The Budget Savvy Bride » blog http://thebudgetsavvybride.com Budget Wedding Blog : Beautiful Weddings Without Breaking the Bank Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:11:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Florida wedding with pink details http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/florida-wedding-with-pink-details/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/florida-wedding-with-pink-details/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:00:25 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=31032 This week's featured wedding was done on a $10,000 budget. The Florida wedding took place at a civic center with an outdoor ceremony.

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We’ve got a great real wedding for you this week – this couple got really creative with their budget and found some great ways to save. I love the bride’s short wedding dress (such a hot trend right now!) and the punchy pink details. Hope you love this Florida wedding as much as I did! xoxo Jessica

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Kenneth and Kathrine

October 13, 2013

Winter Park, Florida

What was your wedding budget?

Venue $1278
Officiant $220
Ceremony items (Flower girl basket, Ring bearer pillow, guest book, garter) $110
DJ (ceremony and reception) $1450
Food $2500
Cake $350
Flowers $300
Dress $100 (no alterations)
Invitations, thank yous and postage $380
Welcome bags for out of town guests $50
Centerpieces/table decor $50 (votive candle holders and silk rose petals in coral from Amazon, linens and place settings included in catering contract)
Attendant gifts: free (redeemed credit card points for jewelry for each)
Hair and makeup $115
Butterfly release $200
Dance lessons $300
Photography including video $1600
Groom’s attire (Calvin Klein tuxedo, shirt, shoes, tie, pocket square, cufflinks.  Includes price of alterations) $525
Florida marriage license $93.50

TOTAL: $9621.50

How many guests did you have?

70 guests

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

We had a butterfly release, which was a unique and memorable touch.  We had dance lessons and had an expert-choreographed first dance which was had all the guests cheering!

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We cut down on the cost of décor by selecting a naturally beautiful venue that didn’t need much dressing up.  The huge picture window and cathedral ceilings gave guests a lot to marvel at already.
We did not have separate ceremony and reception venues.  The hotel where guests stayed was across the street from the venue, so transportation was not necessary for us or our guests.
Our wedding was close to where we live, so we didn’t have to worry about transportation.
We chose a venue and caterer that would allow us to provide our own alcohol for the reception.  We may have looked like alcoholics buying cases and cases at the liquor store, but we saved SO much money by providing our own.
I would suggest checking out Groupon.  We got a Groupon for Delphine press, and our letterpress invitations—which would have normally been $800—only cost us the $299 we spent on the Groupon.  They regularly have deals for photography, photo booths, catering and DJs.  Recently, they have had jewelry and even wedding dresses available!
Book early—Vendors tend to raise their prices fairly regularly.  By booking early, we got a 2013 wedding for 2012 pricing.

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

There is a 2 step starting off process I suggest for all brides-to-be.  The first thing you should do is get yourself a binder with plastic inserts to keep all contracts and paperwork together.  Your “wedding book” will be an invaluable resource for keeping it all organized.
After you get your binder, head to a bridal show in the area near where you’d like to have your wedding, if possible.  You can get an idea of what vendors are available in the area as a jumping off point for research and many vendors will contact you with discounts and such after the bridal show!

What was your biggest splurge?

The DJ—They can make or break your event.  We really felt comfortable with this company, even though it was more than we initially had planned on spending.  I’ve never been involved in helping plan a wedding before my own and we couldn’t afford a coordinator.  They helped me consider all the details and put it all together on a timeline that worked for everyone.  We ran ahead of schedule due to how well-organized everything was and we got a little longer to party with our guests!

What was your favorite detail?

Everyone knows the dress is the most important thing!  J  My dress was short, which is a little untraditional, but many people have commented that my dress is so “me,” which is the best compliment I could have gotten.  An outside wedding in Florida in October is not hot, but not exactly cool yet, either (it was in the high 70s-low 80s that afternoon).  A shorter dress let me beat the heat a bit, saved me money on alterations (I’m very petite and would have had to have had any longer dress hemmed at the very least!), and also allowed me to move freely, not having to worry about my hem or train dragging on the ground outside.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Our first dance was wonderful and memorable.  The reactions of our guests were incredible!

