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What was your budget?

$15,000- here’s the breakdown:

Church/Organist – $150
Reception Hall – $1,000
Catering – $5,500
Alcohol – $1,000
Photography – $2,000
Music – $1,200
Stationary – $750
Attire – $1,000
Planner – $1,000
Linens – $400

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

We chose to get married in my family’s small church near the beach, it is so old, small and quaint that it didn’t need much decorating it was just wonderful to know that my family sat there every Sunday and we had exchanged our vows there. For our reception we thought outside of the box. We wanted a beautiful location at the beach but didn’t have much money. Our location doesn’t advertise a lot and the ballroom was small so it was a steal and very unique. We had our cocktail hour in the lobby and made our entrances down the large marble steps so we could join our guests.

Each couple in our bridal party had their own song and loved the attention. Once it was our turn we descended the stairs, popped a few bottles and filled our champagne tower. After mingling for a while our guests were asked to go upstairs to the ballroom. We were re-introduced to another song and danced our first dance to Elvis “Can’t help falling in love.”

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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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  • H.S.

    What a beautiful wedding! The pics were awesome. Hey, Jessica – I was wondering if you could have your BSB WoW brides tell us how many guests they had at their wedding. I think that would be helpful when looking at the budgets! :)

    • savvybride

      Thanks for the reminder- I've been meaning to add that to the questionnaire. I have asked the rest of the girls going forward for that info and I will include it in their responses! :)

  • Rachel Grayson

    Hey there! We invited 150 and ended up with 128 guests :)

  • April

    I totally agree, the photos are unspeakably beautiful. I love all the fine details in this wedding. The cake looks delicious and the table setting and decors look so exquisite. Congratulations to the newly weds!

  • Kelsey

    Wow! This is awesome — I'm an Eastern Shore bride that's been considering the Coconut Mallorie, wants Italian food and has about 120-150 guests. Rachel, can you tell me who your caterer was?

    • Rachel Grayson

      feel free to email me – I did not have a good caterer and would not even give her the benefit of bad advertising.

  • Ashley

    This is such a cute wedding! One of my favs on the whole site! I love this blog! YEA! Thanks for the inspirations!


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