Michigan Church Wedding and Union Hall Reception


It's Wednesday, so you know what that means! Time for another budget savvy wedding feature! This couple was able to pull their wedding of for $10,000 – even with a guest list of nearly 300! How can you not love the orchids she used as decor flowers? So lovely. I especially love the bride's budget saving strategies: research, DIY, and employing friends and family to help! Great advice for any bride on a budget. Hope you enjoy this sweet wedding! See ya next week! xoxo- Jessica

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Nicole + Alex
September 15, 2012
Saline, Michigan
Saline First United Methodist Church

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

Reception Hall$900
Church (members discount)
Table Cloths$400
Centerpiece Flowers$300
Tuxes (for Husband and Son)$200
MISC Items (Cake materials, flower  supplies, additional items that people used to build for free for them, and programs, etc).$700

How many guests did you have?

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

We did various items ourselves. We felt it added a creativity that made it personal to my husband, myself, and family. For example, we made our own wedding invitations, our own wedding programs, styled our event by assembling the table decorations and the hall ourselves.

Our son was also the ring bearer at the wedding; he was three months shy of turning three. We wanted to make sure that he felt like he was included and just as important in our big day. During the ceremony we had our unity candle that Alex and I lit, but then we had an extra candle that Brock came up to light that was our family candle. After Alex and I lit ours Brock helped light our family candle from the candle that we had just lit to join us together as one. At the reception Brock drove himself and the flower girl into the hall on his little green tractor as his entrance.

Not only did the groom have a groom cake, but so did our son, Brock– of his favorite thing, a John Deere Tractor. Lastly, we also had a family dance that was the three of us dancing to Jason Aldean “My Big Green Tractor.” Those were very special events during the ceremony and reception that meant a lot to me and my husband Alex then and even after.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We were budget savvy every step of the way. I spent hours researching trying to get do it yourself ideas, best prices, and looked to our family and friends for additional creativity. I liked the idea of fashioning many of my own elements because it was uniquely us! Specifically some examples: my mother and mother-in-law crafted beautiful table runners for the reception. We were also lucky enough to borrow the flower vases from a friend’s wedding that she had saved. My talented mother-in-law created our wedding cake for us, grooms cake, and also the cake that my son had to feel included. By doing things ourselves, it significantly cut down our largest expenses (decor and bakery) so that we could invest more into our lasting elements.

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Do as much planning and creating yourself as you can handle. Not just because it saves money, but because it is more personal and meaningful to you, your families, and guests!

What was your biggest splurge?
Photographer and caterer was our biggest expense. But wedding portraits were extremely important to me because after the day concluded, I would only have those gorgeous images of our day to look back on. So that was something I wanted to make sure I was getting the best quality and originality as possible. Which Ann, from Photos by Miss Ann was able to forever pause our wedding day- better than I ever could have imagined!

What was your favorite detail?
There were a lot of things that I loved, but if I have to pick one favorite detail… I think it would my bridesmaids and I wearing our cowboy boots. It was so fun and distinctively different. I felt each girls boots were unique and to me that added a little special touch everyone loved. This detail came in especially handy since we had chosen Rentschler Farm Museum for our in-between the ceremony and reception wedding portrait locale.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?
My favorite moment of our wedding day was the first dance I shared with my husband and also the first dance as a family. That was a special moment that the three of us were able to share and no one could ever take away from us.


Ceremony Venue: Saline First United Methodist Church  |  Reception Hall: IBEW Local 252 Union Hall   |  Wedding Photographer: Photos by Miss Ann   |   Caterer: Back in the Day Catering   |   Outdoor Wedding Portraits Locale: Rentschler Farm Museum