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Today's budget-savvy couple pulled off a wedding for 300 guests for less than $8,000! Donna + Dustin kept their budget low by hosting their wedding and reception at a community center and keeping the decor simple. Donna's mom made a chuppah for the ceremony using vines and branches from their backyard to personalize the ceremony stage. Their cakes are absolutely beautiful! And make sure you check out the bridesmaids bouquets… I love the pink, pale orange and green combo! Enjoy this Texas wedding! xoxo, Jessica 

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Donna + Dustin

October 16, 2016 

Colleyville, Texas | Colleyville Community Center

What was your budget?

Our total cost was roughly around $7,500.  

Our wedding venue estimated: $2,000.

Wine and alcohol (including service from the bartenders): $1,600.

Wedding photography: $400.

Wedding Cakes (bride + groom cake): $1,000.

Food: $800.

Decor: $1,700.

 

 

How many guests did you have?

We had 300 guests.

 

 

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

We had vintage birdcages, at each table there was a photo framed with a picture of Dustin and I even some from when we were young. We had mason jars as wedding favors and for seating reservations.

 

 

Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

The Mason jars were created by us. My mother made our Chuppah for us by herself and used vines and branches from my parents' backyard.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We used vendors who we knew had good rates. We also had a lot of assistance from friends and family. We saved a lot on our DJ. He is my brother in law and a friend from work made the food.  It helps to have people you know that have talents in certain areas.

 

 

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

Enjoy the journey and make it fun while planning.

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

We spent the most on alcohol, but even then we got a great deal!

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

I would say the decorations, which my mom played a huge part in creating. They turned out lovely.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

I would say our wedding ceremony. Our pastor did a phenomenal job. And, when I walked down the aisle saw my husband in tears, it made my heart smile!

 

VENDORS

Photography: Kimberli Lowe • Venue: Colleyville Community Center • Flowers: Kroger • FavorsBig Lots • Bakery: Frosted Pink Cake Company • DJ: DJ IrocZ • Ceremony Musicians: Family • Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal • Wedding Gown, shoes, veil & jewelry: David's Bridal • Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse 

 

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