Oh my lands! Where do I start with the stunning wedding? The florals are drop-dead gorgeous, the venue is amazing and the decor is totally on-point! And the best news of all? Chelsea and Will pulled off their big day for $8K thanks to using a friend’s property for their venue and using the resources and skills of their family and friends! Enjoy this gorgeous outdoor wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Chelsea + Will
July 11, 2015
Qualicum Beach B.C. | Good Nature Farms
What was your budget?
Our budget was $8000.00
$0 – Ceremony/Reception Location (Friends’ farm)
$1800 – Catering
$0 – Cakes (Baked and gifted by Mother of the Bride)
$1850 – Apparel
$1500 – Photography
$950 – Drinks
$800 – Rentals
$400 – Wedding Officiant
$200 – Flowers
$200 – Desserts
$150 – Favors
$50 – Invitations
$0 – Music (Friends)
$0 – Hair & Makeup (Friend)
How many guests did you have?
We had 75 guests at our wedding, which felt like the perfect amount.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
My husband and I both have a bit of a mug collection so over the 7 months of planning we scoured second hand shops for mugs to give as favors. People chose their mug as they entered the wedding, used it for their drinks and took it home at the end of the night.
I also love my Instax camera and Polaroid so I stocked up on film and had people take pictures throughout the reception to create a photo guestbook.
We had my Mom create all of the floral arrangements, as well as make our cakes. It was amazing to have my mom help in this way because I didn’t need to give her any direction at all, yet they turned out perfectly. She made my husband a Sailor Jerry inspired chocolate rum groom’s cake, which was the best cake I’ve ever eaten, and has become our anniversary treat tradition. A friend also brought a couple piñatas, and breaking them open had to have been some of the most fun of the whole wedding day!
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
I made the invitations, but the most impressive handmade item was the arch we were married under. My husband is a boat builder and a very skilled wood worker, so I knew I wanted him to build something for our wedding. He designed, and built (right up to the last minute), the angled arch for our ceremony. We gave it to the people who own the blueberry farm as a thank you for letting us get married there which was really special.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We were married on a friend’s farm which saved us the most money since we didn’t have to pay for a venue. Also, having creative friends and family saved us money on floral arrangements, cake, music, hair and makeup. We were able to borrow a couple of tents from local businesses when we realized the rain wasn’t going away, and used tables from local schools and friends, rather than renting them.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
When considering your wedding decor, make sure to add personal touches where you can to make your wedding feel more like you! Don’t feel pressured to include traditions that don’t connect with you, especially if they don’t feel authentic to your personalities.
What was your biggest splurge?
My dress! I was convinced that I wouldn’t have a traditional wedding dress because of the price, but this one stole my heart!
What was your favorite detail?
My most favorite detail of our wedding day was the arch we were married under. The most important thing for me was that we were married under it, no matter what the weather was doing. Also, we wrote our own vows, which were difficult to get through, but made our ceremony our own.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable moment for me was the first look with my fiancé. It rained all day, which was stressful because we had planned an outdoor wedding filled with games. Since it was raining, the morning of the wedding was spent figuring out ways to keep people dry. As soon as we saw each other the stress was gone and we were ready to get married no matter what the weather was doing.
Photography: Summer Rayne Photography • Venue: Good Nature Farms • Flowers: DIY via Connie’s Dahlias • Catering: Smokin’ George’s BBQ • Bakery: Pavlova from Crust Bakery and donuts from Yonni’s Doughnuts • Rentals: Black & White Event Rentals • Band: Richard Sales & Hayley Sales • Ceremony Musicians: Richard Sales • Beer: Hoyne Brewery • Officiant: Jane Good • Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie • Wedding Gown Designer: Saja • Bridal Shop: Blush • Shoes: Bryr Clogs • Groom’s Suit: Corneliani via Marshalls • Groomsmen Attire: Shirts via Element • Ties: Minimum from Still Life
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