An outdoor venue and rustic, handmade details shine in today’s wedding. I love how Natalie and John decorated their reception venue using white carnations and baby’s breath, pink fabric and homemade flower boxes. And how sweet is it that their families helped throughout the wedding and even catered the reception? What a great way to save money and incorporate some of your favorite foods. Enjoy this lovely pink and green wedding? xoxo, Jessica
Natalie + John
September 19, 2015
Keizer, OR | Keizer Heritage Center
What was your budget?
Our total budget was $8,000.
Beer and Wine: $500
Dress & Accessories: $900
Invitations/Save the Dates: $300
Cafe Lights: $250
How many guests did you have?
We had between 100 and 110 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Everything in our wedding was very personal to us. We made all the decorations, and really put in some time getting the venue decorated. One of our best friends was the officiant, and we had our closest friends and family as our wedding party. Our families were included in the whole process, and without them, the day would not have happened. We put our heart and soul into our wedding, and it came out exactly as we had envisioned. And, the best part is that we were husband and wife at the end of the day!
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We catered the food ourselves. My husband and my dad smoked the pork the Wednesday before the wedding and made baked beans. My mother-in-law made a potato casserole. I had my aunt and some of her friends watch the food and make sure everything was ready to go during the reception. We probably paid $10 per plate of food, which saved us about $5 bucks each person. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it! Plus, I have some amazing cooks in my family!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Enjoy the moments. You won’t get to do this again! Also, include your groom. The more you include him, the more he is willing to help with anything and everything! Take time to be with your fiance and not talk about wedding planning. Have a weekend away or dinners out every so often. Its saves you! As for a budget, don’t go crazy because it’s not worth it. The most important thing to me was getting married to my best friend. Everything else is just second, so don’t stress over details or have a budget that is going to cause financial stress later on.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our biggest splurge was probably beer and wine. We had a lot of family come to Oregon from Missouri, so we wanted to make sure that they felt like they could stay a while and enjoy themselves. We had a wide selection of beers, but the best one was a beer that my husband and I love from his home of Kansas City, Missouri.
What was your favorite detail?
There are two details that were my favorite. First, was our centerpieces. My husband built those with the help of my dad, my brothers and his friends. Our vision came out perfectly and they looked wonderful on our tables! The second was the cafe lights we had hanging in our reception room. It was my husband’s suggestion to hang those, and I’m so happy we went through with it!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Walking down the aisle and seeing my husband. We had not seen each other, so the first time he saw me in my dress was when I walked down the aisle. Also, our first dance was really special. I was nervous because all eyes were on us, but it was wonderful to dance with my new husband. I really loved every moment of that day!
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