Lindsey + Matt | The Budget Savvy Bride
The Budget Savvy Bride

I love this wedding! The fall color scheme, the beautiful dock that made for a great photo backdrop, the flowers- all so beautiful! And even more than the lovely photos, I love Lindsey’s advice for brides on a budget. She is candid and honest which I so appreciate! I have to second her whole-heartedly by saying, ‘Splurge on the photographer, even if it means cutting your budget elsewhere!’ :) Because then you get to have pretty pictures like these which is something to be really happy about! I hope you all enjoy this installment of the Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week!

What was your budget?

In the beginning, my mother and I considered a $10,000 budget. That number seemed so high to me! I decided to try for $7,000. In the end, we ended up spending a little over $9,000.

Breakdown

– Venue: $1300

– Food: $2,000

– Linens & Chairs: $900

– Cake: gift from a friend!

– Cake Topper: $60

– Dress: $575

– Lace Bolero for Ceremony: $75

– Hair & Makeup: $120

– Flowers: $1,000

– DJ & Lighting: $700

– Photography $1,750

– Invites: $250

– Misc: $400ish

How many guests did you have?

About 85-100? We invited 125 and since we didn't have a seated ceremony or reception I don't know how many came! We did have one crasher! Well, my fiancé knew who he was but we don't know how he knew about the wedding. :)

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

Our venue was completely us. We loved the location since our first visit. Since it's a public location we can go visit and reminisce anytime!

We also used honey as favors since I love honey and added a “how well do you know us” type crossword to our program.

Our music was also very important to us. We're not the party/dancing type and wanted music that fit who we are and that we'd heard before. I spent a lot of time deciding what songs we wanted and had quite a big “do not play” list. Thankfully, our DJ put up with it!

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

1. Having our wedding on a Thursday! People thought it was strange at first but it made so much sense to us! We were able to save on everything from our venue to the food! (Plus, we got a head start on our honeymoon!)

2. We found our bridesmaids dresses on sale at a department store. They were only $50 a piece! We did have to order one on eBay for a little bit more because the store didn’t have all the sizes we needed. They were perfect!

3. I took on 2 small DIY projects that helped save a little and helped me feel more in control. I put the fabric and yarn on the honey favors and designed and printed the programs.

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

Do what you want! Don’t let others sway your opinion. If you’re true to yourself and your fiancé then everything will be beautiful! I started my wedding trying to live up to all the creative bloggers on the web – and don’t even get me started on all the grand weddings that southern belles have around here! Whew, that was exhausting. I’ve found that I’m not a huge DIYer or a tiara wearing princess.

Hire vendors that “get” you and the overall theme/feeling you want at your wedding. In retail the saying is “location, location, location”. In weddings it should be “vendors, vendors, vendors”. All of ours worked so well together to make our evening great! Make sure you ask your current vendors for recommendations when looking for others. They've been to a lot of weddings and they know who does a great job! Attend lots of bridal shows, attend other weddings, and scour local wedding forums (theknot.com is sure to have one for your area).

Also, have an engagement session before you book your photographer for the big day! See if you can pay for the session but then use it as a deposit if you decide to use them for your wedding if it's usually included in the packages. The session will not only give you great photos of the two of you but it will also give you a chance to get a feel for the way the photographer works.

What was your biggest splurge?

Our photographer – by far! I fell in love with our photographer at a bridal show but they were way out of our budget. I decided to book a girl that was just starting out for a quarter the price. Matt and I had our engagement photos with her but when we got them back I cried. They were nothing like I wanted and I didn’t want that feeling when I got my wedding photos back! I stuck with her at first and just talked with her more about what I wanted from our photos. She was very unaccommodating and short. I spoke with my mom (who was gracious enough to pay for our wedding – thanks mom!) and we decided we’d trim somewhere else to get the photographer I wanted. They are a great team and I’m SO glad I made the switch! A great photographer can make your wedding memories look amazing!

What was your favorite detail?

There are so many! I loved our cake and topper, our venue, our pencils, flowers, everything!

My absolute favorite is probably our invitations. I used vintage stamps on them and I really like the way they turned out!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The good, bad, or ugly? Ha! I broke down when my bridesmaids and I were getting our hair and makeup done. Things were taking longer than I thought they would and I let it get to me. I was really worried about the “timeline”. Note to brides-to-be: let things flow! It will be okay – they can’t have the wedding without you!

Mingling with the guests was my favorite part of the evening. I enjoyed seeing everyone we love gathered in one place. Matt and I felt so special! Through out the planning you get so lost in the details but day-of they all become so trivial. It’s really about you, your husband, your families, and friends gathering to celebrate your love.

VENDORS:

Venue: Alabama Five Rivers Delta Resource Center

Food: Tyner's Catering

Photographer: Robinson Studio and Design

Flowers: Elizabeth's Garden

DJ/Lighting/Wonder-duo: Southern Sounds

Cake: Cakes by Judi

Topper: RedLightStudio

Bolero: MaryandAngelika

Rentals: Port City Rentals

Dress: David's Bridal

Favors: Patz Maple & Honey

Invitations: Printable Press

Calligraphy: SwoonOverIt

{All images by Robinson Studio and Design}

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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    • Kristen
    • May 19th, 2010

    AHHHH! I have so many questions!

    Can we see pictures of the invites?

    Can the bride please explain how the crosswords were made?

    • I've been a blog slacker and just saw this comment…sorry!

      I used armoredpenguin.com to make the crosswords and then Microsoft Publisher to layout the programs.

      I don't have a picture of the invites on this computer. They were the "Summer Tones" at printablepress.com with a slight color change. I got them printed at catprint.com on the shimmer cardstock. <3 them! :)

  1. This is my favorite wedding featured here EVER! (with the exception of yours, Jessica!) Love it :)

    • Shelli
    • May 26th, 2013

    Where did you get the stamps? I want to do that but I can’t find where to order them from.