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Dean + Catherine

November 2, 2013

Litchfield Park, Arizona   |   Rose Park

What was your wedding budget?

Our rough estimate on total costs were $5,000

Dress $100

Venue $350

Insurance $360 (venue required $1mil insurance policy)

Catering $1200 (including rehearsal dinner)

Photographer $590

Tables and Chairs $250

Rental Truck (For tables, chairs, ice chests, all the decorations and everything for event day) $100

Cake  (2 x 10 in cakes and 90 cupcakes, 12 sugar free cupcakes and 12 gluten free cupcakes)  $150

Groomsmen’s Shirts $200

DJ/MC Free (friend of Groom) Gave $40 tip

Flowers (Artificial) $75 and arranged by family

Decorations and Misc $750 including centerpieces, tablecloths, lights, plates, and all other decorations

Drinks $280

Ice and Sound Equipment (Free from Groom’s employer)

Officiant $200

Security $240

 

 

How many guests did you have?

Between 80 and 90

 

 

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

Just about all of it. It was very much a do it yourself wedding. The entire tables settings, from the center pieces to the place settings were all created by the Bride and family. The lights we used to light up the dance floor were Christmas lights. The take home gifts, bouquets, boutonnieres and signs were all made by family members.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Did all the decorations ourselves. We used a park for the venue. Bride’s mother made all the Bridesmaids dresses.

 

 

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

Have a good, reliable, dependable team in place as support and planning so the day of the event, you will not have to worry about things getting done.

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Photographer and Catering.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

For the Bride, The center pieces and the Thank you notes we left on the tables.
For the Groom, all the personalized details, the signs, the notes on the table, the informative letters.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

For the Bride, Honestly, the photographer acting as security and running the public out of the park. For the Groom, Seeing my Bride for the very first time that day.

 

 

VENDORS

Venue: City of Litchfield Park, Rose Park  //  Catering: Bo’s BBQ  //  Photography: Bumble Bee Photography  //  Cakes: Sam’s Club  //  Gluten Free + Sugar Free Cupcakes: Bite Me Breads and Cookies  //  Table + Chair Rentals: A to Z Rentals  //  Rental Truck: Uhaul  //  Insurance: Underwritten by Travelers  //  Groomsmen Shirts: NyFifth

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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