 

VENDORS

Venue: Rachel D Murrah Civic Center  //  Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies  //  Ceremony items (Flower girl basket, Ring bearer pillow, guest book, garter) David’s Bridal  //  DJ (ceremony and reception) Orlando Wedding DJ  //  Food: Java Lava Coffee Shops  //  Cake: Sprinkles Cakes  //  Flowers: Jonathan’s Flowers  //  Dress: David’s Bridal  // Invitations, thank yous and postage: Delphine Press  //  Thank yous from Amazon.com  //  Centerpieces/table decor: Amazon  //  Hair and makeup: Weddings By Crystal  //  Butterfly release Company  //  Dance lessons: The Sovereign Dance Academy  //  Photography including video: Bella Pictures  //  Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see past posts (and a sneak peek at what’s ahead) on this wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.

 

wedding budget tip: DIY projects can save you big money. Click over to this post to learn how!!

Wedding Budget Tip #5:

DIY projects can save you big money.

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One of my favorite ways to personalize your wedding AND save money is by doing DIY projects.

It’s not a guaranteed way to save money… I think we all know it can be easy to go overboard or not plan your projects effectively, which can lead to overspending. But if you’re smart about it, take on only the projects that you realistically can accomplish yourself (and not drive yourself absolutely batty in the process) – you can definitely save some cash *and* add more personality and flair to your big day.

Many of the gorgeous and opulent looks you’ve seen in your Pinterest feed or around the wedding blogosphere are totally re-create-able yourself if you have the skills and the tools. I definitely suggest making any items that you think you could create for less than the price of purchasing something specifically for the wedding.

Anything from wedding decor items or wedding invitations is fair game when it comes to DIY. Just be sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew! Plan ahead, set a schedule for yourself to ensure your projects are done well in advance of your big day so you don’t lose sleep or your mind the week of your wedding.

And of course, make sure to shop savvy when it comes to supplies and tools you need to craft your DIY items. Be sure to never visit your local Michael’s without a coupon in hand (or on your smartphone!)

Looking for some cute projects to personalize your big day for less? Be sure to check out our huge collection of DIY projects and Printables!

 

 

Want more wedding budget tips? Come back next Tuesday for the next post in this series.

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Destination Weddings and Religious Traditions http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/destination-weddings-and-religious-traditions/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/destination-weddings-and-religious-traditions/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:30:32 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=36135 Are your religious traditions super important to you but you’ve always envisioned a beachside wedding rather than a traditional chapel ceremony? Thanks to Weddings by Funjet and their awesome wedding concierge service, that’s totally not a problem – they’ll help you plan the perfect destination wedding without having to leave behind your religious traditions. Are you asking […]

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Are your religious traditions super important to you but you’ve always envisioned a beachside wedding rather than a traditional chapel ceremony? Thanks to Weddings by Funjet and their awesome wedding concierge service, that’s totally not a problem – they’ll help you plan the perfect destination wedding without having to leave behind your religious traditions.

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Are you asking yourself, “what on Earth is a wedding concierge?” Well, allow me to explain. Your Weddings by Funjet Concierge is your go-to person to plan all the details of your dream destination wedding. They will even help you navigate which type of ceremony you want to have, and help you include any religious or spiritual traditions into your day.

It’s important to note: the easiest option is to have a civil ceremony at home, and a religious/symbolic ceremony at your destination. Paperwork and documentation will vary by country for civil ceremonies, so this is the simplest way to take care of things. Also, depending on the country, your religious ceremony may not be legally recognized unless combined with a civil ceremony, so it’s just better to get it taken care of locally.

 

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Country specific ceremony tips:

 

 

  • In Mexico, only civil ceremonies are considered legal and must be performed by a Judge. A religious ceremony can be done alone, as a symbolic ceremony, or in conjunction with a civil ceremony.
  • In Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, most religious officiants are able to perform legally recognized ceremonies.
  • All-inclusive resorts throughout Mexico and the Caribbean have experience coordinating religious ceremonies of a variety of faiths.
  • Resorts often have religious officiants they work with, you don’t have to find your own, unless you want to. There may be an additional fee, however.

