Wedding Update

Monday, June 14th, 2010 by Rachel

I’m way ahead of wedding schedule, at least according to the normal checklists. I wanted to post briefly what I’ve completed since school let out.


The big project we finished was the Save the Dates. I’ve known from the beginning that I wanted to give guests (near and far) a lot of notice, so we mailed these out on June 1st. Just have a few stragglers that need to be taken care of! By the time I get to the formal invitations (October or November), hopefully most guests will have already decided if they are able to attend and I’ll get faster replies. I plan right now on requiring RSVPs by Feb. 1st, so I’ll have a much easier time putting the seating chart together.


This past week, we put deposits on two very big things: the cake and the flowers. We decided on a fairly traditional cake (white, round, three tiered) with a beachy twist (draping held up by starfish). I think it’s going to be elegant. We chose a bakery recommended by our venue. I would say that it’s the “Cake Boss” of Myrtle Beach. I’m sure it will be delicious, though I will admit to some sticker shock at first. Seriously, did you realize the average wedding cake costs $543, according to The Bridal Association of America? That’s a LOT! When looking at cakes online that range from $100 to $2000, it can seriously freak you out. I’m very glad that I’ve ignored most of the bridal magazine’s design suggestions and ideas about fondant. The key is to keep the cake streamlined and classic. I think our cake will be one we look back at in pictures and are proud of.



I decided on silk flowers from a website online (based in Florida and highly recommended). Though I didn’t think visiting a bakery was essential (Dad’s words of wisdom “Have you ever had a bad piece of cake from a bakery?”), flowers seemed a bit more high maintenance for planning from a long distance. When I started looking at reviews of flower shops online, I grew concerned with the worst case scenario: wilting bouquets, late delivery, allergy attacks. I also knew from the beginning that our venue would be doing most of the decorating. I didn’t need to plan out flower-centerpieces, garlands, etc.


So silk flowers seemed to provide the most control for the pieces I did need (primarily the bridal party bouquets). We’ll have to order corsages for the Moms and other lady relatives once we know a guest count, but now the main people are taken care of. I’ll get pictures to approve on Oct. 25th and the flowers will ship on Oct. 30th. I’ll have more than enough time to troubleshoot any potential issues and make sure they’re exactly what we wanted.


Etsy’s become my best friend. I’ve purchased a hair comb (starfish surrounded by tiny pearls and crystals which matches my dress perfectly) and a garter (something blue + beach themed), in addition to doing lots and lots of research. The two accessories still on my list: crinoline (to add extra poof to my ballgown skirt) and shoes (probably white VANS for comfort and cuteness).


So what’s next? * Figuring out the photography package we’ll want from our good friend Kimberly who will be taking pictures at our wedding. *Wedding music/sound system. *Wedding rings/bands (it’s listed at 9-11 months before the wedding on my checklist, maybe for people who are personalizing theirs?)


  1. WE CAN’T WAIT-never been to Myrtle BEach-it’s going to be fabulous-tell Derrick we said hello and congrats on his web cite being highlighted-ok-so I believe in limited punctuatuion-sue me Love J&L

  2. -and mispelling words-so…

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