Budget Friendly Vintage Whimsy Wedding

Leslie and Nick’s intimate Kansas City wedding was filled with personal do-it-yourself details. Lucky for us Leslie, dishes on all her budget friendly details. We highly recommend reading if you are also planning a budget friendly vintage whimsy wedding. We also have to mention that we love Leslie’s Pronovais dress. We are always suckers for endless amount of ruffles. Way cute!

Captured by the incredibly talented Alea Lovely Photo + Video. To see more of Leslie and Nick’s check out the wedding gallery.

I took supplies I already had from architecture school: basswood, pins and glue, and made a Pratt truss since my husband is a structural engineer who loves structures.

Since I hate wasting paper, I decided to make a program and menu chalkboard to display important aspects of our wedding. And the chalkboards added to the vintage whimsy aesthetic. My husband and I went out to a home improvement store to buy chalkboard paint and MDF and plywood boards to later spray and write our program, menu, and signs for the event.

My florist, Erin Volante and I agreed on lush flowers with creams, ivories and whites. I told her my idea of mixed vintage bottles and jars to complete my vintage look that I wanted and we got super excited about it. I went to secondhand and antique stores as well as using food jars from the grocery store like jam and spaghetti jars. My mother-in-law had quite the collection of mason jars as well. We also decorated the centerpieces with a wood slab at each table that my father-in-law did for us by hacking down a couple trees. We also included paper airplanes, painted wood numbers, and a building at each table representing Nick and I as a couple who loves architecture and engineering.

Sweet table:
It started out with my love for cupcakes. Since I am a baker as well as my mother-in-law, we decided to bake a bunch of treats like cake balls, cupcakes, truffles, mini cupcakes and almond coconut macaroons. My mother-in-law did most of the baking. I didn’t  want my guests to leave without rolling out with a full belly.

I took two long sheets of blackout linen to make a backdrop for the booth. And a bunch of hand cut moustaches, lips and glasses on wood sticks for fun props. The drawing on the backdrop is of a yacht + us on this small boat thing + a shark, a reproduction of a drawing my husband drew and gave to me for Christmas right before he proposed to me. Through the week before Christmas he said he got me a real yacht for Christmas.

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Photographer: Alea Lovely Photo + Video
Venue: Longview Mansion
Makeup: Catered Beauty
Hair: Catered Beauty
Cake: Rebekah Cake Artist
Caterer: Longview Mansion
Cinematography: Alea Lovely Photo + Video
Coordinator: Jenny Brown
DJ: Two Guys, a Girl and Some Speakers
Dress Designer: Pronovais
Flowers: Erin Volate Floral Designs
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Jewelry: Bailey, Banks and Biddle
Officiant: Melissa Brooks, Simple2 To Elegant Weddings
Shoe Designer: Paris Hilton
Veil or Hair Accessories: Mother of the Groom

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  2. Everything about this is lovely! I especially like the idea of one chalkboard for the program and menu. So environmentally friendly, and a great way to save money!

  3. -100. Jillian Woods says:

    I love these ideas. I love the simplicity and elagance of the wedding and the reception. The centerpieces at the reception are a great thrifty idea for an outdoor wedding.

  4. -100. Matthew Duerksen says:

    I love the centerpieces! The use of wood and glass bottles are a great look!

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  8. -100. Becky says:

    Beautiful!!!! where did you get the wood for the centerpieces?

  9. -100. engagement rings says:

    Wow… I really like this photos. Beautiful wedding!

  10. -100. Cindi says:

    There was a gallery opening quality which led you from the ceremony, cocktail hour, cake cutting, dining and then on to the dancing and fun. Leslie and Nick shared their love and lives with their guests and embraced all in their joy that day. At one time everyone at the reception was on the dance floor! It was an amazing wedding!

  11. The Polaroids provided an instant classic feel to the wedding!

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  13. -100. Beane and Company says:

    Loved every detail! Lovely wedding!

  14. -100. Paula says:


  15. Awesome wedding Photography, very inspiring for a professional wedding photographer like myself, keep up the great work!

  16. -100. the bride says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments! I got the wood slabs from my father-in-law who cut down a few trees to get the right size. But just ask around because some people cut down trees during the spring/summer for those camp fires. They are on ebay but really pricey.

  17. I like it that you use a chalkboard to list out the menu and program, instead of printing them out!

    The guests won’t bother even if they didn’t receive the program and menu along with the invitations anyway. Some, I guess, won’t even take a look if you send them — so why waste paper and money!

  18. -100. Hannah Mason says:

    This is amazing! I love the pops of blue!

  19. -100. vidya kunte says:

    exlent planning & a wonderful presentation

  20. -100. vidya kunte says:

    exlent planning & a wonderful presentation

  21. -100. Geralyn says:

    Hey, where did you get the polaroid 300 film and what type of camera did you use? Thanks!!! Amazing wedding! -Geralyn

  22. -100. Vanessa says:

    I love the shoes! Where did you find them?

  23. -100. Leslie Robinson says:

    I got the shoes at DSW. They are by Paris Hilton.

    The camera is just a instant polaroid that I bought at Target. You can also the film there too for $10. You can find other instant cameras at Urban Outfitters.

    Hope this helps! Thanks for all the comments!

  24. -100. Amanda Craciun says:

    Your wedding was so beautiful! I was wondering who designed/sold the bridesmaid gowns?

  25. -100. Michelle J says:

    I LOVE all the ideas and the color of your bridesmaid dresses. And I love your wedding dress. So beautiful!

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  28. -100. Jen says:

    Lovely wedding!
    Did you have to treat the wood slabs before you used them- for sap, bugs, etc? Interested in this idea, but I want to have a game plan before introducing it to my people! Thank you!

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