Another lovely budget savvy wedding for you today! I absolutely love this garden venue – isn't it stunning? I also love how the lace bridesmaids dresses mimicked the style of the bride's lace wedding dress! So gorgeous! Of course I think all weddings are beautiful but there's always something extra special about those emotional moments when they are captured on film – like the families of the bride and groom joining them on the altar for a prayer. SO sweet! That's what weddings are all about y'all- family. Hope you love this sweet garden wedding as much as I do!! xoxo – Jessica
Amber + Nick
May 25, 2013
Fort Worth, Texas | A and M Gardens, Azle, Texas
What was your wedding budget?
$8,000 was our total budget
-$2,000-videographer and photographer
-$300-cake and decorations
How many guests did you have?
Invited 110, 85 attended
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I planned my own wedding, so I was able to pour a lot of Nick and myself into it all. I personalized the water bottles with coordinating colors and posted several pictures of Nick and I all over the reception hall. I created a seating chart and numbered the tables with baby pictures, and my mother-in-law made the groom’s cake in the shape of a Razorback. We held the ceremony outdoors in a garden area. Nick and I did a “first look” picture time as well. I loved having that alone time with him, and the pictures turned out great too!
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
When I was making my budget with my parents, I decided in the first place what all I wanted to spend money on. Was it the guest experience, the food, the pictures, etc.? As you can tell by my breakdown of my budget, I wanted to spend the most money on the venue, the video and pictures, and how I looked. Knowing that I wanted to spend money on those three things, it made it easy to search and find places that fit into my budget. It also helps to have friends and family who can help you out with connections to make it a little cheaper.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Don’t let it consume you. There were several times I would be with my mom or on the phone with her and would just get frustrated because we had only talked about wedding stuff. I would suggest being mindful and taking a step back, taking a deep breath, and knowing that everything will come together as it’s supposed to. Keeping a good perspective on it is also a good thing. A lot of brides make their wedding day all about themselves, and while that is easy to do, you can’t forget that there is life after the wedding. Be sure to give your beaux plenty of attention too, and if he has ideas, be sure to listen and consider them.
What was your biggest splurge?
My biggest splurge was my dress. I had originally budgeted only $800 for my dress. When I found the one I wanted though, my mom and sisters knew that it was the one I wanted to wear for our special day, even though it ended up being more expensive. I’m happy I splurged though, because my wedding ended up being like a fairytale that I had dreamed about. It poured down rain right as my ceremony started and got my dress wet as soon as I started walking down the aisle but it didn’t matter. I felt beautiful and was so incredibly happy to be walking with my dad down the aisle to meet my husband.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite detail would have to be the family prayer during the ceremony. Instead of a unity candle or sand, Nick and I wanted our parents to come pray for us. Both of us come from a long line of marriages as demonstrated by our generations table. The table had the wedding pictures from all 4 sets of grandparents, both our parents, aunts and uncles, and siblings. Our families have set the ultimate example for us in that with Christ, we can make it through anything together, including 50+ years of marriage. As long as Christ is the center, our marriage will last and we also have their advice to help us along the way as well.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable moment of my day was the moment of exchanging vows and finally kissing my husband for the first time. I remember it the most because we personalized our vows, and I still remember everything I said to Nick and all he said to me. As soon as we kissed, I stated the obvious fact of “we’re married!” where all the attendants just laughed. I was so incredibly happy in that moment and knew that the rest of my life would be spent with the man that I have the privilege to love and serve in life.
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