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Today’s wedding is filled with sweet and lovely details. Kate and Steve’s church venue is stunning. And the beauty and simplicity of their reception is a reminder of what is truly important when it comes to wedding: time spent with loved ones have a wonderful time! Enjoy this  intimate church wedding with dessert reception. xoxo, Jessica

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Kate + Steve 

June 20, 2015

Eagle, WI  |  St. Theresa’s Catholic Church

What was your budget?

Our budget was $5,000.  We wanted to make sure that everything was paid off before the wedding.

$800: Photographer

$800: Tables and chairs

$300: Cake

$500: Drinks (we had an open bar)

$200: People to clean after

$300: Flowers and materials (we put them together)

$200: Dress

$200: Steve’s tie & nice white shirt. 

Then the rest we spent on decorations and other smaller items!

 

 

How many guests did you have?

We had 60 guests.

 

 

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

We had everyone put their thumbprint and their name next to it for a guestbook instead of a traditional one.  The thumbprints look like fireflies around a mason jar that was drawn on.  We hung up in our house – and it looks like an art piece!  We also made a giant chalkboard for the ceremony program instead of handing out paper programs.  I am a teacher and I use it in my classroom now.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We made and did almost everything ourselves.  A family member knew how to work with flowers, so we made all the corsages, boutonnieres, and bouquets ourselves.  We saved a ton of money by using a friend’s backyard for the reception and pitching a tent (we knew someone with a giant tent, so we saved money there too).  We also did the music ourselves by making a giant playlist and putting it on an iPod.  We had giant speakers that we set up in the tent and we just turned the playlist on and didn’t have to worry about it all night!

 

 

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

Use all of your resources!  So many people have great connections, so before you buy anything, ask everyone you know if they have something similar to what you need or if they know someone who can help you out.  It is amazing how much people want to help make your day special!

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Our photographer was one of our biggest expenses, but she was so worth it!  She did a truly amazing job.  She was so laid back, and made it a point of make sure that we enjoyed our day instead of worrying about pictures.  She got a picture of every guest smiling at least once, and they all turned out so beautiful!  We got our pictures back after a couple of weeks and she gave us a thumb drive with all of our pictures so we can print them whenever we want.  Definitely splurge on a photographer but make sure you like their work and them.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

Doing the music ourselves was my favorite part of our wedding.  We liked all of the songs that we had and we have the playlist to listen to all the time.  On our RSVP cards we had a spot for the guests to put a song request, and then we added those songs to the playlist.  Our friends were also able to play DJ, and they put on songs from their phones.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

We wanted to have everyone blow bubbles as were leaving the church but the Deacon originally said we couldn’t.  While my bridesmaids and I were getting ready, we were talking with my friend and the photographer and decided to do it anyways.  So we had someone secretly organize passing out bubbles after the guests left the church.  The pictures turned out awesome and everyone loved it!  The Deacon wasn’t even mad.  : )

 

 

VENDORS 

Photographer: Kat/Eye Studios • Ceremony Venue: St. Theresa Church • Reception Venue: Private Residence • Rentals: Area Rental • Cake: Baked Custom Desserts

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