Today's wedding is filled with rustic details that are perfect for the fall season! From the candy bar and coffee station to the paper lanterns and vintage doors decor, the charm of today's wedding is in the details. I especially love the photo display Lauren and her mom created using clothes pins, pictures and branches; make sure you check it out! Enjoy today's rustic fall wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Lauren + Trenton
October 17, 2015
Oregon, Ohio | Bayside Boardwalk
What was your budget?
In the beginning of our wedding planning, we really did not have a set budget. We knew we wanted something country chic/fall rustic and that a lot of our decorations could be DIY’d. Our budget based on the money we were given to spend which was $10,000 to be spent on our bridal shower, bridal dinner, AND wedding, plus about an additional $2,000 of our own.
Venue: $4,100 (included tables, chairs, linens, and catering)
Cake/Cupcakes and Cookies: $260
Church: $150 (My brother is an ordained minister and was given permission to marry us at this particular church- so he was free!)
Bridal Gown: $350 (My mother in law paid for my veil and sash- $286)
Tux: FREE! (Won a free tux as well as a free suit (to keep!) plus $25 off each tux in our bridal party at a bridal show in town- How awesome is that!?)
Invitations: $200 (This is where I saved majorly since I did them all myself, the price includes all stamps!)
Flowers: $301 (This included 5 bridesmaid bouquets, a toss bouquet, my bridal bouquet, 1 grooms boutonniere, and 6 groomsmen boutonnières
Candy Bar: $200 (all of the vases were borrowed from a neighbor who used them for her wedding)
Wedding Bands: $800
Cowboy boots for bride and groom: $400 (I splurged)
Alcohol: $1,000 (My husbands grandfather was in the National Guard so he could get us a pretty good discount from one of the military alcohol stores)
Rehersal Dinner: $400 (Tony Packo’s in Toledo, Ohio)
Bridal Shower Venue: $100 deposit- Actually free! (As long as we cleaned up after, it was FREE!)
Bridal Shower: $200 (The majority of the decorations that were used were the same as the wedding, family volunteered and cooked food)
Decorations: Approximately $1,500 (Much of which was spent on wine for the wine bottles, supplies for my DIY’s, and a few things bought on etsy that I HAD to have)
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
My husband and I have been together for 7 years. We were high school sweet hearts and actually began dating October 17th, 2008 so it was really special to get married on our 7-year anniversary. We knew we always wanted a fall wedding so we had a lot of pumpkins scattered throughout with mums. We also worked together in making our backdrops. Our cake back drop was actually borrowed from a friend so that really set the mood as far as what we wanted to do for our head table back drop and ceremony back drop. It was really nice spending time together creating something that we would be able to look back on years from now (We are now using these doors for a headboard- pretty cool)
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
It is between the venue and the backdrop. But I would definitely have to say the backdrops! The doors I was able to buy from a Facebook garage sale site as well as a Habitat for Humanity resale store for 50$. We already had metal bars, which we used to hang the white curtains. The white curtains and lights cost us $30 from Walmart. Turned out beautiful!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Just breathe & live in the moment! Don’t be anal about every little detail. I was and am definitely a perfectionist and stress about every little thing and although I did not stress on my wedding day, I really wish I would have just relaxed and enjoyed the time I had planning the wedding rather than stressing about doing everything myself.
What was your biggest splurge?
The little details I purchased off of Etsy such as our pens/pen holder, cake stand, garter, and cake cutter. Although some other people may not have noticed these details, these are things I plan to keep forever so I had to splurge a little.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite decoration is the picture tree my mom and I created. We spent $10 on clothespins and paper flowers and the rest were branches from the yard and a vase and rocks we had at the house.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Our first look photos. I HIGHLY recommend doing this. My husband has generalized anxiety disorder so this really helped calm him down as well as allowed us to sneak in a few moments of silence before the chaos started. I am an emotional wreck as it is so of course, I cried.
Photography: E Schmidt Photography • Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal • Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal • Groom & Groomsmen Attire: President Tuxedo • Venue: Bayside Boardwalk • Cake: Haas Bakery • Flowers: Simply Silks by Malinda Stratton • DJ: Professional Sounds • Ceremony Site: The Rock • Bride’s Wedding Ring: Kay Jewelers • Bride’s Wedding Band: JCPenney • Groom’s Wedding Band: Alan Miller Jewelers
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