I LOOOOOVE this wedding I have to share with you today! First of all… this couple has some major STYLE! I love the bride and groom's outfits, from the peacock wedding details on Anndrea's shoes and Steven's vest/suit with the striped socks. I love that Anndrea took the time to do lots of DIY to save money- from the decorations to the cakes she baked herself! DIY is a BSB's BFF! 🙂 Keeping the guest list to an intimate 28 really helped cut costs as well, and the couple was able to have a gorgeous wedding day for a modest budget of $3,000. Hope you enjoy this lovely little wedding as much as I do! xoxo-Jessica
Steven & Anndrea
May 26, 2012
Old Settler's Park in Glen Arbor, Michigan
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
Our whole wedding was around $3000, probably a little less.
We spent about a 1/3 on our food. The next largest expenses were our rentals (tent, tables, chairs, and linens) and our pictures. Our wedding site was reserved on a donation basis of $100 (chapel and the park!) We didn't want to spend a ton of money on invitations so we created our own on Zazzle and they turned out beautiful for under $70. We created a wedding email so our guests could RSVP through there and we could send them directions and updates for free. My outfit, Steven's vest, and shoes, decorations, flowers, cake making and hair combined was around $1000.
How many guests did you have?
We had a total of 28 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We wanted our wedding to have a comfortable home feel – everyone gathering and sharing a meal. We picked a vintage French theme using burlap (order through a hardware store and you'll save a ton) and lace (my mom's old curtains – I spent way too much time cutting them up). My dad was a huge help finding most of our centerpieces: silver trays and milk glass from different antique vendors. We found some old doors on Craigslist and made those into our backdrop for our ceremony- this might have been one of my favorite decorations.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We wanted to save as much money as we could and still have a beautiful day. We decided to create as much as we could by re-purposing items, buying beautiful thrift store items and invested in a lot of hot glue sticks. My mom is an amazing eye for floral arrangements so she made all of our centerpieces and my bouquet, which to me was so much more personal and made with love. I am a pretty avid baker and made my wedding cakes myself. I know that alone saved us a few hundred dollars.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Enjoy the entire process from just being engaged, to planning your wedding day and to remember that yes, it's your wedding but if your cake isn't perfect or no one was able to fill the balloons, it doesn't matter. No one will know the difference (and you'll be too preoccupied to notice either).
What was your biggest splurge?
Our food! Steven and I both have been to so many wedding where after you left you were starving due to lack of food, gross food or just no food at all. People traveled to be at our wedding so the least we could do was give them an amazing French meal to show our appreciation for them!
What was your favorite detail?
Our old door backdrop for our ceremony. They just looked so awesome!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Dinner time was really special to me. Everyone loved the food, which was really important to both of us.
Caterer: La Becasse | Invitations: Zazzle.com | Location: Old Settler's Park Glen Arbor, MI | Rental: GJ's Rentals, Traverse City, MI | Photographers: Dan and Melissa Photography | Hair: Epiphany East Salon