We’re here today to bust the myth that you can’t have a beautiful wedding on a budget. Like, a $4,000 budget. Because Stacy + Pace did just that! While these two made sure to spend their money where it counted (an amazing wedding singer), they turned to their generous and talented loved ones for everything else. Their venue: a friend’s backyard; the food: all made by their families; the dress: bought secondhand and sold back later. Even having Momoko Photography there to capture the day was a very generous gift. It’s a good reminder that you don’t have to splash the cash to have a wedding that is meaningful, memorable, and lovely.
Pace didn’t go out and buy a new suit or shoes for the wedding either, since he had perfectly good ones in his closet. But if we didn’t tell you these things, would you ever know the difference?
Stacey + Pace were going for a rustic/garden/vintage theme when they designed their reception. Since Stacy’s parents’ house is full of antiques and vintage glassware, they were able to use those elements in the décor.
Stacy says, For favors, we used these awesome old seed packets from the ‘50s that my mom had saved all these years. They had never been used and once we realized we could probably only sell them for $1 a piece anyway, we filled them up with wildflower seeds. Then we strung them from a ladder for guests to take as they left. I am hoping the world has more wildflowers come spring.
Stacy’s advice to other brides on a budget… My mom says she would have hired a caterer. Coordinating the food prep, refrigeration, arrival, and display was a little stressful I think. I now can see the benefit of a wedding planner—it would be nice to have someone that is not family heading up the whole event so my mom could have relaxed a little more although she still had fun.
Photographer: Momoko Photography / Videographer: Dana Blunk / Event Coordination & Design: The bride & her mother / Ceremony Venue: Salt Lake City LDS Temple / Reception Venue: A friend’s backyard in Holladay, Utah / Hair & Makeup: Bride’s friends Pam Wilcken, Jill Reese and Aubrey Nelson / Florist: Suzie Middleton from Floral-Essence / Invitation Designer: Bride & Jesse Bushnell / Letterpress: Rowley Press / Cake: Joan Parramore / Catering: The couple’s family / Rentals: Diamond Rental / Lighting: Moon Light / Flower Girl Skirts: Bride’s Mom