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BSWOWLOVE, LOVE, LOVE this gorgeous wedding submitted by Jennifer Eileen via Two Bright Lights. The photography, first of all, is absolutely stunning! How much do I love this wedding? Let me count the ways: The bride’s headpiece (it was her grandmothers), the fact that they had PIZZA at their reception (check out the adorable bridal party photo with the HUGE pizza boxes– so fun!), the dessert buffet, the cool and casual bridal party get-ups and the veggie-like leaves in the bouquets. *SWOON* You can tell this wedding really represents who this couple is… laid-back and fun! Hope you enjoy this edition of the Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week!

Lian and Brynnen

October 2, 2010

Tujunga, California

What was your budget? Give a rough breakdown of what you spent if possible.

We spent about $8,500 on the wedding with honeymoon and rings included.
-Photography: 1200

-Invitations: 60 bucks!  (we designed them ourselves, and printed them at our college’s print shop!)

-Rings: 1,050

-Location was free, rentals were free (because of family connections!) We used Lister Rents located in Thousand Oaks CA, HIGHLY recommend them!!

-Music: Free (We used an ipod hooked up to some speakers that we borrowed from a friend)

-Food: about 500 (we ordered GIANT pizza’s from Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizza in Montrose, CA with some basic salads and delivery, and a little charming bargaining.)

-I spent 15 dollars on fabric in the Fashion district, for decor

-Gown: $600 (Davids Bridal)

-Alterations $110

-the boys outfits cost about 60

-the girls dresses were 30

-desserts for our dessert bar were all provided by family members! (potluck style)

-Honeymoon: We were gifted TWO nights, and spent 900 on the rest! a simple little getaway in Monterey, we didn’t feel like it mattered where you went… just that you were going somewhere and were together! We plan to have a non- budget savvy vacay next year 😉

As you can see we used our free resources to the max! it was what ultimately shaped our wedding, but it was so awesome… and i think other people could figure out specific ways they could make it work in their own lives.

How many guests did you have?


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

We just wanted something SMALL, so our wedding was really laid back, pretty untraditionally casual, and we just did what worked. If something was getting too complicated or frustrating, I would toss the idea and find something simple. My family helped a TON so naturally our personalities showed through in that way… so thankful for them.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We were REALISTIC. It’s hard to be realistic about your wedding these days, but necessary to have a low-budget. It wasn’t super fun sometimes, but on the day of, I loved everything and was so thankful because everything turned out so great.

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

Ohhhh.. I don’t know. Every experience is so unique and I’m sure if I did it again I would do it differently. Try not to stress!

What was your biggest splurge?

Our rings! But we will wear them every day for the rest of our lives! Get what you want!!

What was your favorite detail?

All the flowers, and the dessert bar :) and my dog walking down the aisle… and the birdie boutonnieres… and that I wore my Grandma’s head piece. I loved it all!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

WOW. I have no idea. I really loved it all, I felt really mentally prepared to take it all in so, I guess my favorite memory was just taking each moment in… but honestly there is nothing like it.


Venue: My aunt’s backyard

Make up: Merle Norman, Montrose Pasadena

Dress: bride= David’s Bridals,  bridesmaids= urban outfitters

Coordinator: Lindye Galloway

Food: Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizza

Rentals: Lister Rents

Location: Private Residence

Jewelers: Bridal Rings Company

Honey moon: Monterey Plaza Hotel

Videography: Benjamin Koppin

Photography: Jennifer Eileen Photography


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