Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Photographer & Cinematography: Jordan Brittley
Flowers: Mexico Road Florist
Groom's Attire: Michael Kohrs
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Sun Rental
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew & Ruche
Venue: Backyard of Bride's Childhood Home | Hair & Makeup: The Bride | Cake: Created by Friends & Family | Veil: Borrowed from Bride's Sister | Wedding Rings: Custom Made in Ireland | Dress Shop: Amore
Read on to hear the advice Gertrude has for other brides and to see how much this vintage 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.
Don't do something just because you think you have to! There are no set rules for how you do a wedding. Incorporate things that fit your unique personalities; you and your guests will have more fun if you do. This might be hard when you're in the heat of putting everything together, but if it ever gets hard just keep reminding each other why you're doing all of this and make sure you laugh and enjoy every moment, because the planning and creating is as much a part of it as the actual wedding day...so many fun and special moments happen during the pre-wedding madness.
I was told this a lot and it is so true...some things won't go the way you planned, but you'll be the only one that notices and the day of you just need to let go of everything and be in the moment, cuz it goes so fast. Nothing else seems to matter when you and the love of your life are saying your vows surrounded by all of the people that love and support you - it's such a beautiful thing!
The only thing I wish I had done was go back and dismiss every row after the ceremony so we could have said, hello and thank you to all of our guests individually...I had plotted a bunch of "chill time" between the ceremony and reception so we could mingle and relax with our guests, but everything seemed to move at hyper speed and somehow I still didn't get to see many of our guests (a snow storm was coming in & lots of them left earlier than expected too). Other than that, we loved everything about our beautiful wedding day - it was bliss!
From the Bride on the Budget:
Honestly, it got a little crazy in the end with the winter weather sticking around longer than expected, adding some extra expenses in the end (a pathway around the yard to cover the mud, fully enclosing the tent, putting heaters in the tent, etc). I can give you a general breakdown of some of the main things, but I'm sure there were plenty of other expenses my dad took care of in the end that I don't know about.
Here is a list of our expenses (round-about figures, but a good overall idea):
Catering: $11,000 — including all of the servers, dishes, cocktail hour finger foods, flaming cheese, the meal and coffee
Dessert: $0 — we had some wonderful aunts, sisters and friends make all of the desserts
Dishes: $115 — I collected a bunch of old dessert plates from goodwills and thrift stores around town to use for our desert table
Tent: $3,550 — including all the rentals - the tent, lights, dance floor, tables, chairs, table cloths and event liability insurance
Toilets: $1,200 — very nice "Luxury Toilets" on a trailer that had three separate bathrooms with flushing toilets and running water
Bar: $1,200 — we bought our own beer kegs, wine, sodas and tea
Guest Gifts: $200 — we bought a bunch of 8oz jelly jars for each guest to use throughout the night and then take home as a gift from us
DJ: $200 — we rented nice sound equipment from a family friend and created out own playlists using Rhapsody
Guestbook: $40 — I used shutterfly to make a fun photo book for our guests to sign
Dress: $1,400 — including my dress and alterations, the veil was my sisters and I didn't buy new shoes or jewelry
Pastor: $300 — the stipend that isn't required, but given out of etiquette
Misc Decor: $300 — all of the centerpieces were wine, beer and other random jars/bottles that we collected throughout our engagement. I purchased fabric for the centerpieces, the ribbons on the chairs and ribbon wands. The windows were from a local vintage shop and painted by my mother-in-love. I created the programs, table numbers and jar tags myself. Purchased our ring-bearer pillow on etsy.