Monique + Timothy | The Budget Savvy Bride
The Budget Savvy Bride

Monique & Timothy’s relaxed outdoor affair just brings me joy! Even though this wedding is on the larger side of budgets that we feature, there’s still some great takeaways from the bride’s experience. Her helpful tips: find a venue that will let you bring in your own alcohol and sometimes doing all inclusive can save you money! I definitely love the ‘green’ aspect of this wedding as well, and with a guest count of 200 those costs add up quick! And while the bride paid to have her flowers professionally done, the laid back wildflower arrangements are totally easy to recreate on the cheap so I hope you find them inspiring! I also love that their sweet dog is all-up-in the wedding action- so adorable! Hope you all enjoy this wedding eye-candy as much as I do! :)

What was your budget?

We had one vendor provide food, staff, tent, tables, chairs, linens and more! It was the bulk of the budget at $14,000 plus gratuity!

We spent the rest on amazing flowers and photography and the cake!

Oh and Alcohol! The Bryn Du allows you to bring in you own alcohol! It was so nice to keep the left over wine and etc. And it was better the paying $5 a pour that other venues and caterers tried to charge us! In total we spent around $25,000.

How many guests did you have?

200 of our closest friends and family!

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

We tried to be as ” Green” as possible. By forgoing the traditional wedding invitation, we had a casual vibe from the beginning. We had our rsvp's done on our wedding website and other directions for the wedding weekend. The caterer sought out biodegradable plates, cutlery and cups for our backyard North Carolina style BBQ/picnic reception. We also had yard games available as well! Everyone loved being able to play corn hole or crochet during the reception. We also requested our cards and gift wrapping to be as creative and reused as possible.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

By finding a venue that allowed us to bring in our own vendors and alcohol!!

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

Hire a day of wedding planner. Or have someone designated to 'work' your wedding day making sure everything is in place and people are where they need to be and vendors are paid.

What was your biggest splurge?

The food!

What was your favorite detail?

My trees! I had aspects of trees in everything!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

When I turned and looked at all of my friends and family once I met my husband at the end of the altar. So much love that day!

Vendors

Caterer: Weilands Gourmet Market

Florist: Flowers on Springtree Lane

Venue: The Bryn Du Mansion

Cake: Bakery Gingham

Photography: Kevin Keefer

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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    • F Phillips
    • September 14th, 2010

    I do enjoy reading your blog… but $25,000? I don't feel like this is helping an "average" budget savvy bride at all. This is why so many of us stress over how much money our weddings actually cost…

      • savvybride
      • September 14th, 2010

      I understand and appreciate your comment, but this blog is meant to help a variety of brides. Those living in major metropolitan areas know that the 'average' weddings in their cities run somewhere between 40-50k, so to them $25k is a 'budget' wedding. It's all relative. Weddings taking place in someone's backyard in the country and costing under $10k don't apply as much to these brides, but I want to be able to help them too. Please understand that I am trying to be fair by featuring weddings from different areas and of different budgets. This is one of a very select few that have been over $20k so I'd appreciate if you would keep it in perspective.

    • Dayany
    • September 14th, 2010

    That dress!!! OMG beautiful! She didn´t tell you where she got it?

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