Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wedding dollars and sense.

Because inquiring minds want to know- I'm just going to bluntly put it out there. Our wedding rang in at right about $5,000. I kind of choked once all of the receipts were tallied up. Although we didn't have a true dollar amount budget, the goal was to keep everything as thrifty as possible (I naively thought we could do the whole thing for $2,000-$2,500). I don't know what we could have cut out or changed. And yes, I realize that $5,000 is quite thrifty by most wedding standards. A gigantic thank you to my parents for helping us out as much as they could- we all avoided years and years of impending debt- which really was the goal all along.

Here are a few of the major ways we were able to save money:

1) We didn't have to book a venue- The ceremony and reception took place in my parent's backyard. I'm a true homebody and wouldn't have had it any other way. We were truly blessed to have this "location" work out- I realize most people wouldn't even have this as an option. The biggest overall expense was in terms of rentals. We rented a large tent, tables and chairs and linens- not only to divide the ceremony and reception, but the tent would have been essential if it would have rained. God was really smiling down on us that day- and the weather was perfect.

2) We didn't have a "photography package". When the planning began I looked at booking a few amateur photogs. I was absolutely astounded at the prices for wedding packages. Astounded! I was so, so thankful when a family friend agreed to photograph the ceremony and our portraits for us for next to nothing. I wanted all of the important moments to be captured, but was less concerned with fancy editing, albums, etc. My aunt also took photos throughout the day and at the reception. I have two beautiful sets of photos saved to discs that I can do whatever I want with, and didn't have to wait for months to get them!
Thanks Rich!
3) DIY & thrift store decor. This was a lot of work, but when all was said and done, also a lot of fun. Between my mom and I, we were probably at a thrift store, garage sale, craft store, or dollar store at least 3 times a week for two months. We collected mason jars, doilies, lace, old books, and I even dumpster dived some working twinkle lights. Fun!

4) Skip the florist. The morning of the wedding, my sister and I put together the bouquets arranged from flowers from Trader Joe's and Aldi. Some rose petals were scattered around the reception tables, and there were small bouquets arranged in Ikea vases to mark the aisle. I think we spent less that $40 total on flowers! So simple, yet so pretty!

I have a few more details to share- I haven't gotten to gush about my vintage dress yet! Will be back with another post soon!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Darling, I do...

My wedding season has come to a close as I finished mailing out my thank you cards last week. It was a whirlwind to say the least. Engaged on May 2nd and hitched just over 4 months later on September 17th. (And two month after that I'm finally getting around to creating this post- TEMPUS FUGIT!)
When people say your wedding day is the "happiest day of your life" they are not kidding. Perfect shouldn't be a word tossed around lightly- but it was truly a perfect day.

I plan to deconstruct everything in a few more detailed posts (including how we managed to put everything together without going into debt). In the meantime, here are some favorite photos:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Engaged to be married

My (oops, OUR) wedding is on Saturday. As in 3 days from now. I have made every attempt to make it a THRIFTY wedding. I have to say, I was completely astonished about the prices photographers charge for "wedding packages". Astonished. So for our engagement photos, I employed my sister, my iPhone and instagram. I was thrilled with the results!! Here are some favorites:

Honestly, can you even tell these weren't done by a pro? Thriftiness at its best, if you ask me!

Monday, August 22, 2011


Summer reading

I <3 Wisconsin

My best bike

My Capitol city

Currently in NYC for a great friend's wedding

Congrats you two!

My favorite NYC attraction

Sneak peak at the centerpiece for my impending nuptials. SEPT 17th !!!

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Another Kind of Treasure Hunt, continued

Start with Part 1 of this post here.

The real joy to be found in geocaching, is happening upon places you'd never otherwise know existed. Equipped with our trustee iPhones, Kenny and I decided to explore some of the smaller towns around the Madison area on Memorial Day. Places where you wouldn't typically think there would be anything "to do."
Here are some of the magical places / things we came across:

Lovely lakes and bridges-
Local produce market-
A yummy chocolate malt-
 A brewery that we didn't realize was so close to home-
Black Beauty-
Some of our favorite places to geocache are cemeteries. Kinda creepy and strangely beautiful. The caches are never placed on or around graves, so nothing is ever disturbed. 

And then this- well this was just epic. A cache popped up on the GPS called "Cream Puffs as Big as Your Head". Well we didn't end up finding the cache (we did find 9 out of 12 that day) but we DID find said cream puffs.
Listen, that cream puff was sold at a gas station of all places...the price? $2.75!!!
And we literally would have never come across any of this had it not been for this little "game" !!