Backyard Weddings Become More Popular
Backyard weddings are no longer the exception, and in 2010 they are only going to increase in popularity. DIY brides are finding that they can still have the wedding of their dreams on a modest budget and in the comfort of their own home. Providing your own venue and creating your own wedding elements will not only save you money, but will also afford you the opportunity to have a wedding that is a unique reflection of you as a couple.
Sherry and John Petersik, a fun-loving couple from Virginia, decided to get married on their 2-year anniversary (of dating), which turned out to be a very popular date – 7/7/07. So… rather than compete with 36,000 other couples for wedding resources and locations, they decided to host their wedding in their very own backyard!
Sherry and John are very creative and hands on, so they decided to put their DIY skills to good use. They worked together to fix up their home and created everything for their wedding from the invitations to the decor to the food. Fortunately for them, they didn’t even have to venture far to find their entertainment and the officiant. John’s best friend Kevin was the musician and his cousin Travis officiated.
I personally love their favors and place cards (below; upper right). Sherry and John placed a gladiolus blub in a brown paper bag. On the back of the bag, they wrote the planting instructions. To the front, they affixed a photo strip that featured Sherry and John with a face covered in kisses and a message that read “Plant one… on us! Smooooch”. Love it — both “green” and creative! For their place cards, they hand stamped the first initial of each guest on a small square of card stock. Then, they hand-lettered the full name of the guest underneath the initial and secured it to the table with a river rock.
Sherry and John managed to host the entire event for under $4000 — as you can see, they’re giddy about their savings.
Here’s the budget breakdown:
Venue: Free (backyard)
Music: Free (family friend played ceremony music on guitar & we used an iPod for the reception)
Photography: Free (brother-in-law is a photographer)
Officiant: Free (cousin got certified online)
Wine & Drinks: $100
Cupcakes & S’mores: $125
Table & Chair Rentals: $350
Save The Dates/Invitations/Thank Yous (With Postage): $260
Fabric For Tablecloths & Runners: $300
Lighting & Candles: $120
Flip Flops/Photo Clothesline/Welcome Sign: $75
Mosquito Sticks/Candles/Spray: $50
Photo Booth: $1200 (the one big splurge- and so worth it)
They even donated a lot of the serving-ware that they purchased from Ikea to charity, which not only afforded them a tax write-off, but also allowed them to help those less fortunate. Kudos to you!
To learn more about Sherry and John’s fabulous backyard wedding, please visit younghouselove.com.