I just know you will love this vintage inspired wedding! This couple created a gorgeous day on a tight budget and the details seem SO fun! I love that they used vintage furniture in their wedding photos and the fact that they created a DIY photobooth! It looks so fantastic and fun! And how adorable is it that they took off as husband and wife on a 2-seater bicycle? Dying of cuteness!! I hope you enjoy this edition of the budget savvy wedding of the week!! xoxo Jessica
Heather + Geoff
July 21, 2012
Dayton, MN | Ervin family home
What was your wedding budget?
The official budget was around $10,000, but Geoff’s parents offered to step in on an “as needed” basis so my best guess is $14,000 but I don’t have the numbers on what they spent.
Rental (tables, chairs, tent, etc) – $2,000
Transportation – $75
Food/Cupcakes – $3,000
Dress/Accessories/Tux – $2,200
Decorations/Flowers – $950
Photographer/Photobooth – $1,250
Stationary – $140
How many guests did you have?
We had 90 on the guest list and we had about 40 attend.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We made fans with images of our favorite artwork (I graduated with a BA in Art History and Geoff is going to school for Illustration and Animation) and some of our artwork was displayed throughout the grounds (including some more humorous pieces). Our getaway vehicle was a tandem bike that we rented on Craigslist.org (we’re both avid cyclists). A good portion of the food was made by us, including my family recipe kolaches (pastries) and the favors of mini French silk pies themed around our first date. My husband designed the invitations as comic books. We gave the guys cuff links based on their favorite comic characters.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We did everything possible ourselves. From the music to the food to the gardening (which we started months ahead of the wedding) if we could do it ourselves to save a few bucks, we did.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Don’t forget that in the end, the wedding is really about one thing – starting the rest of your life with the person you love most.
What was your biggest splurge?
My dress by far – I saw it in a catalogue and I just had to try it on. I knew it was out of the budget so I didn’t buy it on the first try, I went home and talked it over with my then fiancé and he said “do what makes you happy, we’ll adjust in other places”. So I got my dream dress!
What was your favorite detail?
The photo booth that my father-in-law made, it looked great and everyone had a lot of fun with it.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Making the most important person in my life laugh and cry at the same time with my vows, I will never forget the look on his face.
Photography: George Hausler // Cupcakes: Nadia Cakes // Flowers: Sweet Peas Floral // Wedding Dress: Bella Bridal Boutique // Laure Engle – alterations // Rings: Park Diamond Jewelers // Tuxes: Savvi Formalwear // Rentals: Midway Party Rental // Invitation Printing: ComiXpress.com // Food: Byerly’s and Costco (for the food we didn’t make) // Dance lessons: Four Seasons Dance Studio