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Autumn Inspired Budget Wedding

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I’m officially naming Melissa as the DIY queen. She did SO many projects for her autumn inspired budget wedding that really pulled off an amazing look on a tight budget! From her paper flower bouquets to all the custom paper products she made herself- she really carried out her theme and the result is amazing! When you take on alot of DIY projects, not only do you save money, but you also create an atmosphere that doesn’t feel like a ‘budget wedding.’ The bold orange color scheme is so warm and yummy- how can you not love this personality-filled wedding?? Thanks Brian & Melissa for sharing your big day with us! xoxo – Jessica

What was your budget?

Our budget was $10,000 not inlcuding items paid for by family members.

All paper products: Invites/RSVP/STD/Envelopes/Stamps/Seating Cards/Table #’s – $675

Photography – $1600

Paper Flowers – $90

Bride’s & Groom’s Attire – $960

Hair & Makeup $585

Cupcakes – $300

Food – $3000

Decorations – $1085

Favors – $60

Rentals (linen, floor, dishes) – $1475

DJ – $800

Bridesmaid/Groomsmen Gifts – $475

Church/Reception/Marriage License, etc – $820

How many guests did you have?


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

I made so many things that were all personal since I did them myself. We had huge banners that I hand painted to say “We Do” and ” Eat, Drink & Be Married” to hang in the reception hall since the walls were really high and plain. I designed and made all of the paper items (seating cards, table numbers), crossword puzzle favors (since i love crosswords), patterned paper door covers, signage, pom poms for the ceiling, paper flower bouquets, boutonnieres, cupcakes, monogram cake topper, earrings for the bridesmaids and flower girl, my jewelry, unity candles, LED lights for the lanterns, corsages, programs, etc. If I could have made everything I would have!!

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I made as many things as I possibly could myself!

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

Start early and do things as you have time so that you don’t get overwhelmed closer to the actual date. I never got stressed doing things because I started, literally, the day after I got engaged by designing my invitations.

What was your biggest splurge?

The photographer. We were going to have a friend shoot it who is starting a photography business but we were worried about the images being too dark since it’s an evening wedding and she hadn’t shot that before. So we decided to splurge and get a professional. And we are SO thankful we did. I love the pictures more than I could have thought possible!

What was your favorite detail?

The cupcakes. I thought they turned out so super fun and bright looking.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

When I got to the altar and there was no groom, best man or pastor standing there for several minutes.

When the guys left to check on the progress of things before the ceremony they left the groom in the reception hall. No one went back to get him when the ceremony started a few minutes later because we thought the guys were ready to go since they all showed up in the front of the church. So none of them went back to get the groom and take him to his spot.


Photography: (Ellie and Andrew Kurz) Dearly Loved Photography  //  DJ: Jason Brown  //  Table linens: Connie Duglin Linen  //  Rentals, Glasses, Dance Floor: Party Rentals Unlimited  //  Catering: Good Buddies Barbeque  //  Design of paper products and details: Melissa Van Hoose, graphic designer


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