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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

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Taylor + Mitchell 

September 22, 2013

Powell Gardens  |  Kingsville, MO

 

What was your budget? 

Starting Budget: $10,000

Total Spent: $9346

Venue: $1750

Photography: $500

Catering: $2000

Guitarist: $250

Officiant: $250

Flowers: $646

Attire (bride, groom, flower girls, undergarments): $1300

Wedding Rings: $1600

DJ: Bride’s Brother

Bride’s Hair: $50

Cake: $250

Decor/Flower Vases: $400

Invites/Programs: $300

Favors: $50

 

How many guests did you have?

90

 

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?

Catering

 

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.

 

VENDORS

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   

 

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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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  • Christie O {Mountainside Bride}

    Hello Chocolate Wedding Cake!!!

  • Camisha S.

    Just stopping through to say everything looks absolutely lovely! Your budget went a long way, I’ll be sharing this with a few of my brides for inspiration! Congratulations and Best Wishes!