75 responses

  1. Krissy @ Shiawase Life
    February 6, 2012

    I am so glad you chose this one!! When we planned our wedding we were so glad to have flexibility over everything, I’m sure you will be sooo glad you made this decision!
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  2. Anne P
    February 6, 2012

    Ahhh so exciting!! That place looks amazing and it sounds like you guys weighed all the options and really made the right choice for you. Can’t wait to hear more as you plan!
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  3. JessicaE
    February 6, 2012

    I think its a GREAT idea to not skimp on the honeymoon budget! My husband and I are both a bit anti social, so we had a quick small wedding, got the heck outta there and had the time of our lives on our honeymoon :D. The time spent together with your new husband is much more important than the actual wedding day, in my opinion πŸ™‚

  4. Anne P
    February 6, 2012

    p.s. One other option to save money is to nix favors – we’re doing that. While they can definitely be a cute touch if done well, most of the weddings we’ve been to we’ve ended up just throwing them away eventually. We figured open bar was more important. πŸ™‚ Just a thought!
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    • Meghann
      February 6, 2012

      I was thinking about just putting favor bags next to the dessert bar so guests can bring desserts home with them as the favor. πŸ™‚

      • Anne P
        February 6, 2012

        GENIUS. Edible favors = win. And no work beforehand or extra money for you = major win.
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      • RunEatRepeat
        February 6, 2012

        I second this idea! I always toss favors, but loved the candy at my friend’s wedding in Nov!
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      • Claire
        February 6, 2012

        One of my friends is doing this too – she actually got cute little chinese food take-out boxes for like $3 for all of them.

      • Emily G.
        February 6, 2012

        OrientalTrading.com is good for something like that!!

    • Kimra
      February 6, 2012

      Yep, I did that. I ordered paper bakery bags online from some bulk supplier and printed some cute stickers on my home printer to decorate them. We made cookies from both families’ family recipes and encouraged people to take them home (and we also directed guests to our website if they wanted the recipes!)
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    • Sarah
      February 7, 2012

      We did a charity donation (for the MS Society, near and dear to my family) and wrote out little cards for each table explaining the donation in lieu of favors. I got several sweet comments (and one tearful brother) about it. People really don’t like wasteful party favors I guess!

      Something edible was my second choice. Everyone likes something tasty.

      • lynne @lgsmash
        March 1, 2012

        we’re doing a donation to charities too instead of favors – my fiance’s mom died of breast cancer when he was young and my family has lost an aunt to suicide and depression so we’re leaving table cards letting guests know we’ve made donations on their behalf to the American Cancer Society and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. much more meaningful to us.

  5. Sarah
    February 6, 2012

    I love that you put sorry Mom after your guest count!! Story of my wedding planning life!!!

    Looks like you guys are right on track!!
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  6. Krissy @ Shiawase Life
    February 6, 2012

    p.s. I know you already have a photog in mind, but I just wanted to throw this out there – my amazing wedding photographer used to live in Titusville and though she now is in the DC Metro area, you should check her out if you need photog options πŸ™‚

    amandamcmahon.com
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  7. Abby
    February 6, 2012

    Congratulations, such a cute location! Picking the venue really is the hardest part- now you get to do the fun stuff!

  8. Amanda
    February 6, 2012

    Very exciting! I honestly thought that picking the venue and setting the date was the most stressful decision so far! May just want to consider a few other little things – veil, shoes, jewelry for you, items like programs, guest book, card box? Ceremony music?

    Congrats!

    • Meghann
      February 6, 2012

      Yes! Thank you for the reminders! I actually have a cute story for the veil that I’ll have to blog about when the time comes.

    • janene
      February 6, 2012

      It’s funny you mention those little details – that’s where we saved all of our money! We nixed programs, I made our “guest book” (which was a fingerprint tree – I drew the tree, guests did the rest), we used an antique cake cutter from my parents’ wedding, baskets from my Mom’s kitchen for the cards, and our Guinness pint glasses for the toast! These little things can get so insanely out of hand, and they were all free for us! πŸ™‚

      Also, I love seeing old photos at weddings- we had our parents & grandparents wedding photos along with some other family photos, and guests said they LOVED looking at them during cocktail hour – free decor, too!