 

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Tips for specific religious ceremonies:

  • Catholic: Many resorts have chapels on-site allowing for officially recognized Catholic ceremonies. Couples need to fulfill all the requirements you would to be married in your home parish, and provide documentation of this to the priest in your destination at least a month beforehand.

 

  • Jewish: Some resorts may ask for official letters from the bride and groom’s synagogue. Resorts know rabbis who perform traditional, modern, and interfaith Jewish ceremonies. In Cancun and Playa del Carmen, there are even kosher catering options from local Jewish centers.

 

  • Hindu, Muslim or Sikh: Many all-inclusive resorts cater to couples looking for traditional Hindu, Muslim or Sikh ceremonies in tropical locations. They’re prepared for large weddings and celebrations that last multiple days, and even provide tailored packages that include henna artists, flower garlands and other traditional touches. All you need to do is talk with your Weddings by Funjet Concierge to work out all the personal details for your ceremony.

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Have more questions about religious ceremonies in other countries? You should speak to Weddings by Funjet and get your very own wedding concierge! No matter where you are in the planning process – newly engaged or already working with a travel agent, your Wedding Concierge is ready and waiting to make your life easier. Get in touch with Funjet today to start planning your perfect destination wedding!

 

 

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Gorgeous flowers from The Bouqs! http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/gorgeous-flowers-bouqs/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/gorgeous-flowers-bouqs/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:00:30 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=36144 If you know me at all, you know that I love to try new things. I especially love to share my reviews of the hottest new business, services and products that I find for weddings or even just everyday life. So it should come as no surprise that when floral delivery company The Bouqs burst onto the scene, I […]

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First of all, this is no ordinary fresh flower company. The Bouqs grows their stems on an eco-friendly farm on the side of an active volcano (um – so awesome!) in South America, then ship them straight to your door for $40 flat. No endless amounts of upgrades and options to sift through – just a simply gorgeous variety of blooms to choose from – all for a great price with reliable shipping by FedEx. What’s not to love?

To top it all off, my favorite person ever, Lea Michele was even all about these blooms, as evidenced by her many recent Instagram posts about them…

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So of course, when the kind folks from The Bouqs asked me if I’d like to try the service out for myself, I jumped at the chance. Now Lea and I have something else to talk about besides our love for green juice, hiking, Broadway, etc. ;)

 

 

Anyway, I headed over to The Bouqs website and began to peruse the assortments. I decided on the Dawn Bouq – a super pretty bouquet filled with orangey ombré roses — the perfect choice for fall, in my opinion. I ordered the Original size and selected my arrival date for my blooms.

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Like clockwork, the bouq arrived on my selected arrival date via FedEx, and the package was super cute!!

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Upon opening the outer flap, I saw that The Bouqs has shared care instructions for the blooms — super handy and thoughtful info to make your bouq stay fresh and full for longer!

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I snagged one of my favorite blue mason jars left over from my wedding and placed these pretties inside it. The flowers were super fresh and lovely and they instantly gave my kitchen a facelift. Isn’t it amazing what fresh flowers can do for a room?

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They really look nice on our little table. :)

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I think it’s safe to say I’m obsessed with The Bouqs. I even sent some to my sweet friend Sarah, who’s a breast cancer survivor — The Bouqs has a special collection of blooms for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Be sure to check out the special Breast Cancer Awareness Collection, and send some to your favorite survivor. So many great Pink options available!

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In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when you purchase a Power of Hope Bouq, a portion of the proceeds supports non-profit organizations that help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. You still get the fab free shipping, plus you can support a great cause and enjoy some gorgeous volcano flowers. :)

 

 

 

It’s been over a week since my bouq arrived and it’s still going strong. I think I could get used to having fresh flowers in the house… ;) One of the things I really love about The Bouqs is their Happiness Guarrantee. And since The Bouqs sends 10-15% extra blooms with each order, it’s never an issue if there’s one bad bloom in the bunch. They do what they can to make sure you’re 100% happy with your purchase — now THAT is what I call customer service!!

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This is definitely a service I would use again for a gift for someone special. It’s simple, reliable, and consistent where quality is concerned. I’m definitely a fan and can’t wait to treat myself to another Bouq sometime soon!

