Desktop and Tablet header image Mobile header image

helping brides create beautiful weddings without breaking the bank

Today’s wedding is nothing short of a Winter Wonderland Fairtytale Wedding! This Magical DIY Winter Wedding will knock your socks off — the talented and creative bride made pretty much every detail herself and brought her vision to life with the help of her friends and family. The result is a lovely transformation into the world of Frozen! I just know you’ll love the lovely wintry details of this gorgeous wedding. xoxo, Jessica

bride makeup wedding day winter wedding dress / ceremony setup winter wedding dress winter wedding shoes winter wedding dress bride winter wedding dress bride winter wedding bride tiara winter wedding bride with parents winter wedding ceremony winter wedding party winter wedding ceremony magical DIY winter wedding first kiss magical DIY winter wedding bride and groom www.james-stokes.com magical DIY winter wedding bride and groom www.james-stokes.com magical DIY winter wedding portraits www.james-stokes.com magical DIY winter wedding portraits www.james-stokes.com winter wedding boutonniere - pine cone boutonniere www.james-stokes.com winter wedding snow pictures www.james-stokes.com winter wedding - bride in the snow pictures www.james-stokes.com winter wedding - wedding party in the snow pictures www.james-stokes.com winter wedding ring shot www.james-stokes.com winter wedding reception details www.james-stokes.com winter wedding reception details instagram www.james-stokes.com winter wedding chalkboard sign www.james-stokes.com winter wedding reception tables www.james-stokes.com winter wedding cake decor www.james-stokes.com winter wedding cake www.james-stokes.com winter wedding cake topper deer www.james-stokes.com winter wedding cake dessert www.james-stokes.com winter wedding bouquet www.james-stokes.com winter wedding details www.james-stokes.com winter wedding details - place setting www.james-stokes.com winter wedding reception table details www.james-stokes.com winter wedding reception decor details www.james-stokes.com winter wedding decor inspiration www.james-stokes.com romantic winter wedding inspiration www.james-stokes.com winter wedding with storybook inspiration www.james-stokes.com romantic winter wedding dance www.james-stokes.com winter wedding rings

Justine + Josh

January 1st, 2014

Schofield, Wisconsin

What was your wedding budget?

Our budget goal was to spend between $5,000-$10,000. Our total ended up being about $9,000!

Here’s some more info about how we spent our budget:
  • I used one location for the ceremony and reception which is a municipality building, The Rothschild Pavillion. That was around $700 to rent because it was a weekday (New Years Day).
  • The photography was my splurge because I am a photographer and I truly value good photographs. I can’t say enough about the quaity and professionalism of James Stokes Photography. I would recommend brides to splurge on their photography to get the best memories from their day.
  • Our videographer was just starting out with his buisness and he gave us a very reasonable price. It helps to use up and comers if you’re confident in their work / style.
  • The food was also very reasonable as far as wedding food. We did soup, salad, and breadsticks and a potato bar for “cocktail hour.” Rockmans also provided the table cloths. The potato bar was less than $5 a person and the entree was around $10 per person. So $15pp total = $3500ish
  • The caterer also provided coffee and lemonade. I set up a cocoa bar with mix in ingredients. My husband and I do not drink, so we had no alcohol. Not much spent on drinks- it definitely saved us alot!
  • I loved my dress and was happy to pay around $1000 when it was all said and done. I decorated shoes from a thrift store to create a custom look. The shoes were $3 and I spent $10 for supplies.
  • I made the bouquet from old brooches. One is from my grandmother who passed away only a few weeks before my wedding. My mom is an artist and antique dealer and I got the supplies generously donated from her. I also made the bridesmaid’s bouquets out of pinecones. I only had to buy a few big ones to complete it.
  • Our cake baker was just getting started with her business and we got our cake and cupcakes for a very reasonable price.
  • The makeup artist is my cousin and she just worked for tips!
The decorations I made or bought at an auction or rummage sales. I made the tree aisle liners from trees in my parents woods and paid minimal cost for supplies for the bases.  The tablescapes had fairytale books I bought at thrift stores and vases were bought for a steal at a rummage sale. I am allergic to many flowers so we used pine cones and branches instead of hiring a florist.  I am a perfectionist and had a certain vision for the decor so I was very happy with paying around $1000 for all the decor and making the rest.  I will say the set-up took around 8 hours though… so DIY weddings aren’t for the faint of heart!
We spent $500 on a DJ and I would say it’s my one wedding regret. I wish I would have just played songs off of an IPod because our families are not much for dancing and I was not happy with the DJ’s service.
Overall to keep a tight budget I would recommend DIY and searching out people just getting started with their business like I did for the videography and cupcakes.

How many guests did you have?

We had 230 guests

 

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

I am a creative perfectionist so if I could make something I did.  I made my bouquet and shoes. I made the wedding favors which were slices of branches custom stamped and glazed.  My dad helped me make the stands to hold up the decorative trees I cut and painted.  My dad also make the cake stand and “fairy house” card box.

My bridesmaids and I made stamped coffee cozies for the hot cocoa bar and we dipped plastic spoons in chocolate and sprinkled candy bits on them.  The programs were made to look like the literary works of Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish author and poet, who served as inspiration for our fairy tale themed wedding. I made the programs myself by scanning a vintage fairy tale book we used in our engagement photos and creating a storybook program message on the inside.

I made the boutonnieres and corsages for the bridal party and family out of mini pinecones, and the bridesmaid bouquets out of large pinecones.  My husband and I cut branches and frosted decor for the tables as well.  The only elements I bought for decoration were the table vases, snowflakes, vintage fairytale books, and some of the birch candle holders which I purchased at flea markets, rummage sales, and auctions.  I also planned a DIY ceremony painting to tie in our marriage and faith! So in short, everything was creative or personal!

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing I did to save money was make the bouquets and not use flowers.

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

Delegate what you can and don’t be afraid to ask for help! Everything went very smoothly and the details came together like my vision thanks to all of the help from my husband, family and bridal party!

 

What was your biggest splurge?

My wedding splurge was the photographer and it was well worth it!

 

What was your favorite detail?

The potato bar!

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

My favorite moments were marrying my best friend, of course!

VENDORS

Venue: Rothschild Pavillion  •  Photography: James Stokes Photography  •  Video: Fancy Horse Films  •  Catering: Rockman’s Catering  •  Gown: Brandi’s Bridal Galleria  •  Bridesmaids Dresses + Tuxdeos: Thelma’s Bridal  •  Cake: Spoonful of Batter  •  Makeup: Cosmetic Coppadge
Share this post:

About Jessica

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

Connect with Jessica
  • Jacky Luetschwager

    This is my creative daughter! Her wedding was absolutely beautiful! We actually have savy genes! This wedding was savy full circle, because we sold many of the decorations to another bride to be (a 4-H friend) for just about what we paid for it! Now, that’s savy! I shared this on my blog as well, thanks for featuring her wedding!