The countdown is officially on, we are within one month of our wedding day! There has been so much planning going on, I already know that this month is going to fly by! In the past several months we have been able to nail down details while still enjoying the planning process.
We started off the new year with our group tasting at our venue, HollyHedge Estate. Each season, HollyHedge hosts their couples to a mock-up wedding reception where we get to try the delicious menu items that are offered. This was such a fun experience getting to meet the other couples and to hear their love stories that brought us all to the same place! We got to talk details with our wedding coordinators, Michelle and Gabbi, and also extend our hotel block to the sister hotel, 1740 House, with the help of the innkeepers, Courtney and Aldrin. By the end of the day we had decided on our signature drinks, our menu options, as well our linen colors and that we would be included a raw bar at our cocktail hour. We set up our menu-meeting with Gabbi and were able to send out our invitations shortly after!
For invitations, we kept it simple. TikTok has become very handy for planning and learning ways to save money! One piece of advice I received from my close friend was to think twice about breaking the bank on things that end up in people’s trash. This may seem harsh, but it’s so true— weddings can be so expensive, and since Matt & I are paying for our big day solely by ourselves, we have definitely looked for ways to budget responsibly. That being said, I made our invitations on Canva and ordered them directly through their website. Using my already existing premium account, I was able to use the premium templates and fonts to create something I loved. We also added a personal touch by putting a wax seal with a “D” on it to wrap it all together. After all was said and done, I managed to only spend $2.58 on each invitation, including the stamp! We were also able to save on our response cards as well, we decided to opt out of the traditional way and asked our guests to respond directly on our wedding website. Using Zola to organize our guest list, seating chart, meal choices and registry has been a stress-free experience and we loved seeing our guests’ responses roll in in real time!