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 This lovely backyard wedding was submitted to me by the mother of the bride (who just so happens to be a blogger, herself.) Here’s what MOB, Laurel, had to say about this special day: We planned and held my daughter’s wedding with 3 1/2 weeks notice for $4000.  LOTS of DIY was involved, but it was a wonderful event that everyone enjoyed!  And we got a lot of our ideas from blogs like yours!

Aw, shucks, thanks Laurel! I super loved everything about this laid-back, DIY affair, but my favorite detail by far was the fact that they included their furbabies in their wedding day. :) You can read more about the day on Laurel’s blog, SoPo Cottage. Thanks to both Laurel & Beth for sharing these details with BSB! xoxo-Jess












Beth & Joe 
September 29, 2012
Tucker, GA – The Tucker Farm, the family’s house

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
Rentals – $1500
Food – $800
Drink – $800
Decor – $300
Cake – $400
Photographer – $200



How many guests did you have?




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

Farm theme – Menu Board, Mason Jars, Southern Chic attire

‘Keys’ to a successful marriage

Our dogs were our wedding party!



What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Had the wedding at home; didn’t use a caterer – hired two serving people and ordered BBQ from a famous local place; bought hors’doeurves & alcohol from Sam’s



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

Let my mom and sister obsess about the details – they love that stuff!



What was your biggest splurge?

Tent, tables, and chairs



What was your favorite detail?

Loved the cake (which included a Gluten Free top layer) and keys



What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Toasts – everyone was crying




The Vintage Chicks

Photographer, Maddy Calsbeek

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