This lovely Missouri wedding came to us from a longtime reader, Trischa! I LOVE when readers send their weddings in for features, it’s so fun to see how they made their wedding dreams come true on a small budget! It makes me all warm and fuzzy when readers like Trischa want to share their ideas and experiences with our little community here. As with most budget weddings, she did alot of DIY to save money and create a more personal elements throughout the day. I hope her adorable rustic affair serves to inspire and delight you! xoxo-Jess
Trischa & Chris
September 22, 2012
Camp Hickory Hill Summer Camp, Columbia Missouri
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
We originally wanted to stay around $5,000- $6,000, but quickly realized feeding and housing everyone for the weekend, we needed to set a realistic goal of $8000, and we came in at $8300!
Venue (entire camp for the weekend, including guest cabins) – $1750
Alcohol – $400
Catering - $1330
Food for other weekend meals – $500
Decorations – $330
Dress & Accessories – $1300
Favors – $170
Flowers – $225 (bulk ordered and assembled ourselves)
Musician for Friday Night – $400
Paper goods – Save-the-dates, invites, signs – $205
Photographer (Frequent flier fees and tip) – $900
Rentals – $135
Hubbys’ Suit: – $320
Bridal hair and makeup – $120
How many guests did you have?
45 people for an entire weekend, 80 people for the reception.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Due to our budget and a blank slate for a ceremony/reception site, we had to do almost everything DIY. I collected vintage pieces for the wedding for a full year before and we made all of our decorations ourselves. My mother-in-law is a great artist and she used her creative talents to make tons of tissue flowers for our ceremony, and beautiful ivory and gold tissue covered paper lanterns for our dessert table and our reception. To save money on signs, we used pallets covered in chalk paint and my amazing husband designed our save-the-dates and our wedding invite.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
One of the biggest things we did was choose the least expensive catering company in town and we were able to buy all of our own liquor which saved us a ton of money. The catering company was beyond awesome and I got so many compliments on the food! Our wedding must have been a lot of work because they delivered their baby the day after our wedding!!!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Spend the money on a good photographer! We were lucky enough to work out a deal with some friends who are incredibly talented and have their own business in Peru, INTI Media.
What was your biggest splurge?
I spent $1300 on my dress and accessories.
What was your favorite detail?
The DIY planter boxes we made and stained! I picked up 24 vintage milk glasses bottles from a yard sale (Thanks, Dad!) and they fit perfectly! Once we added the white and green hydrangeas they were perfect centerpieces.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
One that stands out is sitting around a camp fire the night before our wedding with a local musician who played. It was chilly, there was a small fire, he was playing his guitar and a small group of our friends were hanging out. It was the perfect pre-wedding night.