Amanda + J.D.
June 2, 2012
(St. Joseph Catholic Church – Ceremony) (Bill Creek Village – Reception)
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
– $800 Attire
– $1,200 Flowers
– $500 Venues
– $1,500 Rentals (Tent, Tables, Chairs)
– $2,500 Food/Drink (175 people)
– $400 Cake/Cupcakes
– $600 DJ
– $350 Stationary & Stamps
– $150 Favors
– $500 Attendant & Helper Gifts
– $500 Misc. Decor
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
– I collected vintage wine carafes, mason jars, and miscellaneous antiques for the reception decor. I went to antique stores, auctions, and thrift stores searching for unique items to go with my country-chic theme. The wine carafes were used as the focus of my centerpieces. Old watering cans, ash buckets, and other galvanized metal held live plants. I even used old whiskey barrels as planter boxes.
– Homemade strawberry jam favors (my sister & I used to work during the summer at a local orchard & fruit farm)
– Sister, Mom, & I did all the flower arrangements for the reception. We also purchased burlap and made our own table runners. My dad cut the tree rounds for the centerpieces and cake stand.
– I salvaged an old metal mailbox, painted it, added our new address and used it as our card ‘box'.
– My fiance made an awesome chandelier using a wagon wheel and mason jars. I turned out great, and was really the centerpiece of our venue.
– I really like how our guest book frame worked out. I know this idea has been used by many brides, but it's something I will display and remember, rather than a book full of signatures in a closet.
– We had room to spread out at our reception venue, so we brought cornhole boards, bocce ball, and other lawn games for everyone to have fun with and give the kids a place to run around.
– My fiance's family is musically talented and volunteered their help for our ceremony. It made the music of our wedding even more special!
– I wanted to incorporate a bit of family history into our wedding, so I found wedding pictures of our parents and grandparents and put them in vintage frames on the escort card table.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
-Catering menu and bar selection. I shopped around for a caterer, knowing that I wanted a homestyle meal (fried chicken, pulled pork, mac n cheese, beans, etc.) I was able to get a great deal with a local deli/butcher shop that also does caterering. Also, our reception venue allowed us to bring in our own alcohol, so we purchased beer and wine in bulk at Sam's Club and had a friend manage the bar area.
-Also, I saved money by DIY-ing everything I could (flowers, table runners, favors, programs, invites, decor, etc.) I did not hire a wedding planner, so I coordinated everything myself, but I have a great family that really helped tremendously in making my vision a reality. All the ladies of the family helped decorate the venue, while the men helped set up tables and chairs. I definitely could not have done it without them!
What's the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you're on the other side?
– Do as much of the little things as possible before the wedding “hell week”. (That's what we used to call the week before a final projects were due in college, and the feeling is quite similar.) I had a lot of errand running that week before the wedding, and I think if I would have been more productive in the few months before the wedding it would have been less stressful. (Think details such as signage, escort cards, programs, etc.)
What was your biggest splurge?
– My Dress… I fell in love with a Mori Lee dress at a boutique shop in Indianapolis that was a bit out of my budget, but I was able to order the dress through a local bridal shop for a little cheaper, but I got a free veil with my purchase, so I didn't feel so bad about spending so much money.
What was your favorite detail?
– I think my favorite aspect of our wedding was the significance of the place and date… We were married on the same day as my parents (28 years ago) and got married in the church his parents were married in (36 years ago).
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
– There were so many great memories from the wedding, but seeing JD during our first look was definitely the best 🙂 It was great to see him and helped me relax. I just tried to take in everything after that, and appreciate all the work and planning that went into our big day.
Photography Melissa Copeland Photography | Venue Billie Creek Village | Flowers Heinl's Flower Shop | Attire Lucia's Bridal , Men's Warehouse , David's Bridal | Cake Tiers of Elegance | Tuxedos | Hair Samantha Porter @ Fanastic Sam's | DJ Aaron Melvin @ DTP Entertainment | Catering Jack's Fine Foods (Brazil, IN)