Georgia Backyard Wedding by Maddy Calsbeek: Beth + Joe

This lovely backyard wedding was submitted to me by the mother of the bride (who just so happens to be a blogger, herself.) Here's what MOB, Laurel, had to say about this special day: We planned and held my daughter's wedding with 3 1/2 weeks notice for $4000.  LOTS of DIY was involved, but it was a wonderful event that everyone enjoyed!  And we got a lot of our ideas from blogs like yours!

Aw, shucks, thanks Laurel! I super loved everything about this laid-back, DIY affair, but my favorite detail by far was the fact that they included their furbabies in their wedding day. 😍 You can read more about the day on Laurel's blog, SoPo Cottage. Thanks to both Laurel & Beth for sharing these details with BSB! xoxo-Jess

Beth & Joe

September 29, 2012
Tucker, GA – The Tucker Farm, the family's house

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

We planned our wedding on a budget of about $4000. Here is the breakdown:

  • Rentals – $1500
  • Food – $800
  • Drink – $800
  • Decor – $300
  • Cake – $400
  • Photographer – $200
Total wedding budget: ~$4k

How many guests did you have?

We had 70 guests attend our wedding.

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

Farm theme – Menu Board, Mason Jars, Southern Chic attire


‘Keys' to a successful marriage

Our dogs were our wedding party!

READ THIS: Tips to Incorporate Your Dog in Your Wedding

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Had the wedding at home; didn't use a caterer – hired two serving people and ordered BBQ from a famous local place; bought hors-d'oeuvres & alcohol from Sam's.

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

Let my mom and sister obsess about the details – they love that stuff!

What was your biggest splurge?

Tent, tables, and chairs

What was your favorite detail?

Loved the cake (which included a Gluten Free top layer) and keys

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Toasts – everyone was crying


The Vintage Chicks  •  Photographer, Maddy Calsbeek