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Today we're featuring a summer wedding chock-full of beautiful DIY details! Jamie and Cody married at an apple orchard  and they saved money on decor through using items from the weddings of Jamie's brother and sister. And make sure you check out their beautiful wedding cake… an absolutely stunning splurge for this budget-savvy wedding!  xoxo, Jessica

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Jamie + Cody

June 11, 2016

Jordan, MN | Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard


What was your budget? 

$20,000 was our budget.

Photography: $2200

Dress: $1200

Catering: $4800

Cake:  $1100

Favors: $300

Venue: $3300

Flowers: $850

Decor:  $1000

Groom’s attire: $350

Music: $2000

Beverages: $2000

Bus rental: $200


How many guests did you have?

We had 300 guests.


What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

I used decorations from my sister's and my brother’s weddings. My Mom and my sister played a huge role in helping me be creative with the décor and helping save money that way.


Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

Pinterest was a huge help! My mom, sister and I created our centerpieces beforehand and took pictures so we knew how we wanted everything to look and we boxed everything together. We figured out how many centerpieces we needed and came up with five different designs that we used throughout the venue.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

DIY projects! We saved a ton by DIYing centerpieces and reusing decor from my siblings' weddings.


What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Number your guest RSVP cards, because sometimes people RSVP and forget to put their name on them and you are left wondering who the RSVP is from.

Make sure you have enough time for photos, I was so happy we did most of our photos before the wedding ceremony because it gave us more time with our guests afterward.  I wish we would have started the family photos earlier. Cody has split families so his family photos were a little rushed so we could start the wedding on time. And NEVER go cheap on photography you want your photos to last a lifetime and I LOVE our photos. I couldn’t be happy with Courtney June Photography We get so many great compliments about how our wedding photos were amazing and that they’ve never seen such beautiful wedding photos.

I wish we would have started the family photos earlier because we were a little rushed. And NEVER go cheap on photography. You want your photos to last a lifetime and I LOVE our photos.


What was your biggest splurge?

For decorations, we bought glow sticks too because I thought they’d be fun So I splurged on those (HUGE HIT by the way). Our other splurge was the cake… we could have gone other places and gotten it a lot cheaper or just have done sheet cakes, but we wanted something that we knew would taste amazing and I really wanted a tiered cake.


What was your favorite detail?

I loved the flowers my mom and sister and aunt planted for the ceremony site. I love the horses that brought my dad and me down to the ceremony. I loved the helpful staff members at the apple orchard and how they brought my guest down to the ceremony site with a tractor pulling the wagons and back to the reception. I love how the band sounded and how the food tasted. I loved how the photos turned out, I loved seeing all my family members and close friends celebrating with Cody and I. Most of all I loved seeing my husband cry when I was walking down the aisle. I loved that our wedding was outside and the wedding was us. It was a perfect day. It was our fairy tale wedding that came true.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Seeing my husband cry. He told me many times before the day of the wedding not to get all “sappy” on him the day of the wedding. And what does he do… he got “sappy” on me, hahaha



Photography: Courtney June Photography • Venue: Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard • Flowers: New Prague Floral • Favors: Mason Jars with decals from Fillmore Container • Catering: Annie’s Catering • Bakery: The Cakery by Farmington Bakery • Ceremony Musicians + Band + Lighting: The Devon Worley Band • Transportation: Benjamin Bus • Hair Stylist: Family friends • Bridesmaids Dresses:  Weddings By Deb • Wedding Gown Designer + Jewelry + Veil: Weddings By Deb • Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Knight’s Chamber

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