Our DIY Budget Wedding

Yep, it’s been 2 and 1/2 years since our wedding. And I did post about it here, but that was back when zero people read my blog…so I thought I’d take the time to do a DIY round up again of all of our wedding details.  You know, since it’s Valentine’s, a lovey-dovey day and all.  πŸ˜‰

We had a very BUDGET wedding.  (Which was completely fine with me.) Skyler and I paid for most of it ourselves and since we were both only working part time and got married within a year of meeting – we had limited funds.  We spent just over $4000 for our wedding – with $1200 going to our photographer (Jessica Shepard or Jessie Mary.  We loved her!  She was so great and shoots in candid/photo journalism style which is my fave!) and almost $900 going to our band for Contra Dancing.  (What’s contra dancing?!  Well, I’ll get to that later. ;))

Well, I don’t have an actual picture of our invites, and I wasn’t able to dig them out of our keepsake box in the garage because well… I’m only 5’2″ and I couldn’t reach it, even with a ladder… πŸ™‚  SO, I took a picture of the next best thing and am going to let you use your imagination!! 
This was our wedding invitation – framed and gifted to us by Skyler’s sister for our first married Christmas.  πŸ™‚  Here are a couple close ups of the paper:

I found the paper for the invites at PaperZone in Salem (but they recently went out of business.).  
I don’t recall what the white paper was, but it reminded me of veiny leaves.  I had figured it would be simple to cut with an industrial paper cutter…I was very wrong however, and thus spent SEVERAL hours with Skyler slicing the papers (on all four sides) with a small scrapbooking Fiskars paper slicer…one…by…one… But I loved how it turned out, so it was worth it!  I punched the bottom of each one with my Fiskars Embossing Eyelet Lace Punch…which was also time consuming.  But again – worth it.  πŸ™‚  I used Wendy font…before it was popular!  About 4-6 months after our wedding, I saw the font explode.  It was on packaging in stores everywhere!  I loved the simple, sweet cursive font.  πŸ™‚
This was the front of our invites – just imagine it a half sheet in size. πŸ™‚  
I used the Gmund Savanna Bubinga paper found at PaperZone (or here online).
I LOVED this paper.  Loved the woodgrain.  I felt like our invitations really set the tone for how I wanted our wedding to feel: organic, earthy, yet elegant with eyelet and lace.

Close up – can you see the “leaf vein’s”?? πŸ™‚
I found that quote from online somewhere and fell in love. 
It just reminded me of the night Skyler and I both knew we had found the one we were meant to marry.  It was a dark starry night, and we sat out on a blanket watching for shooting stars, and just held each other, without saying a word. 
“Gentle breezes stir your hair
Moon reflections make your eyes glisten
Winds whisper of the love we share
And evening stars seem to listen.”
The Programs:

The program was 3 pages.
1.  A blurb from one of my favorite books – The Divine Romance by Gene Edwards.  The most beautiful love story every told.  πŸ™‚
2.  Wedding party
3.  Notes to our parents and general thank you’s
I punched a mini hole in the top and connected them all with a brad; they fanned out so you could see the other pages.  
See the business cards in that white bowl?  I made those with our new address and email address and phone #’s for our guests so that they would have our new contact information for our married life.  πŸ™‚  I had them out on the front greeting table where guests signed the guest book.

The Attire:

 The flowergirl, our niece Kaily, wore a little eyelet dress from Gap that (sorta) matched the bridesmaids dresses.  My dear friend Candy made brown sashes for everyone!

My wedding dress was made by my Aunt Donna!  Remember I said we were on a budget?  This dress cost less than $25 in fabric.  Booya. πŸ™‚  I could’ve spent more on a dress – but I had other priorities – like affording Contra Dancing! πŸ™‚
For the men, I told them they just needed brown shoes, brown belt and a white button up shirt.
I found them all matching Docker’s pants.  I fell in love with this fit on Skyler and then decided to buy them for the rest of the guys…and as luck would be, they were “going out” of production, so I had to search about 8-10 stores of Kohl’s, JCPenney and Macy’s to be able to find all of the right sizes for the guys!!  But it was worth it.  πŸ™‚  I couldn’t find brown vests for the guys at all.  This was before the days where they were popular to wear everyday, so no stores carried them at all!  And especially not in brown (there was an occasional grey).  I knew I didn’t want tux vests with this more relaxed look, so my mom and Aunt Donna whipped up 7 vests for the guys!  Skyler, 5 groomsmen and my dad all wore the same outfit.

 Here’s my sweet Daddy walking me.  I love that man so much!
(Look at me… the tears are welling up!)

 I found these gold ties in the mall in Salem and loved the idea of having a bit of gold thrown in – since my girls and I were wearing gold sandals and jewelry.

