Finally, a Mrs.

Just returned home after spending two wonderful weeks in the Lowcountry for the celebration of our wedding!! It was beautiful, everything and more we ever dreamed it would be! It is hard to believe that after all of the anticipation, waiting, excitement and nerves that I am no longer a bride but a Mrs. As everyone says, the day flew by, but at the same time I can honestly say we sat back and took everything in and enjoyed ourselves to the fullest. It really helped having a week with our family and friends leading up to the wedding and a week after to just relax. Being on Hilton Head Island the week before the wedding allowed us to obtain our marriage license, have meetings with some of our vendors, visit the wedding site, have a golf outing for the guys and a bridal luncheon for the girls in Historic Bluffton at The Cottage (if you are ever in Bluffton you must make a stop here), enjoy the beach, have our rehearsal and then a wonderful welcome dinner where we got to interact with all of our family and friends the night before the wedding. We ended up having a total of 64 people to share in our celebration and I must say this was the perfect number. I think we met our goal of having a Romantic Southern Charm wedding with lots and lots of details, delicious food, and an intimate celebration all wrapped up with lots southern hospitality and love.

Final Details

Hard to believe we are 16 days away from our Big Day!! The past several days have been about finishing up the to-do lists, wrapping up loose ends, trying to lock in a total count, making sure everything that needs ordered on-line is purchased, completing DIY projects, answering questions from our vendors, creating a time-line, finalizing the smallest details, and making sure everything is in place. So many last minute things to do and on top of it prepare to go on vacation as well. Boxes after boxes are being filled, marked and sealed. I can’t even imagine loading the cars with all of the wedding and vacation items. This is such a joyous time and I am soaking up every minute of enjoying the last minute details. After a year of planning, it is here and I am stepping back and taking it all in!

Alterations Mayhem

As a bride-to-be, I have heard and read many times that things will go wrong in the course of wedding planning. I can say that the biggest mishap has been alterations. From my wedding dress to the fellows’ suits, we have experienced had a huge headache in the alterations department. I had my first fitting, which went just fine, but when I went back to try on my dress after the alterations were complete, it would not zipper! Talk about throwing the bride into a complete frenzy. I sat there in my full slip while the seamstress tried to figure out what went wrong. Turns out they didn’t write down my measurements, the paperwork wasn’t clear because a different person sewed the dress than the one who pinned it, and they took way too much in. I sat there while they let out the stitching and then started from square one until they had it right. I had to leave my dress another time so they could finish it, went back a week later and finally it fit! We ordered the fellows suits the end of last summer and had them in our possession by the Holidays. My wonderful groom decided over the winter to start working out and focusing on eating healthy, which resulted in a weight loss and a whole suit size smaller. Another suit had to be ordered and then all of the fellows’ pants were hemmed way too short! We are getting married along the Calibogue Sound, but I don’t plan on having them stand in the water! So we are currently at the point of having 4 of the 6 fellows ready to go. My poor groom currently has no suit ready to go as his pants were short a second time. Praying everyone is ready to go by this weekend, as we are at 22 days until the wedding, eeeek! Definitely plan on some mishaps, but know everything will work out eventually it just may take time, numerous phone calls and a few Tylenol to get there. Happy wedding planning!

Bridal Shower

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My bridal shower was held April 29th at a swanky little restaurant (Bold) located in our downtown area. My mom and sister hosted the shower for me and it was everything I ever dreamed my bridal shower would be. A beautiful atmosphere, with the most yummiest of foods, delicious cake, beautiful centerpieces of mason jars, lace, hydrangeas, black-eyed … Continue reading

My First Dress Fitting

ImageI went for my first dress fitting last Sunday at David’s Bridal. My MOH (my sister), my FG (my niece) and my mom joined me. It was such a great time and all of our dresses looked beautiful! My four year old niece did not like the pins, she thought they were going to hurt her. Thankfully she only needed a hem! My dress has been hanging in my house for months now and I only took a peek at it every so often to make sure it was still ok, but I did not try it on for 6 or 7 months. I must say I fell in love with it all over again last Sunday. Maybe because the wedding is so close and everything is so real and really starting to come together, I think! Looking forward to my next fitting in a few weeks.

Saying “Yes!” to my Dress

Before our engagement I must admit that I visited David’s Bridal’s website a few times. I knew David’s Bridal would be the place to purchase my wedding dress because my sister purchased her wedding dress there and they have a vast selection of dresses. At that time, we had to travel to the Pittsburgh area, but since then we got a David’s Bridal in Altoona. Plus, I must say I love the name David! I am the type of girl who can look at something and know right away if its for me. I usually don’t go shopping for items or clothes, but rather I get an image in my head and then I search where to buy it. So after visiting David Bridal’s website I found one dress that caught my eye. This was months before our engagement. I’m so glad I didn’t run out and buy that dress as right before Dave’s proposal I took a look again at the website and found a different dress that I fell in LOVE with and knew this was going to be my Yes! to the dress! As soon as we returned from vacation I arranged an appointment the very next week. It was the first dress I tried on and as you can guess I said Yes! to this dress. I tried on 3 other dresses just to be sure and I did consider two of these dresses, but I kept going back to the first one. It was meant to be. It was the last day I was able to order that particular dress. If I had waited another day, there was no guarantee they would be able to get the dress in my size and color. Meant to be! I definitely kept in mind my venue (outside in July) and knew that it had to have a Southern look (lots of ruffles!) for our laid-back outdoor wedding.

