The Who and The What of This Wedding

This is the story of Mike and Ally.  Our friends lovingly refer to us as Mally.  We’re a NJ couple planning a wedding for 2011.  We’ve set the date for Saturday, April 16.

The location: Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY.

Our food will be provided by Crave Catering.

We won a contest to have Leigh Metzler as our photographer.

We wanted to keep our budget small, but it looks like it’s going to be costing us upwards of $25,000, the majority of which we’re paying for ourselves.  (This might sound small to some, but it’s taking a whole lot of spendthriftiness and an extra part-time job to save for it!)

We’re looking to have roughly 100 guests.

What matters to us (aside from family and friends, of course):

  • The food!  We’re big foodies.  Me + Dessert = Love.
  • I’m also a vegetarian, however; so I’m hyper-aware of finding a caterer that won’t serve a plate of side dishes as the veggie option.
  • The overall feel we’re going for is either rustic or urban/modern.  Is urban rustic such a thing?
  • The buzzword for this wedding? DIY!  (Okay, that’s not a word; it’s an acronym…but you get the point.)

It’s going to be a casual affair — no gowns, no overly expensive flowers, homemade invitations, etc.  We don’t need all the bells and whistles; as long as it shows our personality, we’ll be pleased.

This is a journal of our wedding journey.

3 Responses to The Who and The What of This Wedding

  1. Savannah says:

    Hi Ally,

    Congrats first off! I see you are trying to plan a wedding on a budget. We are in sussex county but we have visited many “venues.” We chose one but are still looking for a florist and my dress! If you need any help, you are not alone in this chaotic wedding planning business.

    • Aww, thanks, Savannah! Congratulations to you, too! It is overwhelming, this whole wedding thing–especially when trying to save a buck while you’re at it–but I have to admit, I’m having a blast looking at all this stuff. As I’m searching around, if I find any interesting florists or bridal dress salons, I’ll let you know!!

  2. venetia says:

    I was looking around your the internet for wedding ideas and chance upon your website.
    I would just like to say congratulations again!

    I totally feel you about weddings being expensive; i dont know how they get so much really! It is such a blood-sucking industry..and the worst part..i fall for it. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for you blog and i have a good time reading it 🙂

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