Photography: Rodeo & Co. Photography
Venue: Enfield Shaker Musuem
Cake: Amanda Oakleaf Cakes
Caterer: Big Fatty's BBQ
Makeup: Caitlin Aho
Dress designer: Vera Wang
Shoe designer: Rachel Simpson for BHLDN & Tieks
Groom’s attire: Banana Republic & guys ties- Etsy- Me And Matilda
Veil or hair accessories: veil Handmade by Renee Bouchard & headpiece handmade by Sara Kim
bridesmaid's clutches & wraps: Goose Bearty Shop
flower girl's dress: etsy- Olive And Fern
bluegrass band: Mink Hills Band
Dj: John beaudette - boston | Flowers: janessa monty - friend | Hair: lyz trainor densmore
Read on to see how much this baby on the way wedding cost and to hear some of Kate's bartering tips. 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
Shaker Museum: $2500
Shoes: $170 & $270
Veil: gift from my friend
Ties: $25 each
Groom's attire: $140 for the jacket and pants
DJ: Also a colleague and friend of mine, John cut us a huge deal: $500 for reception coverage
Flower Girl's Dress: $80
Bridesmaid's Clutches and Wraps: $17 each
BHLDN earrings: roughly $70
As a photographer, I absolutely recommend prioritizing the photography in your budget - this is the one product you'll get to keep after the wedding, and you don't get a second chance. I loved working with Meg. She did an outstanding job and we adore our photos! We did barter with her for that rate.
We deliberately waited for the off-season for our wedding, partly because that's when my weddings drop off, and partly because we wanted to save money for the budget on the off-season rates. you can get some incredible bargains that way!
My good friend, bridesmaid and professional florist Janessa gifted me most of the cost of the flowers. We definitely saved money by staying in-season with the blooms, with me providing the vases and containers (I had a lot at home, we picked up some inexpensive antique store finds, and also my grandmother gave us some beautiful vessels and tea cups that had so much meaning to us), and by doing simple table arrangements featuring small bottles with individual blooms. We also supplemented the tablescapes with old, interesting books from our own collection. Free and visually interesting!
Another barter situation. I'll be doing photos of their bakery and staff to get that cost. Otherwise it was $200 for delivery from boston and about $400 for the cake.
Another splurge, but considering it was a Vera Wang, it was hugely discounted. I shopped at Vows in Watertown MA, which sells runway samples and gowns that other stores are getting rid of from past seasons. You can find beautiful designer gowns by hitting stores like that!
Gift from my friend Renee. Find your friends with skills and ask them to use them as their gift instead of buying you something you don't necessarily need!
We found his suit on sale at the local Banana Republic factory outlet - I couldn't believe how much we saved on it. It only cost us $140 for the jacket and pants! We stuck to the sale section and also used a coupon to bring the cost down - and he still looked so great.
Also a colleague and friend of mine, John cut us a huge deal: $500 for reception coverage. He's not a cheesy, typical dj - he DJs boston clubs and is in a killer band, so he had a similar sensitivity to our musical tastes. he used real vinyl, which my husband adored - we have a large collection of our own, so we were thrilled to find someone who thought along our lines. Find someone you love and who isn't necessarily a "wedding dj" as a profession but is still in the general sound line of work - you're more likely to escape the stereotypical wedding dj cheese and get music you really like.
We found a local small band who don't typically work weddings, and they cost us $800. A huge savings, since they worked both the ceremony and the cocktail hour. and people LOVED them! We're still hearing about how great they were today.
Flower Girl's Dress:
Custom made and much more reasonably priced than the dresses you'll find in the bridal shops. And so cute!
Bridesmaid's Clutches and Wraps:
Another etsy score. They were only $17 each, and I was able to work with the artist to coordinate the styles to our color palette and vibe of the wedding. We also bartered a bit to bring the cost down!