Budget Friendly DIY Wedding for $5000 :: Tessa & Adam

Though Tessa and Adam had a wedding budget of under $5000, but they knew they wanted to celebrate with about 200 of their friends and family. To make it work, they hired a local hot dog stand to cater, got busy with DIY projects, and employed the talents of friends and family. Jessica Peterson is Tessa’s former roommate, so she was the obvious pick for photographer.

Tessa designed her wedding dress, and then her mother (“An amazing seamstress!”) made it for her, along with adorable flower girl dresses. Bridesmaids and groomsmen were told to wear what they wanted as long as they stuck to lighter colors. Adam wore a seersucker suit from J.Crew, and paired it with a vintage tie and tie clip.

For flowers, Tessa ordered bunches to arrange in jars the day of the wedding, and had her bouquet made for her. She made felt flower corsages and boutonnieres for the bridal party, and ribbon wands for the flower girls. The bride also did her own hair and makeup – beautiful!

The couple rented a giant parachute for fun, and Tessa says her favorite part of the day was being tossed up in the air with Adam by their friends. They also rented and borrowed lawn games like croquet and bocce ball, as well as canoes and paddle boats for the pond behind the barn.

The barn was decorated with bunting flags made by the bride. Hot dogs were catered by J Dawgs. The dessert table included donuts, and carrot bundt cakes, Rice Krispy treats, cupcakes and pies made by friends and family. There were also old fashioned milk bottles filled with milk to wash it all down.

Donuts? Hot dogs? Parachutes? Sounds like a party to me! You can see lots more pics of Tessa and Adam’s fun DIY wedding over on Jessica Peterson’s blog, as well as their engagement shoot. Congratulations Tessa and Adam!






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