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If you are looking for inspiration for a chic wedding with an original color scheme, today's wedding is for you! Reagan and Andrew's spring wedding is filled with all sorts of beautiful details. I'm absolutely swooning over Reagan's bouquet, their reception decor and their venue! Check out their invitations and wedding signage, designed by the bride herself. And how fun is it that they served pizza for their wedding reception?! A crowd-pleasing and budget-savvy choice. Enjoy this stunning wedding! xoxo, Jessica

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Reagan + Andrew

April 23, 2016

Ellicott City, MD | The Patapsco Female Institute

 

What was your budget?

We had a $13,000 budget. We managed to stick to that and only went over by just a smidge.

Dress: $807 (Gift)  

Dress Alterations: $300

Bride’s Shoes: $30

Hair & Makeup Supplies: $260

Groom’s Apparel: $236

Rings: $330

Marriage License: $50

Officiant: $350

Venue: $1,550

Rental (tent, tables, chairs, etc.): $3,000

Photography:  $755

  • Photographer Transportation
  • Photographer Lodging

Invitations: $393

  • Invite
  • “Envelope” posters
  • Stamps
  • Return address labels
  • Thank you notes

Catering + Tip: $2,694

Hors D’œuvres: $250

Salad: $250

Beverages: $310

  • Sangria
  • Lemonade
  • Tea
  • Coffee

Cake / Dessert: $250

General/Centerpiece Décor (DIY supplies, card box, etc.): $240

  • DIY supplies
  • Card box
  • Chiffon
  • Bottle cutter
  • Etc.

Flowers & supplies: $520

  • Floral Greens
  • Crêpe paper
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Etc.

Reception Place Settings: $355

  • Linens
  • Napkins
  • Silverware (plastic)
  • Cake stand
  • Etc.

Favors: $55

Housing for Bridal Party: $565

Bridal Party Gifts: $368

Gifts for Helpers: $100

 

How many guests did you have?

We had 145 guests.

 

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

The whole day felt very personal in general. But more specifically, we were to share this day with our community of friends and family. Our ceremony was short and sweet but rooted in our shared Christian faith.

We also really loved our first dance song: Give (Acoustic) by Reliant K. It really sums up what we both want our relationship and marriage to be.

 

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

There were several!  For the centerpieces, I used a bottle cutter on a bunch of empty wine bottles. From the cut pieces, I use the tops to cover candles, and the bottoms to hold flowers. Additionally, Andrew lives right next to Lake Erie, so he collected large pieces of driftwood. I drilled holes in the driftwood and used them as succulent planters.

For the table runners, I purchased a bunch of chiffon from a budget fabric shop near me. I tore them into long strips so that they could be used as runners. I love how loose and organic they looked.

For the guest favors, I bought novelty shot glass ice cube trays. I use these to make little cement pots, and I planted little baby succulents in each of them. I started propagating succulents months in advance, so that we wouldn’t have to buy as many.

I’m a graphic designer / illustrator by trade, so I felt obligated to design our own invitations. I did the art and my wonderful maid of honor did the lettering. I’m so pleased with how they turned out.

I also made the crêpe paper flowers. Right when I started planning the wedding, a bunch of tutorials for crêpe paper flowers started popping up on Pinterest. So to save some money on flowers, I made a bunch of paper peonies and ranunculus. My bridesmaids and I also made our bouquets.

Sephora often has FREE makeup training mini-lessons you can sign up for. Before my wedding, I was pretty incompetent with makeup. But with enough practice, I not only looked great on my wedding, but also, I how to apply makeup properly and was able to keep my stash of makeup afterward. Woo! Win-win!

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

There were several things!

Giveaways: Right after getting engaged, I started looking into giveaways on Instagram, Google, and on various wedding blogs. I searched hashtags such as #weddinggiveaway and #photographygiveaway, and also searched google for wedding photography giveaways. Because of this, I was able to find our AMAZING wedding photographer, Tracey Jazmin. (Though she would have been worth paying full price. Can’t recommend her enough!) I also was able to score 100 roses, some earrings from BHLDN, and even some credit on Shutterfly. The trick is to just keep on entering giveaways (I entered in an embarrassing amount) even when the odds are against you. Through enough persistence, you’re sure to score at some point!

Craigslist: Other than sheer luck, I poured a lot of time into browsing Craigslist for good deals.  Because of this, I was able to score 84 empty wine bottles for free, which we used for centerpieces. And I managed to pick up some vintage shutters from a house that was being remodeled (also free!).

Reddit: If you’re looking for feedback for something (or general encouragement), look into posting on the wedding planning subreddit. I got some great feedback, advice, and encouragement from brides planning their weddings at the same time.

Shop sales: We were able to score a bunch of thank you notes for free by just purchasing our invites during a Vistaprint promo. I also saved a ton by purchasing all of our candles and table linens on Black Friday / Cyber Monday. It ended up costing less than renting them!

Friends: Seriously, ask friends / family for help if at all possible. We’re huge proponents on weddings being a community event, so embrace it! We were able to eliminate a lot of stress by asking a friend to act as day-of-coordinator and my gracious mother-in-law to help with appetizers and beverages.

 

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

Prioritize what is important to you, and don’t compare yourself to others. Take joy in your life together. Because at the end of the day, you’re marrying your best friend. And what could be better than that?

On a more practical level, try and budget out approximate costs for categories in before making any big purchases. Track your purchases, so you can adjust as you go.

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Catering! We knew we had to have River House Pizza Co. cater our wedding. They brought a stone oven to the venue so the pizza was as fresh from the oven as you could get. So tasty and worth every penny. Plus, we got a bunch of boxed leftovers which we—and our guests—could take home.

 

What was your favorite detail?

For me, I was (and still am) absolutely in love with our venue. I’m a huge fan of Grecian-inspired architecture, so finding this venue so close to home was a dream come true.

For Andrew, it was DEFINITELY the catering. For months, Andrew couldn’t help telling everyone about how we were serving pizza at our wedding. And it did NOT disappoint—high quality, fresh, and almost European-style. It was such a good, good decision.

And we both were overjoyed to share this day with our friends and family. We couldn’t have been happier to have such a wonderful community support us as we started our lives together.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

To be honest, the whole day was a blur. But I have a distinct memory of feeling like my face was going to split in half because I was smiling so much during our ceremony.

 

VENDORS 

Photography: Tracey Jazmin Photography • Venue: Patapsco Female Institute •  Flowers: Blooms by the Box and Potomac Wholesale Floral and handmade crêpe paper flowers (DIY by bride) • Day-of Coordinator: Zoë Gowen (friend) •  Stationery: Designed by Bride (printed by Vistaprint and PrintKeg) • Calligraphy: Abby Leick (Maid of Honor) • Favors: DIY • Catering: River House Pizza Co. (salad + beverages from Costco)• Bakery: Gable House Bakery • Rentals: Grand Rental Events • Linens: Linen Tablecloth • DJ: Johnny Cerisano (brother) • Lighting: The Patapsco Female Institute • Bridesmaids Dresses: Various (they used David’s Bridal via Poshmark, Azazie, Zara via Poshmark, and ASOS) • Wedding Gown Designer: Ca’Rousel Fashion • Bridal Salon or Shop: Alterations at The Tailor Shop • Jewelry: Earrings from BHLDN & necklace gift from groom • Shoes: Laundry purchased at DSW • Groom’s Suit/Tux: The Combatant Gentleman • Ties: The Tie Bar

 

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