Fresh, Intentional Brunch Wedding Budget

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A Family Affair Wedding: The Budget

This week has been the culmination of months of work, and it’s been an absolute treat to see it come to fruition and to be able to share it with you!  After sharing the story (part one, part two) and the behind-the-scenes, I’m excited to share the budget.  

We’ve broken it down into categories to be transparent—this is less than the average cost of a wedding.  Yes—even with the special touches like welcome baskets and gorgeous tableware!

As with any client event, we approached this on a budget.  Being intentional about our design choices meant we came in at our $20,000 budget and could provide Ryan and Olivia’s guests with an incredible, intimate, sweet weekend experience.

Beautiful Wedding on a Budget // Inn Wedding //

Venue:  The Westover Inn

The wedding of Olivia and Ryan all began with a dream of celebrating their marriage the same way their families felt – welcoming, full of laughter and really close. So instead of opting for the traditional wedding where they would invite family and friends from afar, they decided they would invite “their family” – those individuals who shared their blood and their heart’s love. To make it feel like home they decided to be married at a small inn where their entire “family” could stay for the wedding weekend and partake in the festivities from start to finish. ⠀

When Olivia and Ryan came across the Westover Inn and their beautiful grounds they knew immediately that this is the place their journey as husband and wife would begin. ⠀The amazing staff cared for their plans and their family as if they were their own.  So, Olivia and Ryan were married just after sunrise and they celebrated alongside their family over a beautiful spring brunch in the most picture perfect setting. ⠀

Included in Cost: Rentals of the Ceremony and Reception space; mimosas, breakfast hor d’oeuvres and brunch for 35 guests.

Southern Ontario Wedding Planner Bride Help //

Wedding Planner:  Spunky Sapphire Events

We imagined that Olivia and Ryan, although their wedding was small compared to today’s traditional wedding standards, still wanted to have someone as the lead for their wedding planning since their venue was a “destination” and they wanted to be sure that all of their details were carefully crafted and coordinated without them having to carry ownership of them all. Selecting Anna was easy as her heart for marriages that are more beautiful than the weddings they celebrate is evident in all of the work she provides for her clients. Her enthusiasm and care are prominent in her communication and Olivia and Ryan knew they were in good hands as they hosted their friends and family and celebrated their union as husband and wife. ⠀

Included in Cost: Full wedding planning.

Ontario Film Photographer //

Photographer: Carolyn Bentum Photography

We believe Olivia and Ryan would have selected Carolyn to be their wedding photographer because they knew that, ultimately, all they would walk away with from their marriage celebration with would be their new spouse, their personal memories and the carefully crafted photographs that they would cherish for many years to come. Choosing Carolyn was easy as she was referred to Olivia and Ryan by friends who had used her for their own wedding, and her heart for creating beautiful love legacies connected with their vision for their own wedding photographs – timeless pieces that they and their future family would look at in times of both joy and sorrow and be able to see that their life was lived with much love.

Included in Cost: Five hours of wedding day hybrid coverage by one photographer; high-resolution jpeg images on USB, presented in a keepsake print box filled with wedding highlight photographs.


Olivia and Ryan wanted their wedding to be a way they could celebrate not only their own relationship, but the ones that had brought them this far.  They wanted to bless their family and friends as they had been blessed.  So practicing generous, heartfelt hospitality was at the centre of their wedding planning and budget so that each of their guests would feel incredibly welcome and know that they were a valuable part of their marriage celebration.  Having everyone come to celebrate with them for the weekend meant the world to Olivia and Ryan, so they wanted to bless them as they had been blessed with  them thoughtful little surprises throughout their time in St. Mary’s.

Local Wedding Welcome Basket // Wedding Welcome Basket //

-Welcome Baskets: 

Included in Cost: 15 Welcome Baskets filled with locally sourced treats for their guests to enjoy throughout the duration of the wedding celebration and a few to enjoy at home as well; tickets to the local theatre to catch a matinee following the wedding brunch.

Bridesmaid Lunch The Pique-Nique Box // Picnic Box //

-Picnic Lunches: Pique-Nique Boxes by Savoury & Cake

The team at Savoury & Cake and the Pique-Nique box would have been chosen by Olivia and Ryan as a part of the hospitality they wanted to shower upon their family and friends. After the official wedding festivities had wrapped up and Olivia and Ryan were on their way to their honeymoon, they had arranged for all of their guests to receive the most perfectly packed picnic lunches to accompany their matinee theatre tickets.  The intent was that they could meander the quaint villages, enjoy some delicious refreshment on their own, and feel a little spoiled from our thoughtful couple. ⠀

Included in Cost: Pique-Nique lunches for 33 boxes.

Vintage Hotel //

-Hotel Rooms: Westover Inn

Ryan and Olivia wanted their wedding to feel like home. Because Ryan’s family would be travelling from Alberta for the wedding, they also wanted to have a wedding that would make them feel like it was happening at “home”.  So they decided to be married at the Westover Inn where their entire “family” could stay for the wedding weekend and partake in the festivities from start to finish.

