I come from a long line of DIYers (before
there was even an acronym for it). Sure, most do-it-yourselfing is
necessary from a financial perspective, but there’s also the desire
to have a certain level of quality control that you can’t always get
unless you do it yourself (you know the old saying, “if you want something
down right gotta do it yourself”). My budget for the wedding
was $10,000 and while it was challenging to keep it under this price,
it IS doable. I had quite a few caterers laugh at me when I told
them my budget. I found that as soon as you say “wedding”
it costs another $50 per person, so I stopped saying “wedding” and
began referring to it as a party with 130 guests. I think I finally
told my caterer that it was a wedding a week before the date!
There is no doubt, that planning, preparing, and running a wedding yourself
is a labor of love, but my wedding had the signature of all my loved
ones and that is priceless. Well, I guess there was a price, but it
WAS under $10,000!
White daisies, mums, and sunflowers filled antique mason jars and votives
borrowed from my sister’s wedding provided candlelight as the sun
In spite of my avoidance to be pinned
down to any color scheme, I finally committed to yellow, black and white
polka dot, and some red. Tables were covered in white table clothes
and topped with an accenting black and white polka dot square.
Trees were adorned with mason jar lanterns hanging from twine in the
We opted for pies
instead of a wedding cake and set up a candy bar which the children
raided sometime before I even made it down the aisle!
The reception was held in the back yard. We hired a local caterer to serve up some BBQ and a
tent was rented for folks to sit down and eat. We opted not to
have a formal sit down dinner, because no one ever really wants cocktail
hour to end! There,
we strung thousands of twinkling white lights around the pool to establish
a dance floor on the court yard for our guests to get their groove on.
Bride’s jewelry: Noaki.etsy.com
Bride’s dress: Priscilla of
Boston Drew (this was my splurge that initially set me over budget,
but I was able to sell my dress which kept me at my budget once again)
Bride’s Shoes: www.endless.com (adorned with vintage rhinestone clip-on earrings
Bride’s Veil: http://stores.ebay.com/Brendas-Bridal-Veils
Tags for wedding favors: madebyjackie.etsy.com
Granola – “Mimi’s Homemade Granola-
for details email me.
Guest Book: enjibeck.etsy.com
Caterer: Party Girl Planners
Photographer: Kelli Cohee www.kellicohee.com
Groom’s Suit: Express
Groom’s Shoes: Steve Madden www.zappos.com
Wedding & Engagement rings: Halloween
Jewelry by Henry David, Philadelphia, PA
Bridesmaids Dresses: Macy’s
Bridemaids Shawl: HandMeDowns.etsy.com
A big thank you to Kelli Cohee and Adrienne for sharing these lovely images with us today!
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