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Tailgate Inspired Barn Wedding in Indiana

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Brooke and Andrew grew up in New York but after moving to the midwest, they knew they needed their wedding to be where that second family was! This party-loving couple really wanted to have fun and feel comfortable on their big day so they got their fancy photos in wedding attire and then changed into flannels to have a tailgate-themed reception and party the night away!
Tailgate Inspired Barn Wedding in Indiana

Brooke + Andrew

Goshen, Indiana
- 12/11/2021
Total wedding budget $16,000

Budget Breakdown

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

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  • Food & Bar
  • Venue
  • Attire
  • Flowers
  • Total wedding budget
bride getting ready
bride hat
wedding flowers

How did you meet?

We met in kindergarten and did kindergarten through third grade together. My family moved north in our county, but we reconnected in college when we went to school an hour from each other.

What is your proposal story?

I walked out onto the back deck of the house we were renting and our dog Moose had a shirt on that said: “Please Say Yes.” I looked over and Andrew had a ring in his hand and was down on one knee!

groom and best dog
bride and groom with their dogs
Tailgate Inspired Barn Wedding in Indiana
Tailgate Inspired Barn Wedding in Indiana

Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).

I was very set on getting married in a barn, and not being hot at my wedding so we chose December and found a barn to get married in. We live in Indiana but we are from New York and that is where all of our family lives but the people in our lives who have become family are all in the mid-west so it was really important to us to get married where the people who have become our family are.

I did not go with a color scheme, I used the barn as our scheme. Our wedding was more of a tailgate feeling to it than a fancy wedding.

Tell us about your attire choices.

We really wanted that tailgate feeling but wanted to have some nice photos from actually getting married so I wore an actual wedding dress and changed into my leggings, flannel, and crocs. I couldn’t take my dress off fast enough to get into our comfy clothes!

Tailgate Inspired Barn Wedding in Indiana
Tailgate Inspired Barn Wedding in Indiana

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

The most important was that our dogs were a part of our day and that the day felt like us. I skipped a lot of the traditional wedding reception things, including a DJ. We made our own playlist on Spotify and had amazing speakers.

We did kinda splurge on good food, an open bar, and sunflowers!

What were your favorite parts of the day?

Seeing all of our people in the same room from all of our walks of life, and the AMAZING photos at the covered bridge.

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Tailgate Inspired Barn Wedding in Indiana
wedding games

Tell us about your wedding flowers.

They HAD to be sunflowers. I gave 100% control of all things flowers to our florist.

Tell us about your cake.

We did not have one. Instead, we had a s’mores bar and Andrew’s family friend made cookies for the tables.

smores bar
Tailgate Inspired Barn Wedding in Indiana
Tailgate Inspired Barn Wedding in Indiana

What did you dof or favors?

We didn’t do wedding favors but we did AMAZING hotel bags filled with all of our favorite snacks and drinks because most of our guests stayed at the hotel.

Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.

I ordered the coolest guest book, it is a wooden circle with our names and the date on it and I had everyone sign it in rose gold paint marker.

Tailgate Inspired Barn Wedding in Indiana
Tailgate Inspired Barn Wedding in Indiana

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

Don’t do things because they are “traditional” or because others want/expect it to be a specific way. Do it as authentically as possible so you have the best time, and make sure you get pictures with that best friend who is running around taking care of everything for you!!

Tailgate Inspired Barn Wedding in Indiana