If Angela and Andy had one word to describe their wedding, it would be, “Us!” Their Liberty Missouri Wedding Video is filled with their own personal touches as family and friends helped to create a completely unique and amazing wedding!
When I saw WeddingMix it was perfect – I thought the guests would be able to get more of the footage I really wanted, it would give us an opportunity to include things other than just the wedding (rehearsal the night prior, specifically), and at a fraction of the cost.
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1. What were you most proud of while planning your wedding?
That it all came together, and I planned it from 550 miles away. We wanted a wedding that was colorful and nature themed; when people asked about our colors or theme leading up to the day I always said rainbows & trees.
I was well aware that it sounded crazy. I was moderately nervous that it would BE crazy too! I think we managed to pull it off, though, and I’m glad we didn’t let anyone talk us out of it. I also managed to stick pretty close to our total budget, which was more challenging than I expected – weddings are crazy expensive!
2. Where did the wedding take place?
We got married at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, Missouri. It used to be an old Oddfellows home and has been several other things in the time since. We used to work near there when it was abandoned and I always told Andy I wished someone would fix it up because it was a really cool-looking building. Long story short: someone did, and we got married there.
3. What made WeddingMix appealing for your wedding day?
It was important to me to get a really amazing photographer as I knew we’d use and look back at the photos for a long time to come. We spent more there and had to cut back on videography as a result – I wanted a video, but I didn’t feel like it was something we’d watch often enough for it to be worth thousands of dollars.
When I saw WeddingMix it was perfect – I thought the guests would be able to get more of the footage I really wanted, it would give us an opportunity to include things other than just the wedding (rehearsal the night prior, specifically), and at a fraction of the cost. I’d also already been looking into apps where guests could upload photos and I could easily get them all, so this was the best of both worlds!
4. What were the moments from your wedding you always want to remember?
The ceremony was absolutely perfect – my cousin got ordained online to perform it, and she managed to work in both Prince lyrics and a Star Wars reference, all while delivering the exact spirit we wanted. Our three readers did amazing – my aunt actually wrote something on her own which was amazing, our friend Emily read a beautiful excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin about being trees whose roots are entwined, and another friend Erin managed to work in both Aristophanes’ theory on soulmates and a Bill & Ted quote.
Also all of my friends swaying in a circle and singing along to “Piano Man” at the end of the night. It’s really hard to pick – I’d like to remember every detail if I could, even the stuff that didn’t go according to plan – my friend played my aisle song while the bridal party was walking in, our backup wedding planner didn’t get the party favors out, our slideshow never got played… in retrospect that’s the stuff that we’ll probably tell stories about!
5. Do you have a favorite memory in mind?
It’s really hard to pick – I’d like to remember every detail if I could, even the stuff that didn’t go according to plan – my friend played my aisle song while the bridal party was walking in, our backup wedding planner didn’t get the party favors out, our slideshow never got played… in retrospect that’s the stuff that we’ll probably tell stories about!
6. How was WeddingMix able to help you hold onto those moments?
I have a video of all of it! And more pictures than I’d have otherwise had too.
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8. Do you have some budgeting tips for future brides?
Think outside the box, and also prioritize beforehand. Start your planning from the top of your list and spend where it’s important to you. We knew what venue we wanted, and we knew we wanted to spend more on food & drink so our guests to enjoy themselves.
9. What did you do to budget your wedding?
We live in Tennessee and we were planning a wedding in Missouri, so I splurged for a day-of planner for my own sanity. It was less important for us to have a million decorations that we’d likely have to deal with after the fact, and since our wedding was outside we didn’t get a ton of flowers other than bouquets. Even my dress was something that was rather low on the list for me personally, as I knew I was only wearing it once – I got it from a Chinese website and I couldn’t have been happier (I even jumped in the pool in it at the end of the night!). For $186 it was made to my measurements and it turned out great!
My cousin got ordained online and married us, a friend of ours MC’ed for us and we just rented dance floor lighting, my bridesmaids’ dresses came from Target, and our centerpiece flowers came from Sam’s. We used Goodwill, eBay, and Etsy liberally, designed and printed our own programs, and ordered Save the Date & Thank You Cards on Vistaprint with coupon codes, using photo booth pictures.
Also, ask your friends – they know people. We got our cake baked by my sister in law’s friend, and it was exactly what we wanted and for much less than other places wanted to charge us. She also stepped outside her comfort zone to make us some gluten free and vegan cupcakes, and everyone was happy with what they had.
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