Photography: Vis-a-vis photography
Coordinator: Stephanie Teague Events
Venue: Putah Creek Lodge
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Cake: Can You Say Cake
Caterer: Culinary Specialists
Dress Shop & Veil: Trudy's Bridal
Dress Designer: San Patrick
Shoe Designer: Seychelles
Prop/Furniture Rentals & Lighting: Classic Party Rentals
Surprise Guests: Cal Aggie Band-Uh
Linens: La Tavola
Double Decker Bus: Unitrans
PediCab: Davis Pedicab
Ice Cream Sundae Bar: Gunther's Ice Cream
Midnight Snacks: Wing Stop
Bow Ties: Tux and Tulle
Bridesmaids Dresses: Patricia Valery & David's Bridal
Bride and Groom Reception Chairs: HomeGoods
Paper Goods: NMI Creations
Jewelry: Bride's Family | Groom’s Attire: Studio Menswear
Read on to see advice from the bride and how much this craft crazy DIY 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.
Final Budget: Approximately $50,000
Dresses and Alterations: $2000
Invitations and Programs: $1600
Groom's Suit: $350
Hair and Makeup: $200
Wedding Planner: $2500
Insurance and Permits: $300
Reception (including rentals, caterer, bar and decor): $28,000
Advice from the Bride:
1. Identify with your partner what is most important to you and focus on those things- we picked food and music as our priorities and went wild with what we wanted, including a caterer who has just been asked to cook at the James Beard House and a seven piece custom band and also a DJ.
2. Add in as many personal touches as you can muster up. It is your day and should reflect who you and your partner are. People don't travel all the way to a wedding to see something generic.
3. Make sure you have a few bridesmaids who are already married. They are more understanding of your stress level and are great to have around!
4. The day of is a serious whirlwind, as any bride will tell you. If you don't have the budget for a videographer (we didn't) use a company like WedIt so you can relive the moments that went by too fast.
5. Having been a seasoned bridesmaid myself, I was used to hearing that constant echo of complaints about so many dresses and brides claiming "you can totally wear it again". When it was my turn, I wanted each maid to pick any dress she liked, especially since my co-maids of honor ranged in height from 5 ' 1'' in to 5' 11''. Much to my shock, apparently nobody else liked that idea, so in an attempt to please everyone, I ended up letting myself be talked in to picking dresses for them. In hindsight, I wish I'd have stuck to my guns and stayed true to what I had wanted initially, because while the girls all ended up looking very lovely, the process getting there was not fun and the dresses we picked would never have been my choice, nor theirs, had so many opinions not been in the mix. The moral of my story is that inevitably, some girls will complain about the dresses no matter what. It took me quite a long way into the wedding planning process to realize that it is truly impossible to please everyone else. Be clear, kind, and firm about what you want and move on.