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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


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