While Cory and Danielle always knew they wanted a country style wedding, and despite wanting to make sure their special day was fun for both themselves and their guests, they weren’t very keen on spending thousands of dollars on one single day of their lives. Thankfully, this happy couple was surrounded by friends and family who graciously offered to help make their dream wedding a reality!
With the Mother of the Bride filling the role of Event Designer, Cory and Danielle hired the talented Lanfranco & Co to coordinate all of the details. Be sure to read on to hear more from Danielle about their special day, especially how they kept on budget. Check out the full gallery here to see all of the amazing details in this rustic country wedding, all magnificently captured by Kimberly Carlson Photography.
From the Bride:
My mother should have been an event planner — this woman spent 9 months of hard core wedding planning and making projects and crafts for our wedding. Once we came up with a budget and then said we were going to have 300+ people at our wedding, everyone laughed at us, but we knew it was do-able! We could not or would not have had our dream wedding without everyone who helped put our wedding together.
It was hands-down the best day of our lives and we wouldn’t have wanted anything different. From homemade food to a handmade wedding dress, I must say we were blown away by how everything turned out perfectly. Every single detail was made or put together with love, and that made it so much more special. We all had the best time dancing and there were so many laughs. The best advice that I can provide any bride is to use connections around you, be thankful for the help you get and be patient.
Photographer: Kimberly Carlson Photography
Caterer: Me & Mom's BBQ
Cinematography: Cameron Fries
Coordinator & Flowers: Lanfranco & Co
Groom's Attire: Macy's
Jewelry: Jane's Jewelers
Shoe Designer: Boot Barn
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Walker-Lewis Rents
Event Designer & Veil or Hair Accessories: Mother of the Bride | Makeup: Sarah Enriquez & Jessica Valdez | Hair: Brittany Zapf | Cake: Leslie Veenendaal | DJ: Erin & Corbin Gunstream | Officiant: Timothy James Meaney | Venue: Sanchez Barn | Dress Designer: Georgia Sheehan
Read on to see how the bride kept this rustic country on budget.
Regarding the budget, we said we didn't want to spend more than $15k and we didn't! The hardest part was going to my dad and my mom (since they are divorced) and asking them what they were willing to do to help. So, what we did was present them with a A, B and C list with our choices. We said "List A is our dream wedding, this is ultimately what we want, but we know financially it may not be realistic. This is our B option, our wedding would still be amazing, but we know we could cut corners in these specific areas." Then had them determine what they could/wanted to help with financially. This helped give them an understanding of what we wanted, what they knew they were going to face and deal with and potentially spend, etc. So we broke it down and split it up. We created an excel spreadsheet and categorized the columns:
• Plan A column — We listed anything and everything we knew that would cost money ... from the venue, to tipping people, to bridesmaid gifts, to flowers, to our shoes, etc.
• A column indicating who was paying for what (my mom, dad, grandmother, who was offering their service, etc.)
• Expense column— with the amount it would cost us (whether it was free or full cost)
• Deposit column — it was easy to lose track of what was already prepaid or deposited
• Question/comment column — For example: Under the venue row, since it was outdoors we wrote "Do we need a generator, what is the lighting like, will we need heaters, are there enough bathrooms, etc."