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I just adore this wedding! So many fun details and lots of great budget savvy DIY ideas! I especially love the wheat centerpieces- definitely a great budget-savvy idea! I also love the seating card display, their ribbon ‘wedding wands’ and the lovely lanterns as decor! Hope you enjoy this installment of the BSWOW! xoxo-Jessica

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Ricky + Jenn

October 19th, 2012
Bloomsburg, PA

The Barn at Boone’s Dam

 
What was your budget? Please give us a breakdown of how you spent your budget.
$12,000 -here’s a breakdown:
Venue (included ceremony, wedding cake, dinner catering and appetizers, non alcoholic drinks and mixers) – $7,000
Save the Dates / Invitations / Programs / Place Cards / Guest Book – handmade / designed my own – $50 in paper supplies
Flowers / Center pieces – crafted together my own floral arrangements & decorations with the help of my mom – silk flowers from Hobby Lobby and lots of burlap! – $800
DJ – $450
Photography & Videography – $2650.00
Hair & Make-up- $115.00
 
 
How many guests did you have?
 128
 
 
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
  • Designed a wedding logo with our initials that I tried to incorporate in everything like the invitations, save the dates, and programs
  • Used pinterest for much inspiration! Handmade wooden signs, place cards, center pieces, picture frames with quotes, table numbers
  • Handmade a tree swing (with our wedding logo burned into it wrapped in a heart) that I hope to hang in a tree at our home now that the wedding is over
  • Crafted all floral arrangements, ceremony decorations were all handmade, even created the boutonnieres for the guys
  • Used alot of burlap throughout the wedding theme, hand cut and crafted it for the table runners, chair sashes, place cards, ceremony decorations, “here comes the bride” sign which my flower girl and ring bearer carried during the ceremony.
  • My mom had hand sewn our wedding date into the inside the bottom of my dress as my “something blue”
  • My bridesmaid wore boots! Love boots! I even wore boots on my wedding day!!
  • Served Rita’s Italian Ice (with vodka surprise) as our dollar dance shots – that was my husband’s great idea!
  • Steph, My husband’s sister and my Bridesmaid, planned an “Enchanting After Wedding Bar Crawl” through down town Bloomsburg. She created ticket invites where she mapped out all the greatest bars, a time schedule (to which we followed to the T) and placed them at our guests tables . My husband and I with our Bridal Party, family and friends (dresses, tuxes and all) bar hopped all night through town!
  • My husband got creative and changed the traditional “tapping of glasses” for the couple to “kiss”, to shouting “CAWWW” like a raven or crow. As I was skeptical about this idea, I created a sign for each table with a brief instruction on how to get us to “kiss”, and as soon as we were announced and to our seats we hear… “CAWWW”! My eyes were wide open with surprise and Ricky and I looked at each other laughing, then happily kissed! The CAWWs of coursed continued through dinner and made for a good laughs and memories!
 
 
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We tried to save money by “crafting” the details that we knew we could make ourselves for half the price! We had been engaged for almost 2 years before our wedding, so we had plenty of time to work out the details just as we had visioned our dream wedding to be. Time is money, and in this case 2 years of planning saved us money in our pocket!
 
 
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Now that all the planning and big celebration is over, I advise couples to remember that the day is about you and your love for each other. And while planning your wedding to keep your focus on just that. It can get hectic and stressful, but you’ll miss out on the fun parts if you don’t just step back and re-focus. The one thing that I wished I had done more of on my wedding day was take more pictures with the guests that celebrated with us! And the other thing I would have done was to add that extra hour of dancing at the Barn!! I didn’t want the fun to end.
 
 
What was your biggest splurge?
Photography & Videography – it was one of the things that I knew I wanted the best of and was willing to spend a little extra! And I’m so glad I did! Photos and video is what you have left when the day is all over and I wanted to make sure to capture as much of it as possible!
 
 
What was your favorite detail?
Ricky loved the food – chicken and waffles for dinner! For me, I think there were so many little details that added up to being the best day ever! We had guests come up to us telling us that we really made every little detail a part of who we are as a couple which made for a really unique wedding!
 
 
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The time shared with family and friends on such a special day…everyone had ear to ear smiles! :)
 
 
VENDORS
Photos & Video – Carden’s Photography  |  Venue – The Barn at Boone’s Dam   |   Make-up – BreBeauty Makeup Artistry   |   Hair – Jonelle’s Salon   |  Wedding Dress – Jaime’s Bridal – Mount Carmel PA   |   Bridesmaids Dresses & Tux – David’s Bridal & Men’s Warehouse   |   Chair Covers – Unforgettable Events    |   Transporatation – M.S. Bond   |   DJ – Fusion Sound – Bart Koser

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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    • Lisa E.
    • April 24th, 2013

    I’m absolutely in LOVE with this wedding! Hoping to have a barn wedding myself one day and I’m definitely saving this page as inspiration!

    • Carla Caruso
    • April 25th, 2013

    Love these details – so beautiful! Makes me want a fall wedding…

    • Alicia
    • November 15th, 2013

    This wedding has alot of home made things that could lower the cost. Time consuming but cool, well made items. Rustic but still elegant. I like the wheat stalks!!

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