Included in Cost: 15 room rentals for one evening.

Garden Inspired Bouquet // Arch //

Florist:  Fleurish Design Studio

Olivia and Ryan would have chosen Jess as their floral designer because she has an incredible eye and an even better imagination! Her work is constantly evolving as she pushes herself to improve, stay ahead of and create uniquely within trends and serves every client beyond their expectations. Knowing that their floral design would be their biggest decor element, they wanted something that was incredibly beautiful and that would have that natural “wow” factor. When Jess suggested this floral ring she was just adding to her design collections as not only their ceremony backdrop but that could also be re-purposed for their alfresco brunch, they were so excited to be working with an artist with such fresh creative vision.⠀

Included in Cost: Garden inspired bridal bouquet, Groom’s boutonnière, ceremony and brunch floral ring backdrop and greenery for table and detail garnishes.

Garden Wedding // Brunch Reception //

Decor: Simply Beautiful Decor (Tableware sourced at Pier One)

We imagined that Olivia and Ryan wanted to work with the best in the wedding industry because they wanted professional, trustworthy, and talented creatives to help them create a beautiful setting within which their family and friends would feel loved and appreciated as they celebrated their marriage together.  Elegant and classic linens would line three long tables that set the scene for this gorgeous brunch.  Olivia and Ryan would be seated at the centre so that they could share in the joy of being surrounded by their “family” and the beautiful grounds of the Westover Inn as well.

Included in Cost: Rentals for table linens; market researched pricing of napkins, chargers, flatware, and glassware.

Garden Wedding Invitations // Wedding Invitations //

Stationery: Alicia’s Infinity

We believe Olivia and Ryan would have been drawn to Alicia’s talent because they wanted their guests to feel incredibly welcome and at home for their wedding celebration. This was of utmost importance as they made their final decisions because their paper elements would be the first and continuous way they could extend their offer of hospitality to their family and friends. Alicia’s work embodies all of this through her incredible talent, attention to detail, and love poured into every element. We definitely believe that Olivia and Ryan’s guests would have felt incredibly excited and welcome to receive their invitation to celebrate with this couple in this way. ⠀

Included in Cost: Invitation Suite – two-sided wedding invitation and love quote print & envelope, two-sided watercolour map directions card, two-sided RSVP card and return envelope; individual menu card for each guest at celebratory brunch.

Hair & Makeup:

Soft Wedding Updo //

-Hair Artist: Teased Bridal (Dolce Divas)

Included in Cost: Hair design for Bride, Mother of Bride & Mother of Groom.

Soft Romantic Bride Makeup //

-Makeup Artist:  Love Me Makeup

Included in Cost: Makeup design for Bride, Mother of Bride & Mother of Groom.

We imagined that Olivia would want to have beauty experts helping her prepare who have a heart for marriages, because they would need to arrive unbelievably early to help her be ready for their sunrise first look and only those who truly love true love would be willing to sacrifice their own rest for this. Olivia also knew that having some of the industry’s best and most kindhearted artists there to get her ready would help calm her nerves of excitement as she prepared with just her Mom for her wedding celebration.

Vera Wang David's Bridal gown //

Bride’s Attire: Second Dance Bridal

Olivia chose to wear a simply beautiful Vera Wang dress for her wedding celebration.  For Olivia, a dress that was classic and elegant and made her feel truly beautiful was the dress she wanted to marry the man of her dreams in, and this piece was one she would forever remember wearing.⠀She decided to purchase her gown from Second Dance Bridal because she wanted a beautiful dress at the most reasonable price possible.

Included in Cost: Vera Wang White Bridal Gown.

A personal note: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along this week and for your excitement.  It’s my heart’s mission to bring marriage, story, and legacy back to the forefront of weddings, and this project was just one small way we were able to start this movement.  I hope you’ve been encouraged and that you’ll hug your dear ones a little tighter today while you cultivate what truly matters.  This shoot definitely was only a beginning; there will be much more to come.  I’m so grateful you’re here to follow along. xo.

Photographer: Carolyn Bentum Photography | Planner: Spunky Sapphire Events | Florist: Fleurish Design Studio | Venue: Westover Inn | Stationery: Alicia’s Infinity | Hair: Teased Bridal (Dolce Divas) | Makeup: Love Me Makeup | Gown: Second Dance Bridal | Picnic Boxes: The Pique-Nique Box by Savoury & Cake | Linen: Simply Beautiful Décor | Tableware: Pier One | Models: Matt + Nicole


Garden Ceremony + Brunch Reception

Ceremony Floral Hoop //

A Family Affair Wedding: Story Part Two

Read Story Part One and Behind-The-Scenes, too!

