Chelsea & Clint: Real Wedding
How did he/she propose?
Clint and I live in New York City, which is where we met and currently live. I had mentioned a few times how romantic I thought Lincoln Center was and how it would be such a magical place for someone to get engaged (hint hint!). So, the night before Thanksgiving Clint asked me to meet him there- his parents were in town and he told me they wanted to take us out to dinner. It was a cold night, and there he was, standing in front of the Lincoln Center fountain, all lit up and as romantic of a place as I could imagine. He got down on one knee and I said yes! He then told me the dinner plans with his parents were just a ruse, and then he whisked me off to an amazing meal at The Modern, the restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art. In the cab ride home we called and told all of our family we were engaged!
How did you come up with the budget for your wedding, and did you stick to it?
My parents and I came up with a tentative budget after meeting with our amazing wedding planner, Julie Hinton of Middle Aisle. Before that we had no idea what a wedding would cost, so it was crucial we had Julie to guide us through! In the end, we spent about 30% more than we had originally planned for, thanks to a few well chosen splurges that were definitely worth it. A few surprise costs crept in and I wish we would have thought to plan for the unexpected.
Was there any personal elements you incorporated into the wedding ceremony/reception?
We wanted to bring a little touch of New York to our wedding reception, and so we placed little NYC knick knacks and figurines like taxis and models of the Empire State Building into our gorgeous terrarium centerpieces by Bloomers. Each terrarium had a different piece in it, so it was a little surprise to find at each table! My favorite touch, though, was my mom and grandmother’s wedding dresses each displayed in the entryway at The Ledges, where we held our dinner and reception. I feel grateful to have such wonderful women in my life and this was a fun way to celebrate them and our family’s history.
Did you have any “DIY” elements at your reception?
Clint and I created a wedding CD for our guests as party favors. They served a dual purpose as they were given out as guests arrived. We wrapped a paper band around it, indicating which table they were to be seated at for dinner.
What was a “must have” for your big day?
Our band was the biggest must have! We brought the Mimi Knowles band down from Northern Utah for our reception, and they turned our wedding into a total party. Photography was also high on our list. Jimmy Bishop of Gideon Photography captured our wedding day beautifully! And we flew out Candice of Candice Andrus Photography beforehand to do our engagements and bridal photos in New York City.
Share a wedding budget splurge that made a difference?
The band was definitely a splurge, and hands down the most memorable element of the day. They emceed the event, played ambiance music during our dinner, sang our requested first dance song, and then kept up a non-stop dance party for nearly two hours.
Besides tying the knot, what was your favorite part of the day?
I’m a singer & professional performer, as are four of my five bridesmaids that flew in from New York to celebrate with us. They each performed a special song for us with the band, culminating in a hilarious rewritten rap during Justin Bieber’s “Baby.” I sang “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” to my new husband accompanied by a full horn section. Having Mimi and his band there made all of that possible! The dance party was so fun and kept all of our guests entertained for the entire evening.
Any advice you could pass on to future brides?
Get a wedding planner! Even my mother felt like an honored guest on our wedding day, instead of running around like a crazy person. We were lucky to have Middle Aisle plan with us from the start, but even If you can’t hire a planner to do the whole thing, at least use a planner the day of. It truly was the best money we spent on our wedding!
Mimi Knowles Band
Alex Obering Design
My Vintage Photo Booth