Broke-Ass Tag: real 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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  • 4/11

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewBattball Wedding-90 (2)Name: Katie and Andrew

    Occupation: Attorney (K), Warehousing Associate (A)

    Wedding location: Chanhassen, MN

    Wedding Date: 10/10/15

    Budget: $12k (fuzzy)

    Number of Guests: 100

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    How would you describe your wedding? For our wedding, we took a lot of traditional influences and added our own personal creative touches.

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    What was your favorite part of your wedding? Holding hands during our ceremony, feeling each other’s nervousness and excitement.

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    What did you splurge on? My dress! Custom-made and totally worth it.

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    What did you save on? Favors. Who needs ‘em?

    Was there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect? I wouldn’t have done an unplugged ceremony. I wanted people to engage and be present, which I think they did, but I also missed out on the chance to capture the ceremony from many angles. It also got people away from their cameras for the reception, when I *wanted* them to be taking silly pictures!

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    What was your biggest challenge in planning? Letting go and accepting help. I made things harder than they needed to be by being a bit of a control freak.

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    What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? To ask for help when I need it.

    What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding?

    1) Getting married, of course

    2) Bringing so many of our favorite people together all in one place

    3) The shoe game. I was totally against it because I thought it was dumb, but it was actually really fun and we agreed on almost every question.

    4) The photobooth – enough said!

    5) I placed some of my oldest friends with some of my best friends from more recent times, because I knew they’d get along. I was right!

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    Top 5 least favorite?

    1) The day-of stress. I didn’t explain my plans well enough and we had to scramble to find people to help setting up the venue.

    2) I wish we could have spent more time with just about everyone. That’s the downside to getting everyone together in one place.

    3) Running around the day of the rehearsal. I would plan that day better, if I could go back.

    4) Forgetting to unbustle my gown for the ceremony. A small detail, but it could have been more impressive than it was.

    5) Our friends didn’t seem to be interested in using WeddingMix. We had to add in honeymoon video to even fill out what we paid for. Meanwhile, we had to go and screenshot Snapchat to save some pics. Don’t use Snapchats for that, people!! #duh

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    What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received? I actually don’t think we received any bad advice. How lucky is that??

    The best? Take it all in, because it goes by in an instant.

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    Budget breakdown?

    Venue/Food/DJ/Cake: $7500

    Dress: $1500

    Flowers: $100 (undisclosed amount paid by a dear friend)

    Makeup: $55

    Hair: $80

    Shoes: $40

    Invitations + Paper: $150

    The Rest: Misc attire and décor. I kept a *really* terrible record – which is probably how I overspent.

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    Vendors:

    Photography: Traynor’s Photos

    Venue: Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

    Cake: Buttercream

    Flowers: KMB Floral

    Dress: Modehaus Designs

    Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse

    Décor: DIY

    Shoes: Zappos

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    Congratulations, Katie and Andrew! We wish you the very best!

    Would you like your wedding featured on The Broke-Ass Bride? Email us at info@brokeassbride.com!

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    Name: Elissa and Nick Occupation: College Advisor + Medical Tech Wedding Location: Pasadena, California Wedding Date: June 20, 2015 Number of Guests: 80ish Budget: Less than $15,000 How would you describe your wedding? Pretty traditional in structure, though we wrote our service with the help of a Unitarian Universalist minister so that people of all faiths would feel welcome. Overall, we wanted it to feel like a fun backyard party,…

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    10/7

    Names: Meg & Steve 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…

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    Names: Jareesa & William Occupation: Supply chain project manager & statistician Wedding location: McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, MN Wedding Date: March 14, 2015 Budget:* $18,000 How would you describe your wedding: Our wedding was pretty traditional but we incorporated elements of our nerd personalities to make it our own. I also had my youngest brother do a reading of my favorite poem. What was your…

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    11/4

    Guys, I've been absolutely dying to get the whole damn story on Kate and Daniel's insane, beautiful, literary, uncertain wedding ... and it's finally here! Her amazing red dress, the f*ck it all attitude about how things "should" be, the anxiety of the whole visa and immigration process ... it's been a helluva journey, but now Kate and Daniel are married. And it was the…

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    10/28

    Hey everyone! I'm so excited to report that things have gotten much better since my last post. The biggest and best news is that we set a date! We were getting very frustrated over the decision, which was really hard at a time of year when we're both very busy anyway. I was even having stress dreams over it, and it is *WAY* too early…

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    10/13

     It's been nearly two months since contributor Elizabeth married Bryce on a rainy day in Greensboro, N.C., and they partied down in a Gatsby-looking fashion on a $7K budget. Today, Elizabeth is back to share the details, Real Wedding-style. Name: Elizabeth & Bryce Occupation: I work for study abroad at Duke University Wedding location: Greensboro, NC Wedding Date: August 9th, 2014 Budget: $7,000-ish How would you…

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    9/16

    Ashley and Curtis' sweet Minnesota wedding was put together with a lot of time, energy, effort and love. While the bride and groom did not set a budget (!!), they managed to pull off a great party and amazing wedding under around $18,000. While rain threatened to put a damper on their big day, the skies cleared up, the roads dried up and the party…

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