Jeana, community college Program Manager & Graham, director/producer
SUM-UP OF THE WEDDING VIBE: Steel Magnolias Deep Southern charm meets chic and queer Oakland.
PLANNED BUDGET: $20,000
ACTUAL BUDGET: $22,000
NUMBER OF GUESTS: 130
LOCATION: Oakland, California
Where we allocated the most funds:
Where we allocated the least funds:
What was totally worth it:
Flowers: The flowers. Natalie was AMAZING. She really went above and beyond to give me what I wanted within my budget. She was a dream to work with.
Photos: Our incredible photographer! Jamie Thrower of Studio XIII Photography is wonderful and so talented.
Venue: Choosing a venue that comes with a coordinator, the wine, and wine glasses was so worth it (and we could provide our own beer and other non-alkie drinks). It just made everything very smooth. Their staff was great, the venue was high end with beautiful wine, but we could still save by not having loads of hard liquor. (The venue is wine and beer only. Our best man filled his trunk with booze and made a “car bar.”)
Coordinator: It was also worth it to hire a month-of coordinator (in addition to the one provided by the venue). It was the best $1,800 we spent, because they ran the day like clockwork.
What was totally not worth it:
Photo booth: We got a cheaper option, and it was cute, but I honestly think unless you get a fancy one, just skip it. You won’t miss it with a good photographer!