An elegant garden party wedding that reminds me very much of my own wedding day! The elaborate and romantic venue – a mid 19th century plantation house in Alabama – makes the occasion appear grand, however, the wedding itself is a relaxed garden party.
I believe that if you can snag a venue that looks over the top (an early 1900’s mansion in my case), then with the help of a few key decor pieces your wedding can transform into a grand affair without breaking the bank!
Overall Ceremony & Reception Theme
“Garden party was the theme for both the wedding and reception. We wanted an understated formal event that wasn’t stuffy or over the top.”
Wedding Planning Challenges
“The most challenging planning obstacle was not living close to my mother, and planning a wedding in a town where neither one of us resides. It was hard working through things over the phone.”
Bride / Bridesmaids’ Attire
“My dress was Tara Keely design that we customized. It was an Ivory shantung bridal ball gown, Alencon lace scalloped illusion V neckline, sleeveless and deep V-back, ribbon sash at natural waist, full gathered skirt with sweep train. The veil was made by mother in-law using the same Alencon lace, finger-tip length with a lace trim at the bottom that did not frame my face.
“The bridesmaids had custom dresses made by my mother in-law. They were a grey-silver shantung cocktail length dress, with a floral blue grey lace scalloped illusion V neckline, sleeves with a criss-cross back, a pleat detail at the natural waist. The bridesmaid’s picked their own shoes, and they wore a bracelet that I gave them.”
Wedding Planning tips or tricks
“I think the best thing I did when planning the wedding was booking all the vendors and venue quickly after the engagement. It took the pressure off. Venues and vendors book up fast. Since we did so much in the beginning, I really didn’t have to worry about much until the very end.”
How many guests were invited?
“Our goal was to stay around 200. We invited 220, and we had close to 180 in attendance.”
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