Broke-Ass Tag: Intimate 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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  • 8/10

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewReal Bride Lucinda married Chris under sunny skies and amidst a gorgeous northern Massachusetts backdrop in a classic wedding celebration. After DIYing some seriously huge aspects of her wedding — including her wedding dress, veil, signage and paper flowers for decor — the couple celebrated with family and friends while the talented Maria Burton Photography captured their day. In a typically super expensive wedding market (about $40K on average), this couple pulled off a gorgeous, classy and fun celebration for about $15,000.

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris -- Family Photo || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Name: Lucinda and Christopher
    Occupation: Marketing (L), Real Estate (C)
    Wedding location: Dracut, MA
    Wedding Date: 6/4/2016
    Budget: $15k
    Number of Guests: 55

    How would you describe your wedding?

    For our wedding, we incorporated things into the day that make us happy and had a personal feel to them — we did not want our wedding to look anything like those cookie-cutter weddings you’d see on The Knot! It was small, with only close friends and family, and it was nice to be able to talk to everyone during the evening and have the whole gang on he dance floor at once.

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris -- Bridal Party Portrait || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris -- Couple Portrait || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    What was your favorite part of your wedding?

    Our DIY photo booth (or, “faux-to” booth) was a fun element we decided to make at the last minute with some funky fabric and a PVC piping frame. Our friends provided the props for silly pictures, and the mylar balloon banner added a whimsical touch. Plus, having it right in the foyer when you walked in to the reception to pick up your seating card set the tone for the evening and made it easy for people to grab some pictures away from the dance floor and dining room.

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris -- Guests pose in photo booth || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris -- couple poses in photo booth || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    What did you splurge on?

    The balloons were the most expensive part of our wedding decorations (about $600) but worth it (despite the fact that we went through a lot of difficulties with the company we worked with and had to fix the balloons on our wedding day. I’m not listing the vendor because I really don’t recommend them). It was one of those unexpected elements that surprised our guests. I mean, who has balloons at a wedding?!

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - Portrait with Balloon || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    We also had a harpist for the ceremony and cocktail hour! It was a nice touch that added a personal feeling with the music we selected, lots of Beatles and classic rock tunes — the kind of music we both like listening to.

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - Harpist || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Other than my wedding dress, the photography was the most important part of our wedding and we were willing to spend a good chunk of our budget on photography — after all, our photos would commemorate our big day and would be what our family would look at in future years and generations to come. We were lucky enough to find a wonderful photographer that fit in our budget and exceeded our expectations in every way for our engagement and wedding photos.

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - bridal portrait || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    What did you save on?

    My dress! Because I made my dress from scratch, I saved a ton instead of finding one at a bridal shop, and it was exactly what I wanted.

    We bought the bouquets and boutonnieres at Wegman’s (a grocery store chain in the mid-atlantic and northeast) instead of a traditional florist for the bouquets and we DIY’d our centerpieces — that was a huge savings, flowers can be so expensive and we didn’t want to spend that kind of money. Using big blooms like hydrangeas instead of a mix of flowers cut down on the expense, and I like how dramatic and modern one single type of flower looked. Wegman’s put the bouquets together for us and wrapped each one with ivory ribbon. For reference, my bouquet was $35 with six blooms and the bridesmaid bouquets were $25 with three blooms.

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - bridesmaids with bouquets || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Instead of finding someone specializing in bridal hair, my hairdresser who has cut and colored my hair over the last eight years did my updo as well as my sister’s hair. I also found my makeup artist at Sephora last summer when I went in to get my makeup done for an event. I liked her work so much I hired her to do makeup for the entire wedding party. These were much more economical choices than finding someone who does only bridal hair and makeup, because as soon as you mutter the word “wedding,” there’s immediately an upcharge with so many vendors.

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - first dance || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Was there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect?
    Nope! It was exactly how we wanted it.

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - rings || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - shoe decals || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    What was your biggest challenge in planning?

    Thinking that we needed a theme and stressing out how to incorporate all of the elements of the wedding into the theme. We ended up saying screw it, you don’t need to have a theme for your wedding! Once we let go of that idea, figuring out how to decorate etc. became a lot easier.

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - bride and father walking down the aisle || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - cake table || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself?

    Things aren’t always going to turn out how you hope, but that’s ok, you just have to roll with the punches. And lean on your friends to help you with planning and DIYing — they’re really willing to pitch in and give you a hand!

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - bridesmaids enjoying themselves || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - dance floor revelry || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - bride's family || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - groomsmen dancing || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding?

