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This lovely Missouri wedding came to us from a longtime reader, Trischa! I LOVE when readers send their weddings in for features, it's so fun to see how they made their wedding dreams come true on a small budget! It makes me all warm and fuzzy when readers like Trischa want to share their ideas and experiences with our little community here. As with most budget weddings, she did alot of DIY to save money and create a more personal elements throughout the day. I hope her adorable rustic affair serves to inspire and delight you! xoxo-Jess



 Trischa & Chris  

September 22, 2012

 Camp Hickory Hill Summer Camp, Columbia Missouri


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

We originally wanted to stay around $5,000- $6,000, but quickly realized feeding and housing everyone for the weekend, we needed to set a realistic goal of $8000, and we came in at $8300!

Venue (entire camp for the weekend, including guest cabins) – $1750

Alcohol – $400

Catering – $1330

Food for other weekend meals – $500

Decorations – $330

Dress & Accessories – $1300

Favors – $170

Flowers – $225 (bulk ordered and assembled ourselves)

Musician for Friday Night – $400

Paper goods – Save-the-dates, invites, signs – $205

Photographer (Frequent flier fees and tip) – $900

Rentals – $135

Hubbys' Suit: – $320

Bridal hair and makeup – $120


How many guests did you have?


45 people for an entire weekend, 80 people for the reception.


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


Due to our budget and a blank slate for a ceremony/reception site, we had to do almost everything DIY. I collected vintage pieces for the wedding for a full year before and we made all of our decorations ourselves. My mother-in-law is a great artist and she used her creative talents to make tons of tissue flowers for our ceremony, and beautiful ivory and gold tissue covered paper lanterns for our dessert table and our reception. To save money on signs, we used pallets covered in chalk paint and my amazing husband designed our save-the-dates and our wedding invite.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?


One of the biggest things we did was choose the least expensive catering company in town and we were able to buy all of our own liquor which saved us a ton of money. The catering company was beyond awesome and I got so many compliments on the food! Our wedding must have been a lot of work because they delivered their baby the day after our wedding!!!


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


Spend the money on a good photographer! We were lucky enough to work out a deal with some friends who are incredibly talented and have their own business in Peru, INTI MediaLooking back at the emotion that was captured by our photographers is something I will be able to do forever. I still cry when I look at some of our photos and I know I will for years to come.


What was your biggest splurge?


I spent $1300 on my dress and accessories.


What was your favorite detail?


The DIY planter boxes we made and stained! I picked up 24 vintage milk glasses bottles from a yard sale (Thanks, Dad!) and they fit perfectly! Once we added the white and green hydrangeas they were perfect centerpieces.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?


One that stands out is sitting around a camp fire the night before our wedding with a local musician who played. It was chilly, there was a small fire, he was playing his guitar and a small group of our friends were hanging out. It was the perfect pre-wedding night.



Caterer A Catered Affair  |  Photography INTI Media  |  Venue Camp Hickory Hill

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  • Beautiful wedding! Wow. They did a great job with their budget!

  • Pat

    I was at this wedding and let me just say it was a blast! We stayed on-site in the camp cabins both nights and took part in all the activities that Trischa and Chris had set up: hiking, kickball, stargazing, s’mores, hula hooping, etc. It was all super low key, the complete opposite of most high-stress weddings where you’re constantly running from place to place.

  • I love those pom poms! What a gorgeous wedding!

  • Nate

    What a wonderful idea! I think more people should think about an outdoor setting for their weddings! Camp Hickory Hill looks great!

  • Suzette Waters

    This was an incredible wedding with an abundance of personal touches, from little soaps, shampoo and sunscreen in the bathrooms to vintage napkins at every place setting and champage on every table. I can’t believe it only cost $8300 for the whole weekend! Trischa is my new hero!

  • Juell Faith

    This wedding weekend was the most thoroughly thought-out I’ve ever experienced, with deliberate, gracious surprises everywhere I wandered. It was as if she had contemplated every need any of us could possibly have had, and sneaked around squelched them all before we could even think to ask.

    I am so impressed with and proud of Trischa, and have no idea why she was concerned about anyone not having the time of their life. I thought I was the girl who thinks of everything, but she made me feel like I was bunking with a younger, more fiery-hot Martha Stewart!

    This awe-inspiring creation of hers brought their friends and our two families from all corners of the earth, gave us life-long memories that even the cameras couldn’t compete with, and made us feel more closely-knit than ever. So much more than a wedding, and we have new brother to remember it by!

  • Sara

    I’m lusting over the invitation suite you created! Any chance you’d be willing to share the template with a fellow DIY bride? Such a beautiful wedding–congratulations on pulling of an amazing event on a budget! Very, very impressive, Trischa.

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