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California Budget-Friendly Wedding

DIY Weddings

Andrea and Andres threw multiple DIY parties with their friends until every last detail was perfectly done to fit their rustic wedding, shot by Candice Benjamin. They also were super smart about their budget, and were able to have their wedding with over 100 guests for under $10,000. Pretty incredible!

southern california budget wedding rustic vintage from candice benjamin

From the bride, Andrea: It changed throughout my engagement but in the end the style was more rustic/country. I’m not sure if DIY is a style but everything was handed made by myself and close friends.

southern california budget wedding rustic vintage from candice benjamin

southern california budget wedding rustic vintage from candice benjamin

southern california budget wedding rustic vintage from candice benjamin

I did not have a color scheme, I used earth tones so browns, greens, and auburn colors. Pretty much everything was DIY, the aisle decor, the dessert table, the guest sign in table etc. I would describe my wedding as country, rustic, low key, detailed.

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southern california budget wedding rustic vintage from candice benjamin

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Let people who you trust help you, especially if you are doing DIY projects!

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southern california budget wedding rustic vintage from candice benjamin

From the photographer, Candice Benjamin: Andrea and Andres planned their wedding for 100+ people for under 10k in Southern California. Other than the Photographer and DJ, everything else in the wedding was completely DIY. Andrea had crafting parties with her bridesmaids and made everything for her wedding. Even to the point of going to the flower market the day before her wedding at 4:30 am to pick out the perfect flowers. It was a true DIY wedding and she used everything she could. Andrea and Andres wanted the outdoors wedding to have a rustic, vintage theme… but not in such a way that was way overdone. It was all about the little touches — a sign hanging over the large tree they got married under and the Mr. + Mrs. sign she painted only a few days before the wedding.

southern california budget wedding rustic vintage from candice benjamin

southern california budget wedding rustic vintage from candice benjaminsouthern california budget wedding rustic vintage from candice benjamin

southern california budget wedding rustic vintage from candice benjamin


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Wedding Songs:
Bride’s Processional: “Alywas Forever,” Phil Wickham
Communion Song: “How He Loves Us,” The David Crowder Band
First Dance: “Everything,” Michael Buble

Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Orcutt Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Candice Benjamin Photography / Wedding Cinematography: Jakfoto Films / Flowers: DIY / Event Design: Done by bride / Event Planning: Nichelle Obrien / DJ: Eric the Deejay / Wedding Caterer: Stonefire Grill / Wedding Cake: DIY / Invitations: DIY / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Bridesmaid Dress: Amanda Rose Bridal / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein

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Caterina Jewelry

Caterina Jewelry is a luxury designer and manufacturer of silver charm jewelry based in Beverly Hills, California. The company creates one-of-a-kind jewelry that beautifully complements any outfit no matter the time, mood, or occasion, promising unmatched elegance, timeless sophistication, and a fun vibe. Exquisite, delicate, and unapologetically feminine, Caterina Jewelry’s pieces are made from .925 sterling silver and lovingly adorned with stunning gemstones that make even the most casual ensemble look a little more polished

CJ Bridal Minimalista Collection has been designed to honor the long-standing tradition of the bride gifting her bridesmaids. A reflection of the current minimalist modernist trend, the collection features stunning, fashionable jewelry that will delight the bridesmaids, nicely accenting their outfits while offering an enduring gift to cherish for a long time. The ideal favor for your special ladies, our jewelry is versatile and can be worn on numerous other occasions!

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Save-the-Date Wheel

Free Downloads

Tammy of Uniquity Invitations created this save-the-date download from an old template I shared here a few years ago. She gave it a fresh + fun spin on it, and color palette came just in time to mail them over Valentine’s Day! The downloads are editable, so you can just type in your information and print. As you spin the “wheel”, each corner will reveal the where, who and when of your I do’s.


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save the date wheel
save the date wheel


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What you’ll need:
– X-acto knife
– eyelets and eyelet setter
– paper punch or eyelet punch

Print your square cards and punch a hole on the center of each. Cut the window for the cover card with a x-acto knife (there may be hole punches with the right size!). Layer both cover and back cards and attach eyelet with the help of an eyelet setter. Leave a bit of wiggle room for the cards to spin.

