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I am SO excited about this week’s featured wedding! This couple incorporated so many fun details into their day by getting their hands dirty with a ton of DIY – and it totally paid off! Meg + Matt were able to pull off this wedding for $5k thanks to all that elbow grease and with the help of talented family and friends! I was SO excited when I saw that Meg wore a blue wedding dress – I love when brides “break the rules” and do what feels right to them – including wearing pops of color! This wedding is definitely covered in a blue hue– how amazing are the bridesmaids dresses in the range of shades? LOVE!! I also love that the couple infused little nods to their likes by including dinosaurs, books, comic books, etc into their decor. This is a great example of how you can personalize your wedding to reflect who you are as people and as a couple! I hope you enjoy this fun wedding as much as I did!! xoxo- Jessica

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Meg + Matthew

October 12, 2013

Draper, VA  |  Red Hawk Rising

 

What was your wedding budget?

Our Budget: $5,000

Venue: $1300
Photographer: $1600
Food: $200
Flowers: $175 (Bulk ordered from Sam’s Club)
Table/Chair Rental: $250
Table Linens/Runners: $150 (Fabric.com)
Decorative Bottles: Found/borrowed
Cake: $100
Alcohol: $250
Dress: $200
Groom’s Outfit: $25 vest/tie, $30 pants, $35 shoes
Groomsmen ties: $5/each (they paid)
Bridesmaid Dresses: $75/each (they paid)
Boutonnieres: $5 (handmade from comic book)
Earrings/cufflinks: $20 (etsy.com)
Mini terrariums: $30
Lollipop Favors: $20 (homemade)
Succulent Favors: $20 (parts bought from ebay)
Plates/Silverware: $50 (thrift stores/yard sales)
Lanterns: $25
Succulent Wedding Favors: $65 (ebay)
Glowsticks: $15 (amazon.com)
Temporary Tattoos: $15
Bridesmaid Gift Baskets: $60/all
Programs: $5 (printed ourselves)
Hair: Free (bartered)
Makeup: $350
Wedding Coordinator: Free (friend of ours)
DJ: Free (friend of ours)
Officiant: Free (a friend of ours)

 

How many guests did you have?

75

 

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

Matthew hand-made all of the book-trinket boxes, and we put lollipops and mini-terrariums in them. We also put together our own succulent favors with miscellaneous small containers we collected.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We handmade everything we could. Instead of buying table runners/linens, we bought bolts of fabric and cut them ourselves. We also bulk-ordered flowers and arranged them instead of using a florist. My family made the food instead of using a caterer. I spent 9 months going to tons of thrift stores and yard sales to accumulate all our dish ware and some vintage decorations. I also had my blue wedding dress made by a seamstress starting out her business instead of buying from a store. I bartered wherever and whenever I could, which saved us a lot in the long run!

 

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

Give yourself LOTS of time to plan and obtain items, especially if you are on a tight budget!

 

What was your biggest splurge?

I do wedding photography for a living, so I couldn’t live without having my own photographer. We loved our AMAZING photographer, and she was worth every penny and more!!

 

What was your favorite detail?

Everything. Every little detail we put into it had blood sweat and tears in it, which made it so much more personal than hiring someone to do it all for us.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Exchanging vows, we wrote our own and they were incredibly touching and personal.

 

VENDORS

Venue: Red Hawk Rising  //  Photography: Chelsa Yoder Photography  //  Makeup: Beauty By Kearston  //  DJ: Bobby Hash  //  Rentals: Aztec Rentals (tables/chairs)  //  Alcohol: Vintage Cellar  //  Cake: Andrea Johnston  //  Wedding Dress + Bridesmaids Dresses: Amanda Janowski  //  Wedding Coordinator: Sandy Viers Scattergood  

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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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  • Dixie Elrod

    Love it! So much fun as what I saw in the pictures. The location is so romantic. Love the dress.

  • http://www.thebudgetsavvybride.com/author/laura Laura W

    I love all the details Meg put into the decor. Seems like a lot of work, but it definitely paid off. This wedding looks so fun!