Custom Stamp: Sparkvites
Photographer: Katch Silva Photography
Cake: Michele's Pies
Caterer: Pitmaster BBQ Catering Co.
Cinematography: Ben Tedesco
Coordinator: Big Juicy Events
DJ: Adam Subtrac'em
Groom's Attire: Theory
Shoe Designer: Loeffler Randall
Prop or Furniture Rentals: New England Country Rentals
Tent: Events Party & Tent Rentals
Makeup: Courtney Murray
Paper Goods: Xander Keeping Design (The Groom)
Venue: Groom's Backyard | Dress Designer: Paty Castillo | Officiant & Veil or Hair Accessory: Bride's friend, Lorenza
Read on to see how much this colorful backyard wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.
At the end of the day I think we spent about $26,000 on the wedding. This was way more than I anticipated, and it was a huge source of stress for me at the beginning of the planning process. But this is what I ultimately realized: when it comes to a wedding, everyone has expectations. You, your fiance, your parents, his or her parents. People want things because they love and care about you, and want your wedding day to be everything that you (and they) dreamed of. So quite honestly there were a ton of things we could have done to save quite a bit of money, but I eventually realized that it made my mom happier to spend money on things she really cared about than to cut corners, so I just decided to stop stressing about it. And not one person has expressed a single regret about the way we did it, because it was just exactly perfect.
It was 100% perfect. Xander and I basically planned the whole thing ourselves (in under five months!) with a ton of help and support from our family and friends. We had to work our butts off, and it got a liiiiitttle stressful at times, but the end result was so worth it. The only thing I can think of is the way I handled the tent situation. We had this deal with the tent company where we had until a week before the event to decide on the tent size. I wanted the smallest tent possible, because I wanted people to be out in the open air, and I felt like no one would roam around the yard if everyone was congregating under the tent. So we spent weeks glued to the weather forecasts, and of course our wedding day was the one day where they predicted crazy thunderstorms. It really bummed me out, and I'm pretty sure I actually lost sleep over it. We kept pushing the decision deadline, but like two days before the wedding we had no choice but to go with the big tent, it rained for exactly ten seconds on the day of, and we were really glad we had it. Plus, it was so hot that people really wanted to be in the fresh air, so they all wandered around the rest of the yard as well. I had so much else to worry about in the weeks leading up to the wedding, I should have just let the tent thing go. My advice would be to stop worrying so much about the picture in your head, and go with what makes sense. It'll still be wonderful. This was the advice my mother gave me, and I should have listened. Did I just put that in writing?