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I absolutely love this beachy blue wedding that I have to share with you today!! The couple pulled it all together for around $7,000 and have some great tips to share – don’t miss ‘em! Oh, and for the record: I totally love naked cakes! Doesn’t theirs look scrumptious? Hope you enjoy our wedding of the week! xoxo – Jessica
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Laura + Caleb 

July 27, 2013

Long Beach, Mississippi

Long Beach Harbor  | Long Beach Pavilion

What was your wedding budget?

$7,000
Ceremony venue- Free!
Reception venue- Free!
Photography- $2000
Gown- $1500
Officiate- $150
Decor- $200
Seating rentals- $120
Florist- $600
Music- $200
Cake- Free! (done by my sister-in-law)
Catering- $800
Videographer- $75
Hair (bride & maids)- $200
Makeup (bride & maids)- $50
Hotel accommodations- $900
Favors/gifts- $200
Stationery- $120

 

How many guests did you have?

60

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

It was at sunrise! 7:15 a.m. We involved many friends and family members in the ceremony, which make the wedding feel very special AND saved us money. (My sister-in-law made our cake, my cousin played his guitar in the ceremony, my brother sang, my best friend did our makeup, a close family friend coordinated for me.) Our small guest list made the whole weekend very intimate, and much less overwhelming for the groom and myself!

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We kept the guest list short. We recruited friends and family to help, as I said above. Our venues were both free, and naturally beautiful so we didn’t need to spend much on decor. The decor we did use was done ourselves using jars, glass coke bottles, and rustic embellishments. Our apparel was kept very simple- my groom in pants and vest from Express, and my gown with all borrowed accessories. I didn’t buy a single thing to wear besides my gown. Also, we didn’t feel bad about leaving out elements that many people deem necessary. We skipped out on bachelor/bachelorette parties, unity candles, photo booth, alcohol, and a limo.

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

I worried a lot about whether I was talking to my bridesmaids too much about the wedding or not enough. Keep your girls informed, but make sure every conversation you have with them isn’t about wedding plans. Let them know you care about what’s happening in their lives, too. What was your biggest splurge? Because we had a destination wedding, my parents wanted to provide hotel rooms for the people that were helping us out. That was almost our greatest expense, but we wanted to help our lovely guests be a part of our wedding.

What was your favorite detail?

I loved that we got married in the morning. We had a grits bar at our reception, which wouldn’t have been right at any other time of day! We were on the plane, on our way to our honeymoon, by noon. The day felt less about being overwhelmed by tons of guests, and more about appreciating and celebrating each other.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

After the ceremony, our wonderful photographer took some shots of just my husband and me. Those pictures are so special to me! After our “just the two of us” session, we went on a stroll down the beach together before heading to our reception. We had a few moments to ourselves so we could slow down and take in the day.

 

Vendors:

Venue: Long Beach Pavilion //  Photography: Lizard Nickel Photography  //  Dress: Imaginations Bridal  //    Flowers: The Village Florist  //   Catering: Darwell’s Cafe and Catering  //   Invitations: Paper Source

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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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