I hope you all love this week’s wedding as much as I do! It seems so sunny, laid back and FUN! How awesome that the couple chose to splurge on what was most important to them– the entertainment! They spent the largest portion of their budget on an amazing band (and even talked them down on the price) and were able to fill in the rest of their funds around that big ticket item. A great strategy for all of you dealing with budget priorities. Just take a look for yourself at the fabulous photos by Photography by Vanessa. -xoxo, Jessica
Shannon + Mark
April 14, 2013
Austin, Texas | CTC Gardens
What was your budget?
Our initial budget was $15k but we ended up going over a bit.
$8000 band (Rebirth originally wanted $15k and I talked them down to almost half)
$2000 rentals (plates, utensils, tables/chairs)
$1500 photography and another $1000 in trade (our photographer is our neighbor so she agreed to trade services for part of this)
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
In order to save money, we had the help and generosity of many friends so this made our wedding inherently personal. The venue itself is so beautiful and unique– it used to be a prominent landscape design firm with plant nursery. The venue is also a non-profit (they have development programs and build schools in Kenya) so we felt good about using it as a venue knowing our money was going to a positive cause.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Help from friends! It was a communal effort.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Right away we made a list of what we cared about spending money on and thankfully, we both felt the same way. We also thought about what makes a good party in general and allocated our money there.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our dream was to have the Rebirth Brass Band play our wedding so we budgeted the whole thing around them. Rebirth originally wanted 15k and I talked them down to almost half.
What was your favorite detail?
The dessert table. We did a potluck-style dessert table and my friend made personalized labels for each dessert and decorated the whole thing.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
When the groom stepped out to walk down the aisle, everyone in attendance erupted in applause. We’d never heard of that happening or been to a wedding where that happened. It was just a beautiful day and a wonderful ceremony. So happy that Vanessa, our photographer, captured the spirit of it all.
Venue: CTC Garden // Band: Rebirth Brass Band // Food: Habanero Mexican Cafe // Tables/Chairs: Aztec // Photography: Photography by Vanessa // Plants: East Austin Succulents // Flowers: Whole Foods // Booze: Spec’s