Today’s wedding is filled with fun details and the perfect casual vibe. Zachary and Elizabeth had a traditional church wedding the moved their reception to a local campground with a fabulous barn. I love their little touches like the sign made out of an old pallet with the schedule for the evening and the pumpkins used to decorate. And how fun is the food truck and the ice cream truck? A perfect pick for a casual reception. Enjoy this New York wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Zachary + Elizabeth
September 24, 2016
Caledonia, NY | Genesee Country Campground
What was your budget?
Groom’s attire: $120
Wedding invitations and RSVP cards: $90
Ice-cream truck: $300
Water and soda pop: $200
How many guests did you have?
We had about 100 guests
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We wanted my Aunt and Uncle to marry us, giving the ceremony an intimate and personal touch. And we also wanted a camping style wedding. Most of our guests actually camped out for one or two nights for the wedding. We loved that it extended our day and kept the party going.
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
Yes, lots of them. Luckily my best friend was getting married a few months before me. So I helped her make the centerpieces (all ideas from Pinterest – wooden slabs, wooden numbers, and mason jars) and then used them for my wedding after hers. I then made paper flowers to fill half of the mason jars and the rest with sand and candles. I also had my husband pick up pallets whenever he saw them being thrown out. My friends helped me paint them to make different signs. For example, instead of printing off brochures, we used a pallet to outline the night and an old chalkboard with the bridal party information. Pallets were a fun way to add a rustic charm to our décor all while saving cost.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
After first getting engaged, Zach and I went back and forth about eloping or having a wedding. The reason why we were considering eloping is because we did not want to spend a lot of money. But in the end, we wanted both of our families to get together and have a party. So we set a budget of $5000. Then we decided to each pick a non-negotiable area we wanted to be at the top of our budget. I picked photography and he picked the DJ. So we agreed to spend money on those items and then save in other areas. What really helped us stay within our budget was having the reception at a campground lodge, cutting out what is usually one of the top expenses for a wedding. It was a lot of work to clean and to set it up for the wedding but worth it! We also cut cost by doing a food truck for our food rather than a caterer. Being that Rochester is the home of the Garbage Plates, our guest were raving about this not so fancy yet delicious meal. We also did not do the traditional tux for the groom. The groom and groomsmen all picked out dress pants and a shirt fromKohlss. The ties and the vest I ordered on Amazon. And the suspenders were from Etsy.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Don’t get caught up in what you think you are supposed to do. And decide what is really important to you. A lot of little things don’t matter. And the guest don’t really care either if you skip a couple of things. From what I was told, no one even noticed that we did not do favors. Or the bouquet and garter toss.
What was your biggest splurge?
Photography – and it was completely worth it 🙂
What was your favorite detail?
That is hard for me to pick. Its not really a detail but I love the camping theme I did. We had a campfire and a lot of campers that spent the night. It was a lot of fun and it made the night last longer.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
I know its corny but walking down the aisle. The most important thing to me was getting to the end of that aisle so I could say my vows to the man I love. That is why the little details do not matter and are not worth stressing over.
Photography: Lass & Beau • Ceremony Venue: Avon Wesleyan Church • Reception Venue: Genesee Country Campground • Flowers: Amazon, JoAnn Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby • Catering: Barton Parkside Hot’s • Ice Cream Truck: Lugia’s Ice Cream • Bakery: Donna Marie’s • Rentals: Spatola • DJ: Full House Entertainment • Bridesmaids Dresses: Macy’s • Bridal Shop: David Bridal • Jewelry: Kohls • Veil: David’s Bridal • Shoes: David’s Bridal • Groom’s Attire: Kohls + Amazon • Groomsmen Attire: Kohls and Etsy • Ties: Amazon
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