I think you'll really like this purple wedding! Super sweet details that are personal to the couple who are into reading and photography– love how they incorporated their interests into the decor on their wedding day! I'm always a huge fan of outdoor weddings – natural light is the best for photographs and Kbattle photography did a lovely job capturing this couple's day! Be sure to read the bride's advice and wisdom for how they were able to pull of this lovely wedding for $10k! xoxo – Jessica
Angie + Quinn
June 2, 2013
Minneapolis, MN | Lyndale Park Peace Garden and Columbia Manor
What was your budget?
Our budget was $10,000. And we did a pretty good job staying within that budget and paid it off as we went! No wedding debt after the wedding!
Dress, with alterations – $600
Ceremony site – $200
Chair rental for ceremony – $400
Reception site – about $1,000
Catering, servers and bar – $3,500
DJ/Photobooth – $2,000
Photographer – $1,300
Flowers – $200
Cake – $500
Centerpieces and decorations – $50
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I’m a photographer and my husband is an avid bookworm, so we incorporated those personal touches into our decorations. I combined my vintage camera collection with books gathered from thrift stores to create centerpieces. It was very inexpensive, had a lot of character and looked great! We carried the photo and book theme throughout the reception site with book picture frames and film canister-filled candleholders.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Saving money was always at the forefront of our decisions. We made things ourselves, and set our priorities right away about what we would splurge on and what we would cut. I also saved a ton of money on my dress by finding a cheap dress and having it altered to be the dress of my dreams!
The biggest thing that saved us the most money was negotiating! If a vendor comes at you with a quote that’s out of your budget, tell them what your budget is for that service and ask if there’s anything that can be done to bring their quote down. I had really good luck with this and some vendors were really willing to come up with creative solutions to help fit our budget and still meet our needs.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Don’t overwhelm yourself with DIY projects. It’s great to get inspiration from blogs and Pinterest, but be realistic about what you can take on. There were a few projects that I drove myself crazy failing to complete. In the end, nobody but myself knew what didn’t get done and everything looked beautiful regardless!
What was your biggest splurge?
We splurged on the cake and the photographer, but we had agreed on that from the start. They were worth every penny…. And more!
What was your favorite detail?
Our wedding favors were so great! Quinn made homemade honey mead, which is an Irish wedding tradition, and we bottled it, made labels and gave them to our guests as favors. A lot of the wedding projects we divided and conquered on, but the favors were something we did together, which made it really special. Our guests loved it!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable part of the day for me was the ceremony. Quinn’s brother officiated and it was so special and personal. There were a lot of happy tears. Quinn’s favorite part was the first dance. Our song, “When I’m With You,” by Best Coast is a fast song. Quinn’s best man is a musician who came up with a slower version of it and performed it for our first dance.
Photography: Kbattle Photography // Dress: Amelishan Bridal // Alterations: A Stitch Above the Rest // Guys suits: Mens Wearhouse // Cake: Buttercream // Food: Cossetta Eventi // Alcohol: Prom Catering // Venues: Lyndale Park Peace Garden and Columbia Manor // Catering staff and set up: Big Ten Catering // DJ/Photobooth: Complete // Flowers: Minneapolis Farmers Market