Happy Monday! Hope everyone who went through spring forward time change, this weekend, isn’t too sleepy. Only one day to catch up is not good enough! Since spring is just around the corner and its a fairly decent day here in the Northwest, I thought I would show off this summery offbeat wedding that encapsulates all things rustic. Captured by the talented White Haute Photography, Brett and Patrick’s wedding had lots of unique eye catching décor for guest to admire. The reception venue site was first recorded in 1769, incredible! I just love the sitting area they put together using the vintage furniture and the laid back feel of their wedding.
*Edit: We’re adding in the vendor info (from the bride) to help those of you who were as inspired by this wedding as we were!*
Bride: “So….. budget. I wish I could say that I was an organized individual when it came to planning the wedding but eeeek, I so wasn’t! I began shopping a few weeks after our engagement at thrift stores, consignment shops, vintage stores, fabric stores, etc. It was quite a cumbersome task to collect and record the multitude of receipts throughout the shopping process – I didn’t. I originally planned to rent all of the furniture, cutlery, plates, decorations but quickly found out that this was not as fun or unique to my style and that the mark-up for wedding rentals is totally and completely bogus! Archive vintage rentals for example has fabulous stuff but wanted a minimum of $500 spent and one couch alone was approximately $300-$400. No bueno. We payed for the wedding almost entirely ourselves and after spending more than I had anticipated on Venue and dress there was no way I was going to drop another couple thousand on rentals. So, with the help of family and friends I bought everything myself for a fraction of the price in hopes to sell it all post wedding.”
Originally I planned to get a simple $200-$300 Free People dress, but after visiting the Claire Pettibone trunk sale and finding the Pettibone “Ooh La La” dress (that originally turned me on to the designer) I quickly changed my tune. The original dress retails for about $7,000 and I purchased it as a sample for $5,000. No budget tips there! Used Ralph Lauren boots on Ebay.
We opted to get married on a Friday instead of Saturday and saved $2,000, paying $6,500 at The Santa Margarita Ranch.
Below I’ve listed a few things that I opted to do in place of rentals that helped to keep cost down.
I went to the garment district in LA, chose a fabric and had them make my table linens for $11.00 a pop including fabric. I spent less than $200 on 15 standard round and banquet tablecloths. Renting them was anywhere from $30 a table for polyester to as much as $150 per table for linen. I haven’t tried to sale them yet.
Food Truck ( Haute Skillet) was amazing and only $12-$15 per person. They also did our apps, they made mini chicken and waffles per request during tray pass. Everyone said it was the best wedding food they had ever had. We also had Mo’s BBQ for the meat-eaters at $35 a person.
We had many family/friend crafting nights where we glued together fabric triangles, “rag-swag”, P + B fans, signage, etc. As mentioned above, I opted to buy all the furniture for the “mock-sitting” areas including:
- one retro set for $100
- pink stool $80
- large Victorian style couch $250
- blue velvet chair $50
I bought 146 various floral plates throughout the year so every guest had a unique plate but I am not sure what they all ended up costing in the end , I sold them for a mere $80 but my husband was desperate to get them out of the garage. Vintage jars with rustic address numbers on them for table assignments. Rented glassware from Night and Day Productions. Gold plastic silverware for about $30, it was difficult to find authentic gold cutlery to rent for under $600.
We rented a U-Haul that we drove from SD to SLO with all the furniture/decorations. My lovely day-of coordinator (Le Festin Events, love her) and her assistant unpacked it the day of the wedding. God bless them. The worst part for me was unpacking the trailer five days post-wedding and having to wash 146 dirty dishes by hand with BBQ sauce, chicken, ribs, sandwich remnants, gross!!
Photographer: White Haute Photography
Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone
Fashion Designer: Everlane
Jewelry: Free People
Event Planner: Le Festin Events
Reception Venue: Santa Margarita Ranch
Bakery: SLO Baked
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas