the market for a videographer (they also offer photobooths). They are so very wonderful. 5 hearts!

7. ROSE Shuttles & Transportation 5 hearts

Rose was wonderful to work with and on time for everything. My husband did all of the major communicating with them. On the day of the wedding, the shuttles for us and the guests were timely, the car to pick us up was on time and the rides were fun! It wasn’t THAT expensive either! I would recommend using them if you need shuttles to/from your hotel for your guests or if you’re looking for a getaway car for you and your new husband/wife!

8. AMB Media Photo Booth 4 hearts

This was a surprise to our guests since we hadn’t previously mentioned that we had a photo booth! We lucked on out on this deal and bought a Groupon for it. That can be tricky, cause you never know what you’re going to get but they were such a fun group to work with, had great props and they made sure our guests were having fun. Everyone got prints of their pictures and we ended up with a CD of these.

9. OMB – we had a keg of Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Copper for our guests. Everyone enjoyed it. Enough said.
10. Our programs were ordered from Etsy. We were very happy with the quick turnaround of them. Had we known our wedding was going to be inside, we would not have made them into fans (time consuming) but they turned out nice!
All in all, we loved our vendors. We also worked with J. Crew for some items, Jos A. Banks, Diamonds Direct for our wedding bands, Modern Salon & Spa for hair, Dolce Lusso for make-up. Each vendor played an integral part in making our day special and we are so thankful for them. The day was perfect.

Wedding Weekend!

High five to the hubby-to-be! We accomplished SO much this weekend (between golf/thesis writing/a 7-mile training run/shopping).

We decided to go with the hotel that offered us a $94/rate that has both king rooms and double-queen rooms but did not have breakfast or an outdoor pool (sorry kiddos!). The Homewood Suites was in the same area and offered an outdoor pool AND breakfast for $98 but only had suite-style rooms with a King bed and sofa-sleeper. I asked opinions of the folks who might end up on the sofa-sleeper and they all said they preferred the double-queen room. So there we have it… contract is being signed today.

My blood-pressure is much lower now that a florist responded positively, confirmed she is available and ALSO told me she was doing a very similar wedding this past weekend at our venue so she definitely thought my floral-wishes were doable! Whew! Happy + relieved to mark that one off the list!

The groom’s aunt & uncle have agreed to play at our ceremony (yay, family!). AND we picked our song to walk back down the aisle together to! (I can’t wait for that moment – eeek!)

We realized that our timing was a bit off with the ceremony/reception – so we’ve asked to add some time to our big day (more time to celebrate with our family and friends). Fingers crossed that it isn’t too pricey of a deal to do this now.

My something blue arrived in the mail and I am DYING over it. So completely perfect. In the words of my bridesmaid, Michelle, “swoon.”

We decided that we don’t want to spend $3000 to fly to Hawaii, Tahiti or the Greek Isles, so we will be staying in the Caribbean for our honeymoon – and splurging on our stay (with maybe a couple extra days added in). With that said, our only prior location we had done any research on in the Caribbean was Curacao – which is gorgeous, don’t get me wrong, I just wanted to have a few more options – also options that aren’t typical honeymoon spots like the Dominican or St. Lucia. I spent Sunday morning researching Aruba, Antigua, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Turks & Caicos and Belize and provided them neatly in a spreadsheet (duh) to LW with names of resorts, prices, amenities, and flight prices (this spreadsheet also contains budget, invite list, addresses, RSVP list, vendors/deposits, rehearsal dinner – I might be a bit of an organized control freak). I gave him full rights to book whatever he thinks is best after evaluating all of the options, or to even add to the list if he finds somewhere else dreamy.

I ordered straws for the reception. Not a big deal but it’s something – and you’ll love them. My sweet bridesmaid Michelle is constantly sending me the most adorable wedding related sites (I tend to shriek a little each time I get one of these amazing emails!). The straws came from Shop Sweet Lulu – which they offer not just stripey straws but chevron and polka dots too!

So it was a busy weekend – but it feels SO good! Hope y’all had a good weekend too. Stay tuned for the announcement of which wedding magazine I will be blogging for starting Monday, 3/11! So, so exciting!