To my dear friends,
It has been so fantastic to share my journey with you. We have all 600 of our wedding photos and I’ve combed through them to find all the best details to inspire you. The wedding was a really emotional time for us and each day that passes I love the details of our wedding more and more and I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish. Enjoy!
Jillian & Dane
December 15, 2012
Weinhard Hotel | Dayton, Wash.
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
Our original budget was $12,000-$15,000.
Venue – Restored hotel was $2,000 for the day, including all 14 guest rooms for the night
Catering – $3,895
Day-of Wedding Planner – $1,050
Photo Booth – $600
Decorations – $300
Rentals (Cocktail Tables, linens, heaters) – $390
Bridal Dress & Accessories – $1,730
Groom’s Suit & Accessories: – $130
Favors – $60
DJ – $558
Ceremony Pianist – $100
Paper goods – Save-the-dates, invites, stamps, favor tags, programs – $1,047
Photographer (all-day wedding coverage & engagement photos) – $3,075
Gifts for Wedding Party – $400
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
It was a goal of mine to make our wedding feel personal and do as much for free as we could. I worked for a newspaper at the time of our wedding and so I designed a two-page newspaper as our wedding program, complete with personalized crossword puzzle. We printed out childhood photos of ourselves as décor near the restrooms and spent countless hours cutting out paper snowflakes for our 3-D snowflake wall. Our guest book was made for free. I used a free puzzle maker program online to make a word search with all our guests’ names. I made our card box, my bouquet out of family heirloom brooches and all of the special touches including embossing, ribboning and stamping our invitations.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We saved the most money on our venue and our food. I originally thought we would get married at a winery, and those venues start at $4,500 for an evening. Our hotel at $2,000 was a steal. Also, because we had heavy appetizers for our food, we saved a lot of money there, too. Also, because of my new husband’s allergies, we didn’t do any real flowers. My bouquet was made of heirloom brooches and my girls’ bouquets were made of vintage sheet music flowers.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
I felt like I was really prepared and organized until the last month. When we had deaths in the family and I left my job for a new career, things got really crazy and all of a sudden I had almost no time to finish up the last-minute details. I started throwing money at projects to get them done, which hurt my budget. But, every detail was perfect the day of. My best advice is take the week off before the wedding so you can devote plenty of time to handling last-minute issues that pop up. I also will never regret shelling out the $$$ for my day-of wedding coordinator. If there were any issues, I wasn’t aware of them! Ignorance is bliss sometimes!
What was your biggest splurge?
Photography! And it was so worth it- Ali did an incredible job capturing our day. We also splurged on our photobooth and everyone had a great time with it.
What was your favorite detail?
I loved my bouquet. I had brooches from all grandmothers and family friends and it sparkled like nobody’s business. I also loved the plastic deer toppers on our cupcakes. It was a nod to my new husband’s love of nature and “exploring.”
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
I LOVED taking photos with my fiancé, soon-to-be husband, before the ceremony. We spent about an hour together freezing in the December weather and running around Dayton getting mud on my dress. It was one of my only low-stress points of the day. It also started to snow during our ceremony and I could see the big fluffy flakes falling through the windows of the hotel. That was awesome.
Venue Weinhard Hotel, Dayton, Wash.| Photography Ali Walker Photography| Caterer Olive Catering| Dress Jasmine and Alfred Angleo | Hair & Make-up Marcia Willard | Wedding Coordinator Without A Hitch Walla Walla | Rentals Sandy’s U-Rent, Sun Rentals | DJ Loney Tunes
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