Desktop and Tablet header image Mobile header image

helping brides create beautiful weddings without breaking the bank

Okay so let’s be honest, we all like weddings with cute little handmade details, and this wedding has more than a few for you. But the thing that I LOVE about this wedding is the emotions captured by talented photographer Meghan Christine. Matthew & Lindsay look so utterly happy- every smile, every tear radiates the joy of this day so much more than some fancy centerpiece. You can tell these two are really in love and Meghan captured their day so beautifully. Lindsay’s advice about keeping things simple is so valuable, and their wedding day is just as lovely as any other I’ve featured here. I must say I feel a secret sisterhood with other brides who had rainy wedding days— on such a special day there is nothing that can bring you down, trust me! :) Lindsay, thanks for sharing your day with us!

Lindsay and Matthew

December 18, 2011

Canoga Park, CA

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

Our budget was about $2200

-Dress: $500

-Cupcakes: $200

-Décor: $150

-Photography: $900

-Accessories/Other: $300

-Venue: Free- our church

How many guests did you have?

We ended up having between 70-85 people

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

We love trees and keys, so we made these “chandelier trees” out of sticks and hung keys from them and then hung these “trees” at the front of the church.  We also wanted to make the ceremony and reception feel very cozy so we focused on bringing in aspects of a home, such as doors, books, vintage fabrics, etc.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We kept it really simple!  We saw a wedding that hung paper and lights ($60 total) from the ceiling and we decided that was perfect for transforming the reception hall and for making the ceremony very dramatic.  We also used doors that were collected from the street and attached to wooden stands to add an artistic flair that cost very little.  We also had a reception between the lunch and dinner hour so that we wouldn’t need to feed a whole meal to our guest (we like finger foods anyways!) and that made it more relaxed but also much cheaper.

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

Keeping it simple (and continuing to tell yourself that) is key!  It is true that the day of, you are just happy to be getting all fancy and marrying your best friend and all the things you could stress about don’t really matter.  Being creative is also really fun and makes your wedding very unique, but don’t go overboard trying to do every cool thing you find on a blog;)

What was your biggest splurge?

Our photographer, my dress and the cupcakes…but my parents graciously paid for the dress and my aunt and uncle kindly paid for the cupcakes! We are both into photography so we knew that the pictures were super important and we were fortunate to know a photographer from our church who does amazing pictures but is beginning her business and we got lucky!

What was your favorite detail?

Wow, I loved all the décor but something special we did instead of a guestbook was have a guest tree where people add a fingerprint and sign their name on a tree (that was drawn by my grandmother!) and then we get to keep it and hang it on our wall!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Right after my husband and I said our vows, we took communion and it was wonderful to have those 5 minutes to just shut everything else out and not be rushing to be somewhere and just reflect with one another on the day.  Take any time you can find!


Photography: Meghan Christine Photography

Gown: David’s Bridal

Cupcakes: Rose Bakery

Share this post:

About Jessica

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

Connect with Jessica
  • Nell

    Looooooovveeeee this wedding, so sweet and adorable! :) May I ask what kind of paper you used to drape the ceilings with as well as how you hung them up :) Please and thank you!

  • Pingback: My Wedding « Grover House()

  • Pingback: Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week: Mark & Lindsey by Meghan Christine Photography | The Budget Savvy Bride()