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This week’s wedding of the week is a little different in that the bride was not super detailed in her budget keeping. However, she did quite a bit herself to save where she could and the details in this wedding are so amazing (and re-creatable) that I felt that I couldn’t NOT feature it. Once you see the bride’s ombré wedding dress, I’m sure you’ll agree. :) Syd and Jake had their wedding at a family home and kept things fairly simple to save money. There are lots of details but mostly handmade by the bride which makes them oh-so-special. Hope you enjoy this fun and savvy wedding as much as I did! xoxo Jessica

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Sydney + Jake  

May 25, 2013

Clovis, California  ||  Janzen Family Home

What was your budget?

I really don’t know exact amounts, but we did alot ourselves to save money and held the wedding at a family home. I can tell you that the bulk of money was spent on tacos, artisan popsicles and basic landscaping touches around the home where we held the wedding. My dress was my splurge, however it was still only $700 and I did handmade changes to it as well.

 

How many guests did you have?

Approximately 200

 

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

I am a metalsmith/jeweler/sculptor, so my very personal addition was a metal hat/headpiece and matching belt for myself and a one of a kind piece of jewelry for each of my 10 bridesmaids, the groom, and best man. I also added metal touches to the guestbook and made both my and my husbands wedding bands.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Probably choosing a family home to be our venue.

 

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

Let people help you. Don’t be afraid to say no to their ideas, but don’t be controlling if you don’t have to. The more community involvement, the better!

 

What was your biggest splurge?

My dress, my shoes, and the food I think.

 

What was your favorite detail?

The view from the ceremony (looking off in the distance you could see Yosemite), as well as surprising my husband with the whole crowd singing as I came down the aisle with my father.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Coming down the aisle and the three hour dance party that followed the food!

 

VENDORS

Photography: Phillip Van Nostrand   //   Food: Wahoo Taco   //   Popsicles: oohdelolli.com   //   Music: Sarah Sample 

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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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