Better late than never, we're sharing the wedding of Cris, one of our previous bride bloggers! Cris blogged about her wedding planning process here on BSB, and shared her Alaska wedding already, but today will be our first look at her beautiful backyard wedding in Texas. I have to say, my favorite detail is that ribbon backdrop under that beautiful tree where they held the ceremony. So beautiful — and a simple DIY that really makes a big impact! Check out Cris' advice and insights below — and for more from Cris check out her blog Kiss My Tulle. xoxo Jessica
Cris + The Boy
May 26, 2012
Our backyard in the Texas Hill Country
What was your wedding budget?
Ceremony – $257.16
Welcome Bags – $33.96
Paper Goods/Stationery – $424.98
Wedding Party Gifts – $162.42
Reception Décor – $828.24
Reception Food/Beverages/Dessert/Cake – $1001.56
Rehearsal Dinner – $259.37
Photography/Videography – $3350.00
You can find out the nitty gritty details on every aspect of our budget (including tax deductions that brought the wedding’s total down to under $3,000!) here.
How many guests did you have?
75-100 (we lost count)
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Oh man. What didn’t we have? One of my favorite little personal bits was the fact that we got married under an enormous oak tree on our property. Now, every time I drive past it (nearly every day), I think about that day. Creatively, we DIYed nearly everything – the ceremony’s huge fabric backdrop, the wedding cake, all the centerpieces and bouquets, the reception tables were made out of wooden pallets, I designed all the stationery and paper goods. Oh yeah, and we even catered our own reception cocktail hour and buffet.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Instead of renting all the tableware (plates, glasses, flatware) we found them at thrift stores and on clearance for a song. Then, after the wedding, we donated the entire lot for a sizeable write-off (and even “made” money on about half of it).
What was the biggest sacrifice you made to stay on budget?
I didn’t get the all the flowers I wanted. I was dying for gorgeous peonies and garden roses but it was far cheaper to source the flowers wholesale from a local wildflower farm.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Always be thinking, “Do I need this? Is this really important?” So many people get caught up in what they’re “supposed” to have or do instead of just focusing their energy and money on the things they actually want. For example, I could have cared less about my wedding dress. So, instead of forking over a bunch of money and spending hours trying on a dress that I would wear for one day – I found a bride giving hers away for free! I loved the story behind my dress and proudly wore it all that day (plus, now the original bride and I are fantastic friends!).
What was your biggest splurge?
The photography. And it was worth every single penny.
What was your favorite detail?
The fabric backdrop that hung from an oak tree during our ceremony. It was huge and super time consuming to make (but incredibly cheap!). It made SUCH a visual impact though and all our wedding ceremony photos look even more spectacular because of it.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
One of my flower girls was my niece who has mid- to severe-spectrum autism. We knew that we wanted to do as many photos as possible before the wedding started so that she would be at her best since it was early on. She did great but near the end of it she started to meltdown. To help calm her, I leaned down and quietly sang “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in her ear. Before I knew it, the entire wedding party was singing along and she was all smiles. And that? Is why you get a wedding videographer.
Photography – Miranda Laine Photography • Videography – Lovebird Productions • Day of Coordination – Piece by Piece Events • Rentals – Great Event Rentals • Flowers – Arnosky Family Farm • Desserts – Blue Note Bakery • Bride’s Dress – David’s Bridal • Bride’s Shoes – TOMS • Groom’s Suit – Target • Groom and Groomsmen Ties – Express
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