Occupations: Development Coordinator for a community revitalization non-profit; high school Spanish teacher
Wedding location: Pearl S. Buck Estate, Perkasie, PA
Wedding Budget: $25,000 **
Number of Guests: 207
Wedding Date: June 20, 2015
How would you describe your wedding: Our wedding had a little bit of everything. We had some traditional elements, but also did things our own modern way. For example, we had very traditional vows, but I wore a blush dress. We didn’t toss anything at the reception, and our table numbers were clocks. It was a modern day wedding with a vintage feel. When people ask how it was, I say, “magical!”
What was your favorite part of your wedding? Having every single person we love all in one place for 6 hours. It was so incredible to have people from different families and different parts of the country mingling together because they all had one thing in common — us! And of course, it was great to have them all witness the second we became husband and wife.
What did you splurge on? Photography — worth it!
Is there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect? I would have worried less about the small details a lot sooner than I did. I realized I was the only one who would notice if something was missing, but the day of, I didn’t even notice.
What was your biggest challenge in planning? Narrowing down our guest list. It truly pained us to not be able to invite everyone! I think our original count was somewhere around 275, and we wound up having 254 invitations go out.
What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? There was definitely a time when I wondered if 18 months of planning was really worth it. I decided to take a few weeks off right around the holidays — I didn’t do any DIYing and barely even spoke about it. It was nice to step back to regroup and reflect on the things that are really important about a wedding.
What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding?
- The kiss.
- Our guests. For real, though.
- All of the speeches– they were on point!
- The weather — 80% chance of thunderstorms all day, but not a single drop!
- Having a husband to take home with me at the end of the night, and every other night for the rest of my life!
Top 5 least favorite?
- Fearing the threatening weather. So stupid.
- Not eating enough cake and ice cream.
- That it had to end at some point.
- That’s it. Couldn’t have asked for a more magical day.
What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received? “Are you sure you want to do this?” or “There’s still time to back out.” I heard these sentences way too many times. It’s supposed to be the happiest day of my life — do we have to put a damper on it?!
The best? “Are you having fun?” My aunt (mother of the flower girl) was with me when I was getting ready. She looked at me and said those words because someone said them to her on her wedding day. Of course, your natural reaction is to say, “Yes!” but you really do have to stop, look, see and feel all of the great things around you that day. Take it all in, ladies and gents!
Any other bits of wisdom? This is going to sound cliche and repetitive, but seriously, just take it all in. I heard this bit of wisdom multiple times, even before we were planning a wedding. So, I just remembered what everyone said and truly absorbed every second I possibly could, so much so that when I was walking down the aisle with my dad, I said, “Hey, guys!” to our guests like it was just any other day.
Right after we were done with our dinner and everyone else was just finishing up, we left the reception so we could walk back in and experience everyone and everything happening in that moment. We got some weird looks, for sure, but it was so nice to take a few seconds to appreciate everything you have.
There are so many people coming to see you, so many emotions going around, and so many life events happening all in a very short amount of time. It can be overwhelming if you let it. Those few short hours will go by in a flash, but they are all happening because of you and your groom. After all of the time you put into planning, you deserve to enjoy — and remember — it!
Rental Company: Open Aire Affairs
Officiant: Will Halsey
Photography: Sharyn Frenkel Photography
Florist: Cultivating Joy
Caterer: Sage Catering
Cakes: The Flour Child Home Bakery
Ceremony Music: Elysium Quartet
Cocktail Hour Music: Micheal Mancini & Gerard Mancini
Hair & Makeup: Daneene Jensen & Associates
Groom’s Suit: Macy’s
Eds Note: It’s not unusual for weddings to go over-budget. It happens often, just as many weddings can come in under-budget. Our goal here at The Broke-Ass Bride is not to have a competition over who spent the least on their wedding, rather to share with couples that a beautiful, meaningful wedding celebration is possible on any budget. It’s important to keep in mind that the size of the guest list and the geographic location have a huge impact on the dollars spent. Please be kind when commenting, as every wedding is different. Hateful, disrespectful and intolerant comments will be deleted.
Projected Budget: $25,000
Hair & Makeup: 150