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I just know you’re going to love this unique budget-savvy wedding as much as I do!! They did lots of DIY and chose a venue that was not only original but also personal as well! Kyle is a pilot so the venue was perfect for their reception! I also love how they made their programs into paper airplanes… adorable, no? Congrats Brittany and Kyle, and thank you for sharing your wedding with Budget Savvy Bride!

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Brittany + Kyle

JUNE 27, 2009

The Tulsa Air + Space Museum  |  Tulsa, Oklahoma

Where did you get married?

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum in Tulsa, Okla. Kyle is a flight instructor, so the venue was the perfect, unique venue for our wedding. Plus, we wanted something fun, and our guests didn’t have a lack of things to look at!

What was your budget?

As cheap as possible! We ended up at around $6,500, and we were able to get everything most important to us. Plus, I had tons of fun with the DIY projects to save money. At the end of the day, we were just so excited to be getting married, and we accomplished an unforgettable day for ourselves, our family and our friends, which is exactly what we wanted.

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

One of my favorite details was the guest book table. I filled it with photos from the weddings of our parents and grandparents, and our guest book was a photo book of our engagement photos (which I designed, and then ordered from artscow.com for $9). We also had a slideshow of pictures playing in the lobby as people walked into the museum. Pictures speak a thousand words, and our guests loved seeing them all. Another of my favorite details were the programs. We printed them to match our wedding stationery, and then folded them into paper airplanes.
Also, the ceremony was really important to us, so we made sure to spend time on really thinking about elements we wanted, or things we wanted our pastor to share. It was perfect, and so special for us, our families and our guests.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

OK, I have three.
First, we did all of our own flowers. I ordered the flowers in bulk for the boutonnieres, bouquets and centerpieces, and for the flowers and all the supplies to put them together, (which was super easy, by the way!) we only spent $200!
Second, I designed my own invitations, and did a lot of searching online to find coupons for percentages off and free shipping to get them printed for cheap. I also fell in love with paperandmore.com. The invitation was mounted on a solid card stock, and when you order paper from them, they can even cut it for you for only a few dollars! That saved me TONS of time and money.
And third, Wedding cakes are EXPENSIVE! So, we decided to do a cake buffet instead! I love cake plates, and it gave me a chance to use all my favorites, and I borrowed others from family and friends. My aunt volunteered to make our two-tiered “wedding cake,” and the others we bought at Sam’s Club for about $10 each. We had a big selection, so there was something there for everyone, and all for less than $150.

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

Three again :)
First, When it comes to making a guest list, you and your fiance need to make the list of who you want to invite, and divide the amount left between your parents. We wanted to invite no more than 200, so we just gave each of our moms 100. Well, we didn’t take into account our own friends, and ended up having to do some last minute cutting before sending invites out. It all worked out, but I could have avoided that stress early on with my own advice.
Second, the internet is your best friend in wedding planning! I found tons of good deals online, including our photographer. I found him on Craigslist, and he was amazing! There are talented people out there that just need a start somewhere, so give them a try! We did engagement photos to make sure we meshed, and we were hooked after that.
And third, just enjoy it! It’s a time like no other in your life, but when you do have slight moments of stress, just remember that after it all you get to be married to your best friend, and begin an amazing life together!

What was your biggest splurge?

My dress. Granted, it was only $600, but it was a larger percentage than all the “wedding calculators” told me I should spend. And ask about special discounts at bridal shops–I saved on my dress by buying the dress off the rack, rather than ordering. It fit perfectly, and saved me 20%! The thing is, it’s your wedding, and you need to feel as beautiful and glamorous as possible.

What was your favorite detail?

The candy buffet. My aunt has a business doing candy buffets, and she did one for us. It was beautiful, and the guests absolutely loved it! She even put our names on the little bags they took home with them, which was a fun extra detail.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Seeing Kyle for the first time. It was the moment that I was finally like “OK, we get to do this!” And it was a really special moment to spend a few moments with just him before the whirlwind of everything started.

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  • http://www.juliannesmith.com juliannesmith

    wow! this is budget is impressive and the pictures are so pretty! thanks for sharing!

  • Brittany

    Thank you for posting our wedding, Jessica! We had so much fun with it, and I love sharing it with other “budget savvy brides!”

  • http://neverabridezilla.blogspot.com The Professional Bridesmaid

    I’m in love with the bride’s dress. She looks stunning. I also love the unique venue. It’s refreshing to see different venues.

  • http://www.landlockedbride.com Brit

    I would give my left arm to have my reception in that venue (FI is a pilot as well).

  • Brittany

    Brit- I don’t know about you, but I wanted so much to incorporate Kyle’s passion of flying into our wedding, and had the hardest time finding anything online with tips about it (that weren’t ultra expensive.) We really lucked out with this venue, and just had to be creative to tie everything together! Good luck with your planning!

  • Amy

    Hi :) I’m interested in learning more about the bulk flowers – any tips on where to start, which are good ones to order and how to make them look cute?

  • Amy

    Oh – one more question, is that a real flower in your hair? If so, what type and how did you keep it in there!? :)

  • Laura

    Your wedding looked amazing! And to get it all done for that price?! I’m impressed! My fiance and I are starting to plan for the wedding. We both want a live Chicago Wedding Band to play at the reception which could set us a little over our intended budget, but with these tips I got from this blog, I think we might be able to do it!

  • http://dance-the-tide.blogspot.com Catherine

    I LOVE your budget wedding feature. I just got engaged, and I need all the DIY budget savvy plans you can do! Thanks so much for having this weekly!

  • Brittany

    Amy- We found a store locally who orders flowers straight from the farms, so they get them even cheaper than if you were to buy from a wholesaler. I just added up the amount I would need, and they ordered everything and it was delivered the morning before the wedding. Making the bouquets was so easy too. You might check around where you live to see if there is anything like that, or I know Sam’s Club does the same thing for a slightly higher cost.
    One thing I learned in my planning was to not be afraid to check with grocery stores, etc. No one is going to know if your cake came from a specialty bakery, or your flowers were done by the top florist. Save everywhere you can on your budget, and you can afford to have that big band like Laura!

  • Brittany

    oh, and the flower was from Hobby Lobby- I think it was half price, so it was a whopping $1 :) I had people asking me all night if it was real, but it lasted so much longer than a real one would. I even wore it dinners on our honeymoon! Just take it to your hairstylist, and she can pin it in!

    • Amy

      :) you’re so sweet, thanks!

  • http://www.boydgilmour.co.uk/ Lucy

    Wow, that is way cool dude I like it! That just shows the incredible talent you have – regardless of your decision, I would feel honored. Keep up the good work!

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