Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your wedding?
I created welcome bags for all of our guests that stayed in the Airbnb. We personalized them by creating a “hometown” theme. We included items from my hometown in Pennsylvania, as well as my husband’s hometown in Colorado. We also included some items that are specific to Austin, which is where we live now!
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We really wanted our wedding to be meaningful and intimate. We were supposed to elope in Italy in 2020, but we all know what happened there.
We decided to invite our 10 closest family and friends to celebrate in Austin instead. We didn’t want a typical wedding, so instead, we decided to get an Airbnb on the local Lake Travis to house all of our guests for a long weekend.
We spent the weekend celebrating with a welcome barbeque, a trip to a local winery, and a beautiful wedding day brunch on the lake. It was really special to be able to spend the whole weekend with our guests. We got to connect with everyone and make special memories that will last forever.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable moment of the day was our first kiss as husband and wife. It was so special to be surrounded by family and friends. The sincerity and love were palpable.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We thought long and hard about what was important to us as a couple in terms of a wedding ceremony. We wanted every part of our wedding to have meaning. We didn’t want to include certain traditions or purchase certain things just because we were “supposed to”. The biggest thing we did to save money was to hire Simply Eloped and keep our wedding small and intimate. We did not have to worry about feeding 100+ people.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our videographer was our biggest splurge! We are so excited to see the final product!
What were your favorite details?
I have a few favorite details of our day. My number one favorite detail is that I and my partner walked down the aisle together. It was so emotional and meaningful to both of us.
My 2nd favorite detail is the rituals that we included in our ceremony. We did a “ring warming” ritual, where our wedding bands were passed around to all of our guests. They were able to hold the rings and give us a blessing or well wish for our marriage.
We also included a Wine Box ritual in our ceremony. We had a custom wooden box made that holds a bottle of wine. Both I and my husband wrote letters to each other and sealed them in the box with the wine. We will open the box and letters on our 1 year anniversary, then will write another letter to each other and put another bottle of wine in the box to open the following year.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
I would not change one thing about our wedding. Stick to things that are meaningful and important. Remember that the point of getting married is to celebrate the love that you and your partner have for each other. No one will remember what flowers you had or what their napkin looked like on the dinner table.
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Instead of a traditional wedding reception, we had a party bus that took us and all of our guests back to our Airbnb and we had dinner prepared by a private chef. In the months leading up to the wedding, we got to help curate the menu! It was really special!