I had so many questions about getting married at the Tea Room at Gambrill State Park (it definitely is a DIY venture!). I searched for pictures, reviews, even emailed people who had gotten married there asking for tips! Because I had so much help from strangers during the planning process, I would love to do the same for other potential Tea Room couples. I’m keeping this website up even though the wedding is over, and I’ve updated it with some information about and photos from our wedding.
Here are some things that might be useful (most of these links can also be found along the top of this page):
- My tips for getting married at the Tea Room
- Vendor recommendations (and my Weddingwire reviews)
- Pictures of the wedding (credit: Jerold Santa Cruz)
- Directions and Maps
I found looking at online albums of other Tea Room weddings really helped me visualize the space. Here are a few:
- Amanda and James
- Weddingbee posting (This woman is amazingly sweet! I emailed her with questions, and she patiently answered every one!)
- Brittany and William
- Ryan and Sarah (The last half of the set are at the Tea Room)
- Hillary and Sander
- Laura Lee and Kris
- Some Pinterest-y shots
I tried to avoid overloading on Pinterest or other online wedding resources that seem designed to make a person feel inadequate. But here are a few that I found particularly helpful.
- A Practical Wedding is the best, most grounded wedding resource I found. The blog is not just about wedding tips (although it does feature fantastic and diverse weddings). It focuses on relationships, love, and even harder topics. It gave me so many words of wisdom (one of my favorites: “The wedding should not be a surprise party for the groom.”) and it kept me focused on what was important. This post in particular kept me sane when I kept trying to worry about silly things (oh yeah, this one too!). I hugely recommend her book as well
- I loved Offbeat Bride as well (in particular their Tribe – completely worth the hassle of filling out the bio). Sometimes I don’t feel quite offbeat enough to fit in with the crowd (Steampunk, polyamorous, vegan, mountain climbing wedding? Rock on!), but it gave a lot of good ideas.
- I’m a huge fan of reddit (when used responsibly!), and I loved the community in some of the wedding subreddits. I recommend r/weddingplanning, r/wedding, and r/weddings. They were great for sharing ideas or asking advice from people who had no vested interest.
- Etiquette Hell has always been a guilty pleasure for me, and I loved reading its sister site Hells Bells to reassure myself that I was not a bridezilla!
Good luck in your planning! Please explore this site and feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all. I’m going through a little wedding planning withdrawal, so I’d be happy to help!