BBQ. Rustic details. A winery venue. Could there be a better combination? Jessica and Alex created a fun and beautiful wedding and reception for 130 guests on a budget of $8K! I love Jessica’s DIY wedding dress with the lace and blush details. And how fun is the popcorn and lemonade they offered their guests for the wedding? Enjoy this $8K BBQ wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Jessica + Alex
September 26, 2015
Amherst, Virginia | Lazy Days Winery
What was your budget?
Less than $10K was our budget, and our grand total came in just under $8K!
On site BBQ Smoking: $1200.
Flowers/Event decorator/Vintage Rentals: $1000
Winery Venue: $800
Craft Beer: $150
Lynchburg True Value Rentals: $900
DIY Projects: $500
Wedding Dress: $400
Hair Stylist: $50
Makeup Artist: $60
How many guests did you have?
We had 130 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We made all of the wooden signs, the flower petal aisle runner, the wedding pies, the BoHo Ribbon wall, ribbon chandelier, and my biggest DIY project was my dress which was 3 separate pieces all put together.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Wedding cakes are a big budget buster so we chose to do wedding pies. We had friends and family make their own special pie recipes. This allowed us to have a large variety of pies and save a ton. We ended up with 20 pies all made by family and friends. My husband’s grandmother made us a special pie to cut so we would not miss out on the cutting ceremony.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Accept help from anyone that’s willing to extend the offer. We did a huge amount of DIY for our wedding and although, we loved making things together, I wish I had asked for more help and assigned more tasks to people before the big day.
What was your biggest splurge?
A live band for our reception. We knew when we were planning a wedding that we would sacrifice other things to have live music. We splurged on a band and couldn’t have been happier with that decision. A DJ would not have fit our venue or our personality.
What was your favorite detail?
My Dress!!! I searched in Bridal stores for awhile looking for a vintage blush dress. I finally found that it didn’t exist. So, I made it! I found multiple pieces that I liked and decided to put them all together to create my dream dress.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
My husband and I wrote our own vows. In the middle of his vows he kneeled down to make some special vows to my four year old son. My son was so moved by those vows he jumped into my Husband’s arms almost knocking him over. He wrapped his arms around his neck so tight and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. I will always remember that moment.
Photographer: Holly Weidman • Vintage Rentals/Flowers/Event Decorator: Melanie Wood of Happily Ever Rentals • Cinematographer: Micah Nunley • On Site BBQ Smoking: Good ‘Ol Boys Smoke’n Catering • Venue: Lazy Days Winery • Craft Beer: Apocalypse Ale Works • Rentals: True Value Rentals • Dress: Church Street Bridal and BHLDN
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