I’ve got a sweet budget savvy backyard wedding for you today! This couple did pretty much everything possible themselves and they were able to pull off their special day on an awesome budget! Check out the bride’s advice and the lovely photos below! xoxo- Jessica
Rhonda + Jeffrey
September 7, 2013
Battle Creek, Michigan | Family Home
What was your wedding budget?
Wedding gown and headband, boots $200.
My husbands tux was free, our son’s tux were free, thanks to the groomsmen’s rentals.
Daughters hair $55.
Our three daughters dress’s, shoes and accessories $125.
Handmade bouquets and center pieces, twinkling lights $175
cake & cake pops $200
Italian catered dinner $800.00.
Drinks & supplies $245
DJ – $700
Total was just over $3,000!
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
My daughter made paper mason jar fans on a stick, as our wedding programs. We also had a wishing tree for guests to attach a written wish for us on. They were both DIY projects.
We did a blending of the sand, representing the blending of our families. Each person had their own color sand in a mason jar that we blended into one vase, representing one family.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
The biggest thing we did to save money was to use our home as the wedding venue, and to pretty much make everything that we could ourselves, including the wedding arch, the bouquets, boutineers , center pieces, s’mores bar, ring box, and invitation’s and programs, and back drop for the dance floor.
We borrowed bales of hay from a local farm, and tents from a friend. A lot of DIY and Pinterest ideas used for the wedding and the reception decor.
Our families came together to help us prepare for our big day, and for that we are so grateful. My daughter Brittany and my sister in law Terry were invaluable in every aspect of planning and preparing for our wedding!!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
The best thing I did was to start gathering things right after we got engaged on Feb 14, 2013. It was go from that day forward and I was able to pick a lot of stuff we needed along the way to our big day, and not feel overwhelmed with time or money.
My best advice to future brides planning their wedding is to relax and enjoy, the day may not be perfect in every way, but the part of the day that you will remember as the most perfect is saying your vows, exchanging rings, and the joining of two hearts forever ❤
What was your biggest splurge?
Our biggest splurge was our catered dinner from the restaurant where we had our first date, Cuginos Italian Restaurant in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Not only was it symbolic to us as a couple, it was also delicious.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite detail was the key attached to my bridal bouquet and the lock attached to my husbands boutineer.
We exchanged our own vows spoken from the heart, and our wedding time of 3:32 PM was symbolic to us as it was a way of incorporating Jeff’s mom Pal who passed four months prior to our wedding day.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable moment of the day was when we released 3 balloons during the wedding ceremony, in memory of my grandmother Lu, Jeff’s mom Pal and Jeff’s son Vincent.
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