Our Wedding

We pulled off our whole wedding for 150 guests for around 7000 from wedding bands to car decorations. That was possible because the Garten Verein was so affordable on a Sunday (Saturday is more but includes the tables and chairs) and because they let you bring in your own vendors and food. We got the sodas and water at Wal-Mart. We got cheesecake factory cheesecakes at Sams Club. We made the flowers ourselves, sometimes starting with premade ones from Hobby Lobby and dressing them up. Texas Whirlwinds put a professional touch on everything with the music, decorations, and coordination. We had cupcakes, cookies, nuts, candies and such from Sams as well. We picked out the bridesmaid's top online and I told them black skirts or slacks and black jackets or shawls/wraps to coordinate it. I have the most outstandingly "me" wedding dress of all time, which happens to be a stunning floorlength bridemaid dress for 270 bucks. Nothing, and I mean nothing, ended up looking homemade or dowdy/frumpy at our wedding, and I have beautiful pictures to prove it! So that's how we did it! And everyone had the same thing to say "elegant," which is just what we wanted!

Vendors & Venues Reviews

Texas Whirlwind
Galveston, TX

I needed music for the ceremony, and Christy said they could do it and she would send everyone down the aisle in order and at the right time. 100 bucks and that was all taken care of for me! Christy was such a sweetheart! She was checking me over in the parking lot, making sure the veil was centered and no bra was showing and stuff. It was good to have a non-nervous person give you a look over before you walk the aisle, especially if you don't have access to a mirror! But the point is, we didn't pay them to be personally conserned and interested in us having a beautiful and perfect wedding, but they do care.

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Bejay's Photography
Galveston, TX

WOW! I am 30 but Janice and her assistant photographer somehow made me look 18 in the pictures!!! You can see her work at weddings and portraits on her website. This fabulous woman did the photography at my in-law's wedding in 1979. She did two of their friend's weddings around then too. She did a friend's wedding this summer, and then ours this winter. Can't say enough about how much care Janice takes to get the type of photos YOU want. She got these great pictures of us on the swings because I thought it would be cute, and they are just terrific. They took 352 pictures, and I want them ALL!

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Panache Bridal
Galveston, TX
Wedding Fashion

So, Panache Bridal totally saved my wedding!!!!! 2 weeks before the wedding, I picked up my wedding dress from the alterations shop - and it as covered in stains and looked like a blind monkey had attacked it with a sewing machine. My fiance called a million dress shops to find out if anyone could order a new one in time. PANACHE WAS THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT COULD ORDER MY DRESS ON A RUSH! They found a way by having the dress shipped directly to the shop from China where it was cut and sewn. They were able to get my dress in time because they know their craft - they know their dress companies and how they work. Now, that's not to say I didn't pay dearly for the privilidge, but it was no where near as much as they could have fleeced me for if they wanted to. They knew I was over a barrel. But instead, they hugged me after they placed the order by phone in front of me and told me to take a deep breath and relax because it was all over with. When we didn't have a confirmation number a few days later, they put the phone I called on down on the counter and called the manufacturer on another phone so I could hear them talking to the maufacturer. I used their alterations lady (rosie I think), who was just as sweet as she could be with me. She did the alterations overnight for me. I was tearing up giving her the dress after the first fiasco, but they were just sweet and reassuring to me. They called me a couple times before and after the wedding to check on me and see that everything was alright.

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Jasmine Bridal
Galveston, TX
Wedding Fashion

Their dresses are stylish, flattering, and luxurious. The fabric is so nice that I catch myself feeling the fabric a month after the wedding. I picked L9020 from the Belsoie line, which is a bridemaid dress that is floor length and strapless.

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Cool Party Favors
Galveston, TX

We ordered personalized playing cards for our wedding favors. I love that people were playing with them at the reception! They were a great price and good quality. I received prompt, good service when I contacted them months in advance to find out when I needed to order them by.

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Divine Disposables
Galveston, TX

I got the most terrific disposable table cloths. I ordered 96 inch rounds, which I couldn't find anywhere else! These were the really cool linen-like table cloths, no sticky or slip-slidy plastic. It made clean up super easy for my friends. They just picked up the table cloths with all the chinet crystal cut plastic cups and plates and those plastic forks that look like silverware and bunched them up and threw them away. Couldn't have been happier with the price and the quality.

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1880 Garten Verein
Galveston, TX
Ceremony Sites

Run by Galveston Historical Foundation, http://www.galvestonhistory.org/ , foundation@galvestonhistory.org.
Everyone with GHF was so awesome durring the hurricane, and that tells you a lot about the individuals and the group. They need your business to pay for repairs. Only two buildings escaped unharmed, including the one we rented, the garten verein. This octagonal, victorian dance pavillion is beautiful beyond words. The city cleared the park of storm debris quickly. And, not only is the building wheelchair accessible, but I think you could turn a scooter in a full circle in either bathroom. I was surprised by the space. Oh, and the prices are so low it will stupify you. We paid less than 1000 for a Sunday 7 hour rental including all the tables and chairs. You can bring in any vendors you want. You can bring in homemade food or in our case, frozen cheesecake factory cheesecakes from Sams! Nummy!

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