I am so excited to share today’s wedding with you. Taking place at South Shore Wine Company, this couple’s special day goes to prove you don’t need a large budget to have a stunning wedding. By choosing a vineyard as gorgeous as this one, Billy + Oviett were able to keep decor costs down and focus on what really matters, celebrating their love for each other with friends and family. The wine cork place cards, puzzle guest book and wine bottle favors are perfect details to accent this intimate blue and white vineyard wedding. My favorite part though is that they opted to do a wine and dessert reception. When you’re on a budget don’t feel obligated to follow tradition. Choose a style of wedding that perfect for you and you’ll have the perfect day.
Check out this breath taking wedding submitted by Photography by Melissa Marie and keep reading to find out Oviett’s least and most favorite part of planning, her advice for other couples, and how they made it all happen for under $10,000.
Tell us a little about the two of you – how you met and the engagement story.
Billy and I met when we were both in the Air Force. We were deployed to different parts of Africa and had to work together. We mostly communicated via email and instant messenger, although he saw me briefing over video teleconference a couple times. I however had no idea what he looked like. When he was leaving to return to the states he asked if we could meet for lunch once I returned. He was true to his word and we became great friends who IM’d at work all day and texted all night. After doing this for months, we decided it was pretty much dating and that we didn’t want to see anyone else. Then I had to move out of state for work, but we reconnected 6 months later and he moved in with me shortly after that. We have needless to say, been together ever since.
When did you get married?
We were married on June 25th, 2017.
How many of your friends and family attended your big day?
Our wedding was very intimate with mostly close family and friends. In total we had 26 guests.
What was the overall budget for your wedding?
$0 – $10,000
Which element of your wedding was the most expensive?
The most expensive aspect of our wedding was my dress. I had a very specific style while my Grandmother and Mother both wore on their wedding day and I wanted to match it.
What was your favorite part of wedding planning?
We had a family emergency which prompted us to change plans and only allowed us just less than 2 months to plan our wedding. During that time, my favorite part was how much all our family helped. For instance, his sister and mom went to a local venue, South Shore Wine Company, and met with the owner who was then persuaded to host our ceremony. They sent us videos and pictures which is how we selected our location. The owner of South Shore Wine Company also understood our family emergency and made our wedding planning effortless.
What was your least favorite part of wedding planning?
Before we changed our plans, we had already put a down deposit on a venue, but then due to our emergency, had to cancel. This vender, the 1927 lake Lure, proved to be what we considered unduly harsh, and not only kept our down deposit but demanded an additional liquidation fee. In total we had to pay over $7,000 to cancel our wedding due to an unforeseen family illness which unfortunately resulted in the passing of our father. Dealing with this family illness and this vendor’s unmoving stance on their cancellation policy was extremely stressful and saddening. It almost caused us to cancel the entire wedding but our family proved to be strong and helped us get through this.
What was your favorite detail from the day?
Everything after we did the First Look! Once we both got to see each other it was smiles, laughter, and happy tears the whole time. As soon as we both hugged, ti was this relief that everything had come together and we were really going to be able to get married with our family there to see it.
What was one way you were able to cut costs or save money to stay on budget?
I was able to save on decorations because it was an outside wedding. We were married under a large oak tree and used that and vineyards as our backdrop with the only cost being the tulle we arranged around the tree. Also, being married at a wine cellar allowed us to cut costs on liquor as we only served wine and beer.
If you could give one piece of advice to couples currently planning their own wedding, what would it be?
Please have fun with it and get your family involved. My family loved being able to help and give advice, which really helped me delegate some of the tasks. Also, read your contracts! Be very leery of cancelation policies and liquidation fees. No one plans on having to cancel but unforeseen circumstances do happen and you need to account for it.
Photographer: Photography by Melissa Marie
Venue: South Shore Wine Company
Dessert + Wine: South Shore Wine Company
Florist: Alburn Florist