    1. Our photographer was awesome =- hands down.
    2. The food — everyone raved about the hors d’oeuvres and we actually got to eat our yummy dinner and cake!
    3. Getting ready with my gals before the wedding and being silly in our matching robes
    4. Dancing with all of our friends and family
    5. The coordinator at our venue was a doll to work with and kept everything on track, even when we had an unexpected guest show up at our wedding!

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - bride and bridesmaids getting ready || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - groomsmen pose || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Top 5 least favorite?

    1. I wish I could have said “bye” to all of our guests as they were leaving and to have thanked them all for coming at the end of the evening — we were having too much fun on the dance floor
    2. Our balloon vendor was downright awful — it was easy for them to take our money, but challenging to work with and nail down the details such as when our balloons were actually going to be delivered on our wedding day and how they were going to be set up. Do not recommend!!
    3. It would have been nice to spend more time with some of my relatives that I don’t get to see very often
    4. We didn’t get to hear much of the harp music since it was played before our ceremony and during cocktail hour when we were off taking pictures. It’s ok, it was more for our guests but it would have been nice to hear more than we did
    5. Feeling like you’re getting pulled around on a tight schedule — everyone wants a piece of you on your wedding day

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - custom guest book poster || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received?

    “Your wedding is more about your guests than it is about you.” Umm, to a degree, but not really. Last time I checked, it was about us celebrating a lifelong commitment to each other and sharing in that with our guests. Yes, we wanted to make sure that we picked out tasty food that would cater to everyone’s preferences and we were able to swing having an open bar for cocktail hour, but other than that, remembering that the day was about our commitment to each other helped to keep things in check as we went through the planning process, trying to figure out what to do.

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - sweetheart table || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    The best?

    “It’s a marathon, not a sprint” — credit to my sister on that one the night before the wedding, regarding how to treat marriage and the issues that come up.

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - bridesmaids during ceremony || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - groom portrait || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Any other bits of wisdom?

    Don’t let anyone make you think or feel that you need to do things a certain way or have your wedding be a certain way. It’s your wedding, do what you want. And if you’re afraid that people are going to think poorly of your decisions, then they aren’t really your true friends or care about you.

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - groomsmen goofing around || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - newlyweds dancing

    Budget breakdown?

    Ceremony – free, our JP was a family friend
    Reception – $7,800
    Decorations – $1,000
    Flowers – $150
    Harpist – $250
    DJ – $895
    Photography – $1,800
    Stationery – $350 (including invitations and magnetic Save the Dates)
    Wedding Dress – $800 (including my travel to NYC and hotel while I hunted for dress fabric)
    Shoes – $80
    Veil – $10
    Jewelry and accessories – $192
    Hair – $75
    Makeup – $350 (including makeup for my bridesmaids, part of my gift to them)
    Groom’s suit – his own
    Groom’s shoes – $75
    Gifts – $400 (ties and nips for the groomsmen, robes and clutches for the bridesmaids)

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - newlywed portrait || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Real Wedding: Lucinda & Chris - newlywed portrait || Photo credit: Maria Burton Photography

    Vendors

    Venue – Four Oaks Country Club
    Photography – Maria Burton Photography
    Cake – Frederick’s Pastries
    Wedding Dress – made by me!
    Jewelry – Sarah Walsh Bridal
    Invitations – Minted
    Save the Dates – Basic Invite
    Harpist – Mary King
    DJ – Modern Entertainment
    Bouquets – Wegman’s
    “Guest Book” Poster – Miss Design Berry

    Congratulations, Chris & Lucinda and many happy years to you!

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    Credit: EPLove Every time I see a post or discussion about ways to save money on your wedding, the number one piece of advice I see is "keep your guest list small." I can see why this is appealing in many ways: For me, I wanted to keep my numbers down because I didn't want the kind of day where I was spending all my…

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    1/20

    Guys, I can't even tell you how stoked I am to share this wedding with you. I've known Marcus and Myndi for, like, ever. We all grew up together in Jackson, Wyo., and I have so much love for these two. There are few things more fun than watching old friends cultivate an amazingly strong relationship and grow a family later in life. Myndi and…

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    7/29

    These summer nights sitting under twinkly lights at the local watering hole, kicking back with my favorite people and basking in the love and friendship around me had me majorly inspired to dream up a pretty backyard wedding inspiration board. A beautiful, light gown paired with muted and understated earrings and a simple headband. Eclectic table accents include a sparkly runner and a lacy blue runner…

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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…

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    5/8

    You guys, did you know that the unofficial state slogan of Kentucky is "Kentucky Kicks Ass"? Welp, now you do. And this real wedding (geez, it's been a hot minute since we've had one of these hasn't it?) does just that. The ceremony was held on a cliff, in Kentucky, and was full of family and love and general creativity. This is one broke-ass, kick-ass wedding…

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