When you’re planning a wedding, one of the first things that comes up is The Budget, and it can be incredibly helpful to see how other couples allocated funds for their own wedding celebration. Heather and Brady have graciously shared their full budget breakdown with us… You can see their full wedding feature here.

From Heather: “We spent about $30,000 when all was said and done, including rehearsal dinner and welcome drinks, and accommodations for some of our family. We saved a bit of money (but added a bit of stress) by buying flowers in bulk from the florist and arranging the centerpieces ourselves. Luckily I had an army helping me get it done, otherwise I do not recommend it!”

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BUDGET BREAKDOWN

May 31, 2014
Bristol, Rhode Island
86 Guests

Venue (ceremony and reception): Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island, $4,250

Catering / Rentals (food, drinks, desserts, cake, staffing, day-of coordinator): Russell Morin Fine Catering$14,000

Photography (one photographer for the wedding day as well as a photo booth, engagement session, and a military discount): Ruth Eileen$3,442

Videography: Blueflash Photography$1,065

DJ (ceremony, cocktail hour, reception): Fivestar Entertainment DJ$1,070

Florals (6 bouquets, 5 boutonnieres, 5 corsages, and 5 buckets of assorted flowers for DIY centerpieces): Robin Hollow Farm$1,900

Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige via The Bridal Garden$2,870 (Looking to re-sell if anyone is interested!)

Bride’s Accessories (Shoes: Michael Kors / Jewelry: Nadri via Nordstrom): $200

Hair/Makeup: $250

Groom’s Attire (Suit, Cufflinks, Pocket Square: Banana Republic / Shirt: J. Crew / Tie: Men’s Warehouse / Shoes: Florsheim): $600

Invitations: Green Fingerprint$1,200

GRAND TOTAL: $30,847

 

(I also collected vintage stamps for the invites, thrifted glass and crystal vessels for centerpieces, and DIY-ed some decor, but I truly have no idea how much I spent for these things, as they were collected and created over more than a year’s time!)

 

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Photography: Ruth Eileen / Venue: Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island / Dress: Nina by Hayley Paige via The Bridal Garden / Shoes: Michael Kors / Jewelry: Nadri via Nordstrom / Suit, Cuff Links, Pocket Square: Banana Republic / Shirt: J. Crew / Tie: Men’s Warehouse / Shoes: Florsheim / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff via Special Events Bridal Shop / Dog’s Attire: Silly Buddy / Stationery: Green Fingerprint / Calligraphy: Ali Makes Things / Floral Design: Robin Hollow Farm / Catering, Cake, Rentals: Russell Morin Fine Catering / Music: Fivestar Entertainment DJ / Videography: Nathan Gomes, Blueflash Photography
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This squid costume cracks me up, and totally reminds me of the year that my little sister and I decided to be endangered species for Halloween. Lora was an Ozark big-eared bat, which made perfect sense as a Halloween costume, and was something people would be able to recognize on at least some level. Me, on the other hand? I got stuck on the idea of being a dwarf wedgemussel. Yes, it’s a mollusk. Don’t ask me why I thought that was a good idea. And instead of trying to encourage something a little more recognizable like, say, a Hawksbill sea turtle or maybe a Delmarva fox squirrel, our talented mother went ahead and cut foam into the shape of mussel shells that I wore like a vest over an orange turtleneck. As you can probably guess, not a single person could determine what I was supposed to be. Someone asked if I was an ear. I think one person might have come close and guessed I was a clam. Admittedly not my best costume idea. Although I suppose if nothing else, I educated dozens of Halloween candy distributors about the existence of an obscure endangered shellfish.

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Dreamy backstage pics from Reem Acra’s Fall 2015 runway.

If I were dressing Caroline as an endangered species this year, she’d be a monarch butterfly. Let’s plant some milkweed people!

It finally feels like fall here. Time for apple cinnamon rolls.

Something kind of wonderful about this dress.

Most gorgeous invitation suite I’ve seen in awhile.

Brilliant charcoal finger-paintings.

Imagine seeing Rio de Janeiro from this perspective.

Homemade cheater cronuts.

I love the scalloped edge on these makeup bags.

 

In case you missed it, this week on Snippet & Ink:

Classic wine country wedding at Chalk Hill.
Sweet Southern wedding at Serenbe.
Marin Headlands wedding with personal vows.
Black-tie ballroom wedding in San Francisco.
Pretty pins: 10 ideas for bold, black wedding details.
Words to Love By No. 7.

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"f I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever." - Alfred Lord Tennyson | Words to Love By | Meghan K. Sadler for Snippet & Ink "f I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever." – Alfred Lord Tennyson | Words to Love By | Meghan K. Sadler for Snippet & Ink

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson 

 

Calligraphy by Meghan K. Sadler for Snippet & Ink.

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It used to be that aside from tuxedos and engraving ink, you wouldn’t see black at a wedding. But times have changed, and incorporating black details is a bold and beautiful choice. (Maybe mixed with white pumpkins for an elegant Halloween fete?) Here are ten of my favorite ideas for using the color black in your wedding…

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1. chalkboard balloon from AnoukB Creative Studio2. big bow headband by Ban.do3. black diamond ring by Anna Sheffield4. dark chocolate wedding cake with white flowers by Ana Parzych Cakes via Brides5. wedding dress with black applique via Love My Dress6. black invitation with white calligraphy by Lavender Calligraphy / 7. candles from Coco + Kelley8. bouquet by Matthew Robbins for Martha Stewart Weddings9. black silk camellia boutonniere from Martha Stewart Weddings10. black Hawaiian sea salt favor from Terrain (no longer available; find similar here)

 

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