I think y’all are going to love this pretty purple wedding from Meet the Burks! Full of vintage details and set against a lush, Springtime backdrop, this Southern soiree will have you swooning in no time. My favorite detail? The groom and friends performed at the ceremony and – spoiler alert! – there’s a banjo involved.
From the bride:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
I had a very distinct idea of what I wanted my wedding to look like, including type of venue, setting, and colors which really helped as I began planning. Without a planner or coordinator, I found recommendations from friends, family, and vendors to be extremely helpful as I looked for caterers, florists, etc. Also, although not an official wedding planning site, I found quite a few ideas on Pinterest.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
We wanted to work with people who we trusted, ideally someone or a company that was recommended to us. Prices and fees also dictated our choices. Although we didn’t establish a set budget, we did have in mind what we thought was appropriate for the various categories. A balance of quality and price were most important to us.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
My favorite time of year, early spring, dictated the time of year. My favorite color combinations in the spring dictated my flowers and colors (purple, pale green, and white). I have always wanted to be married outside at an old, white plantation on a large plot of land. This type of venue lends itself to a vintage theme which I really loved.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
I loved the personal nature of my wedding. On the centerpieces, we incorporated family china from all side of my family and the groom, Josh’s family. With those things, we mixed in candles, flowers, and other various vintage props that we purchased from antique shops in the area. My mom’s side of the family sang a traditional song about love/family at the reception. My husband actually sang and performed a song with his brother and friends during the ceremony. Our pastor incorporated personal stories as well as he spoke. So, all of these things, I thought made the wedding really personal and especially meaningful.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
I would say that before you begin exploring vendor and venue options try to have an idea in your mind of what you would like your wedding to look like. Then, based upon what you know is practical for your budget (rough or exact), alter that idea until you reach something satisfactory and practical monetarily. From there, ask friends and family for recommendations. COMPARE, COMPARE, COMPARE, and lastly, do not hesitate to be upfront about what you can and cannot afford OR what you are and are not willing to pay.
Mary Kelly and Josh made their budget a high priority during planning. That was not – how shall I say this – a strength of mine as a bride. How about you? Are you sticking to your budget?