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California Wedding with DIY Details on a $17K Budget

Amanda and Jon had a beautiful wedding with lovely DIY details. Amanda was a drama major and has a background in theater. She designed the ceremony set and made all of the decor for it. They kept things simple and fun by serving cookies and milk for cocktail hour! You will love this California Wedding with DIY Details on a $17K Budget!

Xoxo, Jessica

Amanda + Jon

October 13th, 2018
Palo Alto Art Center & Woman's Club| Palo Alto, CA

What was your total budget? Please provide a budget breakdown.

  • Catering: $7900
  • Cake: $100
  • Planner: $1575
  • Music/Entertainment:
  • Photography: $2500
  • Hair & Makeup: $250
  • Ceremony Venue: $1363
  • Reception Venue: $3500

Total Budget: 17000

How many guests did you have?

86 guests

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

Amanda was a drama major and has a background in theater. She designed the ceremony set and made all of the decor for it. They kept things simple and fun by serving cookies and milk for cocktail hour and had It's It ice cream sandwiches for dessert!

Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

Amanda created lavender bunch hanging aisle arrangements and also made a DIY ceremony arch. She collected a banner to hang up for photos after the ceremony and also purchased all of her own decor for the reception – including the table linens and all of the centerpiece items!

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Creating all of the centerpieces saved a lot of money on flowers! Choosing affordable venues also helped keep down the cost.

What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?

Catering!

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was making the wedding our own by creating all of our own decor. The reception venue also allowed us to hang photos on the walls.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable moment of the day is when we held “lightning round” speeches where anyone could go up on stage and make a quick toast to us!

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

Don't be afraid to be creative and let your personality shine through! Also highly recommend having a planner or coordinator to make sure everything runs smoothly so you can relax on the wedding day!

Vendors

Catering: Toast Catering | Cake: Its It | Planner: Two Perfect Events | Photography: Belle and Sass | Hair and Makeup: Monica Foster Salon | Ceremony Venue: Palo Alto Art Center | Reception Venue: Woman's Club of Palo Alto


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