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The Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week

Time for another fabulous Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week feature! This gorgeous outdoor wedding comes from beautiful Bridal Veil, Oregon! The location for this wedding is simply stunning- and it looks like the weather was amazing! I love the the bride and bridesmaids used their bouquets as centerpieces for their reception- a great way to save on flowers! I also love that the couple’s wedding cake was FUNFETTI!!! IF you don’t know what funfetti is, it’s white cake with colored sprinkles throughout- a childhood favorite of mine! I hope you enjoy this beautiful wedding!

Heidi + Trevor

August 22, 2009

Bridal Veil, Oregon

 

What was your wedding budget?

Our budget was about 10 grand, plus a few things that we contributed. We ended up spending around $14,000 total.

venue: 4200.00
photography: 3675.00
flowers: 1550.00
music: 995.00
cake: 365.00
catering: free
favors: done for us as a wedding gift
vases, jars, candleholders, misc: 500.00
save-the-dates and invitations (including postage): 1195.00
programs: 100.00
dress (including alterations): 1,000.00
bridesmaid dresses: under 100.00 (after-Christmas clearance at Ann Taylor!)

How many guests did you have?

Approximately 225.

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

Having a very personal day was our number one goal, so we really tried to put our little stamp on everything. We met while attending Oregon State University (go Beavers!), so I made our ring pillow from an OSU bandana that I had embroidered with our names and wedding date. The whole project cost around 20 bucks and was such a cute touch and keepsake.
We also included a little “get to know the couple” crossword puzzle in the programs that were handed out with personalized golf pencils. Our guests had fun figuring out things like our pets’ names and favorite TV shows while they waited for the ceremony to start, and there was an answer key at each place-setting at the reception.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We were very fortunate to have the catering paid for as a favor that was owed to my in-laws. Having that covered allowed us to spend more on the venue and photography, our top priorities expense-wise.
We also saved about 400 dollars by making the programs ourselves. It was a lot of cutting, folding, and ribbon tying, but luckily I had my mom and sister to help bear the load. The darling (and delicious) personalized chocolate favors were a wedding gift from a friend of my mother-in-law…we even got to pick the molds and colors ourselves! We got our funfetti wedding cake (the only wedding request from the groom) from a local grocery store for about a thousand dollars less than a custom wedding cake baker had quoted–and it was darling and tasted great!

There were lots of easy little things we did to save money too. For instance, the RSVP cards were postcards as opposed to cards in envelopes, saving us money on both the supplies and the return postage.

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

Take your time if you can and enjoy it! Have fun looking at magazines, blogs, and all of the other resources out there for brides now. You’ll get inspired and get ideas of how you can have the wedding you want on your budget. And organization is a must!

What was your biggest splurge?

The venue, but it was worth it! We knew the right venue would not only set the mood we wanted for the day, but could save us on flowers and decorations too. A banquet hall might have cost slightly less to rent, but would have cost a fortune to make even half as beautiful as the stunning venue at Bridal Veil Lakes.

What was your favorite detail?

Well, there are two!
1-We had our parents’ wedding photos on the guest book table with little placards next to them, with their wedding dates and the number of years they have been married (“and counting…”). It was an incredibly touching and inspirational detail!
2-We spent weeks coming up with the perfect play-list for the entire day. It was so fun that at any moment, we loved what was playing and could sing along!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

After our first kiss, we walked (and shimmied a bit) up the aisle to Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe.” It was a feeling of sheer joy and love…and excitement for the party that was about to start!

 

VENDORS

VENUE: Bridal Veil Lakes   //  PHOTOGRAPHY: Altura Studio   //  FLOWERS: KGK Flowers  //  DJ: A Sound Choice Entertainment  //  CAKE: Lamb’s Thriftway  //  DRESS: Jenny Yoo

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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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  • Sally

    such a beautiful wedding. love the simpleness of it!

  • Kathryn

    i'm in love with those bouquets! so full and yummy

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/lizzieandisaiah tenthoubride

    Wow, 10k for 225 people! That's a savvy bride! Free catering!! What what!? Beautiful wedding.

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  • http://www.alturastudio.com/blog theresa

    We're honored to have our photos on your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to share this lovely wedding.
    theresa at altura studio

  • http://www.dognbird.com dognbird

    What an honest and lovely wedding – the seating is really interesting and the speech photo is a classic!