      As for music, we just hooked my computer up to the venue’s sound system – I spent maybe 20 bucks on iTunes, but mostly used songs we already had and had complete control over the music. We put my cousin in charge of “DJing” – he just used a remote app on his iPhone and it worked like a charm!

      I wanna get married all over again, that day went by WAY too fast! πŸ™‚
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  9. Allison
    February 6, 2012

    Buy bourbon and you are supposed to bury it at the site a month before the wedding at the same time for good weather! Weird southern tradition that I found since my daughter is also having an outdoor wedding in November. And our photographer is from Titusville also and was priced well boy did we get some high prices, tarasprocphotography.com. I don’t blame you for wanting your cousin as well so I hope that works out for you.

    • Meghann
      February 6, 2012

      I went to high school with Tara! This is my cousin’s webpage http://www.andreahubbell.com/

      • Allison
        February 6, 2012

        Small world, small town! Her engagement pictures turned out so cute, you can see some on Tara’s facebook page. Laura and Jonathon pics. She just ordered her photobook to use for a guestbook.

  10. Nicole
    February 6, 2012

    You want a bartender who has a license but also buys the alcohol and has insurance (if they are legit – they won’t let you buy the alcohol yourself). If you buy the alcohol, if something happens you could be sued. If you have a licensed bartender with insurance – then it becomes their issue because they bought it and are serving it.

  11. kristin
    February 6, 2012

    Depending on the size of your bridal party, many tux rental places will throw in the groom’s tux for free if the groomsmen rent theirs there. It saves about $150. Every little bit helps!

  12. Jessica
    February 6, 2012

    Invitations πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Meghann
      February 6, 2012

      Is that your way of telling me you’ll help with invitations?!?! πŸ˜‰

  13. Kate
    February 6, 2012

    I juuust sent you an e-mail with some recs for flowers, wine, cake and a few other things. I’d also look at Total Wine for liquor — they beat BJs price-wise on more than a few things for us. Plus, it doesn’t go bad, so if something’s on sale, or you find a good deal anywhere stock up and just store it. We also had a January wedding, so we took full advantage of holiday season discounts, too.

    We didn’t do favors; after searching high and low for mini-marmalade jars (we did more of a citrus-heavy vintage-y Old Florida thing) which I was dead set on and not being able to find any, I just said screw it. You know what? NO ONE CARED. I spent the money on awesome toys, coloring stuff and glow bracelets (oh, so many glow bracelets) for the kids tables and even the adults had more fun with that than anyone would have with something to take home.

  14. Amanda
    February 6, 2012

    Congrats on making a venue choice! I choose a similair venue where we set up eveything for ourselves and I wouldn’t change it! We had pulled pork and BBQ chicken catered and did our own apps and desserts. People still rave about our dessert spread that was made by my mom. It was a lot of work, no lie, but our wedding was paid for 100% by us and well (WELL) under the normal wedding budget (some people spend the same amount we paid for our whole wedding for 120 people for just their flowers!). Our wedding was rustic and unique and 100% personalized. It sounds like you are on the road to a wedding that is just as heartfelt.
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    • Amanda
      February 6, 2012

      Oh and about the weather: We wanted to get married outside. Our date was 10/1 in upstate NY. We ended up with weather that was 40* and POURING. It was still a blast though. The umbrellas in the pictures are so sweet and eveyone survived without any heat! We just set up a big basket of umbrellas buy the door because it was a bit of a walk to the bathrooms πŸ™‚ It was 70 degrees and gorgeous the next weekend. You just never know, but the weather won’t wreck anything, only make the memory sweeter!