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Wedding Deals: October 17, 2014 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-deals-october-17-2014/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-deals-october-17-2014/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:30:04 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=36398 I’m back as usual with our favorite Wedding Deals of the Week! This last week was quite a whirlwind with Bridal Market and all the fun – New Sale items added at Dessy, including their super popular twist wrap dresses!! Such a great option for bridesmaids that truly can be worn over and over again, in […]

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New Sale items added at Dessy, including their super popular twist wrap dresses!! Such a great option for bridesmaids that truly can be worn over and over again, in many different ways to boot!

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Get Free Shipping on any Dessy purchase over $50.00 for the remainder of this year with code FREESHIP50. With the deals above and Free shipping, this is a win win! I think I’m gonna snag one of these twist wrap dresses for myself!!

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Fall Wedding Inspiration

Today on the Minted Julep Blog, the editor shows us why florals aren’t just for Spring. Make sure to check out the ELEMENTS OF STYLE: DARK ROMANCE post featuring this Floral Chalkboard Design above for more Fall wedding inspiration!

 

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If you’ve never ordered any products from Wedding Paper Divas, now is the time to jump on the WPD train!

Whether you need wedding invitations, save the dates, thank you cards or even gift items, WPD has you covered!

Now through Oct 28th, get $40 off your order of $99+!

Use code WPD40 at checkout to redeem this special deal. Shop now to take advantage of this deal!

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Get $20 off your $50 purchase of Thank You cards from TinyPrints from now through Oct 21st.

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Every bride needs a good set of thank you cards to keep up with showing gratitude for all the gifts and love shown over the course of planning your wedding. Why not snag a cute personalized set from TinyPrints? With $20 off, it’s kind of a no-brainer. :)

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That’s all she wrote!! Have a fantastic weekend y’all!

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I clicked over to the site earlier this week because I heard about this amazing sale that’s going on (25% off EVERYTHING – runs through tonight at midnight) – and I was delighted by the selection of items, not to mention the convenience factor. They offer FREE 3-day shipping, FREE returns *and* they partner with Amazon prime.

What’s not to love? Shopbop is now one of the leading fashion retailers in the world, and carries tons of designer brands curated with a chic, modern woman in mind. And with a sale like this one, the site is sure to be a budget savvy bride’s BFF. Oh, and did I mention they have a wedding boutique?

 

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Get everything from wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, hair accessories, shoes and more for your big day — and save 25%!

Have you had your eye on the perfect pair of designer shoes for your big day? (I always say, it’s best to splurge on the accessories since you’re more likely to wear them again.) You can snag 25% off these beauties from Kate Spade or Badgley Mischka! Click any of the items below to check them out.

These shoes make me have a Carrie Bradshaw “Hello, lover!” moment.

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DIY Glass Etched Gifts http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-glass-etched-gifts/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-glass-etched-gifts/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:00:51 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=36146 Last fall I attended a craft fair where one of the vendors was selling custom etched pint glasses and growlers, just a few weeks later one of my friends announced their engagement and I knew that a diy glass etched gift would be perfect for her and her new fiancé! I’ve also seen these gifted as […]

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Last fall I attended a craft fair where one of the vendors was selling custom etched pint glasses and growlers, just a few weeks later one of my friends announced their engagement and I knew that a diy glass etched gift would be perfect for her and her new fiancé! I’ve also seen these gifted as groomsman gifts for crowds who love beer – like most people in Colorado.

For those who don’t know, growlers are the big bottles you can have refilled at breweries and are perfect for people who enjoy craft beer or live in a beer town like this couple.

Supplies for Glass Etching

Supplies

Glass Etching Creme
Glass Object [in this example a growler]
Sponges or Paint Brush
Rubber Gloves
Decal or Design for Etching – I ordered this custom one on Etsy but you could use scrap book stickers as well.

 

Step 1

Make sure the glass you wish to etch on is clean and dry. The etching creme will not work if there are any oils on the surface. If you want to make sure, use rubbing alcohol to wipe down the surface first.

 

Step 2

Affix the design you wish to etch. if you are using scrapbook letters and not a pre-created design use painters tape to mark off the edges of the background. Every where that the creme is touching will be etched.

 

Step 3

Put on your rubber gloves and dip the sponge into the etching creme. The creme is very caustic and will irritate your skin so make sure you wear gloves for this step if you don’t want a trip to urgent care. Cover all the areas of the glass you wish to etch with the creme.

