Taylor + Ben
Wilmington, North Carolina
Port City Community Church (ceremony) Terraces on Sir Tyler (reception)
What was your budget?
When choosing a budget we had to keep in mind the following things:
- one- we were paying for the wedding (I had been working for one year and Ben was still in school in another city)
- two- I have a huge family and we have many friends who have been waiting for this day as long as we have (we have been together for 9 years (high school sweethearts) )so we would be having a larger wedding.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I hand made all the decoration; corn hole boards with crackle paint starfish, fabric poms (out of fabric and paper lanterns) , ribbon streamers (out of ribbon and chopsticks). Also I used starfish subtly in all the decorations (we wanted a touch of beach without being too beachy)
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
The reason we were able to have the wedding we wanted at the price we needed was because Ben and I put 100% of our time and effort into planning this wedding. This not only saved our wallet but also made the wedding more personable and perfect!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Have fun!!! This could have been one of the most stressful things but I enjoyed every last minute of it. You never get those moments back so stop and embrace them.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our ceremony location. Normally you have little or no charge to get married at your church however our church (which we have been going to together since we were in high school) did have a fee for wedding ceremonies. We paid $800 to get married in our church and it was worth EVERY penny. It has always been my dream to get married in a church and to be able to get married in our church (a place we call our home every Sunday) was priceless.
What was your favorite detail?
My ring bearer pillow; a few years ago my Grandma gave all the females in the family a pillow out of her wedding dress, they all included the silk, lace and buttons form her dress. This is what I used as my ring bearer's pillow and it was so special.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Our wedding parties entrance into the reception we pretty memorable. We told them that we were having a competition to see who had the “best” entrance into the reception. Each couple had came up with their own creative entrance which as very entertaining for all. Once they had all hit the dance floor and Ben and I were introduced we all ended up in a huge dance huddle on the floor. All of our guest thought the ending with the dance huddle in the middle of the dance floor was planned but it all just kinda happened and it was the perfect start to the perfect reception with all of our closest family and friends.
Photographer: Paula Andrea Photography // Florals and Coordinator: A Boxed Event // Church Ceremony: Port City Community Church // Reception site: The Terrace at Sir Tyler // Submitted via Two Bright Lights