I love when a simple city hall wedding is elevated to a fun, memorable affair that reflects the personality of the couple! Ashely and Brendan planned a fabulous event in their home city for their closest family and friends to commemorate their marriage. I love how Ashley broke from the traditional wedding attire and rocked a short dress, gorgeous shoes and her red coat. And how awesome is their cocktail hour at a local pub? What a perfect way to celebrate! I hope you enjoy this Boston wedding as much as I did! xoxo, Jessica
Ashley + Brendan
March 20, 2015
Boston, MA | Downtown Boston
What was your budget?
We had been dating for 4 years already and were excited to memorialize our union in our own modest and fun way. The traditional gala just didn’t feel like us. When all was said and done, about $5,300 was spent on our wedding, and we personally contributed about $4,000 of that.
The wedding bands: $1,065 Total – Etsy (Hers-Nathan Jewelers, His – Tallie Jewelry).
Invitations: $50 Wedding Paper Divas
Outfits: $850 Total… both bought shoes at DSW, he had a custom suit made from IndoChino. Wedding dress from 6PM.com, accessories from Charming Charlie and Etsy. Coat was from Kohl’s.
Ceremony and License: $125
Photographer (3 hours): $1,350
Hotel (Hilton – Two Nights): $407
Cocktail hour (The Kinsale Irish Pub): $40
Dinner (La Villa Francesca – 15): $1,400 (A gift from the father of the bride)
Cake: $0 – Gift from a crafty friend
How many guests did you have?
Three guests and the photographer at the ceremony, 13 met us for cocktail hour and drinks, and another dozen or so met us for late night partying at a pub near Faneuil Hall.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We love to spend a day walking about Boston stopping in at different restaurants, historic sites, and pubs. Our wedding was just another day like this but we got a little gussied up and had an amazing photographer and a nice group of friends join us.
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
I made the flower and netting clip I wore in my hair from items bought on Etsy. After the wedding, I made small Shutterfly photo albums to send to parents, aunts, and uncles that were not in attendance… these were free because I had a gift card. I also made our own scrapbook style photo album for about $150 all in, ordering prints from Mpix. Kristin Chalmers was amazing and despite fighting off a cold, that later turned to pneumonia, she got us our digital photos in only a weeks time.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Keeping the number of guests to a minimum helped us be able to celebrate the way we wanted without having to spread ourselves too thin. We also called ahead at the restaurant and organized a pre-selected menu and we pre-selected modestly priced bottles of wine.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Whatever feels right to you, embrace it. Don’t worry about getting everything perfect. Splurge on a photographer if anything. These photos are a great memory and some of the best shots ever taken of us.
What was your biggest splurge?
The photographer, though honestly she was very reasonably priced. I loved that she had experience with other elopements, and the product was absolutely amazing. We get so many compliments on these photos and they always make me smile.
What was your favorite detail?
The way our outfits subtly matched.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Maybe the moment my husband’s Google reminder for “cocktail hour” went off during the ceremony, or when asked to say something dirty in my ear he just fully licked my ear. Thanks to that moment we have forever captured a photo of me looking absolutely shocked and disgusted.
Photography: Kristin Chalmers Photo • Ceremony Venue: Boston City Hall • Reception Venue + Catering: Kinsale Irish Pub (cocktail hour) + La Villa Francesca (dinner) • Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas • Wedding Gown Designer: Ivy & Blu • Jewelry: TallieJewelry, Nathan Jewelers and Charming Charlie • Veil / Headpiece: Details by J.Lynn • Shoes: DSW • Groom’s Suit/Tux: Indochino • Ties: JCPenney
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