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What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

My budget was 500 dollars. My mother paid for the cost to rent out the banquet room which was 400. I found my dress off the rack for 100 dollars at The Bridal Store off of Capital Blvd. I believe I spent 10 dollars on my shoes and 20 dollars on jewelry. My husband’s family paid for the food which was 800 dollars. All the decorations, photos, music, my bouquet and surprise extras were provided by Mrs. Terry Spicer of Spiced Elegance.

How many guests did you have?

We had a total of 25 guest

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

Since time was a huge factor, we decided to just have our closest family members to attend. The ceremony would remind one of a tribal wedding were everyone is gathered around standing, watching us say our vows.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

First we prayed to God that everything would work out since our budget was really tight. We really did not have any money to spend on anything, but God always provides. My mother had an awesome connection through Mrs. Spicer and she worked miracles.

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

I would tell bride and groom to-bes to not stress over what you don’t have for your wedding. Originally we were going Downtown. Then, of course, family got involved. If family wants to help, let them help. They feel left out if you don’t. Our wedding was going to be in a church office with 10 people, including me and Antwon. Yes, most females have a vision of what their wedding day would be like, but be thankful for what you’ve found, which is a life time of love and support.

What was your biggest splurge?

I would have to say that the venue, The Cardinal Room, was the biggest splurge. It’s located at the very top of what used to be the highest building in Downtown Raleigh. The view is amazing.

What was your favorite detail?

I would have to say the “Sweetheart Table” that Mrs. Spicer thought of was the best detail. Lord knows I love my family, but after I finally married Antwon I just wanted it to be us for the rest of that day! It was just the two of us. We had candles, flowers, ribbons. It was nice. All of the details were a surprise and beautifully executed.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable moment of our day would have to be when I was coming down the stairs and Danny Mccullers was playing “I Found Love”, by Bebe Winans. I looked down and I saw Antwon’s feet, I was like, “Ok, here come the tears”. I knew I would cry, but not that soon. I took another few steps and saw him looking at me and I just couldn’t hold them in. I still get tears just thinking about that moment.

Photographer: DeShelia Spann Photography

Event Planner: Spiced Elegance Wedding & Event Planner

Musicians: Danny Mac Music

Reception Venue: Cardinal Club

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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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  • sarah

    How sweet! And what great advice! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Laura

    I'm so glad you shared! You really got it focused on what it's about – partnership & love. And you opened your heart to abundance around you and really had a special occasion.

  • Lucie

    Now I'm curious. What was the name of the bridal shop in Raleigh you found your dress in?

    • India

      I'm not sure of the name, but it's off Capital Blvd. in the new shopping center diagonal from the mall. It's surrounded by available space to the right when you're driving in. I believe it's across the street from the gas station.

  • India

    Thank you all for your kind comments! The wedding turned out beautiful. You can still have a wedding without spending alot of money.

  • Steph

    what kind of food did you have at the reception?