Broke-Ass Tag: budget wedding inspiration

12/20

Affiliate Disclaimer NewOur wedding was the best day ever, so naturally we wanted some really fun ways to remember it. I talked about my way too expensive Instax guestbook a while back, and while it did cost a pretty penny, I am SO glad we ended up doing it. I am obsessed.

There was a time when we had no idea where the guestbook was going to be located. We discussed setting it up in the barn, which was our main reception area. It had the perk of being inside in case of rain, but we were afraid that there wouldn’t be enough room and it would be too dark. Fuji Instax cameras are cute and fun, but I wouldn’t say they take the most high quality photos. I had almost forgotten about this ugly wooden sign/bulletin board type thing that was right on the path from the entrance to seating for the ceremony, but when my mom reminded me of it we decided it would work. The location was great, and we could turn it from an eyesore to something pretty and useful.

My brother Justin, who was also a groomsmen, took one for the team and made us an amazing ticket backdrop for photos — what a tedious and time-consuming activity!  It turned out even better than I imagined and I cannot thank him enough.

Rachel's ticket photo booth backdrop

Credit: Jenni Bella Photography

Our volunteer Instax photographer, Cailyn, got situated before guests began arriving, and as they walked by she snapped their pic and they wrote a little note next to it in the book.

Guests get pics in front of Rachel's ticket backdrop

Credit: Jenni Bella Photography

Cailyn snapping a photo of two of our guests.

Rachel's guest book photo booth setup

Credit: Jenni Bella Photography

Once all of the festivities moved indoors, Cailyn brought the book and camera inside for more pictures. Toward the end of our reception, my bridesmaid Laura noticed that we had a bunch of film left over, so she manned the camera and got some gems of everyone dancing and having a good time. They are my favorite thing ever and are mostly unfit for public consumption. Our guestbook holds 104 photos, but we ended up with close to 140. They are the best.

In addition to that, we also had a custom canvas made for our guests to color. I saw the idea on the Interwebz one day and knew I needed it, but I wasn’t going to pay like $250.00 plus shipping to order one from the only company I could find who makes them. Just, #no. So my mom, AKA the Queen of All Things Wedding, set about making one for us. She found a carnival print she liked, traced it onto transparent film and used an overhead projector — middle school style — to draw it on a canvas she bought. I will say, she got super busy with other wedding-related items, so she handed it off to my brother Justin to finish up. He did a fantastic job, and even ended up free-handing some personal touches.

Rachel's custom carnival canvas

Credit: Jenni Bella Photography

That empty bucket was eventually filled with markers, I promise. Everyone really enjoyed adding names and colors all night, and we love the way it turned out, smears and all. I can’t wait to hang it in our office, where I can see it every day.

Rachel's colored-in canvas

I’ve talked a lot about fun being our main goal for our big day, and little touches like these really helped us make it an amazing and fun-filled day for everyone. The added bonus is that we have amazing keepsakes to look at whenever we want.

What fun little touches are you adding to your wedding day?

  • 10/13

    With Halloween right around the corner and today being the 13th of the month — an ominous day for the superstitious among us — there’s no better time to bring out this amazing Lovecraft-inspired wedding shoot by Casey Fatchett Photography. Many of the vendors fall within budget range for BABs (the dress is right around $1000) and even Casey himself — as a photographer in NYC — starts his pricing around $3000 (Sunday-Friday, 8 hours + engagement sesh). Take it away, Casey!

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    I toyed with the idea of an HP Lovecraft inspired wedding shoot for several years. It may seem like a bizarre concept for wedding inspiration, but I find that sometimes the best inspiration comes from the unlikeliest places. Lovecraft wrote horror stories in which often characters were driven mad with overwhelming terror — so basically how many couples feel when they are first starting to plan their weddings (that’s a joke, kind of … ).

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    When putting the shoot together, I wanted to create something that was truly “inspired” by Lovecraft and rather than just “translate” one of his stories into photos. The monsters in Lovecraft’s stories very often have tentacles and there are often nautical themes. It would have been very easy to go overboard on that front.

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    Luckily, I worked with some amazing vendors who helped create a shoot that is both beautiful and at times creepy. The makeup and hair styling evoked a Victorian/Tim Burton-esque feel while the flowers took on a look of blood and brains and tentacles. The amazing skull and tentacle cake featured eldritch designs imprinted on its sides. And the invitation suite incorporated actual names and addresses from Lovecraft’s life as well as a “handwritten” feel. In his short life, Lovecraft was a prodigious writer, sending thousands of letters to his family, fans and peers. Overall, we felt the shoot reflected aspects of both the man himself and his work.

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    The final element was the location, Lovecraft Bar & Restaurant. What more perfect location? The setting provided a backdrop that ranged from “steampunk” mad scientist lab upstairs to the downstairs space which one could imagine a Cthulhu cult meeting in. The bronze, gold, and silver elements in the space (and in the other details) brought another common Lovecraft theme to the forefront: alchemy. For what is a marriage if not an alchemy of sorts? Bringing two people together and transforming them into one family.

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    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

    Photography: Casey Fatchett, http://fatchett.com | Venue: Lovecraft NYC, http://lovecraftnyc.com | Hair & Makeup: SB Beauty, http://sb-beauty.net | Cake: City Sweets, http://citysweets.com/ | Flowers: Blossom & Bee, http://blossomandbee.com/ | Dress: Saja Bridal, http://sajawedding.com | Veil: Happily Ever Borrowed, http://www.happilyeverborrowed.com/ Tentacle Rings & Black Rose Earrings: RockLove Jewelry, http://rocklove.com | Octopus Hair Pin: Elluna Fae Creative, http://www.thebrokeassbride.com/etsyhomeshop/EllunaFae | Jacket and Vest: DAS, http://www.thebrokeassbride.com/etsyhomeshop/dashandbag | Masks: Eden Bachelder, http://www.thebrokeassbride.com/etsyhomeshop/edenbee | Stationery: Arobesque Design Studio, http://arobesque.com

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  • 6/27

    Oh hello there! Are you admiring my proud peacock feathers? I thought you might be! Why so proud, you ask? Well, aside from the lovlieness of my plumes (pfffft), its because my handsome hubby is a contributing editor to Destination Weddings & Honeymoon's Magazine in their super-sweet Groom's Room column every issue! We've always been huge fans of DWH Mag, and I had the honor…

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    6/25

    I love my job. It's a great gig. Think about it - I get to help people create one of the coolest days of their lives -  an atmosphere of fun and joy and love, with shopping, and food, and cocktails along the way.  I've made some great friends, had some great experiences, and I am never, ever bored. And when it's over, I just…

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    6/24

    We've hinted, you've waited, and we're finally ready to open up about a big secret! We've been slowly but surely talking with producers and TV networks about getting The Broke-Ass Bride on a TV near you!  Pinch my ass, cuz it feels like a dream, yo!  It's a long, slow road filled with unexpected bumps and potholes, but there's a stunning view on the horizon…

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