Our wedding was a lot of fun and affordable. We made a lot of stuff ourselves and the stuff that we didn't make, we ordered locally to support local businesses. All of our guests and family had a great time and we didn't have to break the bank for it.
We honeymoon in San Francisco in July and also visited the Napa and Sonoma valleys. We had a fun time biking, walking and riding around the towns and visiting all the sights. The weather was fantastically crisp and cold too!
This place had everything we needed for wedding supplies - we even bought pre-made bridesmaids bouquets here and made the men's flowers and the bride's bouquet from what we purchased here. Though our flowers were not real, nobody could tell because of the quality. AND, we spent a fraction of the price using fake instead of real (compare $200 to $800 for ONE day).
This hole-in-the-wall honey farm is family run and makes a great product. We gave their honey bears to out-of-town family members (the hotel left them in their rooms). It's locally grown and a "sweet" favor to give to family with a note attached that says "Thanks for bee-ing with us on our special day, Love..."
Address: 8024 Rose Terrace
Lake Wales, FL 33898-9427
(on HWY 60 East going out of LW)
Michaels offers a lot of DIY invitations, programs and wedding supplies to be made at home. The end result was great but it wasn't as easy as the instructions made them seem :)
We actually didn't buy tuxes and matching bridesmaids' dresses because they are expensive, and WHO really wears them a second time? Instead, my bridesmaids bought sundresses that flattered their bodies and that they liked (with certain stipulations) and the groomsmen bought khakis, a dress shirt, shoes, belt and tie from MW for the same price that they would have rented a tux. Now they all have clothes that they can wear again or even to work. GREAT IDEA!
We asked some students from my husband's school to perform at our ceremony and reception. They did a fantastic job and were affordable :)
Located in downtown Bartow, FL, The Cookie Jar has a fun environment and GREAT cake prices and flavors. They were so friendly, did beautiful work and were affordable.
This was Debi's first wedding, and she did a great job. She knew what shots she needed to take and made sure she got them!
One-on-one treatment (unlike stock-store David's Bridal!), unique wedding gowns and polite staff. I would not go anywhere else.
This site is awesome. Essentially, you pick out what you want to make, design it and send it off to print. All the bridesmaids received personalized stationary from Vistaprint and the programs that we ordered from there are gorgeous. We were even able to include images in our program such as a wedding map created on weddingmapper.com.
We bought the Breakfast Blend Columbian Coffee from this Florida Keys-based vendor and gave out the coffee packets as favors to our guests with quotes such as "Love is the perfect blend" attached on labels. It was a favor that EVERYONE uses (coffee is a commodity) and enjoyed because it was freshly roasted.
The food was great but the staff, namely the wedding planner, left a lot to be desired. They also pride themselves on being family-run for 3 generations but we never did meet ANY of the family. The atmosphere of the building was charming as all our guests would support... however, the bride & groom are the ones that deal with the staff directly and we weren't impressed by them.
The staff were so friendly and offered us room rates. They offer a hot breakfast bar in the morning, which is a plus. Also, since all of our family from out of town stayed there, we all ate dinner together after the wedding in the common area. It was great for mingling and passing through!
The staff were friendly, especially Allison Snyder who was our coordinator, and the interior was breath-taking. Also, guests could visit the gallery downstairs before or after the wedding. We would recommend the LWAC to anyone getting married in the nearby area. Also, it was great because it had a religious feel (being an old Catholic sanctuary) without being a church.
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