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Colorful Backyard Wedding Celebrating Mexican Culture

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April and Donald beautifully celebrated their Mexican culture with their colorful backyard DIY wedding. They got so much help and support from family and friends to pull off their special day on their desired budget. We love all of their beautiful details!

April + Donald

Napa, California
- 05/15/2021
Total wedding budget $2,760

Budget Breakdown

Below is an estimated wedding budget breakdown provided by the couple.

  • Photography
  • Partner 1 Attire
  • Partner 2 Attire
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Miscellaneous
  • Total wedding budget

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

I wanted all the colors and wanted to display my Mexican culture. We used bright colors and Mexican tapestry for our table runners.

Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

We built our own backdrop with flower panels and wisteria flowers(all fake flowers) and used a backdrop frame as our base. My mother in law made the runners out of the fabric and she did the flower arrangements.I made wedding signs using my Cricut.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We made our own food so we wouldn’t have to pay a lot for a vendor. We borrowed extra chairs from friends to save on renting. We used a speaker that connects to a phone for music to save on a DJ. We recorded our own ceremony using a go pro to save on a videographer. We relied on family to help buy or donate alcohol. My mother in law paid for flowers and vases. Our party favors were also donated by family. Our friend got ordained to marry us which saved money on the officiant.

What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?

We splurged on photography. It was absolutely worth it! We were too busy having fun to take pics and family and friends got some but there’s nothing like having a professional there to capture beautiful moments.

What was your favorite detail?

Absolutely everything. We worked so hard on everything and it all worked out beautifully.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

When I first saw my now husband for the first time during our first look.

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

I would say start early. Buy little things early on. If you are willing to DIY a lot of the things for your wedding it can still be beautiful and within your budget. Don’t be afraid to ask family and friends for help.

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