Tasha and Derek kept their wedding budget trim by choosing an easy location for their wedding: hosting a potluck dinner in their own backyard! I love how they transformed the place into a beautiful setting with antique doors, a beautiful backdrop for their ceremony and a white tent for their reception. Enjoy this lovely, backyard wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Tasha + Derek
April 16, 2016
Backyard Wedding | Plant City, FL
What was your budget?
Our budget was $15,000.
- Dress: $700
- DJ: $300
- Rentals: $3000
- Decorations: $2000
- Photographer: $4500
- Cupcakes: $300
- Flowers: $300
How many guests did you have?
We had 120 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I wanted a simple rustic wedding with a touch of shabby chic, so everything was white and burlap with a pop of tiffany blue.
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
All of our decorations were DIY projects my family and I enjoyed working on them together and adding our own flare to the projects
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We saved a lot of money by asking our friends and family to bring their favorite side dish and recipes to add to our family cookbook instead of bringing gifts or throwing a wedding shower. We had so much food and saved a lot of money that way.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Planning a wedding is so overwhelming I wish I had relaxed and enjoyed the planning more and spending time with my family instead of worrying about every little detail.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our biggest splurge was my photographer and she was worth every dime and more. My pictures are everything I wanted and every small detail was captured that day.
What was your favorite detail?
It’s hard to pick my favorite detail. I loved everything about my wedding especially knowing that my family and I created everything for it .
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Most memorable moment is definitely my mother-daughter dance it was the greatest time. She is my rock and we have gone through so much together, and she is always there for me. It’s not traditional to do a dance with your mom but she is my world and I couldn’t have done it without her by my side
Photography: Carrie Wildes Photography • Venue: Family Home • Catering: Potluck from family and friends • Cupcakes: Small Cakes • Decor: DIY • Florals: Brown’s Floral Shop • Rentals: Brandon Rental Centers • Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal • Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
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