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Everything about this wintry wedding is absolutely darling. I love how Kirstin and Scott added a winter twist to their blush color palette. And how perfect is their hot chocolate bar? Enjoy today’s Idaho winter wedding! xoxo, Jessica

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Kirstin + Scott

January 17, 2015

Boise, ID  |  Waters Edge Events Center

What was your budget? 

We spent about $11,000.

Wedding dress and shoes: $2,000

Tux: $250

Photographer: $3,000

Venue: $2,000

Flowers: $1500

Food: $500-$1,000

Cake and cupcakes: $300

Music: $0 (We made our own playlist and borrowed a friends sound system)

Decor: lots of DIY probably $200 for frames and candles, all calligraphy done for free by my sister who is an artist

Rented linens for $200 from the venue

Invites: $500

 

 

How many guests did you have?

We had 150 guests.

 

 

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

We made the playlist ourselves so it was only music we liked, and had our friend “DJ” for us, basically he just pressed play!

My sister did all of the calligraphy for us, so all of the signs and things were done by her.

We used our engagement pictures and put them into frames and placed them all around the room

I spray painted letters for the cake table and the main table

 

 

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

Really we bought all of the candles and holders, I just spray painted things the right colors. I did most of it myself, I wanted my wedding to be fun for everyone instead of stressful for my family and friends.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

No DJ! Really, if you can make a playlist and have a friend who can press play, you don’t need one! Chances are you can borrow a sound system or find one for cheap.

 

 

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

Do whatever you want. It’s your wedding, ignore all of the rules and do whatever fits you.

I also loved that we had a mini personal cake for the two of us and cupcakes for everyone else. Who doesn’t love cupcakes more than cake? And instead of a dinner we had bacon wrapped chicken and flatbreads for guests to snack on.

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Our photographer was our biggest splurge, and it was so worth it. You’re not going to remember every detail from the day, so when you look back, you better love what you see! No one is wants to be embarrassed to show their photo album to their friends.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

We had this adorable hot chocolate bar with marshmallows, whipped cream, and sprinkles. Since we are part of a religion that doesn’t drink, we thought that’d be a cute use of the bar area.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

When my husband and I were taking portraits at the capital building. It was fun to get away from the crowd and spend some time together. It was just a peaceful moment to look at each other and share in the joy of the day.

 

 

VENDORS 

Photography: Tana Photography • Ceremony Venue: Boise Temple • Reception Venue: Waters Edge Event Center • Flowers: Heavenessence Floral • Bakery: Greg Marsh Cakes • DJ: iPod playlist by me! • Makeup Artist: Gabby Marcantonio • Bridal Salon or Shop: Maggie Sotterro via Heartfelt Bridal • Shoes: Vince Camuto

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