Today’s garden party wedding is a perfect example that you can have the wedding of your dreams on a budget. Every vendor was a family member or friend of the couple! Amanda and Landon’s wedding was filled with the most special details, like the gorgeous wedding dress her mom handmade. Inspired by a backyard celebration beneath the stars, her wedding dreams definitely came true.
Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? We chose the Salt Lake Temple for our ceremony because we are LDS and have always wanted to get married in the Salt Lake Temple. It is the most beautiful building!
How did you go about planning your ceremony? The ceremony itself, which is performed in the temple, follows the exact same wording for every person who gets married there. It was important to me to be married with this ceremony.
“One part of my wedding that I will forever hold near and dear is that my mom made my temple dress—the dress I wore during our ceremony—and all the bridesmaid dresses. She is a professional costume designer and makes my friends wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, etc. She even made her own wedding dress! Wearing the dress my mom made me for our temple ceremony was something I will never forget. I love that she was such a big part of our wedding day!”
Your ceremony in three words. Religious, Peaceful, Celestial
Who officiated your ceremony? One of my family friends, who is also a leader in our church, performed our ceremony. I chose him because I knew that he would make the ceremony personal. He took time to say things that were relevant to me and Landon before the actual ordinance began. It was so beautiful and special to us.
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? I did the something old tradition. My something old—which was also my something blue—was a blue topaz necklace that my mom had worn on her wedding day. My something new was my wedding jewelry and dress. My something borrowed was my wedding shoes! My friend had worn them on her wedding day as well.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? My favorite thing was being able to be there with Landon and look into his eyes knowing that he would be mine forever.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice I received was to just relax and enjoy the day because there is nothing you can change the day-of… and also, to take time to sit down and eat!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? I had no specific budget, but I would say that a beautiful wedding can be done on a budget. Save where possible. I was lucky to have a lot of connections through family and friends and that helped me save money as well. Every vendor that helped with our wedding was a family or friend.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? My advice is to not break the bank, but make the day truly your own. Every girl deserves her dream wedding and I am lucky and happy that I got mine!
“Our reception was held at my neighbors house which looks like a french chateau. It was a classy outdoor wedding with flowers everywhere and cute round lights hanging across the sky. The house and backyard overlook the entire city and valley of Salt Lake so the view was breathtaking no matter which was you were looking! There were big white tents for dinner and photos of me and Landon scattered around the tables. It was a beautiful evening.”
Why did you choose this location for your reception? I chose this home because I have loved it my entire life! My neighbors have been offering their home for me to use since I was a little girl. When the time finally came, it was an obvious choice!
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I was inspired by outdoor weddings and by my favorite movie, My Best Friends Wedding. Growing up so close to such amazing mountains, I have always dreamed of a backyard yard wedding with lights hanging from tree to tree. That was the one thing I have always known I wanted. I wanted to have a large wedding that was lovely, but also fun! We danced the night away under the lights.
What was your first dance song? The song we chose for our first dance was “Bloom” by The Paper Kites. Landon and I heard the song when we first started dating and it quickly became our song. We love the lyrics! My dad and I danced to “My Girl” by the Temptations, then Landon and his mom joined in halfway through!
What was your wedding menu? We served a strawberry fields salad, BBQ chicken pasta, homemade rolls with homemade cinnamon honey butter, fruit, and assorted breads.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We served warm apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream since it was a cool, late spring evening. Our cake was 4 layers and each was a different flavor. The bottom layer was almond poppy-seed cake with fresh raspberry filling. The second layer was strawberry cake with buttercream frosting filling. The third layer was lemon poppy seed cake with fresh strawberry filing, and the top layer – which we’ve saved to eat on our one year anniversary – was a surprise. I guess we will find out what it is in May!
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? My husband made our cake stand which was a slab of wood. He had cut down a tree in his neighbors yard a few years ago and they had some of the stumps and slabs in his parents backyard. I had always wanted a wood cake stand and it was so special to have one that my husband made himself!
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? My favorite part of the reception was just being there with my new husband! I especially loved our send-off. Everyone lined the long driveway holding sparklers and cheered as we exited the house and ran down the driveway to a Bentley waiting at the end. It was so exciting to be heading off on our new adventure together surrounded by the people we love most!