I am more than a little obsessed with our lovely wedding of the week this week. Bri and Austin planned a laid-back, California picnic wedding that just seems so comfortable and warm. Looking at the photos gives me the feeling that this couple had very little stress on their big day, and were able to enjoy every moment of their intimate wedding with their 50 closest friends and family members. Bri has lots of AMAZING advice so I highly suggest you read all of her responses because this girl has a great outlook on wedding planning and making it YOUR day. Hope you love this wedding as much as I do! xox0 -Jessica
Bri + Austin
April 19, 2013
Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen, CA
What was your budget?
Decorations (including invitations and all supplies): $1,500
Food and Alcohol: $1,500
Wedding Attire and Rings: $2,500
Venue (including wedding day insurance and guest parking): $500
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We did personalized lunch baskets for each guest, had a Polaroid camera for each guest to take photos of themselves, individual chalk boards with guests names on them and we had a special bride and groom picnic blanket and basket for our lunch under a beautiful oak tree.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We got 70% of the decorations at the Dollar Store!! We also bought everything on sale at Joann’s and made our own decorations with supplies from Lowe’s and Amazon. We weren’t afraid to take on the day-of prepwork and that saved using numerous expensive vendors. I also asked each vendor if they had any military discounts (my husband is in the Army) and if not, if they could work with our budget. Every vendor was so gracious and accommodating. It also helped that we got married on a Friday afternoon during the off-wedding season!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Don’t be afraid to deviate from the “norm”… if you have a vision that’s different from the traditional then go for it! I spent a lot of time worrying about what I “should” do based on everyone else’s expectations of what the day was supposed to be like. Taking your favorites from the traditional and reworking the rest around you and your husband’s style is the best way to truly enjoy the day and make it feel like “you”. We knew we wanted a casual, non-stuffy atmosphere where we could enjoy visiting with our family and friends. A lot of people were concerned that it wasn't going to feel “wedding enough” but we rolled with our own vision, and ended up surprising all of our guests with a truly magical and wonderful day that was an exact representation of our relationship and style.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our photographer. The day goes by so quickly, but the pictures last a lifetime. I could not be more in love with our images and the captures from the day. They are worth every penny!
What was your favorite detail?
Our tables and picnic setting came out better than I even imagined. I loved the romance of the picnic tables under the oak trees, with simple flowers, personalized baskets for each guest and stunning cheese and fruit boards. Our separate blanket with our own trunk, basket and flowers was so special. I felt like I was in a dream!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Wow, that’s hard to pick just one. Saying our own vows that we wrote to each other in front of our nearest and dearest was pretty hard to beat- especially with the most gorgeous mountains and vineyards acting as our backdrop.
Photographer: Megan Clouse Photography // Venue: Jack London State Park, Events by Ann-Marie // Floral Designer: Lavender // Hair Stylist: Stella Stevens Hair Designs //
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