This wedding makes me happy inside for oh-so-many reasons! Sweet Emily has been a reader of BSB for quite some time, and we've exchanged quite a few emails over the last year. Emily is currently taking graphic design courses and before taking the plunge of going back to school, she emailed lil ol' me for advice! *blushes* Emily is super sweet and upbeat– her wedding to her hubby, Blake, only radiates this fact with its sunny yellow color scheme. I DIE. Seriously. Nothing warms my heart like a yellow wedding!! Emily might just be the most adorable bride ever– I totally teared up at the pics of she and Blake seeing each other for the first time- pure, raw joy on their faces– that's what your wedding day should be all about! And to make it all more random and sweet, I just realized that I went to grade school with her hubby Blake. WHOA! It continually amazes me the ways I have connected with so many people as a result of this blog. Anyway, on with the feature- congrats to you both, and thanks for sharing your big day with BSB!! 🙂
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
A little over $17,000
Venue chapel and barn discounted for a Sunday $2,800
Rob Ingram Photography $3,300
200 Cupcakes, small bride cake on top and groom cake made by a friend Mandy Cornelius $388
Catering Jim n Nicks bbq incl tip $3,200
Second Nature Mo Town Band incl tip $1350
Flowers and decorating by Buttercup blooms $1550
Alfred Angelo dress, etsy veil, alterations, necklace, garter, going away dress from Ananya and jcrew shoes $925
Hair and makeup by professional makeup artist Baby Kat Shields for me and my maid of honor and a trial run through $420
$3 buck chuck wine from trader joes and buying our own beer $600
Misc items-reception décor, printing invites, save the dates, thank you cards, programs, envelopes, stamps, wedding favors, other tips, shower gifts and other gifts for those involved, and catering for bridesmaid dinner and gifts etc…. $3800
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We had the original caricature framed and available to sign from our save the date (which was featured on BSB here.) It is so much fun to have that in our house for years to come. We had the caricature since 2007 from a trip to Miami when we were dating and then to have it as a part of our wedding has a double meaning.
I let my bridesmaids chose whatever color shoes and accessories and just was very laidback about the style. After being in plenty of weddings I seriously didn’t care what they did as long as they were with me.
I am an aspiring graphic designer so I designed all the save the dates, invites, programs and thank you notes so the printed materials would be consistent from start to finish.
I also bought a vintage typewriter, framed old photos of our parents’ weddings and made a sign for the barn and just had little touches here and there that reflected our laid back style and fun energy.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
ETSY!!!! Blogs like BSB and others to get great tips and ideas. I just pulled from some of the ideas I liked and tried to find things cheaper. I got my bridesmaid gifts, hostess gifts, gifts for helpers with the wedding, grooms gift, jewelry for the wedding day, my garter, my going away dress, my veil…almost everything from ETSY. Having friends help decorate, finding a florist who understood my laid back attitude and just gave us a flat rate and helped find items for us to use and make it work!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
I really had a very enjoyable experience. I am 31 and my husband is 5 years younger. My taste has certainly evolved and changed since I was in my 20s and I knew I wanted the wedding to be laid back, casual, comfortable and fun. We are a pretty laid back couple so we wanted the wedding to reflect that. No sense getting stressed about the things that don’t matter. What matters the most is the marriage. I’d rather spend my energy focusing on the future rather than a day.
Once I got all the major players reserved I just soaked it all in. I made sure this was about celebrating God, us and our friends and family and just had a blast.
As far as budget is concerned, don’t overestimate the number of attendees. We had so many RSVPs. We had like 200 who RSVP’d yes and then about 30 couples we hadn’t heard from at all. So I got nervous that there wasn’t going to be enough food, drinks or favors and upped the numbers some. We totally didn’t need to do that and I really could have saved more money had we not over estimated. If the food runs out so what, if the gifts are gone so what-they came to see you get married not eat and drink for free.
To tell you the truth I still have a bag of bubbles and some wedding favors if anyone needs any and I’m sure there was so much food thrown out it’s sad to think about!
What was your biggest splurge?
Photography of course! It lasts when the flowers are wilted and the food is gone. And I did get a professional hair and makeup stylist. If I was spending a fortune on the photos I wanted my makeup and hair to make me look like a rockstar ☺
What was your favorite detail?
My absolute favorite was our wedding cake topper! I found her on etsy and secretly included my cat on there! My cat has a personality to say the least and she sort of is the reason I knew Blake loved me. A few months after we started dating, I discovered my cat had diabetes and I was going out of town and Blake had to give my cat a shot! Later that year I remember wondering if he loved me because we hadn’t said it yet and my maid of honor said, “UM…he gave your cat an insulin shot! Pretty sure he loves you!” I just couldn’t leave that piece of our story out of the wedding day.
The other perfect detail about the topper is that when it arrived Blake’s glasses had fallen off and I had to glue them back on. Around 4 years ago when I first met Blake, his glasses were broken and he had fixed them with tape so it only added to the perfection!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The sermon! My closest and dearest friend from college is a minister and he was able to marry us. He gave such a great message to us that fit us so dearly that it really solidified why we were standing up there. Our relationship has moved at a perfect pace over the course of our 3.5 years of dating and he encouraged us to continue moving our marriage at the perfect pace of what God has in store for us. To follow God’s guidance as to how our marriage should grow. It was the reason we got married, to glorify God with our lives.
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Photography- Rob Ingram Photography
Dress- Alfred Angleo
Shoes- J Crew
Veil- Twigs & Honey on Etsy
Garter- Sugar Plum Garters on Etsy
Bridesmaid dresses and Bride’s going away dress- Ananya on Etsy
Necklace- LyLey on Etsy
Cake Topper- Samyii on Etsy
Venue- American Village
Catering- Jim n Nicks BBQ
Wedding Band- Keith Williams and 2nd Nature group
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