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I am in LOVE with today’s budget-savvy wedding! Anna and Cliff made use of an aunt’s backyard to create a beautiful ceremony and reception venue for their big day. Anna’s succulent bouquet is stunning and I love how they carried succulents throughout their decor. And how fun are their tattoo favors? What a cute and creative idea. Enjoy this DIY backyard wedding! xoxo, Jessica

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Anna + Cliff

June 23, 2016
Sierra Madre, CA | Family Backyard

What was your budget?

Our total budget was about $15,000.

  • Dress with alterations: $1500
  • Food:$1600
  • Decor including plates and utensils:$1500
  • Dessert and cake: $400
  • Groom’s attire: $300
  • Rentals: $2500
  • Lighting: $700
  • Paper goods: $300
  • Shoes: $20
  • DJ: $845
  • All flowers: $550

The remainder of our budget was spent on photography.

How many guests did you have?

We had 65 guests.

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

We made cards for each table that had fun facts about Cliff and me. To learn other fun facts you have to venture to each table.

We had a temporary tattoo station. I am heavily tattooed and my husband does not have any, so I thought it would be fun for everyone to be able to get a tattoo.

Our card box is an old ammo container. My dad is a retired gunsmith and made it for me. I have the box displayed in our room now.

Our centerpiece for the bride and groom table is a Buck skull that my parents found on their property in Utah.

For desserts, Cliff loves red velvet so naturally, that was our cake. It was my parents 32nd wedding anniversary also, so we did a Hummingbird cake for them. We did pies as well. Most important was the Key Lime Pies. Cliff is from Florida and I wanted that to be represented.


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

The menu cards, social media cards and fun fact cards were all handmade. The Ball jars and key bottle opens were purchased but the tags were hand painted and names printed and assembled by me.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

EBAY! Most of the jars and all the glass trays were from eBay. We purchased a lot of things on sale too, my dress and shoes and most of Cliff’s attire as well.

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

Have fun with it! At the end of the day it’s for you and your husband. We looked at it as if it were just a party!

What was your biggest splurge?

Our photographer! Honestly, that was the only thing I truly cared about. I wanted gorgeous photos so I could keep reliving that day.

What was your favorite detail?

Our bride and groom table was so magical. It was a dream come true.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

When the sun had gone down and our amazing lights glowed, Cliff and I were able to have the dance floor to ourselves and really got to live in the moment.


Photography: Elizabeth Burgi Photography • Venue: Family home • Flowers and Headpiece: Eucca via Etsy Shop • Stationery: Shutterfly • Catering: Gus’s BBQ • Bakery: Magnolia Bakery • Rentals: Circa Rentals and Stecklair Events • Linens: Imperial Rentals • DJ: SoCal Mobile DJ • Lighting: JFox Events • Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal • Wedding Gown Designer: Vera Wang • Bridal Shop:David’s Bridal • Jewelry: Kate Spade • Shoes: Vans • Groom’s Suit and Tie: Express

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