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{Unfake Wedding Feature!} A Michigan Lakeside Family Retreat!

Happy Monday, everybody. Did you make it through the Oscars? Did you understand Angelina Jolie’s ridiculous pose that she was immediately mocked for (LOVE)? Were you bummed for Clooney (I was) and happy for Meryl (I was)? Did you want to smack ABC for their crappy red carpet coverage (I did). Anyway…

Anyway, let’s start the week off by relaxing a little lakeside. I love the casual, laid back vibe of this Mecosta, Michigan wedding. I love how the bride gets comfy in the summer heat. I hope you love it too!

Welcome to the Wedding of Debbie & Shergo!


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


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

Photographer   S.C. Photography

DJ/Band   iPod and speakers, ceremony was two musicians found on Craig’s List.

Reception Venue   Family lake cottage in Mecosta, MI

Flowers   Purchase din bulk from Horrocks Market and arranged by the bride and wedding party/family members.

Dress   David’s Bridal, Style #VW9768

Hair   Natural Beauty Salon

Tuxedos/Suits   Macy’s

Catering   Father of the Groom!!

Cake   Mother of the Groom!!! (I hit the wedding Jackpot!)

Wedding officiate – Cami at A Wedding Minister for You.

Who was your favorite vendor and why?

My groom’s parents! It’s amazing that my new family wanted to play such a large part in the wedding.




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

I chose vendors that seemed relaxed and professional.

How long did you take to plan your wedding?

Less than a year.

How many guests did you invite versus how many came?

I gave my in laws invitations to distribute so they didn’t have to come up with a guest list. I’m not sure on the amount of invites that went out but it was probably close to 150. Sixty-two guests came to the wedding.

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What was your budget?

My husband and I felt comfortable spending $5000. Our family graciously paid for much of it, but I’d say overall maybe $8K or $9K was spent.

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

Not the engagement ring, but the wedding bands and the honeymoon were.

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Were you over or under budget? By how much?

I have no idea…

How large was your bridal party?

Six. Two bridesmaids, two groomsmen and two flower girls.

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

Small jars of candy, and flip flops.

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

The groom couldn’t find the groomsmen's’ pants. I told the groom where I last saw them, and if they were not there then the groomsmen could wear whatever they came in. The pants were found an hour later, in the place I last saw them.




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

I wouldn’t call it a crisis but learning to let others help with wedding plans. It was harder than I expected to let go of control.

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

The heat.

What was the biggest waste of money that you loved?

The magnum bottle of Veuve Clicquot that my husband sabraged.

T30SB Commentary: I read this and was all What the hell is SABRAGED? Little did I know, it’s the act of opening a champagne bottle with a sabre. Look at the cool shit you learn in Unfake Wedding features!


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


What did you love that was also the cheapest?

The hammock and the porch swing. Already at location!





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

People on boats and jet ski’s DURING the wedding ceremony!

What was the funniest thing that happened?

My groom said that when our 2 year old flower girl Ella reached the end of the isle she emptied the remainder of her basket and loudly declared “All Done!!” And then on the way back up the isle she began picking the flowers up and putting them back in the basket. So Cute!!

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

Bride: Mother of the Bride toast: “When children find true love, parents find true happiness”. Groom: When he saw me.



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Did you DIY? What parts?

So much!! The invitations (the ink rubbed off on while in the mail!), wedding yard sign, flower bouquets and arrangements, wedding card box, music play list, wedding veil. The things we didn’t DIY I really tried to buy off Etsy as much as possible!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Sandals Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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

I’d buy my daughter a better quality bracelet that my husband and I presented to her in the ceremony. The one I bought already broke!

Congratulations to Debbie & Shergo!


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