The girls’ dresses came from Old Navy!  I had the hardest time choosing a dress.   I wanted it to be affordable and either brown or white.  I never found a style in brown that I really liked and would accommodate the requests of my bridesmaids (who were all totally different figures, one was 20 weeks pregnant, some had large chests and some had smaller chests and figures… yikes.  HARD to find a dress to fit all body types.).  I almost gave up and let them all choose their own dress.  Then I stumbled upon this dress in Old Navy by accident.  It was perfect.  White, simple, eyelet, elastic waste for the pregnant mama, and could be dressed up a bit with a brown sash.  πŸ™‚  And definitely affordable at less than $30 each!

 This is my fave photo of us girls.  πŸ™‚

The Guest Book table:

 A picture of us, taken right after Skyler proposed.

In that white bucket on the table, we had disposable camera’s for the guests to grab!

The ceremony site:
The backyard of our friends’ church – the same place we had met exactly a year earlier at our friends’ wedding.   I loved the backdrop for our wedding.  We got married there partly for sentiment but also mostly because I loved the area – it was gorgeous!
I chose brown chairs instead of white from the party store because 1.) they were .75 each instead of 1.25.  When you’re getting 250 chairs…that .50 adds up!  2.) I wasn’t too fond of white anyway.  Who said wedding chairs had to be white?!  My main wedding colors were brown and green, so the brown chairs went better anyway!
 This beautiful arch was built by the pastor of the church (our friends’ father) for their wedding the year prior.  They still had it so they let us borrow it!  I loved the weathered look.
I found the wreath and the chandelier at Craft Warehouse in Salem.  I love the chandelier.  πŸ™‚  You can see it hanging over our bed now.
This idea was stolen from my friend Gemma (who was the one who got married the prior year).  Immediately after the ceremony, we asked everyone to gather behind the chairs for a group photo!  I love being able to look at everyone who came. πŸ™‚  Our guest book didn’t really turn out as planned, so I’m really glad that we took a group shot!
 Look how awesome the clouds were on our wedding day!!  They were so cool!
Flowers hanging from mason jars, tied with wire and hanging from mini shepherd’s hooks along the aisle.

The Flowers:

 My bouquet.
My 5 bridesmaids and I went to the local Saturday Market for flowers the morning of the wedding.  
Our wedding was in August, so we had some beautiful flowers to choose from! 
I wanted to choose something hearty because I knew they’d be out in the heat.  We chose mostly dahlia’s and some other hearty flowers that were suggested by the local flower vendors.  
I loved the flowers we picked out and we got a TON of bouquets.  I think about 10 huge ones.  I paid $70 total for all of the flowers in our wedding.  This made a bouquet for me, 5 for my bridesmaids, 12-14 mini bouquets for along the aisle way, 24 FULL bouquets for the tables in the reception, and colorful rose petals for my niece’s flower basket.  This was an awesome budget friendly option for us and we couldn’t have been happier with how they worked for us.
My bouquet.  My ladies and I put all of the bouquets together at the church the morning of the wedding.  This was fun to do this together and was great to pass the time and keep the nerves at bay!
Flower girl’s basket.  Filled with colorful rose petals!  I found this twig basket at Goodwill and just intertwined ribbon in our wedding color through it. 
Bridesmaid bouquets.
Along the aisle.
Kaily inspecting her flower girl basket!

Table Decor:
There weren’t really any good pictures of the tablescape taken…but this shows it the best.  White table cloths (rented), brown burlap runners (I made), one flower bouquet (with sliced limes and lemons inside.  Looked so cool in the vase!) and two mason jars with brown ribbon and green candles at each table.

I wanted the brown ribbon to be wrapped around the mason jar 4-5 times without any rhyme or reason. πŸ™‚  I liked the way it looked against the green candle.  I lucked out with those candles!  They were very tall and normally that size would be about $5 each.  I found more than I needed (in the exact right shade) at Michael’s on clearance for .49 each!  So only $25 for all the candles for all of the tables in the reception area. 

Like I said, we didn’t get too many pics during our reception, sadly.  We had this big huge tent that we rented and lined with tables – camp cafeteria style!  It worked out the best for how many tables we needed under there!  We lined the tent with white string lights (bought on clearance after Christmas) and I hung my favorite green and rose chandelier in the middle.

Here’s me and my bridesmaid Gemma, looking so thoughtful and contemplating what the heck to do with the tablecloths, candles and bouquets (a few hours before the wedding) because the tent was like a windtunnel!
(Side note: My dad did call me like 2 hours before the wedding, while we were taking pictures at the park, to inform me that it was a major catastrophe and things were breaking and not staying on the table, yadda yadda.  DO NOT do this to a bride when she’s not there and can’t do anything about it!!! haha!  Turns out, only one mason jar broke (with a candle in it)…but I had extra’s at the church so no big deal!  But dad sure did freak me out!)
This is the only picture I have of the reception area…at the end of the night.  So, it’s trashed, but you get the idea!  We ended up having to use clothespins to hold the table cloths down to the table and decorative rocks on the burlap runners to keep it from flying away!  As the night wore on, the wind died off, thankfully! 

