Hannah and Sahin wed at the Century House this July and it was obvious to all those who attended that no detail was overlooked. In this bridal blog, we chat with the bride, Hannah, about planning the perfect wedding!
What was the overall style or theme of your wedding?
I think the most accurate way to describe our wedding theme is “vintage love story.” Our invitations and other stationary were literary themed, our guest book was three vintage typewriters rather than the traditional bound notebook, and our wedding favors were copies of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility; both of which we personalized with stickers on the front cover with our name and wedding date, as well as a romantic quote from one of the novels. I had two bouquets, and one of them was made of vintage brooches and earrings that one of my bridesmaids collected. The gifts to my bridesmaids were lockets made from vintage typewriter keys. There were lots of little touches that added to the theme and created the vintage atmosphere.
What was most important to you when planning your wedding (food, music, flowers, etc.)?
When planning the wedding, the biggest thing that we considered was the happiness of the guests. We’ve been to a lot of weddings that seemed to drag on, with long ceremonies, long toasts and a long wait before dinner…and we didn’t want our wedding to feel like that. We wanted there to be a lot of food, so that there was something for everyone and no one went hungry. We also wanted great DJs and lots of dance music. We wanted people to be full and happy. To me, food and music were the most important things to consider.
What other wedding vendors did you use?
There were a good number of vendors that we used for the wedding. Our flowers, including our centerpieces, boutonnieres, my bouquet, and the bridesmaid’s flower were all done by my college friend, Brittany Beyus. She doesn’t have a company, but she has been working in horticulture since high school, and has done other weddings and large events. We got most of our materials for the flowers and centerpieces from Michael’s, and some others from afloral.com and other small, online vendors.
Our cakes, as well as all of the pastries and cakes for my bridal shower and bachelorette party, were provided by my cousin, Joy Wulff. She has her own, small home business called Joy’s Frosted Dreams.
Our DJs were two local women, Tammy and Pam, who run a local karaoke/DJ business. They do lots of events, from trivia and karaoke nights at bars, to proms and weddings. Their company is called U*Sing U*Dance. Our ceremony music was provided by a friend, a recent graduate of RPI named Julia Alsarraf. She can play a wide range of instruments, and for our wedding she played a combination of ukulele and guitar. We gave her a number of songs that we were interested in playing, and she arranged them for her instruments. She does not have her own company or any company affiliation.
Our wedding photography was provided by a friend, Kris Denkers, who has her own, small photography company. She does weddings,family photos, proms, and other events. She was simply wonderful, staying with the bridal party from 9am until the end of the wedding at midnight. She took photos of everything, from getting ready, to posed photos at different locations that we selected, to ceremony and reception photos. She captured every detail of our day.
Our Save-the-dates were ordered online, through www.savethedatemagnet.com. They were refrigerator magnets, which we thought was a good way to keep our wedding date in people’s minds. This way, they wouldn’t lose the save-the-date, and every time they went in their kitchens, they would see it!
All of our stationary, including our invitations, RSVP cards, and thank you cards were ordered from Minted. They have a wide variety of colors and themes available. They also have standard party invitations and other stationary available. Their website is www.minted.com.
Our favors, two different Jane Austen novels, were ordered from Amazon. Many of our ceremony and reception decorations, such as the signs we used to direct guests, as well as our bridesmaids’ gifts were purchased from various Etsy vendors. Finally, our groomsmen’s gifts were purchased from Things Remembered. All of our groomsmen are involved in the computer industry in some way, so they received monogramed USB sticks.
What’s your advice for brides to be?
My advice for brides to be is in three parts. First is, have a back-up plan. When planning your wedding, if you find a bakery that you like that you want to do your cake, wonderful. Talk to them, take down the information they tell you, and then choose a second bakery. It’s not smart to put all of your eggs in one basket or all of your wedding hopes into one vendor. Things can go wrong, and you should have an alternative that you can use.
Second is, relax. Things can and will go wrong, but chances are that no one but you will notice them! During my wedding, the cake held up until it got to the venue. When they brought it in to set it up, the back half of it collapsed, so they propped it up with cardboard. It looked a little crinkled, but it was still in good shape, and the fondant stayed on. Everyone thought it was supposed to look like that! Don’t sweat the small stuff! Things are fixable and people won’t remember the details in the long run, they’ll remember the atmosphere, the environment, and if they had a good time, not if the linen matched the color scheme.
Finally, make a plan for your wedding day. Make a list of the things you need to take with you to the venue, where you are supposed to be at what time, who is supposed to be with you at different times, etc. People will help you out, but they can only do what you tell them. If you don’t tell them they’re supposed to be at the venue at 9am, they won’t be there. Unless you hire a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator, this kind of stuff is up to you. You won’t be able to remember everything, so write it down!
How did Century House assist you during the planning process?
The Century House was such a great help in the planning process. They gave me lists of all the decisions I had to make, color samples and menus. And most importantly, they didn’t expect me to make all of the decisions at once. When planning a wedding, the number of decisions that you have to make can seem overwhelming, but the Century House would send me questions as they needed to be answered, and gave me enough time to think and answer. They did a walk-through with our DJs and our ceremony musician and made sure that they were sure of the times they needed to be there, and of the rehearsal times. If I hadn’t brought in so many of my own vendors, they could have taken care of nearly everything. As it was, they took care of candles, chair covers, linens, and many other decorations. They had their staff well informed, and they made sure that everyone had enough to eat and drink. After the wedding, they cleaned everything up for me, packing up the things that I had brought in myself so that we could take them home. They even brought our wedding gifts up to our room! They made the process as easy as it possibly could have been.
How did your wedding day go? Was it what you envisioned?
My wedding day was everything that I had envisioned and more. The Century House was just wonderful. Instead of having to run around and take care of everything myself, I was able to enjoy my wedding day. I was able to talk to guests, have drinks, and even eat! J Many brides complain of not being able to enjoy their day, not being able to eat, dance, or even sit down, but everything was taken care of for me and I had a wonderful time. Every guest that I talked to was happy; everyone was dancing, complimenting the food and drink. It was a great night for everyone there.
What was your favorite part of your wedding?
I don’t know that I have a favorite part of my wedding, I loved it all! I have to say that the food was amazing, and so was all of the music that my DJs provided. If I had to choose, it would be meeting my cousins. I hadn’t met either of them before, and they were able to come to the wedding with my aunt and uncle. They both took to me pretty quickly, they were adorable and I was so happy to be able to meet them! The whole night they told me how much fun they were having and how happy they were to be there; I think everyone shared that sentiment.
Any brides out there need help planning their perfect wedding? All Century House couples have a staff of in-house wedding professionals to help with all their wedding day needs, whether it be linen choices or who to use as a florist. If you have any questions about how the Century House can make your dream wedding day a reality, contact Stacy Lacombe-Kraft at Stacy@thecenturyhouse.com or 518-785-0931. We look forward to hearing from you!