Photography by Elizabeth Fogarty
I’ll never forget the phone call I had during the early stages of wedding planning with a local DC wedding planner. Like all vendors usually ask: “what’s your budget?” When I told her all the money I saved up for this wedding plus generous help from our families, her response was abrupt.
“With that budget, you can’t afford to have a wedding in DC.”
From there, she proceeded to tell me how I could have a late evening ceremony and dessert reception, how I could provide guests with a list of restaurant options they can go before the wedding. She ended it by telling me she was going to pass me along to her assistant who “caters to budgets like yours.”
From that point forward, I became my own wedding planner. It easily became a top priority (and unfortunately, blogging dipped lower on my to-do list). From venue décor to menu choices, I covered every little detail. My go-to resources included my trusty WeddingWire checklist, budgeting calculator, and of course, a small army of married friends that I could rely on for guidance and advice.