Dancing Area Decor:
 Our dance floor was lined with strands of lights (all bought on Christmas clearance!) and several hanging Japanese lanterns.
Some had an eyelet pattern!

Since we had nowhere to show a slideshow, I opted for lining the dance floor with mini shepherd’s hooks, hanging twine from the hooks and then hanging pictures randomly with clothespins.   I made sure to include pictures from both of our childhood’s, our time together and from our parents’ weddings!

I also hung little mason jars with candles and little gold birds in them (though you can’t really tell that it’s a bird from this pic!) πŸ™‚

The flowers in mason jars that were lining the aisle were moved to line the dance floor, once the reception was over.

The Cake and Drinks:

I loved this cake. LOVED it.  I had found this photo from Martha Stewart early on and didn’t look for any other cake:

 Did I say I love it?

The Anderson sign I made with an old board and letters from Michael’s (which I painted our green color.).  This sign used to hang in our kitchen, but now it’s in our office.  πŸ™‚

Our cake makers!  Also, you can see we served sweet iced tea, strawberry lemonade, coffee and water (rented coolers from Culligan because we knew it’d be a hot day and hard to keep water cold!  The Culligan cooler really worked out well.). 

Other Food:

This is the only shot of the food table… We served Mexican Chicken & Bean Soup (or dip) with chips, veggie tray, watermelon and other fruit, rolls and…I think that’s it.. πŸ™‚

I had a little dessert bar with candy on it…but no photo to prove it.  πŸ™‚  I don’t remember what all was on it – but there were honey sticks from a local beekeeper here in Salem and my girls and I made Smore’s kits.

Like these:

(These are from www.theknot.com).

Here are my girls putting them together:

We built a fire and had roasting sticks (just like the one’s I made for my dad) in a 2 ft tall glass jar, filled with decorative rocks so you could poke the handle back into the rocks to make them stand up for the next person.

 FIRE! πŸ™‚

Thank you’s:

For the thank you favor, I made little wild flower seed packets using little coin envelope’s, stamps and white ink, clear Avery labels with “Thanks for Coming!” printed on them and flower seeds! πŸ™‚

 I loved how the white ink stood out against the gold coin envelopes.

I painted little wooden “Thank You” plaques.


 This is Contra Dancing.  Which Skyler and I are in love with and like to get out and do in Portland here and there. πŸ™‚

 Our Contra Band

Here’s my favorite website to describe Contra Dancing: http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/whatis/

This quote from the above site is my fave:
“…Contra dance is one of the few dance forms where by the end of the evening you are likely to have danced with everyone.”

Here’s a little video that one of our guests filmed for us!

Well, that’s about all the “details” I have for you.  πŸ™‚
I’ll leave you with just a few more of my favorite photos.

For our “pre-wedding” photo’s, we all went down to a park in town that was special to Skyler and I. We spent a lot of time in this park before we started dating – just taking walks and getting to know each other.  Then, the night we started dating, we started here at this park, sitting next to the river, throwing in rocks and talking.  We got kicked out at dusk by the camp caretaker!  (Fun note, we now live within walking distance of this park!)

Me and my Daddy.  Me trying not to cry!  Dad and I look so much alike here!
This is one of my fave wedding photos.

Oh, and you can sort of see my hair here.
I tucked in two gold leaves that were actually earrings and a little white Dahlia!

 Just married!  I’m about to lose it.  I don’t get “emotional” and cry over happy things…but I was fighting tears the whole ceremony!  And not just tears, but fighting bawling the whole time.

 “I can’t believe I just married the man of my dreams!”
(Still about to cry.  That’s what my closed mouth smiles are all about…trying REALLY hard to hold it together!)

My fave portraits of us:

Our wedding day is also our niece’s birthday!  We bought her a little personal barbie cake and had everyone sing her happy birthday.  She loved the barbie!

 I’m so glad a picture was taken of these two!  Remember my friend Britney, one of the mom blogs that I talked about?  This is Britney and her husband Brian.  At the time, I didn’t know them all that well.  Britney was more of Skyler’s friend from church.  Britney and Brian had been dating only a few days at the time of our wedding!  Now they’re dear friends and I’m so glad they were at our wedding!  We helped celebrate their own wedding a year and a few months after ours. πŸ™‚

My favorite picture of the “new” Anderson siblings!

This picture cracks me up for 2 reasons. 1.) I do not remember taking this picture for the life of me. 2.) I never saw that cake top again.

And there you have it.  All of the wedding details (and more pictures than you probably wanted to see.).  πŸ™‚

Hope your enjoyed my overly in-depth wedding details!

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Love, K

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