Hosting a wedding in the middle of winter and on a budget doesn’t mean that it has to be anything less than magical. Amanda and Chris’ $10k greenhouse wedding is as luscious as it is warm and welcoming—and they pulled it off without breaking the bank.
From the fantastic florals to Amanda’s stunning Martina Liana gown, this is one $10k wedding you won’t want to miss. But don’t just take our word for it. Their beautiful photos—captured by Junebug photographer, Elle Studios—are below for you to see more!
Amanda + Chris
The Barn on the Bridge, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, United States
How To Start Your Wedding Budget
Chris and I knew we would be funding our wedding entirely out of our own pockets. With our costs of day-to-day life, we knew we had to be realistic about our budget. We also didn’t want to put a financial strain on ourselves or rack up tons of debt. So we sat down, did a little research, and came up with a budget based on our findings and what we felt comfortable with.
Working Within Their Budget Priorities
Chris would say food and drinks and I would say photography, so I would say those two walked hand in hand for us. Because we were prioritizing food we had an open bar and a formal sit-down dinner for our guests.
Be Proud Of Staying In Budget
We’re so proud that we managed to stay within our wedding budget and we really managed to tie personality into so many different parts of the day. Our wedding was really about us and not just having pretty things.
Advice For Couples With Similar Budgets
The most important piece of advice we can share is that you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. Decide early on what you can’t live without and build off of that. Your friends and family are just excited to celebrate the both of you that they will never remember every little detail you think you need to have. If you’re handy, definitely make as much as you can with what you already have, it saves a ton of money on decor!
The Best Advice—Regardless Of Your Budget
Enjoy the process of planning your wedding! So many couples get hung up on every single detail or minor setback that they don’t even enjoy the planning process. That was such an enjoyable part for us. We loved the planning.
Personalizing Their Greenhouse Wedding Ceremony
We worked very closely with our officiant and wrote our own vows to personalize our ceremony. It was very personal and I’m pretty sure our vows made the entire room cry.
Charity Donations In Lieu of Favors
Instead of giving out wedding favors we actually donated to two different charities (Wounded Warrior Project and Puppies Behind Bars) in our guests’ honor. Both programs directly benefit veterans and that’s important to us because my husband is a Marine Corps veteran.
DIY Decor With Special Details
We basically DIY’d everything as far as decor. My husband and I are super into archery and we wanted to work details about that hobby into our decor. For our escort cards, I made faux arrows that we put onto a target that we made together. The target and arrows were all painted in our wedding colors and it was perfect. Our guests really loved that personalized detail. Because I have experience in graphic design I also made all of our signage.
Working with Junebug Photographer Elle Studios
Our photographer was amazing. I’ve worked with her several other times and choosing her for our big day was really a no-brainer. She carried my dress, my veil, and welcomed all my chaos. I honestly just let her do her thing without a shot list and trusted that she would deliver. That’s exactly what she did. She took this one photo of us walking down the aisle and we were both just all smiles. It’s one of my absolute favorites. She captured this purely candid moment that really set the tone for the rest of the night.
We have no regrets! It was even better than we could have imagined.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Elle Studios
Venue – The Barn on the Bridge
Floral Design – Pickles & Posies
Cake – The Master’s Baker
DJ – Silversound Entertainment
Invitation Design – Amanda White
Makeup Artist – Gina Stauffer of Blush Salon
Hair Styling – Brittany of Blue Salon
Wedding Dress – Martina Liana
Groom’s Apparel – Suits by Sarno
Rings – Staghead Designs
Congratulations to Amanda and Chris on their gorgeous $10k greenhouse wedding! Special thanks to Junebug photographer Elle Studios for sharing it with us.
While paying for your own wedding is becoming more common, working within your budget doesn’t mean that you need to have a wedding that doesn’t check all your boxes. Get started with our guide to creating your own wedding budget that will help you stay on track while still focusing on what’s most important to you.