Long Island Wedding

I love this sweet wedding from New York photographers Paper Hearts Photography. This particular wedding is on the higher end of the budget scale for events that we share, but I think it's important to share all sorts of perspectives on being budget savvy. I hope you enjoy this lovely Long Island wedding! xoxo Jessica

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Hannah + Cory

October 5, 2013

Manhasset, NY

Veatch Mansion at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock

What was your budget?

In all we spent about $25,000. Here's a breakdown:

  • catering $12000
  • venue $750
  • flowers $500
  • photography $2500
  • dj $2000
  • cake $800
  • dress and accessories $1000
  • suit $1000
  • coordinator $2000
  • photobooth $750
  • transportation $500
  • makeup free!
  • hair $200
  • invitations $150
  • tips, minister $250
  • wine and drinks $500

How many guests did you have?


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

I designed our invitations and all the paper parts. we wanted really great food and to dance the whole time- that was really it!

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We searched out all our own vendors, it was extra work but we were able to get great quality for less expensive than an all in one package.

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

Definitely hire a coordinator to handle the day of stress and hiccups!

What was your biggest splurge?

The food. We had to have delicious food.

What was your favorite detail?

We had a handmade llama cake topper. It is the cutest thing.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

We had the most amazing dance party. I will never forget how fun that was.


Photography: Paper Hearts Photography  //  Catering: The Farm on Adderley  //  Venue: Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock  //  Flowers: Botanica  //   DJ & Photobooth: Tommy's Tunes  //   Cake: Baked  //  Dress and accesories: Kimera  //  Suit: Suit Supply   //   Coordinator: Blush Events  //  Makeup: friend of the bride  //  Hair: Blow Me Away  //
Invitations: DIY by the bride


Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here

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