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I am so excited to share this adorable yellow wedding with you!! It’s such a sunny, happy color scheme and they pulled it off spectacularly for their budget! I just love their reception decor- especially the cupcake tower! :) Too cute! Hope you all enjoy this one as much as I did!! Congrats Brandy & Kevin, and thanks for sharing your beautiful wedding with BSB!

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Where did you get married?

Treviso Restaurant at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL. We were married on the patio and held our reception inside the restaurant.

What was your budget?

$10,000 from my mom and step-dad.

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

What I loved most about our wedding was that is was so personal. Our guests commented to us over and over again about how it was so us and how HAPPY we both were. My husband was not very involved in the wedding planning; he was a little disenchanted by the whole wedding process but, when he saw what I had put together, he was truly touched. And also surprised that my mom and I managed to put together such a nice and personal wedding!

We sent out 75 invitations and had 65 guest RSVP. Our wedding party included my best-friend, Andrea, as my maid of honor and my step-dad, Bud, as best man. One of my good friends , did a reading from “The Alchemist” which summed up our relationship so perfectly. We didn’t do a bouquet or garter toss. We didn’t have a formal send off. It like just an intimate celebration with family and friends instead of a big show.

What was your favorite project or DIY item?

My favorite project was our wedding favors! I was inspired by this project at Style Me Pretty. My mom and her friend, Connie, baked more than 75 bundt cakes and packaged them in small boxes with ribbons and a sticker that said “A Sweet Thank You”

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Everything we did was to save money!! But here are the majors:

  • We got married on a Thursday. It was the 9.5 year anniversary of us meeting, and two years since my husband moved from California to Florida. It was a special day and made things very cheap!
  • We got married at a restaurant. We had the wedding for free outside and only had to pay for the food! It tasted amazing and cheaper than all the catering quotes we had gotten.
  • No alcohol at the reception. My husband is LDS and we don’t drink. It was an easy decision that saved thousands. Since he is a member of the church, our bishop performed the ceremony for free. We had a signature drink: San Pelligrino Limonata and everyone had a glass of sparkling cider for our toasts.
  • No DJ. We rented stereo equipment and had an iPod wedding. I hand picked every song and it was so worth it.
  • Centerpieces were white bowls from Bed, Bath, and Beyond with lemons bought that day from Sam’s Club. Also, small vases (borrowed from my florist) with yellow roses.
  • DIY. We made our own table runners (we bought the fabric online). We made tissue paper pomanders for the ceremony decorations. We printed our own place cards that we got at Michael’s.
  • Cupcakes instead of a fancy cake. It cost less than half the cheapest cake quote I got.
  • I hired a good girlfriend to do the photography for the wedding. Unfortunately, she was put on bed rest right before the wedding! She saved the day though and found us an awesome photographer who honored the great deal she was giving us!

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Take a day, the week of your wedding, to relax and enjoy all that is happening! The Monday before my wedding, my mom and I had a special day together. We got a massage, went out to lunch, shopped for gifts for our friends. We had a great day together just enjoying that my wedding was happening this week and all that we had done and accomplished!

Also, I did something I had never done before. I hired someone to come clean my home top to bottom right before the wedding! It was SO nice and relaxing for my house to just sparkle and not have to worry about a mess. It worked wonders for my mental well being too.

What was your biggest splurge?

My wedding dress. I went back and forth the first 8 months of my engagement with my thoughts about spending so much money on a wedding dress. My first dress shopping experience, I went to a local boutique and tried on several $1000+ dresses. It was a lot of fun and they were beautiful but the price tag didn’t sit well with me. I went to David’s Bridal and found THE DRESS but, at $799 it still was much more than I thought was reasonable for a dress. I bought a bridesmaid dress from JCrew for less than $200 that I loved but, it wasn’t the dress. Finally on New Year’s Eve (3 months and 2 weeks until my wedding!) I went to David’s Bridal and bought THE DRESS which was more than $100 off the original price! I loved my dress. It fit perfectly and was so me.

What was your favorite detail?

My invitations were perfect. Sonya Marshall, from , from West Willow Designs on Etsy, designed our invitations. She also did our Save the Dates, shower invitations, and menu cards. She made so many mock ups for me and was so patient with all of my questions and little changes. I love that they are so personal and no one has the same invitation as I do! They encompass the entire style of us and our wedding.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

It is so hard to pick just one! My husband just glowed the entire day and it made me so happy. He was so emotional during our ceremony, gave an awesome speech at the end of the night, and when we got to our hotel room, said the sweetest things to me about how he was so touched and so happy. He is an amazing man.

Photographer: Valerie from Valerie Joy Photography | Invitations: Sonya Marshall from West Willow Designs | Venue: Treviso Restaurant | Bakery: Wired Whisk

Dress and MOB Dress: David”s Bridal | Maid of Honor Dress: JCrew | Suits: Men”s Wearhouse

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Nicole-Lynn

    I really enjoyed reading about this wedding! Thank you.

  • http://neverabridezilla.blogspot.com The Professional Bridesmaid

    I love the use of yellow in this wedding! And I’m in awe of the DIY table runners.

  • http://www.weddingistas.com Weddingistas

    I love the invitations she had! This wedding looks better than some weddings that were over $50K! She is very talented when it comes to DIY.

  • http://www.theadventuresofmrsreagan.blogspot.com Pam

    I love this wedding! And… we are wearing the same dress! Sweet! :)

  • http://www.hotelthailanddeals.com/ Nicky

    I like your cupcakes and orange theme. By the way, the couples are cute.

  • Sarah B

    What a simple and chic wedding! and I love her dress…in fact, it’s the one I’ve been debating about for months, but it is a bit more than I wanted to pay for a dress. Brandy, want to sell your dress to another budget savvy bride who looks about your height and size?? :)

    • Brandy

      Sarah- e-mail me if you’re interested in the dress! brandy leonard @gmail.com

  • Bonnie

    Hi Brandy,
    Your wedding came out beautiful – I am so impressed! What a great idea about the spa and the cleaning the house, so smart. What did the brides maid dress look like? I’m interested how it blended with the color scheme….and am looking for one myself!
    Thanks! :)

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