It’s time for another fabulous budget savvy wedding!! I knew I had to feature this outdoor DIY wedding as soon as I saw it! The vibe, the colors, the community- it all just touched my heart. I love when people include their friends and family in the day and use the ‘it takes a village’ approach to make their day happen. I think this wedding reminds me a bit of my own wedding, maybe that’s part of the reason why I love it so much! From the community aspect, to the simple florals, to the disposable cutlery and plates, to the fun and silly bridal party- there’s just so much I LOVE about this wedding! And the fact that they were able to pull it off for just over $12k with 250 guests? Now that’s some budget savvy amazingness Hope you enjoy!! xoxo – Jessica
Anna + Taylor
August 11th, 2012
Corvallis Calvary Chapel
What was your budget? Please give us a breakdown of how you spent your budget.
$900-Corvallis Calvary Chapel for venue and music
$1200-Special Occasions (chairs, tables, chafers, serving utensils, linens, and delivery and pick up)
$250-wedding dress and alterations
$500-flowers (including bridal bouquets and 100 centerpieces)
$120-wedding hair and consultation
$200-stamps for invitations
$0-invitations (they were a gift)
$200-bridesmaids accessories (tights, necklace, and $10 towards dress for 6 bridesmaids)
$250- chair sashes
$250-250 paper lanterns
$250-300 canning jars for drinks
$xxxx-photographer – She saved $1000 by booking 1 year in advance! Almost 50% savings. (The photographer asked us to omit the special pricing to avoid confusion.)
$400- bambo utensils
$100-100 glass vases
$300-thank you gifts for people who helped
$100-ribbon for decorating vases
$100-music from itunes
$100-bowties for groomsmen
$2350-I can’t remember!
$0-cake, it was a gift as well
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Oh boy-the “theme” of the wedding was based on the idea that it was a community event where people felt like they were important to us. We chose not to have a head table because we wanted to be a part of the festivities, not set ourselves apart. Personal aspects: we sang the doxology before we started the ceremony (guests included); we served breakfast for our meal; family style seating (NO seating charts); we wrote our own vows and people still quote them to us to this day; the wedding was at 10:00am; my cousin who has Downs Syndrome gave the opening prayer; farmer’s market flowers for centerpieces that guests then got to take home as favors: 100lbs of blueberries in chinese takeout carriers that guests got to snack on:………and the list goes on.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
No alcohol, found a sample dress off the rack that was originally $1000 and got it for $200. Also, I didn’t have a caterer even though we served a full meal.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Don’t be afraid to ask people to help. Match their skills to your need. Everyone wants to feel like they contributed. My cousin designed the invitations and my aunt took care of the dessert table and they got to feel like they were important, which is also key for eliminating drama…two birds with one stone.
What was your biggest splurge?
Ironically, the bamboo plates. I wanted something that could be thrown away, but that wasn’t paper or plastic. People didn’t know they were disposable, so they tried to clean them and stack them!
What was your favorite detail?
All of them! I can’t pick.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
When I got down the aisle and was delivered to Taylor, we looked out over the guests and all sung the Doxology together. A cello accompanied and it was the most emotional moment of the whole day. Everyone I loved most in my life was smiling and singing and thoroughly enjoying a moment of true community.
Everything else was through Etsy or other random companies. I could not have done any of this without the efforts of about 30 willing helper bees (they literally set up the whole wedding in 3 hours!)