What was your total budget? Please provide a budget breakdown.
- Catering: $9000
- Alcohol/Bar: $300
- Cake: $600
- Flowers: $770
- Rentals + Decor: $550
- Planner: $2400
- Music/Entertainment: $1000
- Photography: $4585
- Hair & Makeup: $835
- Ceremony Venue: $1805
- Miscellaneous: $295
Total Budget: $24,000
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We designed and printed all of our own signage and paper goods!
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
The escort cards were individually folded into koi fish. We also collected our own decor, made the string poms for the ceremony, and added the white drapery for our ceremony arbor.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We supplied our own beverages. The reception tables didn’t need centerpieces because of the 10-course Chinese banquet meal to come (no room for centerpieces!). We also made all of our own signage.
What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?
What was your favorite detail?
Our advice box – we received so many touching notes from our guests!
Did you include any family heirlooms or traditions?
The day began with honoring our culture by doing door games and a tea ceremony. Traditionally, the groom goes to the bride’s family home to pick up his bride. But first he must pass a series of tests to prove he is worthy. After, the bride changed into a red qipao (the color of good luck & fortune) and then performed the tea ceremony to express gratitude to their families.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Being able to enjoy and relax with all of our family and friends.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Hire a wedding planner to save yourself stress during the planning and on the wedding day!
Catering: Koi Palace | Cake: Satura Cakes | Flowers: With Flourish | Rentals: Williams Part Rentals | Planner: Two Perfect Events | Entertainment: Big Fun DJ | Photography: Trung Hoang Photography | Hair and Makeup: Soyi Makeup | Ceremony Venue: Ainsley House | Reception Venue: Koi Palace| Officiant: Dan Kennedy Weddings