A beautiful color combination and an adorable couple shine in today’s wedding. I love all the details Caitlyn and Christopher incorporated into their wedding and reception, from the colorful flowers, the homemade signs and the handmade centerpieces. I love that they kept their budget at $6k and managed to serve dinner. Enjoy this coral and turquoise California wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Christopher + Caitlyn
June 19, 2015
Glendora, California | Glenkirk Church
What was your wedding budget?
Our wedding budget was approximately $6,000.
Rehearsal Dinner: $500
Invitations and Save the Dates: $220
How many guests did you have?
We had approximately 100 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We had looked into ordering fresh flowers and found it was extremely expensive; it would have doubled our budget! So, instead, we decided to do our own flowers. Around Christmas time there were great deals at Hobby Lobby and Michaels for 50% off artificial flowers. They do this about once a year and if you time it right it can really save you a ton. The best part of it was that we were able to save our flowers and put them up around the house after the wedding. It was also really fun picking them all out together!
Another thing we did was made all of our centerpieces and signs around the wedding. The wooden signs were pieces we found around our house we were working on together. Some were from a cabinet that was built in our garage and others from random house projects. We collected those and painted them. The centerpiece jars were given to us from a couple that just had gotten married. We took apart what they had and added our own flair. It was really fun and they turned out gorgeous!
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
I think the flower arrangements were the most cost-effective thing we did. Not only that, but we had way more flowers than we could have had if we had gone with fresh flowers from a florist. Also, my mom made my wedding cake so that saved us a lot of money as well.
What was the biggest sacrifice you made to stay on budget?
I really don’t feel like we made any sacrifices. Our wedding was exactly what we had dreamed of and was the epitome of us. We may have changed the way we did things to save money but it ended up even better.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
I really had wanted to save money but I also did not want my wedding to be the cause of any stress or unpleasantness. Instead, I wanted the whole process of planning the wedding to be fun and enjoyable. That is why I made sure to pay for the things that I knew I could not do myself and then trust my vendors to handle it. My photographers were amazing, making our invitations for such an amazing price (and they turned out awesome!). My DJ was awesome and I just had to trust that he would have it all under control. Wedding planning can be stressful if you allow it to be. I would encourage any bride to decide on the things you can’t do yourself and then trust your vendor to have it under control. Be realistic about what you can do and then make it fun. After all, at the end of the day, all that matters is you are married and the things that perhaps don’t work out weren’t meant to.
What was your biggest splurge?
I think the catering was perhaps the biggest splurge. However, we had a ton of food and it was really good! I didn’t want to have typical wedding food but instead food that people would actually enjoy and eat! We hired one of our favorite restaurants and ordered extra to make sure we had enough. The best part was all the leftovers since we really didn’t get to eat much at the wedding. They brought servers who took care of everything, including boxing up anything left and cleaning up their area. It worked out really well and people seemed to really like the food.
What was your favorite detail?
My husband and I put together a video to show while people who were coming in prior to the wedding. While I was getting ready and waiting anxiously, I was able to watch it. It was a compilation of our pictures together put to our songs. This was something we could both do together and use our talents. He is great on the computer and I love detail and creativity so it really felt like a piece of us. I really felt proud to have everyone watch it.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
In the midst of all of the fun of the wedding by far my most memorable part was hearing my husband read his vows. Everything faded away and all that mattered was me and him.
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