Today's wedding is a treat with beautiful vintage and aqua details. Sami and Sean transformed a simple barn into a fun and interesting reception venue for their outdoor vintage wedding. I'm loving the black and white stripes with aqua details along with the darling bud vases. One of my favorite details is their dessert bar, featuring the bride's favorite bundt cake and a baseball cake because of the groom's love of the sport. Enjoy this fun vintage wedding with aqua details! xoxo, Jessica
Sami + Sean
November 8, 2014
Glendale, AZ | Sorber Family Residence
What was your budget?
Based on estimating all the aspects of the wedding we had we estimate roughly $18,000 was our budget for this wedding. The breakdown is as follows:
- Photographer: $2,500
- Appetizers, Dinner, Desert, & all dishware: $3,000
- Beverage: $1,500
- Decorations: $2,000
- Flowers: $1,500
- Photo Booth (Amazon Local Deal): $350
- DJ: $800
- Pastor: $300
- Rentals: $1,500
- Wedding Dress: $1,500
- Restrooms: $400
- Tux: $150
- Hair & Makeup: $100
- Printed Materials (Invitations, Save the Date, etc): $500
- Parking & Driver: $250
- Lighting: $300
- Additional budget was used towards miscellaneous items & honeymoon
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Instead of having a large wedding cake we chose to have a dessert table. Our caterer made the Bride's favorite bundt cake, so we would have something to cut, and we had a whole assortment of treats. We also included the groom’s love for baseball by having the caterer create a baseball cake for him to eat. Another unique element was the wedding gift that each attendee took home. It was a unique family salsa recipe from the bride’s family. Furthermore, to show remembrance for family members who have passed we included momentums that were given to the bride and groom from passed relatives like a baseball hat given to the groom by his grandfather when he was born. Finally, the bride paid respect to her passed father by sewing a heart made from his clothing to the inside of her wedding gown as her “something blue”. The bride also had a small vile of her father’s ashes tucked into her bouquet so that he could still “walk” her down the aisle.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
The biggest thing that we saved money on was the wedding venue, as this was a backyard wedding at the groom’s parents’ house we were able to pick our own vendors. Because we had the luxury of picking our own vendors we were able to choose family and friends to assist. For example, the caterer, as he was a family friend provided the food and service at cost for the bride and groom. Our florist was the Bride’s sister and provided her services at cost as a wedding gift. We had family and friends help us with setting up and tear down as well other projects. The Bride and Groom did tons of DIY projects like building a wood bar, building our backdrop for the ceremony, repurposing Goodwill chairs for the sweetheart table, and the Bride even designed all of the printed materials.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
The best wedding advice that was given to us and that we would pass down to others is to stick with the original decision you made. There was a reason that you made them and so when you feel you need to change your mind, more than likely, you will revert back to the original idea or decision you made. Also, try to remember that you cannot please everyone. You will likely hurt someone’s feelings along the way even if you didn’t mean to. Just apologize and remember that you love each other.
What was your biggest splurge?
The biggest splurge was our benches for the ceremony. Originally, we wanted the benches but they did not make sense to use them for dinner as well. I didn’t think we should spend the money on both a set of chairs and a set of benches for the possible 200 guests and I was going to just have the guests move their chair over to dinner. In the end I was convinced to just splurge and I am so glad that I did. Looking back I would not have been as in love with my ceremony space without those benches.
What was your favorite detail?
The favorite detail of the wedding, even though it was last minute, was that the groom’s mother arranged to have an old Chevy pickup parked in the driveway/entrance to the wedding. This pickup was the epitome of vintage and was decorated with beautiful flowers, old gas cans, and fabric garlands.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable moment for the groom was seeing his bride to be for the first time and seeing how beautiful she was in her dress. The most memorable moment for the bride was dancing with all the different generations of family and friends.
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