Congress Hall Weddings

Making dreams come true, one wedding at a time

Love: Kate Toy & Jon Bettner

The Congress Hall Weddings Team was so excited to see this article about Jon and Kate over our morning cups of coffee! Congratulations again Jon and Kate, we wish you the best!

The Congress Hall Wedding Team is super excited to be a part of Hello Gorgeous’ Soirée by the Sea workshop that is being held at Congress Hall on Sunday March 30th.    It will be fully styled by the lovely Bailey Viola of Just Be with beautiful florals by Savannah’s Garden, a stunning cake, and a gorgeous bride and groom! What more do you need!   Whether you are just starting out and want to get going on the right foot or you have been in the industry a bit and want to step it up a little, this workshop would be awesome for you! For availability and more details please reach out to Rachel at rachel@hellogorgeousphotography.net  We hope to see you there!

The Congress Hall Wedding Team is super excited to be a part of Hello Gorgeous’ Soirée by the Sea workshop that is being held at Congress Hall on Sunday March 30th.
 
It will be fully styled by the lovely Bailey Viola of Just Be with beautiful florals by Savannah’s Garden, a stunning cake, and a gorgeous bride and groom! What more do you need!
 
Whether you are just starting out and want to get going on the right foot or you have been in the industry a bit and want to step it up a little, this workshop would be awesome for you! For availability and more details please reach out to Rachel at rachel@hellogorgeousphotography.net

We hope to see you there!

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All is Merry and Bright at Congress Hall !!
The Congress Hall Wedding Team hopes that 2013 brought you all
everything you dreamed of and more!
We look forward to an amazing 2014 Wedding Season!
xo 
Past Brides don’t forget to post you review on The Knot (Please click here to review us on the Knot!) for your chance to win a Congress Hall getaway!!

All is Merry and Bright at Congress Hall !!

The Congress Hall Wedding Team hopes that 2013 brought you all

everything you dreamed of and more!

We look forward to an amazing 2014 Wedding Season!

xo 

Past Brides don’t forget to post you review on The Knot (Please click here to review us on the Knot!) for your chance to win a Congress Hall getaway!!

We are always so thrilled when our couples share their wedding photos and sentiments with us. Chris and Michelle (newlyweds married here this fall) sent us these amazing photos from photographer Tim Joyce, as well as the testimonial below-we’re so glad they had the wedding day they always envisioned!

"Chris and I are very grateful to Congress Hall for making our wedding day so special.  There was a nor’easter the week of our wedding but everything was so beautiful at  Congress Hall that I forgot about the weather the moment I stepped into the ballroom.  The staff was so professional and attentive.  We knew we were in good hands from the moment we met everyone.  All of our guests really enjoyed themselves and friends still talk about the cocktail hour.  We look forward to going back and celebrating anniversaries!

Michelle & Chris”

Where to Splurge and Where to Save 

Recognizing where to splurge or save on your wedding elements makes all the difference when you are setting up the budget for your big day. We’ve put together a list to help guide you on where to put your money where it matters.

Venue: Splurge

            A venue is worth spending a large share of the budget for multiple reasons. It’s crucial to think about your guest’s comfort and their overall experience. Also, a nicer venue may require less décor, which can save money elsewhere in a budget.

Wedding Dress: Save

            If a bridal gown doesn’t top the list of important details, brides should consider buying a used dress. Most gowns are worn once and kept in great condition. Try looking on Oncewed.com or even eBay for great deals on designer dresses. With the help of a good tailor and dry cleaner, brides can find like-new, quality dresses for drastically reduced prices.

Catering: Splurge

            The food you choose will have a huge impact on your guests experience.  In fact, some say this is one of the most important aspects that guest remember! Be sure to set aside a good portion of your budget for catering.

Jewelry: Save

            An easy way to cut down a budget is by borrowing jewelry. Look through your grandmother’s or other relative’s jewelry box to find the perfect accent piece. Those items can also serve as something old or borrowed, giving them more meaning on the big day.

Photography:  Splurge

            Splurging on a photographer can be well worth the investment. If you pick an amazing photographer, their photos can make any event – even one that wasn’t over the top – look really beautiful. You’ve put a lot of work into planning your wedding so you might as well find the best to document the event!

Flowers: Splurge

            Flowers can take an ordinary wedding and turn it into an extraordinary wedding. It’s important to hire a florist who can take your ideas and make them come to life.  Your florist can help you save money on flowers by showing you those that are in season and abundant.  

Makeup & Hair: Splurge

            We recommend budgeting for a professional makeup artist and hair stylist for the bride. This service makes a huge difference not only in the way the bride feels but also how she photographs.  

Wedding Cake: Save

            If a large, extravagant cake is not at the top of your list, featuring different types of desserts can save you a lot of money. One option would be buying one smaller cake to cut – prices are typically based on amount of slices and time spent constructing – then either bringing in another dessert option such as cupcakes. If you want to have a cake, find a venue that includes the cake in their packages since buying a cake from an outside vendor can be extremely expensive!

Candy Bar: Save

While you may think having a candy bar is a great way to save money on dessert, the reality is most of the candy goes to waste. We recommend you stick to the cake or other dessert options such as cupcakes.

Entertainment: Splurge

As one of the most memorable parts to a wedding, it’s important you choose your entertainment wisely.  Whether you go with a DJ or live band, we recommend making sure your entertainment is reputable and has plenty of experience with weddings.

Favors: Save

Most favors given to your wedding guests will, sadly, be lost or forgotten at the reception. Although it’s a nice gesture to give your guests something to take home, it’s better to spend your money on other parts of the wedding that your guests will enjoy such as catering or entertainment.

Invitations: Save

            While it’s tempting to splurge on your wedding invitations, the truth is, most guest will not appreciate the beautiful letterpress stationary you’ve spent hundreds on.  Etsy.com is a great place to find beautiful wedding invitations and low prices.

Tina Markoe sent us these beautiful photos of Laura and Joe’s sunny September wedding. We wish them the best of luck with everything!

“Brooke, of Brooke Courtney Photography sent us these fantastic photos of Kristan and Brian’s early October Wedding. We just loved their details and colors, perfect complement to Congress Hall! I was so glad that Brooke was able to capture this beautiful day, and it’s touching moments. I am with Brooke on my favorite moment of this wedding! Kristan custom designed same wedding ring/band that both her Mom and Grandmother have, it wasn’t until right before first looks that she showed her Mom, I love (and tear up at) the image of her seeing it for the first time. Be sure to look at Brooke’s blog post for more photos!

We were so excited when Jessica Mae of Jessica Mae Photography sent us these perfect photos of Jon and Karissa’s big day. We just love them and their personal details so much that we had to do a double feature! From their adorably sentimental first look (how great is that door!), to their sweet and simple table scapes we just can’t get enough of their DIY wedding over here! The Congress Hall Wedding Team wishes Jon and Karissa the best!! More photos below