Real Weddings: Sean & Sarah’s $1,000 Wedding

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Sean and Sarah had a 10-guest wedding at the site of their future home in Tenino, WA.  The wedding was held on a Monday afternoon. Photographer Jerome Tso says it was  one of the most relaxed weddings he’s ever shot.

Sean, 32 & Sarah, 22

Tenino, Wa

Wedding Date: June 7th 2010

Number of Guests: 10

Wedding Cost: $ 1,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: The site of the couple’s future home in WA.

Wedding Reception Location: Alderbrook Resort, WA

bride getting ready for wedding

wedding dress

the groom in a field

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

Simplicity and less stress.

wedding pearls

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

The location and weather.

wedding couple lying down

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

No. We just moved to Washington so only family came out.

wedding bunting

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?


an intimate outdoor wedding in wa

outdoor wedding

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

The wedding toast that was part of the ceremony.

bride with blue flower in hair

What were the highlights of the reception?

A chartered boat in the Hood canal.

wedding cake with yellow flowers

red wedding cake

chocolate truffles for wedding

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Easy to plan and more social.

wedding cake cutting

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Keep it simple and fun and go barefoot.

married hands


Cake and Chocolate: Aunt Kates Chocolates in Tenino, Wa

Photography: Jerome Tso Photography, Seattle, WA

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  1. Posted by Springflower on April 9th, 2011 at 9:35am

    Simple and sweet :)
  2. Posted by T on May 18th, 2011 at 9:28pm

    What was the photography budget for this wedding?
  3. Posted by Lacey on August 6th, 2012 at 10:59pm

    Could the bride have been less forthcoming with information about her wedding day? The pictures are great, but I'd love to be able to read more than one sentence answers about how/why they planned it this way.
  4. Posted by KM on September 3rd, 2012 at 1:23pm

    This is actually a not-so expensive wedding. At 10 guests, it comes to about $100 per person! With the average weddings having more than 100 guests, it would be about $10,000 to have a wedding on one's property (without adding the cost for more rentals, etc.)

    I would like to see a small-budget wedding with normal size guest list. That would be impressive! Thanks!
  5. Posted by KM on September 3rd, 2012 at 1:24pm

    I meant to say: A not-so **inexpensive** wedding.
  6. Posted by Sophia on March 19th, 2013 at 2:15am

    What a gorgeous wedding! And the wedding cake looks very delicious.
  7. Posted by Daniel on June 7th, 2013 at 5:23pm

    Fantastic savings!
  8. Posted by annie wheeler on May 15th, 2014 at 12:18pm

    wow! I think i'm going to go with this type of wedding! it was so beautiful! congrats!
  9. Posted by Ystelio de Morais on January 28th, 2015 at 12:11pm

    all very nice, Wedding photos really lovely
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