Garden Themed Brooklyn Micro Wedding for $7K
Anastasia and Feliks’s Bacchus Bistro wedding was exactly the kind of small NYC wedding that every budget-conscious couple dreams of. Even with Covid-19 lingering, it was important for them to have family and friends be a part of their wedding, so they planned a garden-themed Brooklyn restaurant wedding at Bacchus. Despite needing to wear face masks, the couple shared laughs, traded vows, and had their first dance right in the middle of the outdoor terrace as friends and family surrounded them. Enjoy this Garden Themed Brooklyn Micro Wedding for $7K!Xoxo, Team B$B
Anastasia + Feliks
August 29th, 2020
Bacchus Bistro & Wine Bar| Brooklyn, NY
What was your total budget? Please provide a budget breakdown.
- Venue/Food /Wine – $2500 for 35 ppl
- Clothes/Accessories – $400
- Decor – $1000
- Flowers/Greenery – $1000
- Photography – $2300
Total Budget: $7,000
How many guests did you have?
35 guests attended
How did you meet?
We met on OkCupid, the dating website, about 5 years ago.
What is your proposal story?
Feliks proposed on a trip to Lisbon, Portugal, at the highest point in the city overlooking an amazing view!
Tell us about your wedding vision.
We wanted a small wedding to begin with but then when COVID happened, we needed to downsize even more and host the celebration fully outdoors. We love the food and ambiance at Bacchus. We didn’t really have a theme, but wanted to incorporate a lot of greenery in the decor.
Tell us about your attire choices.
We didn’t want to wear anything too traditional or uncomfortable. Originally we were hoping to do lots of dancing!! We chose our favorite colors (olive green) to match our love of greenery and the outdoors. We both decided to rock hats to be casual but stylish. Anastasia wore a patterned flowy cocktail dress with a green hat. Feliks wore simple green slacks and a white linen button-down with a hat.
What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?
We knew we did not want to spend a lot of money on our wedding! We would rather spend big bucks on our house or a vacation. Therefore, we chose a really economical venue. Bacchus was incredibly affordable for food and an open wine bar. We did all of the decor, favors, flowers, and cake DIY with the help of family and friends. We didn’t go for traditional clothes like a gown and suit. We stayed in an affordable hotel near the venue where we got ready.
What were your favorite parts of the day?
Some favorite parts of the wedding included the personalized ceremony and exchanging of vows. We also really enjoyed cutting the cake and eating it too! Overall, we just loved connecting with friends and family we hadn’t seen since before the pandemic started!
Tell us about your wedding flowers.
We made the flower arrangements, which were very limited, from local grocery store flowers and greenery! I also made my own bouquet. We wanted more greenery than anything to make it feel natural, as well a few wildflowers. We love the outdoors and originally we were hoping to have a lot more flowers!
Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.
It was definitely a lot of DIY! We didn’t get to do the original decor we planned with so many last-minute changes, however, the restaurant was very accomodating and put out as much as they could the day of. We ordered greenery and flowers and lanterns and made custom welcome signs and bags for each guest.
What did you do for favors?
We created personalized gift bags with COVID necessities like masks and hand sanitizer. We also gave out customized candles with the “keep the flame burning” tags.
Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?
We didn’t have any religious traditions because we’re not big on those. However, we did try to incorporate family and culture. We did this by having Armand (Anastasia’s brother) officiate the ceremony and Ilona and Alisa (Feliks’ sisters) make traditional Russian desserts.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Do exactly what you want for the day – not what others want or expect! And if things don’t go as you had originally planned or hoped, all that matters is that you two get to have a good time.