When I dreamed of my wedding, I knew I wanted it to be sentimental. I didn’t want something elaborate and grandiose that had no meaning to me. I longed for a day that was special, filled with details that were all close to my heart.
So I opted to get married at my grandma’s farm, with the big old red barn I’d grown up with looking over us. The girls all got ready in my grandma’s house, the trees and grass were my aisle, and the fields and sky were my backdrop. It may not have been every bride’s dream, but it was mine.
Every single detail of our wedding had a special connection to us. We had a lot of something borrowed, a little of something new, and we even had some blue. And luckily for me, this meant we didn’t have to spend a whole lot.
I’ll be honest, though. A wedding like this isn’t for the faint of heart. We spent a lot of time trimming the yard, rummaging through the barn looking for pieces to fit our vintage chic wedding theme, and hours were spent folding paper flowers and making programs. Fortunately, I appreciate a good DIY project and loved being so involved in my wedding. Even better, I had a mother and soon-to-be husband who were right on board getting their hands in with the nitty gritty of wedding tasks!
Instead of spending a ton of money on our wedding, we spent a lot of time. We enjoyed these moments and when the Big Day finally arrived, it was exactly as I had imagined. Not one thing went wrong on our wedding day. By being so involved in the wedding process, seeing the fruit of our labor made for a day filled with excitement and fun. There was nothing that could have rained on my parade that day (not even the actual rain that began just as our ceremony finished!).
All photos thanks to Meili Photography + Videography.
Ceremony Cost Breakdown for $8K Wedding
Chair Rental: $340
This ended up being much more expensive than we anticipated. We tried thinking of alternatives like making benches out of old trees or even using blankets and going picnic style. But in the end, the chairs were worth the cost, even if they were only used for 20 minutes!
Sound System Rental: $225
Renting a sound system was something we were really glad we did. Our singer and accompanist used it as well as our pastor and us during our vows.
Singer & Accompanist: $200
Yay for having friends who are musical!
This is a pretty typical fee for an officiant.
Guest Book: $25
We used MyPublisher’s guest book template to make our own guest book using our engagement photos. We LOVED it! I definitely recommend doing this.
To make our programs, we used scrapbook paper from Michael’s that we bought with coupons. We designed them ourselves using Microsoft Word and printed them on a regular old Canon home printer I’d had since my freshman year of college. We stamped the front with an R stamp we found at an antique store for $1 which created a special touch.
Most of the decorations were pieces we found around my grandma’s farm, barn, and house. The old doors were hanging out in the barn. A couple were painted, but most were left how they were found. The pulpit used by our pastor was an old piece from my grandma’s country church. The milk cans were from the days that my grandpa worked at Bridgeman Creamery. The flowers were trimmed that morning from my grandma’s yard. We used an old ladder to display some and hung others in old mason jars and hooks from my mom’s garden.
Total Spent on Wedding Ceremony: $950
- Wedding Reception $2,351 – My Dream Wedding for Under $8K
- Wedding Details $3,268 – My Dream Wedding for Under $8K
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