Broke-Ass Tag: $10K Wedding

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The time has finally come to see Real Bride Amy’s intimate Chittendon, Vt., wedding. Amy and Rick escaped to a gorgeous lakeside lodge with a few of their nearest and dearest to tie the knot. They did away with all the extras and prioritized their dollars on what made sense for them — the true broke-ass way. Boucher Visuals did a wonderful job of capturing the love and details from their big day.
Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Lakeside Portrait || Boucher VisualsName: Amy & Rick

Occupation: Public Health Professional

Wedding location: Chittenden, VT

Wedding Date: September 25, 2016

Budget: $10,000

Number of Guests: 15

How would you describe your wedding (civil? Traditions? Write your own vows? Etc.): Simple. No frills. Just the important stuff.

Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Ring Shot || Boucher Visuals

Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Venue View || Boucher Visuals

What was your favorite part of your wedding? When the ceremony was over, we walked to the car and had a few minutes before we went to join our guests. It was nice to have a few minutes to breath and just be together in the midst of a hectic day.

Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Couple Portrait || Boucher Visuals
What did you splurge on?
Photography! This was my #1 priority so it was worth it. I also unintentionally splurged on my dress, but I found one I loved and just went with it.  

What did you save on? We kept it small and did not do a full reception, which saved us on food, flowers and decor.

Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Cake || Boucher VisualsWas there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect? I would have savored the day more. It all went by so fast!  

What was your biggest challenge in planning? Making decisions about what I wanted to do, while trying to consider everyone else’s wishes.

Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Reception Dinner || Boucher Visuals

Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Bridal Bouquet|| Boucher VisualsWhat lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? Although it’s a special day, it really is only just a day, and real life starts again right after, so don’t stress about it too much!

What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding?

Our pictures.

My dress.

The cake.

My bouquet.

Sharing it with our closest family and friends.

Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Bridal Accessories || Boucher Visuals

Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Shoes || Boucher Visuals

Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Dress Shot || Boucher VisualsTop 5 least favorite?

Choosing vendors.

Getting ready the morning of the ceremony. Stressful!

The money. Seeing the bank balance dwindle away was hard.

Pinterest pressure. DIY is not always worth it.

How fast it all went by.

Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Cake Cutting || Boucher Visuals

Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Cake Smash || Boucher VisualsWhat was the worst piece of wedding advice you received? Everyone had their own story about what they did at their own wedding that they of course thought was best, “you should use this vendor,” etc.  They meant well, of course, but each wedding and each couple is unique. Weddings are not one size fits all, and you have to do what is best for the two of you.

The best? Go with your gut. Don’t get swayed, but what your friend did or the popular social media trends, or what your mother thinks you should do. Do whatever will make you look back on your day and smile.

Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Portrait with Dogs || Boucher VisualsAny other bits of wisdom? I can see the value in hiring at least a day-of coordinator. We didn’t, but much of the week before was spent trying to coordinate with vendors about schedules and payments, and that day I was worried about where everyone was going and when, and we were running around the envelopes trying to be sure everyone got paid. It would have been nice to know that was being handled so I could have focused more attention on my guests.

Budget breakdown?

Save the Dates and Invitations: $500

Venue and food: $1,000

Accommodations: $1,000

Cake: $100

Bouquet and boutonniere: $125

Dress and alterations: $3,000

Groom’s suit: $400

Photography: $3,000

Hair & Makeup: Free! I did my own makeup and my friend did my hair.

Officiant: $400

Total: $9,525

Vendors:

Venue: Mountaintop Inn & Resort 

Photography: Boucher Visuals

Cake: Trillium Fine Desserts

Dress: True North Bridal  Designer: Rebecca Schoneveld 

Custom Save the Dates & Invitations: Written in Detail 

Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Ceremony Exit || Boucher Visuals

Congratulations, Amy and Rick!

