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I just love this teal and orange wedding!! Kristin and Cory incorporated some personal details into their day to make it special, but overall kept things simple and sweet! Love Kristin's perspective on the real importance of the wedding and being focused on what matters most to avoid overspending. Of course I love this wedding because of the teal hue that is woven throughout the day — and I'm a huge fan of the paper decor on the altar as well. Such a lovely day! Congrats, Kristin + Cory — thanks for sharing your day with us!  xoxo, Jessica

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Kristin + Cory

September 14, 2013

Grace EV Free Church in La Mirada, CA

What was your wedding budget?

Dress and suit plus alterations: $1200
Invitations: $120 plus postage
Church “rental” for ceremony + reception: $800
Flowers: $170 (LA flower district!)
Food/refreshments: $600
Cake: $140
Photographer: $800
Tables, chairs, and linens rental: $792
Decorations, guest book, etc: $200
Musicians: $410
Marriage license: $104
Help from friends, website registration, other costs: $180
Our total came to under $6,000!

How many guests did you have?


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

All of our centerpieces at our wedding reception were recycled mason jars/ bottles that we put gerber daisies in.  Very simple, but vibrant and colorful!  Had a very artistic friend make some welcome signs which turned out beautifully.  During the bouquet and garter toss, Cory attached a Starbucks giftcard to the garter in an effort to get more guys interested in actually trying to catch it, and it worked!  Kristin grew up for most of her childhood in Indonesia (as an “MK” Missionary Kid) so at the reception tables we had little Indonesian coffee candies.  We included the hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness in the ceremony, which was one of Cory’s Grandpa’s favorite hymns (he had passed away recently).  Also we made our own website from scratch and used it for guests to RSVP.  We designed our own invitations and printed them through

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We got our flowers from the LA flower district and had friends who were able to arrange them for us!  We also got some friends from church to make snacks & refreshments instead of paying for a caterer or a full meal.  We decided to just snacks (tea sandwiches, fruit & veggie platters) with lemonade and tea instead of a full meal.  We purchased the ingredients (or gave them cash to buy things the day before) and they very kindly & generously worked to make some great food that cost a lot less than using a catering company.

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

Be open to less expensive ways that maybe are different than how you had ideally imagined things or than what is popular and hip 🙂 It’s not worth spending huge amounts of money, because the day will be special and beautiful no matter what!  Be flexible to changes that may come up along the way.  And while it’s good to be organized and diligent, remember to take breaks from planning (go for a walk together!) and keep a humble perspective. A wedding is not about a party where you need to meet people’s expectations.  It is a covenant that you can celebrate with joy before family, friends, and God!

What was your biggest splurge?

We ended up spending more than we wanted to on tables and chairs for the reception.  We also rented tablecloths, and it just added up quickly.  The other option was to try to borrow tables and chairs from another church, since the church we were at didn’t have enough available, but we just decided to pay a rental company for convenience sake.

What was your favorite detail?

The hand-painted signs that our friend made

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Walking back up the aisle at the end of the ceremony, just beaming and completely happy!
Photography: Peterson Design & Photography  •  Wedding Cake: Paty’s Cakes & Deserts in Fullerton, CA  •  Rentals: Events by Noonan in Palcentia, CA  •  Invitations and


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  • Kathrine Conroy

    This wedding is gorgeous! I’ve been following the blog for a long time, and this is one of my favorites (besides my own, of course!!!)

    Kristin’s dress is amazing and the venue is so beautiful, too!

  • Such a beautiful wedding!

  • Allison

    These are the colors I would like to do for my wedding and it looks beautiful in this wedding! Also, where did you get your dress, it’s beautiful!

    • Marisa Peterson

      She got her dress at David’s Bridal 🙂


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