  15. Lindsay @ Running the Windy City
    February 6, 2012

    Congratulations! I’m so happy that you’ve picked a venue and are pleased with the decision! I look forward to reading about the rest of the planning πŸ™‚
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  16. Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life
    February 6, 2012

    It sounds like you two have put a lot of thought into it and wherever you choose will be perfect! I would also include in your budget postage for invites and thank you cards (along with thank you’s), also dress alterations, any gratuity, and keep in mind if you want to do any gifts for your parents. I hope that helps.. πŸ™‚
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  17. RunEatRepeat
    February 6, 2012

    Where do I get in some of Granny’s red velvet cake?! Yes please.
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  18. Cara
    February 6, 2012

    Wow so exciting! What a beautiful venue and so much fun that you “get to make it your own”!
    I also was unsure about marrying in my hometown, but when it came down to it I had the same thoughts as you. Waking up in my childhood bed and running a familiar route with my bridesmaids would be perfect πŸ™‚

  19. ct cupcake
    February 6, 2012

    transportation to and from the wedding for yourselves/bridal party ?
    tips for all the vendors?
    shoes and accessories for yourself/the bridesmaids? as a many time bridesmaid- there is nothing worse than being told, oh you have to wear these shoes/jewelry and being expected to purchase expensive, otherwise unusable accessories such as icky dyeable shoes.

  20. Poptartyogini
    February 6, 2012

    Yes!! That’s the one I was cheering for. It looks so romantic. It is also priceless to get ready for your wedding day in your childhood home. You’ll be so happy. Heck, I’m happy for you. Scratch venue off the list!
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  21. Tami
    February 6, 2012

    We had to lie ans say my mother owned a bakery. It she has been making wedding cakes for 30+ years so it was worth it

    We had small (but still big) cakes as the centerpieces for our tables!!! We invited people. To eat fake whenever they wanted too…everyone knows how much I love cake so it went over well and people were thrilled that we didn’t make them wait-nearly all the cake was gone by the end of the day

  22. Madeline – Greens and Jeans
    February 6, 2012

    Too funny because even though we thought about places all over the US, we ended up booking a venue in my hometown too! The more I think about it, the more excited I get to be able to have a place that means so much to me be a part of my memories of my wedding.
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  23. NJ
    February 6, 2012

    Justr some recs…

    I think Sensational Cermonies serves your side of FL too… they are the best around and a JOY to work with. We used Rev. John Shaw but they all have nothing but great reviews. They will do non-religious, religious but non-denom, etc. whatever you want. Great prices too. Check them out I would not have used anyone else.

    For flowers, a friend of mine orderd from Costco and arranged her own the day before. They looked great and flowers are a great place to save money.

    Favors= anything not edible will be tossed/left at the site. Anything with your names/date will probably be tossed by most people too. Go with edible!

  24. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    February 6, 2012

    -Marriage license (no, really, people forget about this until it’s last minute)

    • Jessica
      February 6, 2012

      I’ll second that and add:

      -Guest book (Traditional/Photo Based/Other)
      -Candles/Votives – I got ours from QuickCandles.com
      -Garter
      -Dress Accessories (Veil/Undergarments/Shoes/Hairpiece etc.)
      -STAMPS (not cheap πŸ™ )
      -I’ll second edible favors, we chose to do CD’s only because we had the supplies laying around already. Surprisingly, a lot of people took them home. Guess we were lucky.
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  25. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    February 6, 2012

    All I can think of is paper things for the day of: programs, place cards, menus, etc. And I think this sounds like the best choice for you so you can make your wedding exactly what you imagined it to be!
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  26. Cait’s Plate
    February 6, 2012

    It’s beautiful!!
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  27. Emily G.
    February 6, 2012

    Gifts for the bridemaids and groomsmen! Although it isn’t necessary, it is appreciated. I was in my aunt’s weddning she got all the girls the jewelry she wanted us to wear in the wedding that way no one could “out shine” her or be too over the top.

    Another thing to consider is the rehersal dinner. I’m not sure yalls finances and who is paying for what, and it’s none of my business but that’s a little chunk of change to consider, too!

    Another thing – hostess gifts/thanks you for the people throwing your bridal showers. They don’t have to be expensive, but something that definitely shouldn’t be left out!!

