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Janiece and Sean pulled together a gorgeous garden wedding on a budget of $11K! I love the beautiful florals of Janience's bouquet as well as the wonderful venue. Doesn't their reception look amazing? And I'm always a fan of a naked wedding cake, and theirs is certainly lovely with the beautiful flowers on top. Happy Wednesday! xoxo, Jessica

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October 10, 2015

San Luis Obispo, CA  |  The Jack House and Gardens

 

What was your budget?

The budget for our wedding was about $11,000.

Venue (included tables and chairs): $1,200

Photographer: $2,465

Food: $2,300

Dessert: $180

Rentals (wine glasses): $67

Flowers: $588

Photo Booth: $1,100

Dress: $1,250

Lighting: $750

Invitations (printing, envelopes & stamps): $580

Decorations: $295

We had a couple other small random expenses from random things we bought week of that I didn’t record, but for the most part we kept pretty good track of the budget and stuck to under $11,000.

 

How many guests did you have?

We planned for 150 and had about 135 guests.

 

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

W both love music and my husband is a musician, so we had a couple close friends perform during the wedding and sing our first song. During the ceremony we also put letters to each other and a few other items in a keepsake box to open on our 1st anniversary. We invited guests to also put notes in it for us to read. We are looking forward to opening that soon!

 

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

I made the signs and some other decorations. The biggest one was probably addressing all the invitations. I really like calligraphy and wanted them all to look nice. In hindsight it was definitely not the most efficient, but it made me happy!

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Besides doing a lot of things ourselves, we tried to save by choosing a venue that was on the cheaper side. The first one we looked at was over half our budget and had only certain caterers you could use, which would have blown up our budget. I think by choosing an outside venue, it also helped us to save on decorations. We didn’t have to do too much for it to look nice. My mom used to be a caterer, so she also had a lot of connections and people who were willing to help us out and let us borrow things like linens and chaffing dishes. A lot of our family and friends also offered to help with setting up, decorating, and cleaning up since there was no staff at the venue. To help serve food we hired some of my younger sibling’s friends. There are lots of creative ways to save money and reading blogs and tips helps to give you different ideas.

 

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

Start early and stay organized. We started planning about a year before we got married and it didn’t seem crazy stressful with that amount of time. It also helped to space out payments. I had a binder I kept all my wedding stuff in and a spreadsheet and timeline to keep track of the budget and payments to make sure everything was getting done. If you’re on a budget, I would also say don’t be afraid to ask people for help completing projects or trade talents. My cousin was getting married around the same time, she is a graphic designer and my husband is also a photographer, so she designed our invitations and he took their engagements. Win win for everyone!

I think it’s also important to not get caught up in the details. Pick a few things you really care about and focus on those. The rest is just fluff 😉

What was your biggest splurge?

Our photographer and photo booth… I can’t say enough great things about both! For us the photos were one of our top priorities. Ours turned out amazing and Mike was absolutely wonderful to work with. We used Tinker Tin for our photo booth and everyone loved it, I think it was one of the highlights of the wedding! They also gave us a guest book for people to put their pictures in and write notes. We had a great time looking through it after the wedding.

 

What was your favorite detail?

I really loved how the flowers turned out, especially the swag on the gazebo.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

I have a lot of great memories from that day, but probably our first look. We got to be at one of our favorite places in Montaña de Oro and it was really special to have a couple moments just us before the big day. We are also more private and didn’t want to exchange our personal vows during the ceremony, so we exchanged the ones we wrote for each other at our first look.

 

lVENDORS

Photography: Michael Stephens Photography • Venue: The Jack House and Gardens • Flowers: Lori Boe Floral • Catering: Petra • Bakery: Cowboy Cookies • Rentals: Taylor Rental Party Plus • Linens: Borrowed from a friend • DJ: iPod playlist • Lighting: Epic Entertainment • Photobooth: Tinker Tin • Bridesmaids Dresses: Macy’s • Wedding Gown Designer: Maggie Sotterro • Bridal Salon or Shop: J’aime Bridal • Groom’s Attire: H&M • Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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