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Coco Red Events

At Coco Red Events, we want to help create, facilitate and implement weddings that will make our client’s vision come to life. We also love to help clients imagine what their wedding can be, to collaborate creatively to enhance every experience of their guests. We work hard to maintain a high level of customer service throughout the whole planning process. We will be with you every step of the way. At the end of the day, a win for us is when our couple says, “today was the best day ever!”

We are a family-owned and operated company. Colette, or “Coco,” started our company almost 3 years ago. Since then, we’ve worked with many brides – budgets big and small. We love what we do and we love working together as a team to create exceptional weddings.

Although we are based in Atlanta, our team has executed events with excellence all over the country. Each person on our team has a specific strength–from environment design to logistics to building sets and crafting props–we will collaborate to make your wedding the one that every one talks about for years to come.

Thank you for considering us! We would be honored to work with you on your big day!!

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Art Deco Inspired Wedding

Vintage Weddings

This wedding shot by Natalie Moser has me in a tizzy. In many ways, it reminds me of my own 1930s inspired wedding, but only way more stylish. Amber Events designed this wedding to the nines, and it’s chock full of simply beautiful ideas. Julian and Summer (a girl after my own heart) were recently married at the fantastic Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles, and made it completely their own. In addition to bringing in dancing pinup models and cigar girls, the couple had their own stage made for their ceremony and for the swing band!


Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

From the photographer, Natalie Moser: To say that this is couple is creative is an understatement: Summer, a costumer, and Julian, a writer, both love historic Los Angeles and vintage Americana and wanted to show their friends and family the LA that they love. Their rehearsal dinner was held at Marvimon House, a former Italian racecar showroom, and their guests were surprised by a retro slideshow by humorist Charles Phoenix. The day after brunch was held at the Oviatt Penthouse, the “castle in the sky”.


Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

The Western Union telegram programs below bring me back great memories of my own wedding. Here’s my post on DIY telegrams. I included an editable envelope download to go with it.

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser PhotographyJulian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography
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Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

The wedding itself was held in the most beautiful art deco building in Los Angeles: Cicada Restaurant in the Oviatt Building. As guests entered they typed a message on Julian’s childhood typewriter or wrote a postcard and “mailed” it in the old mailbox. The programs passed out were based on old Western Union telegrams that told the guests what was happening when. If anyone is familiar with Cicada you are aware that there is not a normally a stage in there–we commissioned an elaborate one to be built on which Julian & Summer could first have their ceremony then have our 13 piece swing band perform for the reception. Summer wore her hair in an old fashioned pin-up style with a birdcage veil and little strawberries pinned in it, and Julian wore a tie that Summer made for him: a peek-a-boo tie with a pin-up photo of herself and their dog Archie! The tie was such a hit that Summer decided to open up her own Etsy shop: The Peek-a-Boo Tie Shop.



Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser PhotographyJulian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography
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Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

During the cocktail hour the guest went to the bar upstairs as the staff flipped the space from ceremony to reception. A jazz trio played next to the baby Grand Piano and guests found their escort cards pinned to vintage dress forms. The reception evening unfolded with surprises for the guests with a vintage dress up photobooth, the Satin Dollz pin-up dancers, vintage cigarette girls passing out party favors, and even our gorgeous bride Summer changing into a little sailor outfit to serenade her new husband!


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Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser PhotographyJulian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

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Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Wedding Venue: Cicada Restaurant / Wedding Photographer: Natalie Moser / Wedding Planning and Design: Amber Events / Wedding Cinematography: Isabel Gonzalez / Officiant: David Teitelbaum / Wedding Flowers: Holly Flora / Wedding Music: No Vacancy Orchestra / Desserts: Fantasy Frostings / Bride’s Hair: Stephen Ratliff / Bride’s Makeup: Alix Druckman / Entertainment: Satin Dollz Pinup Dancers and Ron Rubin Events / Vintage Photobooth: Paper Moon Vintage / Stationery: Emily Rose Papers and Zenadia Designs / Lighting: Aspect Lighting / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Stage Construction: Joseph Edelson

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