Ok, while searching for decorating ideas for my boyfriend’s new house, i stumbled upon an amazing site called Young House Love, where a young couple has documented everything about their 53 year old house, from remodeling every room to getting married in their own backyard for under $4000! Sherry and John have done an amazing job remodeling their home, which I highly encourage you check out. But since this is a wedding blog, I’ll try to stay focused.
You can read and see details from their entire planning process to the big day here, but I’ll share with you a few of my favorite details.
It helps that Sherry and John had an amazing backyard that worked perfectly with their vision for the day. If your backyard doesn’t look like this (mine sure doesn’t), I bet you know someone whose backyard does (or would with a little help from a weed whacker).
One of the biggest qualms about hosting a wedding at home is the rental cost- everything from tents, to tables and chairs, to serving ware. But John and Sherry only shelled out $350 for rentals. How? They actually purchased silverware and glassware (hail Ikea) for less than the cost of renting them ($250 spent) and were able to donate all of it to a local charity after the wedding…talk about philanthropy and a $250 tax write off!
Refreshments were served in recycled wine bottles (FREE from a local wine retailer) for a classy, glassy look on the tables.
The only real splurge the Petersik’s indulged in was a photo booth for $1200 that coordinated with their save the dates and favors. And for $1200, they and their guests received endless memories captured on adorable film strips and keepsakes they’ll treasure forever.
In lieu of a traditional slide show, John and Sherry hung pictures on a “clothesline” depicting their life stories, from childhood to falling in love. With a project like this, you’ll not only save money (they spent $20 total), you’ll save so much time scanning and editing mountains of photos.
The menu could be a described as a classy BBQ, with entree options including blue cheese burgers with Parmesan Caesar dressing, sweet apple chicken sausage with honey dijon, and tomato and cheddar veggie burgers, sure to satisfy even the pickiest of tastes. Sides included shrimp cocktail, fresh fruit, lemon pepper potato chips, and other simple, yet classy fares.
With famous cupcakes from a local grocery store and s’mores around the fire for dessert, this garden wedding was nothing less than a picture-perfect event for this DIY couple.
See more pictures, get DIY tips, and check out the final cost breakdown here. This is what it’s all about. Beauty, fun, a whole lot of love, and a day they’ll never forget…with money leftover to put in savings, go on a lavish honeymoon…or to remodel their 53 year old house! Love it.
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