I had such a lovely experience with my dress shopping. It was a week night and the store was empty. I have been there on weekends and the store is swarming with people. We had the place to ourselves. My mom, sister, niece, nephew (I owed him a special present for dragging him along), future mother-in-law, future sister-in-law, and a close family friend were all there with me.

I have watched numerous episodes of Say Yes to the Dress on TLC and have seen some brides bring an entire entourage of people with too many opinions. I can say that we all truly enjoyed our dress shopping experience. Since my entire wedding party was with me, they all picked out and purchased their dresses that same evening once I was all done.

Here’s to saying Yes! to the dress.

Vendor Selection

Almost immediately after we selected our wedding planner, venue and date, we moved quickly into selecting the rest of our vendors. I had been researching photographers, florists, lighting, etc. prior to the proposal so I was pretty familiar with the majority of vendors in the Lowcountry. With the help of our wedding planner we had the officiant, photographer, florist, and lighting in place within the first few weeks of our engagement. Contracts were emailed to me and deposits were made. We were locked in! Next came the stationery, cake baker, musician, videographer, and DJ. We were on a roll within the first few months of our engagement! It felt so good to get all of the “big” vendors out of the way. We never really had to look into too many vendors because every time we went with our first choice and the one our wedding planner recommended. I was glad I did a lot of research prior to the proposal. It all seemed to easy. All of our first choices were available on our date and I mainly communicate with our vendors via email. Another added bonus with having a wedding planner, especially when planning a wedding in another state, is that they are often in a close network with their fellow wedding folks. Amanda would recommend a few photographers and then we made our selection based on visiting the websites. This was mainly how our vendor selection was completed. We know these vendors are trustworthy, reliable and exceptional at what they do, therefore making our vendor selections a very simple and enjoyable experience. My family purchased a planning binder for me, which has been working very well for me with my checklists and keeping track of vendor deposits and payments. I highly recommend one, even if you have a wedding planner.

To see the list of our vendors, please visit our wedding website: www.theresaanddave.com

Hope this helps anyone who is searching for vendors in the Lowcountry!

In my next blog, I’ll talk about saying “yes” to my dress!

A Wedding Planner, To Have or Not Have?

With my wedding being hundreds of miles away from home in a different state, I knew that a wedding planner would be a great asset for us. I also knew that my wedding planner would have to be someone who had amazing talent, yet a warm and welcoming personality. An added bonus to my wedding planner, Amanda Spencer of Spencer Special Events, is that she has the most bubbly personality and emits nothing but southern charm. While I knew a wedding planner would be of great help to me, I did question whether or not it was a good decision budget wise and I was also afraid of losing control of our wedding. I didn’t want decisions being made for me and I didn’t want to lose the experience of making decisions with my mom and sister. I can honestly say that from the very beginning my wedding planner has taken the time to get to know us as a couple, things we like and don’t like, and has really listened to what I envision. She has let the decisions up to us and is there when I need her for advice. I highly suggest having a wedding planner, if you feel you don’t need one with all of the planning, I would definitely suggest having one for the day of. It is nice to know that everything is in the hands of a professional wedding planner on the big day. This way your family gets to sit back and enjoy the day with you and not have to worry about moving flower arrangements from point A to B, making sure everything and everyone are in their places, etc. I think the most important thing is to choose a wedding planner that fits you and someone who is a very good listener and does not design your big day but rather emphasizes it and allows the bride and groom to shine through.

For any bride who is planning a wedding in the Lowcountry I highly recommend contacting Amanda Spencer of Spencer Special Events: http://spencerspecialevents.com/

Be sure to do your research before hiring any wedding planner. You can usually get a good feel from their website and photos from previous weddings, but also review testimonials on Wedding Wire: http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-planners

I say To Have to a wedding planner! Happy planning!

I’m Engaged, Now What?

The year prior to the proposal, while we were vacationing on HHI we saw a small wedding taking place on the beach. Dave said to me, that’s what we should do, get married on the beach. Surprisingly, I agreed! There was something about that moment that changed my wish of wanting a big wedding in my hometown. Maybe because we were together for so long, maybe because I was getting older and didn’t need a huge wedding, or maybe because there was something so romantic about that moment that I couldn’t imagine having it any other way. From that point on, I was determined to make a wedding over 700 miles away from home happen. When we returned from our vacation that year, I began researching wedding planners. I knew the first wedding planning service I found was not right for us, because it lacked the personal appeal and some of the packages seemed to produce a cookie cutter wedding. Then I found Amanda Spencer of Spencer Special Events, who had the personal appeal I was looking for. I knew then that I had to contact her even though we weren’t engaged yet. I reached out to Amanda via email and she quickly responded. Amanda suggested a phone call and I was very surprised because she knew I was not actually engaged. We had almost an hour phone call and I was so excited. Nine months went by and we were off to HHI again and I had plans to meet up with Amanda, even though there was still no ring on my finger. Then that all changed the day before I had plans to meet Amanda. Dave proposed and I was so excited to be able to finally tell this wedding planner that it was official! My mom and I went and met Amanda. She was so friendly and welcoming with wonderful ideas, I knew then that she was my wedding planner that was going to make our dream wedding a reality! In my next blog, I’ll discuss to have or to not have a wedding planner.