A simply lovely outdoor DIY Budget Wedding shot by Jen Sinclair Photography. The couple were highschool sweethearts and found such sweet ways to pay tribute to their long history together by including personal details. They were able to pull off their special day for under $8,000! Pretty savvy! Hope you enjoy this wedding! xoxo Jessica
Justin + Kristy
May 12, 2012
Richmond, VA || Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
What was your budget?
Budget between $ 7500-$8000: We spent $2000 on facility rental, $3000 catering, $600 on all outfits, $ 100 on invitations, $250 florist, $150 music, $250 centerpieces/favors, $200 cake, $200 officiant.
How many guests did you have?
We had 60 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Justin and I were high school sweethearts, we remained friends and then reconnected later in life. We were married on the same date we attended Prom (95) in high school so our guests were greeted by our high school yearbook and photos of us at Prom. Our favors were also very personal. Justin’s first gift to me in high school was a sterling silver Hershey kiss that I wore as an anklet on our wedding day. Our guests received as favors a hand-painted flower pot with our wedding date on the bottom to go with the garden theme of the wedding. Inside was a packet of seeds to plant in honor of our wedding with one of my favorite quotes and a bag of Hershey kisses with the story of Justin’s first “kiss” to me. One of my other favorites of the wedding was that by far one of the things that I love about my husband are his beautiful blue eyes. I bought bright blue shoes to match his eyes to wear under my wedding dress.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
To save money we bought and printed our own wedding invitations, I bought my dress off the rack at a marvelous bridal boutique, found my bridesmaid dresses on the clearance rack at another bridal shop, we used the in-house sound system at our venue and connected an iPod with pre-recorded music to avoid DJ fees. The gentlemen wore black suits they already had and I purchased matching shirts and ties. The groom wore a purchased suit from Macy’s. I made the table centerpieces using garden flowers bought at a local home improvement shop, clearance pots from Target, and craft items. I also made all of the favors myself. The string trio was recommended by a friend and they were musicians that had other jobs and played at events for “fun.”
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Be sure to focus on the personal things, those special things you will want to remember forever, don’t stress, and if it doesn’t go as planned have no fear because in the end all that matters is that you and your husband enjoy your day.
What was your biggest splurge?
The biggest splurge was the venue and catering. They were a package deal and were the best value for the money. The venue comes with beautiful flowers so you save in decorating and the staff could not have been more helpful, friendly, and accommodating. The food was amazing. It was really an amazing location and event for such a reasonable price.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite details were the little things we were able to incorporate in the wedding that told our story, the Hershey kiss anklet and favors, the blue shoes, the prom pictures and yearbook, and then our engagement photos… we were able to tell the story of how we fell in love and how we came together again.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
My favorite memory was the time spent with our friend Jen taking pictures by ourselves. It gave us time to relax and enjoy our first moments as husband and wife. The quiet location with just the two of us gave us time to reflect on everything and realize we were finally married. Most memorable moment was our first kiss and walking down the aisle as husband and wife.
Photographer: Jen Sinclair Photography // Vendors: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and Meriweather Godsey // Catering: Lewis Ginter // Officiant: Rev. Phyllis Min // Florist: Coleman Brothers Lakeside, Virginia // Cake: Kalico Kitchen