Over the past year, we have been collecting answers to questions such as: “If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be and why?” from newlyweds, like Christie and Mark, pictured above. “When you go on date night, don’t talk about the wedding! It is hard to think of anything else sometimes, especially as it get’s closer, but the best thing you can do is to try and keep it all in perspective and not let it take over your relationship.” Need more tips? Read more here.
Who pays for what in a wedding? There’s no rhyme or reason to it because nowadays, there are lots of ways to divvy up the budget. Some scenarios: the couple pays for everything, the families spit everything equally, or perhaps, one family pays and the other does not. As a starting point, our Advice Editor has made a traditional breakdown, but keep in mind that this is not the final word on the matter, simply suggestions.
Once you’ve determined a set amount, be sure to visit WeddingWire’s Budget Tool to help track your spending, set up payment schedules, and redistribute funds!
Christie and Mark were married in a traditional Catholic mass ceremony at St. Vincent de Paul Church followed by a reception at James Leary Flood Mansion in San Francisco, Calif. on December 28. “We ended up picking our wedding venue really quickly because the moment we walked in, we were so blown away that we couldn’t even look at anything else,” Christie said. “We could imagine our big day there, and it just felt right. Also, the view of the Golden Gate Bridge didn’t hurt!” She wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with an off-the-shoulder overlay and ivory sash, while the bridesmaids blushed in their long pink chiffon dresses. Groomsmen looked dapper in classic black tuxedos, accessorized with bow ties. “Our favorite moment was when we said our vows to each other,” she said. “A wedding is just one day, but those vows will last a lifetime.” The glamorous reception featured tall candelabra centerpieces overflowing with hydrangeas and roses, bells were placed at each setting with a guests’ name, and a box of chocolates too. The dance floor was even lit with snowflakes! “Larry Lynch and The Mob really brought the house down, and everyone was dancing all night long,” Christie said. “See everyone have so much fun really made my day.”
1. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples that are planning their wedding, what would it be?
Let your wedding planner do the planning! We found the more we gave Daniella and her team creative freedom, along with what we wanted as far as venue and theme, she was able to create something beyond our expectations. Belle Signature Design made it easy and fun.
2. Give us one moment in your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.
We LOVED our pictures–Chris and I loved our photographer, Clane Gessel. He worked closely with us not only with WHERE are pictures were taken but HOW they were taken. This created that personal touch to all of our photos. Both our personalities came through in every photo, which is what we wanted. The last thing we wanted were those “tacky” or “staged” wedding photos that you see all too often. If you want photos that are amazing and capture who you are as a couple, then Clane is the perfect photographer.
Hadley and Dale were married this fall at one of Washington’s most exquisite wineries, Cave B Estate and Winery in the Colombia River Valley of Quincy, Washington. With hints of summer still lingering in the cool Washington air, the couple settled on a bright color palette of reds, turquoise and lime greens, to hang onto the last bits of summer and so they could remember that exact feel of the air, forever. When using the stunning Washington mountains as décor, little else is needed, however the outdoorsy couple wanted to bring every element of their beloved state to the inside reception as well, and used succulents and mosses as centerpieces, and created a custom wedding cake with a woodsy feel, donned with a birdsnest, complete with a pair of lovebirds. The bridesmaids wore floor length red flowy dresses, accented with hints of turquoise and paired next to elegantly colorful groomsmen. No ceremony at a vineyard is complete without a salut to the winery, and Dale and Hadley’s wedding was just that, with a toast of Cave B’s very own before their first kiss as a married couple The guests then celebrated into the night under the crisp Washington sky, feeling like summer and this special night would never end. – Clane, Clane Gessel Photography