Reader Wedding at the Davenport Hotel

We’ve got another gorgeous reader wedding for you today! This is the wedding of Nichole and Josh at Spokane wedding location, The Davenport Hotel by Flat 4 Photography. When people ask me for wedding budget advice, I always give them the same answer. You need to decide what is most important for you, then work from there. That’s exactly what Josh and Nichole did. They knew they wanted their venue to be  at The Davenport Hotel and did what was necessary to make that happen. Nichole was kind enough to write some great advice about choosing vendors, planning a wedding with a food allergy and working within a budget, she gives some great advice so be sure to read all about it below the post!

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“Our wedding was unique in several ways, but probably the most challenging one was that I wanted a Davenport Hotel wedding on a non-Davenport budget. I wouldn’t call our wedding inexpensive, but we decided to splurge on The Davenport and spend sensibly, not cheaply, on everything else. We came out of our wedding with no debt. I saved a ton by designing our own invitations, programs and signage. It helps to have also been saving for years! We began reserving (and therefore paying for) vendors about a year in advance, so that also helped us spread out large payments.

I also have several severe food allergies and discovered that I’d only get to be worry-free on my wedding day by choosing very reliable and flexible vendors. Not a good day to end up at the hospital!

Josh and I were married on October 22, 2011. . We’d been dating since we were 15 years old, and our wedding day was just a month shy of our 11th anniversary together. We began to think of the day as “a decade in the making” and that dictated how we wanted to celebrate our marriage. We pictured a simple, heartfelt ceremony followed by a huge party with our closest friends and family, and that’s what we got! We ended up having a fairly large wedding of about 200 people, but our families are big and our friend list is almost as large.

I could go on and on about the vendors we chose. We were incredibly happy with how everything turned out. My criteria for choosing vendors was affordability, service and the ability to accommodate my (long) list of food allergies – which is harder than you’d expect. I determined that the most important thing for me was to have the ceremony and reception in the same location, or very close together, and that we didn’t want to rely on friends and family to do much work the day of the wedding. Josh’s biggest concern was that there be enough food for our ravenous guests (this could have actually been an issue)! The Davenport Hotel ended up being a perfect fit for us for several reasons: indoor accommodations for 200 guests, tables/chairs/linens/china etc. included, set up and tear down included, tasty, plentiful and allergen free menu options, and of course awesome personal service. I found our florist on Apple Brides and our DJ was recommended by a friend. We went to college with our photographers and loved not having strangers with us all day long. It doesn’t hurt that they are great photographers either! All were very affordable without compromising on quality. After speaking with literally every wedding cake bakery in the Spokane area, I found Taste Cafe on Apple Brides and Hannah saved the day while also being the least expensive option. She was the perfect bakery to accommodate my food allergies after every other bakery said they weren’t willing to change their recipes. If a bride is trying to work around any allergies for their cake, seriously go talk to Hannah. She’s a miracle worker.”

Vendors:

Location & Catering: The Davenport Hotel
Photographer: Flat 4 Photography
DJ: Thomas Shaw, Traks DJ Service
Bride & Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: www.Zappos.com (heels), www.Target.com (flats)
Groom & Groomsman Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse
Flower Girl Dress: Costco (Christmas dress!)
Bride & Bridesmaid Hair: Georgio’s Salon
Bride’s Make-Up: Bride
Invitations & Programs: Designed by bride, printed at www.PrintPlace.com
Envelopes, RSVP cards & Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: Designed & printed by bride, paper from www.Paperdirect.com
Signs: Designed, printed & framed by bride
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