Following the photos, they would join their guests for a little pre-ceremony mimosa toasts and appetizers since spending time together would help them get rid of their pre-ceremony jitters.   Once everyone had a drink in hand and a few yummy appetizers in their bellies, Olivia would find her Dad and walk down the short aisle to marry the love of her life. Their garden ceremony, although short and sweet, would be filled with handwritten vows, tears of joy and a beautiful song performed on guitar by a dear friend.   They would walk hand in hand down the aisle finally married and ready to begin their journey together. 

After their touching ceremony, everyone would gather around the simple and beautiful tables and break bread together to celebrate their marriage. Following good food, a few special toasts, and much laughter Olivia and Ryan would be whisked away to the honeymoon with their guests waving farewell down the lane.  

The rest of the weekend would belong to “their family” to enjoy as they wished.  They could take in the sites around town, enjoy local theatre, or simply relax together in and around the beautiful Inn’s grounds. 

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Photographer: Carolyn Bentum Photography | Planner: Spunky Sapphire Events | Florist: Fleurish Design Studio | Venue: Westover Inn | Stationery: Alicia’s Infinity | Hair: Teased Bridal (Dolce Divas) | Makeup: Love Me Makeup | Gown: Second Dance Bridal | Picnic Boxes: The Pique-Nique Box by Savoury & Cake | Linen: Simply Beautiful Décor | Tableware: Pier One | Models: Matt + Nicole

Westover Inn Wedding: The Design

It’s safe to say I’ve always loved love, weddings, and strong, old marriages.  I’ve been serving weddings in some capacity since I was thirteen and have never, ever tired of the symbolism, the palpable emotion, and the promise of the future. 

As my business has grown, I keep coming back to the real reason we have weddings—the celebration of a new marriage and the creation of another family. 

Inn Wedding //

Carolyn and I met through our friend, Jess (of Fleurish Design Studio), and bonded over our love of Southern Weddings and serving our clients and their new marriages well.  As we continued to grow our relationship, we chatted about various projects and wondered if we could combine our passion for intentional decision-making and weddings together.  This week, we’re able to share that result with you. 

A Family Affair Wedding: The Design Story

Earlier this spring, we fleshed out the idea for creating an educational wedding inspiration session that would help couples consider their wedding options from a fresh and intentional point of view.

We both believe that weddings should be a meaningful celebration of marriage, and that, sometimes, couples and their unique love stories get lost in all the planning and formalities of “traditional” weddings.  It is our hope that these educational sessions will offer couples some alternative ideas to help them create celebrations that are both meaningful and beautiful.

Soft Bridal Makeup //

As with any creative project, we first gave it a story.  From a design standpoint, having a story helps to weed out unnecessary details, leading to a cohesive look.  Any bride can tell you there are millions of gorgeous ideas; however, as they say, less is more!  So, by remembering “the story”, we’re able to dig in and get intentional with choices that truly fit.  On shoot day, it’s fun to have the story to refer each piece of the day to and to be serving a “client”.  Carolyn whipped up this shoot’s incredible story, and I get goosebumps every time I read it.

The excitement this team had for our shoot was amazing.  When I sent emails sharing our story and heart, the responses I got were overwhelmingly positive.  When you’re in the wedding industry for even a short time, you begin to see how quickly the details overcome the reason altogether.  Being able to have beautiful details that focus on the reason for the celebration and intentional budget allocation was a breath of fresh air.

As a photographer and a planner, Carolyn and I often see couples stretching their budget so thin to “cover all the bases” that the design suffers.  We wanted to show that even with a smaller budget, it’s possible to have an amazing photographer, a planner to help with design and take care of the day, and beautiful high-end details. (more on the budget on Thursday)

During the design process and subsequent budget allocation, we decided to put a bit more money toward the floral budget since florals can be all the décor you need.  Because the wedding was outside, tying in the greenery and lushness of nature to our ceremony and reception was a no-brainer.  It also eliminated the need for extra décor because flowers are so beautiful all by themselves!

Soft blue grey wedding inspiration //

Our design for Olivia and Ryan was light and natural with hints of blues and greys.  We wanted our décor to complement the Westover Inn lawn without taking away from it’s natural beauty.  Simple grey textured linen with a soft linen napkin and delicate wooden chargers set the stage for beautiful crystal glassware, copper flatware, and the prettiest menu card to greet the family as they were seated.  Pulling in natural hues meant that the reception flowed into nature allowing nature to really be the biggest part of the décor.  How perfect!

wedding pets // pets //

How cute was the miniature pony that popped by our shoot?!

Curious how this wedding day would unfold?  Here’s the timeline.

Brunch Wedding // lovely models for this shoot are vloggers and shared this fun behind-the-scenes look at the day.

Photographer: Carolyn Bentum Photography | Planner: Spunky Sapphire Events | Florist: Fleurish Design Studio | Venue: Westover Inn | Stationery: Alicia’s Infinity | Hair: Teased Bridal (Dolce Divas) | Makeup: Love Me Makeup | Gown: Second Dance Bridal | Picnic Boxes: The Pique-Nique Box by Savoury & Cake | Linen: Simply Beautiful Décor | Tableware: Pier One | Models: Matt + Nicole