10/7 Real Wedding: Meg & Steve’s New Traditional Wedding

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Affiliate Disclaimer NewReal Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel PhotographyNames: Meg & Steve

Occupations: Development Coordinator for a community revitalization non-profit; high school Spanish teacher

Wedding location: Pearl S. Buck Estate, Perkasie, PA

Wedding Budget: $25,000 **

Number of Guests: 207

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Wedding Date: June 20, 2015

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

How would you describe your wedding: Our wedding had a little bit of everything. We had some traditional elements, but also did things our own modern way. For example, we had very traditional vows, but I wore a blush dress. We didn’t toss anything at the reception, and our table numbers were clocks. It was a modern day wedding with a vintage feel. When people ask how it was, I say, “magical!”

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

What was your favorite part of your wedding? Having every single person we love all in one place for 6 hours. It was so incredible to have people from different families and different parts of the country mingling together because they all had one thing in common — us! And of course, it was great to have them all witness the second we became husband and wife.

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

What did you splurge on? Photography — worth it!

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography
Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel PhotographyWhat did you save on? Our family was heavily involved in the day, so our flowers, cake(s), our officiant, and some decor was done (mostly) as in kind gifts!

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Is there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect? I would have worried less about the small details a lot sooner than I did. I realized I was the only one who would notice if something was missing, but the day of, I didn’t even notice.

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

What was your biggest challenge in planning? Narrowing down our guest list. It truly pained us to not be able to invite everyone! I think our original count was somewhere around 275, and we wound up having 254 invitations go out.

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? There was definitely a time when I wondered if 18 months of planning was really worth it. I decided to take a few weeks off right around the holidays — I didn’t do any DIYing and barely even spoke about it. It was nice to step back to regroup and reflect on the things that are really important about a wedding.

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography
Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding?

  1. The kiss.Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography
  2. Our guests. For real, though.Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography
  3. Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel PhotographyAll of the speeches– they were on point!Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography
  4. The weather — 80% chance of thunderstorms all day, but not a single drop!Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography
  5. Having a husband to take home with me at the end of the night, and every other night for the rest of my life!Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Top 5 least favorite?

  1. Fearing the threatening weather. So stupid.
  2. Not eating enough cake and ice cream.
  3. That it had to end at some point.
  4. That’s it. Couldn’t have asked for a more magical day.

What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received? “Are you sure you want to do this?” or “There’s still time to back out.” I heard these sentences way too many times. It’s supposed to be the happiest day of my life — do we have to put a damper on it?!

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography
The best? “Are you having fun?” My aunt (mother of the flower girl) was with me when I was getting ready. She looked at me and said those words because someone said them to her on her wedding day. Of course, your natural reaction is to say, “Yes!” but you really do have to stop, look, see and feel all of the great things around you that day. Take it all in, ladies and gents!

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel PhotographyAny other bits of wisdom? This is going to sound cliche and repetitive, but seriously, just take it all in. I heard this bit of wisdom multiple times, even before we were planning a wedding. So, I just remembered what everyone said and truly absorbed every second I possibly could, so much so that when I was walking down the aisle with my dad, I said, “Hey, guys!” to our guests like it was just any other day.

Right after we were done with our dinner and everyone else was just finishing up, we left the reception so we could walk back in and experience everyone and everything happening in that moment. We got some weird looks, for sure, but it was so nice to take a few seconds to appreciate everything you have.

There are so many people coming to see you, so many emotions going around, and so many life events happening all in a very short amount of time. It can be overwhelming if you let it. Those few short hours will go by in a flash, but they are all happening because of you and your groom. After all of the time you put into planning, you deserve to enjoy — and remember — it!

Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography Real Wedding: Meg & Steve's New Traditional Wedding || Photos: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Rental Company: Open Aire Affairs

Officiant: Will Halsey

Photography: Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Florist: Cultivating Joy

Caterer: Sage Catering

Cakes: The Flour Child Home Bakery

Ceremony Music: Elysium Quartet

Cocktail Hour Music: Micheal Mancini & Gerard Mancini

DJ: Synergetic Sound & Lighting

Hair & Makeup: Daneene Jensen & Associates

Gown: BHLDN

Groom’s Suit: Macy’s

**Budget Breakdown:

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Projected Budget: $25,000

Hair & Makeup: 150

Attire: $1,800

Accessories: $200
Venue: $4,000
Food & Drinks: $16,000 (the real budget killer — too many people to feed!)
Photography: $3,000
Music: $1,500
Decor & Rentals: $3,000
Total: $29,650
Meg Douress is the pint-sized, freckle-faced, curly-haired Real Bride Blogger for The Broke-Ass Bride. She is a professional writer, amateur photographer and social media fiend who is set to wed her college sweetheart in June 2015. She enjoys obsessing over the lives of celebrities and being a Philadelphia phan. Join her on her thrifty wedding planning adventure on Pinterest and Instagram, and tune in to her sarcastic comments on Twitter: TheRealMegD.