Gillian + Justin
June 18, 2011
West Stockbridge, Massachusetts
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
Our budget was $20,00. But we only spent 17,912!
Photography: Free- close friend
Flowers and decorations: $300
Ceremony Location: $300
Reception: $9,000 (Location, Catering, Cake, etc)
Brooch Bouquet: $200
Groom's Ensemble: $180
How many guests did you have?
We had 109 guests (including children and an infant)
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Our invitations were made on vintage hankies and the Save the Dates on vintage postcards. We shared letters we wrote to each other years ago in our ceremony. I made my brooch bouquet from family and friend's brooches. The boutonnieres were made with antique buttons that Justin's grandmother had collected. We used seed packets for the place settings. And four generations of my family helped us put together our herb centerpieces.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
To save money we made a list of what was important to us and spent more on those aspects. We budgeted everything- rings, honeymoon, postage, etc. We saved by doing a lot ourselves and getting our family and friends involved. We also wanted to keep things green and create as little waste as possible. That helped us cut down on unnecessary details.
What's the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you're on the other side?
I am so lucky that I married Justin. I'm even luckier that he wanted to be a part of the wedding planning. Let your groom help. Let other people help, too! Surround yourself with people you trust, can delegate to and will keep reminding you why you are getting married.
What was your biggest splurge?
My veil was my biggest splurge! It was hand made by an Etsy Artisan and I love it so much. I need to find more occasions to wear it!
What was your favorite detail?
It is a toss up between my brooch bouquet and the “international” kids table. My husband and my brother made the seating chart. And they set up a table with our teenage cousins from Indonesia, England, Massachusetts and Florida. They all talked about their lives, hit the dance floor, sparked rumors among the parents and keep in touch via Facebook!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Our most memorable moment of the day was the last dance. The song was a different version of our first dance, which also is “our song.”(All I Want is You). The photographers had gone, the night was over and it was a really sweet moment. Our friends and family surrounded us on the dance floor and we were just enveloped in love.
Photography: Joanna Wilson Photography
Video: Tuesday Night Pictures
DJ: A1DJ Russ Davis
Makeup/Hair: Lauren Germain
Reception/Catering: Crissey Farms
Ceremony Location: West Stockbridge Outdoor Chapel