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Today’s wedding is filled with lovely little details — from the bride’s lace wedding dress to the sweet daisy bouquet, this wedding is just darling! Penny and Garrett’s blue and yellow lodge wedding is one not to miss! Hope you enjoy this sweet, budget savvy wedding on a $5k budget! xoxo, Jessica

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Penny + Garrett

April 10, 2016

Grafton, IL | Pere Marquette

What was your budget?

Our budget was $5000.

Flowers: $400

Dress/Suit: $600

Location/Food: $1100

Lodging: $1000

Photographer: $1000

Rings: $400

How many guests did you have?

60 Guests

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

My father died when I was 10 years old so I wore a heart on my dress in memory of him and earrings he gave to me. My grandma gave me her wedding ring. In addition, my Aunt Kay made a marriage rug from our grandparents’ clothing and we stood on it during the ceremony.

Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

My Mother-in-Law took on the DIY project of the reception and ceremony flowers – everything but my bouquets. My mother made the wedding cake.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We found a location that included food with the rental of the property and we tried to keep our guest list small. We also were blessed to have lots of talented family members and friends that volunteered their time.

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

The best advice I was given was that at the end of the day, I’d still be married no matter what happened. I’d say don’t worry about any of the small stuff and try to enjoy the moment when it comes. Until then, take one task at a time!

What was your biggest splurge?

We paid for the rooms for our parents, grandparents and wedding party.

What was your favorite detail?

I loved all the ways we were able to tie in family, in particular my father, but also our parents helped with the preparations and you could see their personalities in the wedding too.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

We had a 10 a.m. wedding followed by a brunch. The most memorable part for both of us was being able to talk to everyone after it was over and swimming in the pool after eating supper!

VENDORS

Photography: Zoe Life Photography • Ceremony and Reception Venue: Pere Marquette • Flowers: Mother-In-Law + Griffen’s Flowers • Jewelry: Kay Jewelers • Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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