Ultimate Wedding Checklist for Marrying a Fisherman w/ Designer Amy Devito

Ultimate Wedding Checklist for Marrying a Fisherman w/ Designer Amy Devito

Sponsored by Buttercup Events Inc. Wedding photos by Kim Graham.

The most important part of my wedding, besides marrying Chris, was wearing my mom’s wedding dress. Next, I wanted to use palmetto roses as much as possible. I also knew where I wanted the reception and ceremony to be, but other than that I hadn’t a clue. That is, until my wedding designer, Amy DeVito stepped in. You met Amy last week when she shared pro-tips on how to stay sane during the wedding planning process. Advice on “how not to lose it,” if you will. I love how she broke it down for brides on a budget and what to focus on when your Pinterest board is loaded with so many ideas that you forget where you started. (Like, me.) If you missed it, check out 8 Tips for Marrying a Fisherman here.

When I first met with Amy, I was happy to learn that she offers Full Service and Partial Service packages for brides-to-be! Chris and I chose the partial service, which was perfect considering I had “my vibe” already figured out. But when vendor questions started coming in, I wigged. It wasn’t until Amy emailed a checklist of every minute detail to consider that I really felt in control of the most stressful and wonderful event I’ve ever planned. (After all, marrying Chris was the most important part of the week. But, you know. A bride’s gotta do what a bride’s gotta do.)

So now I’m sharing these golden nuggets with you! I’m not only revealing Amy’s wedding packages so you’ll know what to expect from a wedding designer but also her *MASTER CHECKLIST* so you can throw a wedding like a boss. (Oh, and wedding photos ensue.) Let’s get down to business, shall we?


Photo by Taylor Lauren Barker

Buttercup Events Inc. Wedding Packages

Full Service

  • Initial consultation: One hour, either face to face, phone, FaceTime, or email. I want to make sure I get to know you and your vision, answer any questions you may have about my services, and give you a breakdown of what I will do.
  • Continuous consultations and advice as required
  • Budget preparation and management
  • Provide information to obtain a marriage license
  • Design the overall look of the wedding
  • Negotiate the booking of all vendors, including caterer, baker, florist, photographer, videographer, musicians, rentals, transportation, etc.
  • Help select your venues for the ceremony and reception
  • Schedule appointments with all vendors, tracking of deposits, payments due and final balances with selected vendors
  • Review vendor contracts and coordinate with all vendors
  • Assistance with selecting and booking an officiant for the wedding
  • Help with the selection of invitations and day-of printed materials
  • Attend scheduled appointments with all vendors as needed


Partial Service

  • Complimentary consultation; this is where we can talk about the overall style and begin getting together ideas
  • Research vendors to find the right products for your event, within your budget
  • Site visit to discuss layout and setup
  • Assistance with securing all rental items, including tent, dance floor, tables, chairs, and linens
  • Assistance with flower selection, lighting design, and printed materials
  • Creation of custom, to-scale event floor plan and layout (required by rental companies) to ensure all logistic needs are met.
  • Full design board to include floor plans, pictures, suggestions, and overall feel and style of the event.
  • Both packages then also include full day-of coordination, including on-site setup, all needed documents, vendor management, and running of the wedding itself.





Ultimate Wedding Checklist for Marrying a Fisherman w/ Designer Amy Devito

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Photographer: Kim Graham
Transportation to (& leaving) reception?
Did you want to rent any linens?
Guest count? (I will put together a floor plan for you to take a look at based on what you think guest count will be.)


Who is the officiant?
What time would you like to do it? Let me know any details about this so I can make a note!
Did the approval say anything about limiting the number of guests? Right now, for public spaces, they are asking for 10 or less (regarding the pandemic).


Will the desserts be dropped off at the same time?
Do you want to be introduced?
Songs: Intro song, if needed
1st Dance Song:
Any parent dances?
Anyone doing a welcome toast or prayer before dinner?
Any other toasts?
Cake cutting announced?
Last song of the night?
Any sort of send-off?
Any other specific details you would like me to add to the timeline document?


Invite time:

If you’re getting married in Charleston, let Buttercup Events Inc. be your first stop. To see what’s up, follow @buttercupeventscharleston on Instagram or reach out to Amy at (516) 317-0736, amy@buttercupevents.com, or buttercupevents.com! (Tell her Megan sent you!) 💍

If you liked this, you’d love the Unperfect Love Story series where I reveal too much about the ups and downs of our relationship. (What can I say? I keep it real.)

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