The Bachelor Wedding- Sean and Catherine

It’s been a week since The Bachelor Wedding and we haven’t stopped dreaming over how beautiful it was. If you didn’t watch it, do it now here.

Aren't they gorgeous!?!

Aren’t they gorgeous!?!

Obviously, we can’t all have ABC pay for our wedding while having Mindy Weiss plan every detail with us and have the fabulous Mark’s Garden as our florist and have an unlimited budget in the process. So, this got us thinking. How can we get Sean and Catherine’s look for less?

From the gorgeous ceremony back drop…SCceremonySCceremony1…To the unique seating for guests….

Photo credit: Mindy Weiss on Instagram

Photo credit: Mindy Weiss on Instagram

…And even their trendy naked wedding cake.

photo credit: wedding guests on Instagram

photo credit: wedding guests on Instagram

When trying to re-create a look for less, think about what you liked most. Was it the dreamy, draping fabric? If so, you might like this

photo credit: unknown from Pinterest  We love this picture because it encompasses so many elements from Sean and Catherine's ceremony....chandeliers, roses and draping fabric.

photo credit: unknown from Pinterest

We love this picture because it encompasses so many elements from Sean and Catherine’s ceremony….chandeliers, roses and draping fabric.

Or, you might like this

photo credit: http://www.neworleansweddingsmagazine.com/real_wedding/varsha_and_marlin.aspx

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neworleansweddingsmagazine.com

Or something a little more simple like this

photo credit: pinterest StyleMePretty.com

photo credit: pinterest
StyleMePretty.com

Maybe it was all those roses and flowers that caught your eye. If so, you might like this

photo credit: Pinterest unkown

photo credit: Pinterest- unkown

or this

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Photo credit: Pinterest – unkown

Now, onto that seating. IT. WAS. GORGEOUS! And so different. We loved the mix of the gold chiavaris with vintage love seats and even the touch of end tables scattered throughout. If you’re anything like us, our favorite was the vintage furniture. But let’s get real, we can’t all afford to have real furniture for all of our guests to sit in for only 30 minutes one day. So, what if you just designated that for your reserved rows- parents and grandparents. Then, do a mix of slip covers for your chiavaris and not all of them have to have a cover. Catherine had two or three covers on hers and some without anything. Look at all the unique cover options

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photo credit: Pinterest- unkown

 

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photo credit: Pinterest- unknown

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photo credit: Pinterest
bridalguide.com

These are just a few. The ideas are endless.

Finally, that naked wedding cake. Does anyone else remember our local McDonough celebrities, Matt and Ginny? You can keep up with them here. Well, they had a naked cake before naked cakes were cool.

photo credit: Graceology Wedding at Hazlehurst House

photo credit: Graceology
Wedding at Hazlehurst House

Ladies, this is one part of Sean and Catherine’s day that you can re-create without cutting any corners. Yep, naked cakes are completely affordable.

Until the next bachelor wedding… we’ll all keep re-creating this one.

If you want a behind the scenes peak of their big day, check out Sean’s sisters blog here.

 

 

 

 

Prioritizing Your Wedding Budget

We talk with so many brides about the dreaded “budget” of their wedding and most brides “wish list” looks very different that their “budget”.  It is crucial that brides face this dilemma on the front end of planning so they can prioritize their must haves from their splurges. Some items in the overall budget can be approached from a savvy shopper perspective and some fall into the category of “you get what you pay for”.  It is very important know where to put your priorities.   Know on the front end what the most important wedding details are to you.  Is it the “dress”?  Is it the “location”?  Is it the overall “look/decor”? Is it the “food”?  Is it the “cake”?  Is it the “party”?  Is it the “photography”?  Is it a “stress free day”?  These are great places to start.  By prioritizing these categories from most important to least important, that will tell you a lot about how to allocate your personal budget.  There are wonderful and educating tools available that will guide you on what each of the categories above will cost as compared to industry standards.  It is important to be an informed shopper before you overwhelm yourself with options.  Know what you can afford first and shop that way.

This simple process will save you so much stress and anxiety as you approach the planning of your special day!

Happy Planning!

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