The offbeat bride: Meghan, Pure Romance Consultant (and Tribesmaid)

Her offbeat partner: Kristian, Corporate Compliance Manager

Date and location of wedding: Rock Quarry Garden, Greenville, SC — September 2, 2012

What made our wedding offbeat: Kristian and I are both very careful with money, and we knew we wanted to support as many of our friends and their businesses as we could with our wedding. We prioritized where we would not skimp on quality (photos, food, drinks) and where we could cut back (ceremony, decor, cake, attire) and started calling our friends for quotes! Because we were married on a Sunday, we saved a ton of money just by being almost all our vendors' second wedding that weekend.



It was important to us to celebrate and show off our town of Greenville, SC, since not many of our friends had been here before, so we went all out with welcome bags, having our rehearsal dinner at a local afterschool program we volunteer for, and coordinating many weekend activities (bar crawls, brewery tours, walking tours of the city). Instead of a favor table, we picked local organizations our guests could vote on to have a donation made in their name!


A graphic designer friend donated her skills to help us with our paper suite, and we probably only spent about $200 for paper and ink. Instead of traditional flowers, I made all our flowers using scrapbook paper, flower punches and floral wire. These were used for corsages, boutonnieres, my bouquet, and the centerpieces.




I was excited to use a family heirloom for my dress, and had my mother's blessing to re-work it to my liking. My mother, grandmother, and great-aunt all wore this dress on their wedding days, but the ivory had darkened to yellow, and I'm not much for white or yellow. A good friend who is a costumer in Chicago offered her skills to make it a dove grey. Another special touch was added when my best friend's mom gave me her dress as well. We included the lace as accents. Two dresses, four women, and almost 70 years of history all went into my dress. I loved it.


I also loved our musical instrument send-off. We ordered some instruments online, and I surprised Kristian with vuvuzelas. There's a great photo of my 93-year-old grandma killing it with that thing!


Tell us about the ceremony:
We included elements important to us, including a ring warming ceremony, unity cocktail, hand-binding, and a reading of “A Lovely Love Story” by Edward Monkton. We also had two friends sing us down the aisle to “Fields of Gold” (Eva Cassidy-style), and then send us off with Hall & Oates' “You Make My Dreams,” an inside joke for the two of us.




We worked with our two officiants to have our ceremony reflect our relationship and we're so thankful for their guidance and flexibility. One of the most important aspects of our ceremony were nixing the small mentions of “wife” and “bride.” As a liberal feminist, it was very important to me to be announced by just our first names and as equal partners.



What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Don't be afraid to say “No.” I've never really had a problem with this before, but my desire to be nice and polite kept sneaking up on me. It was our money and our wedding, so when a few vendors didn't want to play by our rules, we dropped them and went with folks who would.




My funniest moment:
Kristian attempted to do the splits on the dance floor. I had to remind him that we had a week's honeymoon to look forward to and I planned to use it for its intended purpose!


My favorite moment: When a surprise storm hit just as I was supposed to start my photos, it put us all in a panic. Talking to Kristian and having him assure me that he'd crawl through mud to marry me was so special. Seeing my mom's reaction to the dress was pretty fantastic, too.


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Comments on Meghan & Kristian’s local-loving paper flowers wedding

  1. Beautiful wedding! I adore the story of the dress and the dove grey is a lovely color!


  2. So cute! I love that they used local businesses and the flowers are lovely! Just one thing is driving me nuts…. are they making lemonaid? I NEED to know what’s happening with that pitcher!!

    • Hey there! We made a Drunken Arnold – Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka & Lemonade for our unity cocktail. It’s my summertime drink 🙂 And much needed with the heat and humidity that day!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story! I’m getting married in Greenville next year and it’s so helpful to see how you pulled together such a lovely wedding.

  4. @meghanmeier – how did you word the unity cocktail??? We’re having issues with this.

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