Happy Wednesday everybody! I wanted to show you a backyard wedding today. I thought it would nice to show that even on a budget you can have a nice event/wedding. Heather, the bride, has given us some comments and a break down of things.
” I have been a bridesmaid 9 times. yes, NINE. So you could say when it came time to plan my own wedding- I had a good idea of what I DIDN’T want. We knew we wanted something in the summer, something quaint, something small. I like to refer to it as my “country chic” wedding. Our colors were blue and brown. It was outside, with local flowers and homemade food! We didn’t have a lot of money to spend- but we we’re lucky that we had a lot of good friends and great resources. We got married out in Eagle Creek, on a friend’s property. It was a lovely Saturday evening, in mid-August, with the creek in the background a great family and friends around us. The weather held out (it POURED late that night) and we all just had a really laid-back time. One of my favorite parts of the evening was dancing with my husband and then listening to everyone give some really heart-felt toasts.”
Again, from Heather, the bride - “The best advice I can really pass on to any bride is to make sure that the whole event really represents what you two want it to be.” Here is her breakdown:
- Invitations: I am a graphic designer and I do wedding invites on the side. (email@example.com)
- Venue: Tom and Barb Linstrom’s House- Eagle Creek- FREE
- My Dress: I had a friend of a friend make me a wedding dress for $200.
- Bridesmaids Dresses: They found their dresses at Macys for $19.99 (on clearance!)
- Officiate: Our good friend Shanne is licensed- so he was happy to do it. He did an amazing job!
- Flowers: here’s something that you really need to spend money on- the flowers can really set the tone for the WHOLE event. We had our bouquets, boutonnieres, table centerpieces, and two large arrangements done by the FABU lisa at Studio del Fiore!
- Photographer: We had a close friend and my cousin take pictures -FREE
- Cake: made by my lovely aunt- FREE
- Music: a dear friend played an acoustic guitar for our ceremony and we had a friend who is a DJ-FREE
- Food: we spent some time at Costco! The day before the wedding we did a lot of work prepping the food & beverages.
I could not have asked for a better endorsement, Thanks Heater! Well, if you’re on a tight budget, just keep in mind that other brides have been there. Good advice to use the resources you have – family & friends! Also, I wanted to add a side note and this is just my opinion…Although their pictures turned out decent, most do not when uncle billy or aunt sally sue does the photos. If your on a tight budget, most photographers will work with you. This is one of many special days in your life and having good photos to look at 15 years from now and reminisce is priceless. Thanks again, to our bride Heather for the photos and comments.