Dean + Catherine
November 2, 2013
Litchfield Park, Arizona | Rose Park
What was your wedding budget?
Our rough estimate on total costs were $5,000
Insurance $360 (venue required $1mil insurance policy)
Catering $1200 (including rehearsal dinner)
Tables and Chairs $250
Rental Truck (For tables, chairs, ice chests, all the decorations and everything for event day) $100
Cake (2 x 10 in cakes and 90 cupcakes, 12 sugar free cupcakes and 12 gluten free cupcakes) $150
Groomsmen's Shirts $200
DJ/MC Free (friend of Groom) Gave $40 tip
Flowers (Artificial) $75 and arranged by family
Decorations and Misc $750 including centerpieces, tablecloths, lights, plates, and all other decorations
Ice and Sound Equipment (Free from Groom's employer)
How many guests did you have?
Between 80 and 90
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Just about all of it. It was very much a do it yourself wedding. The entire tables settings, from the center pieces to the place settings were all created by the Bride and family. The lights we used to light up the dance floor were Christmas lights. The take home gifts, bouquets, boutonnieres and signs were all made by family members.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Did all the decorations ourselves. We used a park for the venue. Bride’s mother made all the Bridesmaids dresses.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Have a good, reliable, dependable team in place as support and planning so the day of the event, you will not have to worry about things getting done.
What was your biggest splurge?
Photographer and Catering.
What was your favorite detail?
For the Bride, The center pieces and the Thank you notes we left on the tables.
For the Groom, all the personalized details, the signs, the notes on the table, the informative letters.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
For the Bride, Honestly, the photographer acting as security and running the public out of the park. For the Groom, Seeing my Bride for the very first time that day.
Venue: City of Litchfield Park, Rose Park // Catering: Bo's BBQ // Photography: Bumble Bee Photography // Cakes: Sam’s Club // Gluten Free + Sugar Free Cupcakes: Bite Me Breads and Cookies // Table + Chair Rentals: A to Z Rentals // Rental Truck: Uhaul // Insurance: Underwritten by Travelers // Groomsmen Shirts: NyFifth
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