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{Unfake Wedding Feature} Takara & Mike, Spelling it Out in Style!

Mike and Takara have always loved playing board games and especially Scrabble. So when the time came for Mike to propose, he thought what better way then to ask her during a game of Scrabble. She immediately say YES and they promptly started planning the festivities. When discussing the overall design with their planners, they both mentioned how important the game is to them. Their designer went to work and came up with a beautiful and fun design that focused on their relationship and their love of Scrabble.

Now, I’m going to throw a caveat in here for all the industry people who might see this post and roll their eyes at the Scrabble theme. Is it the newest, hottest “theme” out there? The answer is no. But you know what? This theme was clearly important to them. It means something to the couple. You know what else? I can pretty much guarantee that the guests at this wedding thought it was clever and cute and meaningful to Mike and Takara.  There’s been some backlash in this part of the wedding world….brides apologizing to photographers that their wedding might be boring to photograph, or not creative enough. Folks complaining about burlap and Mason jars being done to death. All you people? Please shut up and let the bride and groom do what suits them. Whatever you might have seen before is guaranteed a first time for the couple.

*stepping off soap box*

Back to the wedding on deck…

Welcome to the Unfake Wedding of Takara & Mike!


The most important question: wedding night…did you or didn’t you? 


T30SB Commentary: See, see? See how easy it is?

Please take the time to tell me all the vendors you used.

Photographer  Cara Dee Photography

DJ/Band  DJ Johnnie Johnson

Reception Venue  Griffin Gate Marriott

Planner  Always Planned

Guest Hotel  Griffin Gate Marriott

Flowers  Perfect Posy

Dress  Shop: Bridal Warehouse, Gown: Mori Lee

Hair  Wanda Byrd, Lady Byrd’s Hair Design

Makeup Lavonya Parrish

Tuxedos/Suits  Men’s Wearhouse

Catering  Griffin Gate Marriott

Cake  Tinkers Cake Shop

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Who was your favorite vendor and why?

Our wedding coordinator, Always Planned provided us with such a tremendous and personalized event that there is no way not to say that they will always hold a special place in our memories.

Was there a “method to your madness” in choosing your vendors? 

After our first meeting with Rayna and Mallory, we felt such a connection that we knew they were right for us. From there it was fairly simple. Always Planned has such a huge list of vendors they work with that they were able to put us in contact with wonderful people that helped to make our day magical.


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T30SB Commentary: How adorable is this picture? Happy bride!


How long did you take to plan your wedding?

The wedding took approximately 6 months to plan, give or take.




How many guests did you invite versus how many came? 

We invited 125 and 100 showed.

What was your budget?

$ 20,000

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T30SB Commentary: For the record, I designed those vases with the bling. Back when I had a job doing that sort of thing.

Did you include rings and/or the honeymoon in your budget? 

Not the honeymoon, but it did include the wedding bands.

Were you over or under budget? By how much?

Over by 20%.


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How large was your bridal party? 

We had 2 bridesmaids and 2 groomsmen.

Did you have favors for your guests? If so, what were they?

The favors were Scrabble trays and tiles with the names of each of our guests that went along with the theme of the reception.



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Did you include any special family traditions? 


T30SB Commentary: I find this interesting. More and more brides are stepping away from tradition, it seems. Or perhaps I should change this question to include any sort of tradition?

What was your biggest day-of crisis and how did you handle it (or rather, not handle?)? 

While we were taking the outdoor pictures, one of the bridesmaids accidentally stepped on the wedding dress. Luckily, one of the attendants from Always Planned was able to get the stain out.



T30SB Commentary: I love these random photos where you have no idea what’s going on, except that fun is being had.

What was your biggest wedding planning crisis and how did you handle it (or rather, not handle?)?

The guest list! Figuring out how many people to invite because that number ultimately impacted our budget.

T30SB Commentary: I’ll say. I think deciding who gets cut is one of the toughest things to do when planning. No, I take that back. It’s the backlash you get from the people who weren’t invited and/or their friends/family. That part is the worst.

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Who was the biggest pain in the ass on your wedding day?

No big hiccups on the day of the wedding. Everything went smoothly.



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T30SB Commentary: How cute is that giant Scrabble board seating chart!


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T30SB Commentary: As a rule, I’m not a lover of tall centerpieces. However, I luuuurve the simplicity of this shaded piece!

What was the biggest waste of money that you loved?

Not that they were a waste of money but the veil, shoes and tiara were a great guilty pleasure given they were only worn a very short time.

T30SB Commentary: I want to address this “only wear it for a day” thing everyone seems to have a bug up their butt about. Yes, you wear it for a day. However as one MOB mentioned to me, the pictures of you in that dress last forever. I look at my pictures (often) and still love my dress and how I looked (minus the fact that I have ZERO cleavage). I think the way you feel by being in a dress you love is part of the wedding day experience. I‘d hate for brides to trivialize that experience based on this “one day” thing. Not that it needs to be the end all be all of your day or totally blow your budget, particularly if the dress isn’t your top priority. I’m just sayin’, it’s more than “just one day.”

What was the biggest waste of money that you wish you’d passed on?

Nothing, everything contributed to our special day.

What did you love that was also the cheapest?

The Scrabble tiles that served as table markers.



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What was the most unexpected thing that happened (not necessarily a bad thing, just a surprise)?

Cake in the face of the groom, since we had previously said that was not going to happen.

What was the funniest thing that happened?

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to have any of our own wedding cake!!! Some of our guests had several pieces and we somehow missed out.

T30SB Commentary: WHA? Funny? Planners, PAY ATTENTION! You need to make sure your bride/groom get some damn cake. In fact, they need to be the first who get some!


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What was the most ooey-gooey, tear-jerking moment?

Our last dance. The reception was at a close and we had the floor to ourselves and it seemed like we were the only two people in the world.

Did you DIY? What parts?

No! With our schedules we knew we had to have the help of our awesome wedding planners.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We will honeymoon in Antigua.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change, if anything?

Would have changed the selection of beverage served with dinner and would have moved the ceremony to 6:30 vs. 5:30.


Congratulations to Takara & Mike!

Reader Comments (5)

I love love this wedding. The bride looks so HAPPY! Also, as someone who hated the shape of her dress, I agree that the dress and accessories are more important than something you'll wear for "just a day."

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

yay, for an answer to the "wedding night... did you or didn't you" question!!! also, i loved how much joy there was in this wedding!!

February 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfrancine

I'm in rare form this morning, so forgive the anger in this comment. I am appalled that you felt you needed to preempt any snark from industry professional about the Scrabble theme. It's so not our place to judge couples wedding decisions. Who the hell do people think they are! It makes me so angry. These couples share one of the most intimate moments of their lives with us, and some of us dare to judge? Oh dear...

On another note, I freaking LOVE this brides laugh. I just smiled and smiled as I looked though all of these pictures. Such joy! Makes me want to be at that wedding.

I know, Christie! It came on the heels of YOUR blog post as well as so many other things I've read about mason jars and shit that people think are over-done, stylistically.

And yes, that laugh/smile was what got me too!

February 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterLouise

Hi! I love the scrabble theme.........I am planning a semi themed scrabble wedding. He proposed while playing the game and its just perfect. Do you have any idea where this bride found the giant scrabble seating chart? I must have one!!!! Thanks

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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