  28. Hillary
    February 6, 2012

    Hearing you plan your wedding reminds me how much WORK it is! Granted it’s fun work, but it is work. When my best friend was planning her wedding last year, I was overwhelmed by all the details!

    Congrats on finding your place—it sounds like you love it!
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  29. Natalie @ Adventures in Jackson
    February 6, 2012

    Not sure if this is a big deal or not, since I’m not married – but what about a car or something that takes you away after the reception. Some people rent old cool cars or a carriage or something…a horse-drawn sleigh would be SO cute given your theme!
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  30. Silvia @ skinny jeans food
    February 6, 2012

    You have this extended expert party-throwing family (as seen on your Thanksgiving posts) — I am sure they all be happy to be involved, take a responsibility, and also things are always more fun if you have a responsibility… you guys will wing it!
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  31. Jamie
    February 6, 2012

    Hey Meghann! Yay for January 5th, that’s my birthday! I got married this past July and one idea that I was excited about during planning and absolutely LOVED how it turned out was our “guest book”. Instead of buying a book, my family purchased postcards from my home state of Arkansas (where we were married) and my husband’s family collected postcards from Texas (where he’s from) and where we now live. Our guests could choose whichever state they wanted and they filled it out with their well wishes and placed it in a glass bowl. Then, my parents collected them at the end of the night and mailed them to us while we were on our honeymoon. I’ve got to tell you, getting home from our trip was so awesome when we opened up our mailbox and got to read all of the wonderful postcards from our friends and family. We also did a photobooth where each person got two strips, one for our album and one to keep. We loved that album so much, we’ve also made a matching album for our postcards and it makes such a wonderful memory. Happy planning!! πŸ™‚

  32. Caroline
    February 6, 2012

    Congrats on your beautiful venue choice! It looks awesome and will make for a great environment and beautiful pictures that day!
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  33. wymberley
    February 6, 2012

    Chill girl, you have plenty of time! Its like buying all your baby stuff before your showing…enjoy the ride! way to be on the ball though.
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  34. Katie Southard
    February 6, 2012

    Go to theknot.com
    Start an account with them. They have all sorts of checklists and timelines to help you plan!!! Was my surviving tool!!

  35. SaraRM
    February 6, 2012

    I think you made a great decision. Lot more to do yes but it will be fun. And maybe with the money you saved you can recruit a day of coordinator to do all the tidus details so you or family dont have to worry about it. Now that is money worth spending!

  36. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    February 6, 2012

    Congrats on making the decision! Sounds like it was totally the right one for you. I think the venue will be absolutely beautiful when it’s all gussied up πŸ™‚
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  37. melissa (fitnessnyc)
    February 6, 2012

    I think you are making the right decision, it will be wonderful!
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  38. Rachel Wilkerson
    February 6, 2012

    It sounds like you really did your homework and went over this from every angle! You must be so excited on finally having that major detail worked out…happy planning from here!
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  39. Victoria Runs
    February 6, 2012

    Whatever venue you chose, it will be fabulous because it’s your wedding day! I am getting married March 3rd, my bridesmaids and I are running in a 5k that day too! I love the idea and the afterglow πŸ™‚
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  40. Emily @ Perfection Isn’t Happy
    February 6, 2012

    So exciting! I think the only thing you left off your list is the honeymoon..but you have plenty of time to plan for that!
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  41. Laura @ Backstage Balance
    February 6, 2012

    Thanks for sharing your experience here! Wedding planning is something that I don’t know much about, but it seems a little less intimidating now.
    Sounds like you snagged a great deal! And I LOVE the look and feel of Birdsong πŸ™‚
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  42. Melissa @TryingtoHeal
    February 6, 2012

    Yay!!!! I’m so glad you went with that venue!!!! I loved it the first time you posted about it!
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  43. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    February 6, 2012

    I am SO glad you chose that one!! It is going to be awesome! I LOVED the flexibility a venue is when it’s not locked down in a contract. Our wedding was awesome b/c of that!
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  44. Emily
    February 6, 2012

    Ceremony plan! With all the wedding porn out there, it’s easy to get caught up in the details and the reception, but the ceremony is super important! Choosing readings, vows, music, and other aspects of your ceremony are very important.
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  45. Marie
    February 7, 2012

    Congrats on choosing the venue. You are smart to get a head start, the venue & the church (when an option) seem to book up the quickest! I had NO CLUE about anything when I got married but it all worked out. We concentrated more on good food & making sure the guesrs had a blast as well. The day goes by so quickly!! Don’t forget to add wedding bands to the list also! Congrats on everything!!! So exciting!!!

