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Colleen & Matt

June 11, 2010
Homer Glen, Illinois

Where did you get married?

Our ceremony was at Peace Lutheran Church in New Lenox, IL.
Our reception was at DiNolfo’s Banquets in Homer Glen, IL.

What was your budget?

Our budget focus was to spend the least amount of money as possible on the reception (Friday night wedding), flowers, wedding dress, ceremony, and DJ (without sacrificing quality), so that we could include what some might consider extras, such as chair covers at the reception (my non-negotiable), and a high quality photographer & videographer. Our wedding has a beautiful atmosphere and turned out to be better than we had ever dreamed! In total we spent under $20,000

Church- Donation
Reception- $12, 000

Each of these were under $2000-

Each of these were under $1,000-
Wedding Dress

How many guests did you have?

We had 185 guests attend our wedding.

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

I made all of the programs, place cards, signs for the entrance table, table numbers, and sandals for the bridesmaids and I to wear at the reception. I printed the programs and place cards at home; the signs and table numbers I made by hand. The signs for the entrance table read: “Sign Please”, “Place Cards”, and “Gifts”. Our colors were blue, orange and yellow, so I layered blue, orange, and yellow solid and printed paper to add contrast to the table signs and table numbers. The sandals that I made were $5 dollar flip flops and I hot-glued flowers and rhinestones onto the straps.

We also hand-picked our ceremony music, and had awesome musicians.  Our bridal party walked down to Yiruma’s “River Flows in You”, and at the end of the ceremony, my husband and I walked down to “Beautiful Day” by U2, both played by our amazing pianist. Our vocalists and pianist performed “When I Say I Do” by Matthew West, and “Love Never Fails” by Brandon Heath…. just beautiful!

Our favors were heart-shaped turtles made by a co-worker. My family and I boxed them in small white boxes, printed out tags, and hand-tied all of them. To add ambiance, we bought a clearance bag of white tealights, inexpensive glass holders, and put three on each table.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Our wedding was on a Friday night which saved us money per plate.

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

Pay off your vendors and get the big planning done early so that you can spend more time on and enjoy the little details as your wedding gets closer!

What was your biggest splurge?

Our reception location- it was beautiful!
What was your favorite detail?
I loved everything about our wedding, especially our pictures, which captured all of the little details that we spent so much time on.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Walking down the aisle, surrounded by my family and friends, holding onto my father, and looking at the man of my dreams!


Dinolfo’s Banquets (Homer Glen)
Peace Lutheran Church
Monica Z. Photography
Forever Flowers by Linda
Sounds Abound Entertainment
Fred Fox Videography
Bella Sposa Boutique
Charles Morris Salon
Maris fromCynthia Sally Makeup Artistry

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