There is nothing like an outdoor wedding in the Pacific Northwest in late summer with gorgeous mountains in the background. Christin and Johnathen crafted a beautiful event with their attention to detail and creative DIY. I love their painted Ball jar centerpieces with the blue hydrangeas on the wood circle. And how darling are the twinkle lights at the outdoor reception? Enjoy today's Oregon wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Christin + Johnathen
August 22, 2015
Rhododendron, OR | Private Residence
What was your budget?
When we set out planning our wedding, we didn’t have a set budget, we just knew that we wanted to spend as little as possible. Our initial goal was $5000, but that changed when we realized how expensive the wedding business actually is! Our final budget was approximately $9000.
Venue: $800 (Gift to our friends for allowing us to use their home!)
Food: $800 (Shopped around and got really lucky!)
Cake: $50 (Supplies, my mom baked and decorated!)
Alcohol: $350 (Wine and Keg)
Photographer: $1700 (With tip! Beyond worth it!)
Bride’s Attire: $1900 (With alterations.)
Bridal Party and Groom’s Attire: $350
Hair, Nails and Makeup for Bride and Bridesmaids: $500
Tables, Chairs, Linen Rental: $700
Decorations, Flatware/Utensils and Lighting: $480
Invitations: $140 (With shipping!)
How many guests did you have?
We planned for around 75 guests and ended up with around 65 people in attendance.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
It was really important to me to have a DIY wedding, not only to save money but to also add a personal touch. We did not want to show up to our wedding day and just have it done for us, with nothing there that we contributed to. We put in nine months of blood, sweat and tears into planning and creating our perfect day. One of my favorite DIY projects was creating a series of signs to put on one of the light posts at our reception with locations around the country most important to us and the distance they were from the reception site. Another favorite DIY project was our wedding invitations that I handmade and printed on my home computer.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
DIY everything! Our runners for the tables were $14/piece on Etsy but I made all the runners and other burlap accents for less than $20 total by buying bulk burlap online and cutting everything myself. The wood accents throughout the wedding were either reclaimed pieces from free wood pallets or from trees that were cut down by my husband and our friends for firewood! We borrowed antique/vintage wood crates and other decorations from our home and from the home’s/barns/storage of our friends.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Shop around with vendors! A lot of the “up and coming” vendors are just as good as (or better than, in my opinion) the one’s with 20+ years of experience with half the price tag. We could not be happier with the wonderful people we worked with to make our wedding day perfect and they didn’t come with a huge price tag. Our photographer was amazing, and when we met her and told her we were on a tight budget, she said upfront that money wasn’t important to her and that she would work with us to make our day perfect without breaking our bank accounts. That meant the world to us.
Also, something will go wrong on your wedding day. Our flowers started dying because it was so hot and muggy. Also, half of Oregon was ablaze from an awful summer of wildfires, and we had the smoke filling our venue and hiding our views to prove it. But, at the end of the day, my husband and I were married. And that is all that really matters.
What was your biggest splurge?
Aside from my attire, the photographer was our biggest splurge and I wouldn’t change my decision for anything. While I didn’t need the dress I got, it was a gift from my mom. The photographer, however, was worth what we paid and then some. She didn’t just give us photographs; she gave us memories that we will treasure for the rest of our lives.
What was your favorite detail?
In addition to my favorite personal touches listed earlier, I loved our officiant. She helped us create a really personal ceremony that we (and our guests) will remember forever. She worked incredibly hard to ensure that both of us were happy with how everything was worded and made sure that it was perfect for us.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Obviously walking down the aisle and the first kiss as husband and wife were the most amazing moments of the day, but additionally, it was the reception with all of the dancing. I was completely relaxed, not a single care in the world. I danced with my husband, with my friends, with my family. We danced the night away and I had a continuous smile on my face for the entire night. I will never forget that feeling of being so uncontrollably happy and thinking how all of the stress of the previous nine months was more than worth it because everything turned out perfect.
Photography: Stevi Sayler Photography • Food: Wraptitude • Alcohol: Rocky Top Wine Trail and Mt. Hood Brewing • DJ: Ryan Love at Love Your DJ • Officiant: Theresa Durkin-Tuffli at Heart Rock Ceremonies • Flowers: Costco • Hair and Makeup: Jessica Miller Roediger at Windflower Salon • Table, Chair and Linen rental: Barclay Events • Restroom Rental: Schulz-Clearwater • Flatware: Amazon • Wedding Dress: Charlotte’s Weddings (Brittania by Maggie Sottero) • Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Etsy • Bride’s Accessories: Bridal Exclusives • Groom’s and Best Man Attire: Sears • Ties: The Tie Bar
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