So excited to share this sweet vineyard wedding with you all today! The bride did tons and tons of DIY and it added so much character and personalization to their big day. If you give yourself time and do things yourself you can save lots of money. The venue definitely takes center focus at this wedding- the gorgeous scenery of the vineyard made for some amazing photos! I hope you love this wedding as much as I did! xoxo – Jessica
Amanda & Kendell
September 8, 2013
Monterre Vineyards – Orefield, PA
What was your wedding budget?
Budget approx. $13,000
Attire (dress, alteration, tux rental, accessories): $1,200
Save the dates/invitations/postage: $80
Miscellaneous (rings, gifts, wedding license.etc): $300
How many guests did you have?
Approximately 85 guests attended the wedding.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Long before I even got engaged, I had a vision of what I wanted our wedding to look like and the experience I wanted our guests to have. With that being said, I had a lot of details that I wanted to incorporate into the wedding to really make it feel like our own special day. So I set my mind to it and plowed ahead into the DIY world to help make the venue look like it was set up just for us and our wedding.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
My mom has always said I was frugal and will do anything to save a buck. For the wedding, I was the DIY queen and now have fingers almost impervious to hot glue! Since I planned and organized my vision from early on, I started months before the wedding crafting every project possible. I refused to pay absurd amounts for anything that I could make myself.
With some help from my bridesmaids, mom, and now husband, I made pretty much everything; including invitations, my accessories, table numbers, cake topper, ceremony and reception decor, and wedding favors. I also bought wholesale wildflowers and my bridesmaids and I assembled our bouquets the day before.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
There are obviously a lot of great resources out there – Pinterest, magazines, blogs, websites, etc. – to help you develop your vision and come up with ideas. But at some point in the planning process, you just need to stop looking!! I started stressing out because there are an INFINITE number of ideas for weddings. So I just stopped looking and began focusing on the specific ideas I wanted to execute. It helped keep me from freaking out that I was missing some other amazing idea and remember that our day was going to be great no matter what other ideas are out there.
What was your biggest splurge?
If you look at the budget breakdown, technically our biggest splurges were the venue and caterer. These were obviously extremely important to us because they really set the groundwork and tone of your wedding. But for us, our biggest add-on was the videographer. I kept insisting on one (even though the hubby was skeptical). Now that we have our wedding video, he agrees that it was well worth the investment. We couldn’t be happier with it and I am so glad we added to the budget for that extra service.
What was your favorite detail?
I obviously loved all of the little DIY details that helped transform the venue into “our wedding.” However I still can’t get over how much I loved my dress!! I am still tempted on an almost biweekly basis to go down to storage to put it on! 😉
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Gosh, how do you pick just one! Seeing my soon-to-be-hubby for the first time and him loving my dress; my dad showing many unexpected emotions through out the day; finally saying “I DO”; getting ready with my girls; dancing with all my close family and friends; our sparkler send off. Ultimately, it all came together to be an amazing that we will always remember.
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