I love when you look at photos from a wedding and tell that it is totally “them.” Kaycie and Eric created a fun, outdoorsy wedding that highlighted their love of camping and music. The campground setting was the launching pad for the rest of their wedding details! I love that they had a bonfire after their reception for their guests to hang-out and enjoy some s’mores. Enjoy this campsite wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Kaycie + Eric
July 16, 2016
Hanson, MA | Camp Kiwanee
What was your budget?
Our budget was $20,000.
Venue – $5000
Caterer – $6200
Band – $5500
Photographer – $1500
Florist – $800
Dress – $700
Cupcakes – $200
Justice of the Peace – $100
How many guests did you have?
We had 125 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
As the ceremony, reception & after party were all held at a campground, we did a camping theme. We had a basket of blankets to “Keep Cozy” and a s’mores bar for by the fire. We had flashlights for favors along with sparklers and glow sticks.
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
Our wedding programs that doubled as fans. We wrapped the flashlight favors in burlap twine. And we created wine bottle/mason jar centerpieces
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We focused on the things that we felt were most important (setting, entertainment, food) and for everything else, we went with a low-cost option.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Your wedding day is just that: YOUR wedding day. Make sure you stick to what you want. Your wedding day is a great opportunity to show your personality as a couple – so take advantage of that. If you’re a couple that like live music and camping out, then get married on a campground with a killer band!
What was your biggest splurge?
The band – we know that we could have hired a DJ for a lot less money, but we love live music and knew that we wanted a good band. I’m so glad we did because everyone loved the band and was up dancing the whole time.
What was your favorite detail?
Our feet! I got henna tattoos on my feet with bright purple polish. Eric wore tie-dye dress socks. It was a cute detail to show that even though we were all dressed up, our casual “hippie” style still showed through.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The ceremony on the wrap around porch overlooking the lake was absolutely beautiful. Whenever I think back to my wedding day, I’m right back on that porch with my friends and family.
Photography: Aaron Spagnolo Photography • Venue: Camp Kiwanee Hanson • Flowers: Fresh Designs by Janet • Day-of Coordinator: Jessica Moreira of Applause Events • Stationery: Minted • Favors: Flashlights via Light in the Box • Catering: Corporate Clambake • Bakery: The Icing on the Cake • Rentals: Petersen Party Center • Band: Soul City • Bridal Attire: BHLDN • Jewelry: Macy’s • Shoes: Payless • Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse • Men’s Shoes: Men’s Wearhouse
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