Just over a year ago (I don’t think I will ever forget, especially considering I got a speeding ticket the next morning when I was paying more attention to mentally composing my intro post than my speedometer—oops!) I was announced as Miss Road Trip, and just under six months ago, Roadie and I were married in our intimate outdoor ceremony at Honey Lake Plantation.
We started out with a working budget of $5,800. That number was based on what we expected to save each month for the two-plus years we were actively planning the wedding. I’d set up a spreadsheet to track both the savings as well as any spending, and it worked fairly well for 90% of our engagement. I’m sure you can empathize with the mad dash that happens just before the wedding and the habit of throwing cash (and the occasional bit of plastic) at anything that pops up.
Long story short, this post is the first time I’m looking at what out final expenses totaled!
Images via Pink Shutterbug Photography
My dresses and accessories came to $480 thanks to needing no alterations and shopping smart. Choosing both dresses was simple compared to picking a bracelet—I think I bought a total of five, but only included the ones I actually wore in the total.
Once everyone had their fill of dessert, people started to say their goodbyes and make their way out to whatever plans they had for the rest of the day. (There was a pretty big college football game going on in town that night, so some folks had tailgates to get to.)
I had deliberated for quite some time how to display our cupcakes. The standard tiered stack is always a good go-to, but since we were dealing with a smaller quantity than those large displays hold, I wanted something that would have a bit more presence without looking bare. Going over what I had on hand, I came back to these telescoping plant stands that a friend gave me ages ago. In the seven or eight years I’ve owned them I think they’ve held a potted plant maybe once? Usually they get used to hold party supplies or lights at our parties, and I realized they’d be perfect cupcake stands, too!
We’d made it to our seats, our DoC asked us what wine we wanted to drink, and everyone got settled in chatting among themselves while we waited for our first course.
MiL Road Trip, Roadie, Mrs. Road Trip, Dr. Aunt—you can really see the respective family resemblences! | Images via Pink Shutterbug Photography
Now, we hadn’t asked anyone to make any sort of toasts on our behalf, but once we were settled in, FIL Road Trip stood and gave us a very sweet toast—I wish I could remember what he said, but it escapes me at the moment.
Considering we’d just spent 15 minutes (give or take) with all eyes upon us as we completed the marriage rites, I can’t explain why the same pairs of eyes watching us dance felt so awkward, but it did. Still, I was glad that we decided to go ahead with the first dance and share that moment together and with our guests. I still love our song as well, and it’s just another memory to call up when I hear it on my iPod.
After we’d hugged our last guests on their way to the Owl’s Nest, we hopped in the waiting golf cart and scooted on down to our cottage to take those posed getaway pictures that we’d wanted to do earlier. All’s well that ends well, yes?