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Step 4

Allow the creme to sit for about 2 mins. You will see crystals begin to form. Use your sponge to move the creme around to prevent there from being any air bubbles in the design.

 

Step 5

After the creme has been sitting for about 5-7 mins wash it off with warm water. Make sure that you are not using a porcelain sink or you will damage your sink with the chemicals.

 

Step 6

Remove your decal from the glass and dry.

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*One thing to know when making a Growler is that breweries will not fill them if you do not include the Surgeons Generals Warning that is required on all alcohol sales. To solve this I printed the warning on a mailing label and stuck it on the backside of the glass. 

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One reason that many of our readers want to be budget savvy when it comes to their big day is that they’d rather splurge on a fantastic honeymoon! If you’re anything like me, I place a higher value on experiences over things – I put money in savings each month to go towards upcoming trips! Travel is something that I feel so passionate about – especially as a married couple. Experiencing new things, visiting new places, trying new cuisines and activities — those shared experiences are memories that will last a lifetime!

 

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You will love this lovely fall wine country wedding! The couple kept things simple and sweet, with an intimate guest list of 12 people. They spent the majority of their budget on the venue which was also the accommodations for the guests for the weekend. Such a nice way to spend a weekend, and a lovely savvy wedding as a result! Hope you enjoy this bride’s advice! xoxo Jessica

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Tracey + Adam

November 2, 2013

Napa, CA  | Private Estate

 

What was your wedding budget?

About $5000 was the most that we wanted to spend on everything.  The home we rented for two nights was $2200, but we split the cost with guests so that everyone could stay at the same place and it would be more affordable for everyone coming instead of them having to find separate more expensive lodging.  My dress (including alterations and undergarments) and my shoes totaled a little less than $1000.  My husband’s outfit and shoes equaled about $250 (he was able to wear all the items again as other outfits). Photographer was about $375.  Wedding cake cost was $100 which included shipping it to California. Alcohol and the food for appetizers and main course totaled somewhere around $200.  Cost for marriage license and person to officiate was less than $200.  Our round trip flights to San Francisco were about $800.

How many guests did you have?

12 total.

 

 

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

We made our own flower bouquets.  When my husband and I first got engaged, the only request that he had was that the main color of our wedding be purple.  He had remembered that my mother’s (she passed away when I was 17) favorite color was purple. When discussing this with my sister, she and I both thought it would be so great if we could use Louisiana blue irises in the bouquets.  My mother loved these flowers and also grew them.  I was excited about the idea but also realistic that we may not be able to find that type of flower in California in late fall.  I had gotten the idea for purchasing my own flowers to make the bouquets from a Brides magazine that suggested getting flowers from Whole Foods.  We also purchased food and beverages from Whole Foods.  I almost forgot the flowers but remembered as soon as we began checking out.  I ran over to the floral department where there was a large section of all different bundles of Louisiana irises.  I was so excited and emotional when I saw that there were so many.  It surely felt like fate and my mom watching over us on the big day.

 

The cake was also a personal touch.  I had a doberge cake shipped in for the wedding.  A woman I know in New Orleans owns a cake company called Debbie does Doberge that sell cakes to different restaurants in the city.  The first time my husband ever tried the peanut butter, salted caramel, and bacon flavored cake at our favorite restaurant, Toups’ Meatery, he said that he wanted to marry the woman that made the cake because it was so good.  I thought it was only fitting that he be able to indulge in that cake for our wedding.

 

We also had the very personal experience of having Adam’s brother marry us.  Luckily in California, one can pay a fee for someone to officiate a one-time event.  The cost of the marriage license and fee for him to officiate the wedding cost less than $200.  When exploring ministers in the area, we found the cost ranged from $500 to over $2000 for services.  We saved money and had the pleasure of having a family member marry us.

 

I did the something old, something new, and something borrowed in my jewelry.  I borrowed my matron of honor’s pearl earrings.  I bought a single tear drop pearl necklace for the wedding.  I wore a pearl bracelet that I was given as a bridesmaid in my second oldest brother’s wedding (only my oldest brother was able to make it to the wedding).

