Yesterday... I had my first panic attack. Okay, maybe not attack but I was a little overwhelmed.
As soon as I walked through our front door, Aaron asked, What's Wrong?
Okay, so I shed a few teardrops! His next words; Babe, we've been engaged for 4 days.
[I'm smerking now] But yesterday evening, I was exhausted. After lots of phone calls coming from me & my mother, we had nothing. Every venue we looked at [Downtown Savannah GA] only sat 250 people.
One place that I loved, The Wilmington Island Club was looking up until they told us the GA sales tax & Service Gratuity. $14k + That was just food & venue. Not even alcohol or ANY thing else!
The Wilmington Island Club
There were many other places we looked at like;
The Bethesda Chapel for Boys BEAUTIFUL. Loved it. September is booked already!
The Hilton & The Marriot - 250 people MAX
We are paying for photography. Everyone tells me not to cut the money short here. You get what you pay for! I'm a big picture person and would cut loose on someone if my wedding pictures didn't turn out amazing. Not good. But amazing. I still have to call around more people/places, but the best price yet was $3000
What did you pay for your photography? What did and didn't you like about your pictures?
What questions do you suggest me ask?
Now, for some good news... Hopefully! [Pray]
Back in October 2010, a old friend of mine got married. We used to work together years ago.
She is a lot like me & her Husband is a lot like Aaron.
Really & truly I want a place that looks like the both of us. Not just me, of course!
Back to her, she got married at this place that was very rustic looking outside and elegant inside.
I remember loving it. Last night after we cleaned the kitchen, I ventured on the computer... once again!
I checked my email, yadi yadi ya and then I signed on to what is a addiction to me. This horrible thing called
FACEBOOK. Immeditately, Ashley popped up and so did the link to this place she got married!
If you have facebook, search; The Belle House
It made me smile! I've always imagined my wedding downtown Savannah GA., but it is what it is!
Once again, it's Rustic [Aaron] & Elegant [Me]. It's spacious, high ceilings [which I wanted most], it has a pond [I wanted water somewhere near for Aaron] and it's brand new!
It opened July 2010. Maxiam Capicity is 600 people! Yippie! However, that is inside/outside.
I would have to arrange something for the ceremony to be outside.
I'm a little nervous about that, but again... it is what it is.
Also, it's not in Savannah, but it's located in Statesboro GA. Which is the opposite direction of Savannah, but only 35 minutes from our hometown. I work in Statesboro!
As far as our guests, I've yet to get his parents list. I know it will be big. Aaron has a very big family & his parents are a very large group of close friends. Remember, we are a small town. Everyone grows up together and remains a friendship. However, when discussing it with my mom last night. She informed me I messed my list up. For example; My Friend Jane is Marrien to John Doe, they have three
children together. I thought I was supposed to include all our friends children. Mama says no way.
Of course invite the children who are very close to you and your future spouse, but friends children do not have to be invited. So I cut 28 from our 100 & then my Mom cut out I think, 20ish from her list. That's around 50 less! Thank goodness!
I hate the fact that we have to cut. But, 350 people... I won't even be able to enjoy the day I've waited my entire life for. A girlfriend of mine, Tiffany got married April 2009. She got married at the Westin, across the River facing River Street [Savannah GA] Her wedding was beautiful & elegant. I spoke with her yesterday and said she had 250 ppl. I remember back after her wedding she told me, The only thing I regret was not being able sit back and enjoy. She had to go from table to table [of course] and talk to her guest. By the time she was finished, the reception was over. I do not want that. I want to dance a little, laugh a lot, and watch everyone share OUR day celebrating our marriage!
I'm waiting very patiently on an e-mail from the owner of The Belle House!
Pray it's in our budget for our venue! I sure do hope so!
I want to book this ASAP.
Asking ALL of you who have done this before...
Give me ADVICE!
Tell me your run in's, your do's, and your don'ts!
Also a LOT of you said you saved money by DIY projects!
Please, share with me the things you did. I'd love to know
and borrow ideas!