  46. Hope @ With A Side Of Hope
    February 7, 2012

    Congrats on choosing a venue! πŸ™‚ It’s best to get the big things out of the way, venue, catering, music, etc. Then you can focus on the other things and won’t seem as overwhelming.
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  47. Allison
    February 7, 2012

    Congrats on picking your venue.. it looks amazing! For our guestbook we bought a Florida nature photography book that had a lot of white space and just had people sign in the blank areas. It turned out great! I made my invitations and I had a lot of compliments on them.. saved me a ton! I’d be glad to help out when the time comes!

  48. Sara
    February 7, 2012

    Sounds like you made the best choice! Congrats! If there was no wiggle room with the other venue, then I would have gone this direction too! My brother and his wife used a day of coordinator and it ran very smoothly. She made sure she knew everyone’s name in the wedding party, and parents, and directed the whole thing! Just as worry free as having an all-inclusive venue.

    If you need any honeymoon suggestions, we stayed at a beautiful all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. There were lots of great activities, and we also went to this really fun adventure park called XPLOR.

  49. Laura @ My Pink Thumb
    February 7, 2012

    So glad you chose a venue! If I hadn’t gotten married on a beach down south, I would have totally gone with something like this. πŸ˜‰ I think it’s going to be gorgeous!!

  50. Emily
    February 7, 2012

    Yay for being nearly certain on your venue!
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  51. Danielle Dillard
    February 7, 2012

    Great… now you have me wanting to get married and I’m not even engaged! I better stop surfing the net for venues πŸ˜‰ Hah!

  52. Kristin @ FoodFash
    February 7, 2012

    Congratulations! I’m sure you have a huge sense of relief now that the venue is chosen and you have more financial flexibility for the details you’ve always pictured having. I’m so happy for you!!
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  53. The Many Thoughts of a Reader
    February 7, 2012

    You could probably even save more by not doing Save the Dates. And since it is an outdoor place you shouldn’t have to worry too much about additonal flower costs.
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  54. Callie
    February 7, 2012

    Congrats on picking a venue! So exciting!!!
    Have you considered hiring a videographer?

  55. Michelle
    February 7, 2012

    Congrats on picking a venue!

    One thing I totally spazzed on (and wish I did better) was gifts for the parents. We ended up giving everyone nice picture frames and a wedding picture (once we got them) – but it was completely uncreative.
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  56. Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    February 7, 2012

    I found it odd in a previous post when you mentioned going cheap on food. This just seemed opposite of what a food blogger would say! ha
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  57. Allison
    February 7, 2012

    You’re missing the wedding rings!
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  58. amy
    February 14, 2012

    Im actually planning a wedding as well and we looked into a destination wedding in florida (im in Boston, MA) — have you said what your budget is? I am curious since weddings here are pretty pricey too.

  59. Kimberly
    January 18, 2013

    We just heard about this place through a friend that is attending a wedding here in two weeks ish. Congrats to you and your man, and its nice to see someone else and their thought process so I can feel more at ease reading about others going through the same thing, makes a difference so thank you for sharing :-). Also I was wondering did you include your rings, dress and tux in the budget too? We’re finding a date and its funny to think the date has meaning but it’s really honestly what works best for us, our parents, and if the venue is open that day which makes me laugh compared to how I thought it was, ” this day spoke to me and that’s why you get married on that day”. Reality- this was available and it fits ours and our parents needs.lol. The day will become special to us and I had to flip my thinking. Anywho lots of luck to you and thanks for sharing:-)

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