 

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We saved a lot of money by splitting the rental cost with guests. We also saved money by purchasing and preparing our own food.  The flowers were also significantly cheaper than purchasing items from a florist.  I also saved money by shopping around for different articles of clothing.  I compared prices and even got some items online.  For example, to buy the veil and under garments for my dress would have cost over $200 if I had bought them from a dress shop.  I spent about $100 by purchasing these items on Amazon instead.  My bridesmaids found dresses on clearance through the David’s Bridal website for only $30 each. My sister made decorations using some of the flowers we purchased along with flowers and twigs she found on the estate grounds.  We also saved money on our wonderful photographer, Lauren Lindley.  Every photographer I was finding in the Napa area was thousands of dollars and must be booked for an all day affair. Since we were having such a small wedding, it would not have been prudent to spend so much on photography.  I gave the task to Adam to find the photographer and he did very well.  He found Lauren Lindley on thumbtack.  She was able to give us a package that met our needs.  She was great with communicating with Adam before the event.  She charged us by the hour so she would take pictures for as little or as large amount of time we wanted her to photograph.  What could have cost us thousands of dollars ended up costing less than $400.  We spent a fraction of the price and gained a friend in the process.

 

 

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

I would and do tell all brides to be is to do what you like and what makes you happy.  When looking back on my wedding, there is nothing I would change.  A wedding should a very personal experience and be what you truly enjoy.  Some people love huge, extravagant parties.  My husband and I rather have an intimate, small wedding with people who truly wanted to share the experience with us.  I tell brides to stick with your gut and make your own choices.  Don’t feel like you have to spend a lot to have the best experience.  It can be beneficial to shop around or to even do things yourself.  On the other hand, if it is something that you are truly passionate about, don’t feel bad about spending a little extra.

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

The biggest splurge was probably the cake.  It was not the most expensive thing on which we spent money, but it probably was the most costly for quantity.  The cake could cost only $30.  I felt it was worth shipping it to California.  I helped support a local small business, it was a little piece of New Orleans, and it is my husband’s favorite cake.  I loved seeing my husband’s face when I told him what cake I got for the wedding.  He still thinks about it every once in a while and thanks me for making it special for him.

 

The thing that cost us the most money was our flights to San Francisco from New Orleans.  It was completely worth the cost because we were able to get married in such a wonderful location that made the experience of getting married just a little more special.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was probably the flowers because they had emotional significance.  Also, the bouquet was made by my matron of honor.  I loved that we were able to put together a simple yet beautiful flower bouquet for a fraction of the price it would cost from a florist.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable moment would have to be my husband and me taking pictures in the vineyard behind the home after our wedding.  We were enjoying the first moments as a married couple in such a beautiful environment.  My favorite pictures were of us playing around and chatting between vines while our photographer stood a distance away.

 

I also really enjoyed how intimate and small we made our wedding.  The people that were present were able to share such a unique experience with us.  After the wedding, we prepared food together, drank wine, listened to music, and talked till late in the night.  It was a wonderful, relaxed wedding.

 

 

VENDORS

Photographer: Lauren Lindley   //   Cake: Debbie Does Doberge   //   Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal   //   Food: Whole Foods   //  Misc: Amazon.com

 

 

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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see past posts (and a sneak peek at what’s ahead) on this wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.

 

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Wedding Budget Tip #4:

Use fresh flowers sparingly.

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I love fresh flowers just as much as the next gal, but when it came to planning my wedding expenses blooms were one of the first things to go.

Unfortunately, fresh flowers can be pricey, especially depending on the season for a particular flower. Thankfully, there are tons of great flower alternatives for wedding decor. Whether you DIY some paper flowers or opt to use sticks or candles for centerpieces instead, there are so many stunning and budget friendly ways to create a beautiful tablescape for less.

You might even want to consider silk flowers instead of fresh ones, which you could resell after your wedding to another budget savvy bride to recoup your cost.

In need of some alternative inspiration? Check out our blog series on flower alternatives. And if you’ve got your heart set on a plethora of pretty flowers, that’s okay, too. You’ll just have to find ways to cut costs elsewhere. We’ve got lots of tips to share coming up to help you do just that! ;)

 

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