I always love when our readers submit their own weddings to share with other brides! It's like they are passing the torch to new brides by sharing the fruits of their budget savvy-ness. 🙂 Love the crafty details in this vintage budget wedding and I'm sure you will, too! Strands of pearls and milk glass as decor make for a lovely effect without spending a ton. xoxo Jessica
Taylor + Mitchell
September 22, 2013
Powell Gardens | Kingsville, MO
What was your budget?
Starting Budget: $10,000
Total Spent: $9346
Attire (bride, groom, flower girls, undergarments): $1300
Wedding Rings: $1600
DJ: Bride's Brother
Bride's Hair: $50
Decor/Flower Vases: $400
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I tried to incorporate some vintage elements into the wedding. The table decorations included milk glass vases, battenburg lace doilies, strands of pearls and vintage family photos. We decided to break tradition and go for a yummy chocolate wedding cake with a delicious chocolate hazelnut cream cheese frosting, our cake topper was a pair of white porcelain birds. The cake table was also very special because we used a beautiful lace overlay that Grandma purchased for me in Spain when I was very young for the purpose of using in my wedding one day. Our colors were peach and ivory to complement the delicate feel.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We were sure to set aside a portion of our paychecks each month and took advantage of our good credit.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Start saving as soon as you are engaged. Put your creative skills to work, the more you can DIY, the more you can save. Thrift shop as much as possible and find out how to work with your vendors to get the best deal possible. For instance, we were able to find a great deal on vases and provide them to our florist to cut costs greatly. We also found that by having an early wedding and a brunch reception, we were able to save thousands of dollars. Most of all, do the best that you can to absorb each moment of your day because soon enough all of the planning will be over and it will be all but a beautiful memory!
What was your biggest splurge?
What was your favorite detail?
I loved having family photos at our reception. It was special to include those that are no longer with us, including my father.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The moment that the chapel doors opened and my brothers began to escort me down the aisle toward my future husband. It was a breathtaking moment.
Photographer: Just J Photography // Venue: Powell Gardens // Catering: Classic Catering // Officiant: Reverend Tim Brooks // Flowers: HyVee Floral, Lee's Summit, MO // Ceremony Musician: Roger Pitts, Acoustic Guitarist // Cake: Ute Randolph, Grandview, MO