 

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  • 5/26

    Man, you guys, I’ve been seeing so much about Palm Springs lately. I know it’s full of opulence and wealth, but it’s also pretty … pretty. And so many shimmering turquoise pool! Bridget (also Dana’s literary agent!) and Steve tied the knot in a very intimate but very gorgeous ceremony at a Palm Springs rental house surrounded by their closest family, then whisked away for a sweet dinner with everyone. Sit back and take in all this beauty!STEVE + BRIDGET EPFAVS-24

    Name (s): Bridget and Steve Matzie

    Occupation: Literary Agent and Economic Development Consultant for Usaid

    Wedding Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Wedding Date: 3/10/2012

    Budget: Somewhere around $10,000

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    How would you describe your wedding: Beautiful, casual and intimate (immediate family only), self-designed ceremony with readings from our favorite pieces of literature and our own vows.

    What was your favorite part of your wedding? Exchanging our vows and drinking lots of fancy Champagne afterward.

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    What did you splurge on? Champagne, dinner, rental houses, limo.

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    What did you save on? We lived in India for two years before we got married and we saved a lot by getting our rings, my dress and Steve’s suit made there.

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    Was there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect? Skipped the limo that we hired to take us to and from dinner. When we picked up our rental cars for the weekend Hertz gave us two awesome convertibles and those would have been more fun. We initially hired a small wedding planning firm but found them disorganized and the whole process of working with a planner more stressful than just doing everything ourselves. We ended up canceling the contract with the wedding planner.

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    What was your biggest challenge in planning? Designing a wedding from so far away — we live in DC.

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    What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? A fabulous wedding really doesn’t need much. And you can still feel all the wedding love and specialness with only your immediate family there.

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    What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding? Our vows, the toasts that friends and family sent, which were read at dinner, the Palm Springs weather and setting, the houses we rented and my dress (modeled on a Monique Lhuillier design).

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    Top 5 least favorite? The limo, that’s really it.

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    What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received? We didn’t receive any bad advice, but we ignored most traditional wedding suggestions in favor of our own style.

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    The best? To write our own vows.

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    If you’ve been married for more than a year, what have been some challenges? We were together for 11 years before we were married so the challenges are essentially the same.

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    Any other bits of wisdom? Make a really strong effort to thank your partner for everything they do that you like and appreciate. Sometimes we can fall into a trap of letting our partner know what we don’t like, and when we’re upset, and we forget to compliment and thank. It feels so good to have even small things acknowledged. Also — compliment your partner in public and in front of family and friends — it makes it even better.

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    Budget breakdown?

    Dress: $350, Made by a tailor while we were living in India

    Steve’s suit: $300, made by a tailor while we were living in India, J. Crew tie

    Rings: $2,000, made by Genesis Jeweler in India

    Photographer: $1,500, Roger & Lyndzee Ellsworth from EPLove

    Limo: $600

    Honeymoon: $820 for 3 nights in Borrego Springs, Borrego Valley Inn

    House rental for ceremony and lodging for most of family: $3,366, VRBO 262201

    Cocktail hour catering: $385, Jennifer’s Kitchen and Catering

    Private dinner for 13: $1,940, Villa Royale Restaurant 

    Decorations: done by my mom

    Bidal bouquet: David Madison / Madison Workshop West

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  • 3/21

    You guys!!! Spring has officially sprung, and while it looks like it'll be nice in my little neck of the woods for the next couple of days, spring usually means at least two months of rain and mud. With that in mind, how about a Real Wedding that highlights the fact a little rain never hurt anyone and can actually make for some pretty great…

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    3/14

    All right! Everyone know what time it is? That's right! Time for your weekly get-out-your-ogling-glasses time! Julia and Andrew had a LEGIT home-brewed Massachusetts wedding, and  they made sure to spend in all the right places. There was so much DIY going on, I'm not sure how Julia managed to emerge un-papercutted. She and Andrew did all the invites, she and her sister took care…

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    9/28

    Over the weekend I had the yo-ho, yo-ho pleasure of attending a wedding in Vegas on a pirate ship.  Yes, you read correctly.  The couple said their I Do's on the Pirate Ship at Treasure Island, in front of the entire Vegas Strip, and it was truly arrrresome. I asked the bride a couple weeks ago if she would be needing any help setting up,…

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