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I love when a couple works with the calender to develop their wedding theme, and that's exactly what today's couple did! Nicholl and Jason beautifully incorporated red, white and blue details throughout their big day that fell over the 4th of July weekend! And how beautiful are their DIY centerpieces? What an elegant choice for their red, white and blue summer wedding! Happy Wednesday! xoxo, Jessica

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Nicholl + Jason 

July 3, 2015

Virginia City, NV |  Miner's Park and Piper's Opera House

 

What was your budget?

Our budget was $20,000.

Food: $3,000

Cakes: $600

Reception Venue: $1900

Ceremony Venue: $100

Dress: $2800

Decorations/table settings: $2800

Invitations: $300

Pictures: $4700

Wedding coordinator: $300

Alcohol: $1200

Favors: $400

Chair/table rentals: $700

DJ: $800

Guest transportation: $350

 

How many guests did you have?

We had 215 guests.

 

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

We went with an elegant 4th of July theme.  We are both very patriotic, so it seemed perfect to get married in a historical town that we love, near the 4th of July.

 

Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

My mom and I made our own wedding invitations because I couldn't find anything I liked.  I went through hundreds of invitations.  We ended up spending countless hours and money…all because I didn't like anything out there.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We hounded people to know if they were committed to coming or not.  If we didn't get the response card back, we called them.  We still had some of our “yes” people not show, but I think hounding people saved us even more no shows.  

Also, we used a good friend of ours as our caterer.  His name is Troy with Virginia City Jerky Company and Smokehouse BBQ.  He gave us a family discount, which saved TONS of money.  

Oh yeah, and my aunt married us for free!

 

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

Well, I couldn't make any decisions about anything until the last minute.  I like to wait for my inspiration and then choose something.  If you are an unsure bride, make sure you have a long time before the big day to ponder, do thousands of internet searches, and bounce ideas off of others.  Many of my things didn't get done for my wedding until the week before because I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do!  I should have been researching and selecting things months prior.  I had 14 months to plan…but I kept putting it off waiting to run into an idea, or to walk upon seeing something I liked. I needed to just keep searching and make a decision.

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Oh that's a toss up!  My pictures were a big splurge, but so was my dress.  I love the moments Tourine and Trevor Johnstone captured!  I also love my dress! So sparkly and glittery!

 

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was the center pieces. We used fake white flower puff balls that had pearl lights around them on eiffel tower vases with a sparkly silver leaf thing that came out.  Down the eiffel tower vase was water, with lights inside of the tower as well.  It completely added the elegance I was looking for, and the sparkly silver leaf things reminded me of showgirl hats.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

It was during the ceremony.  We decided to do a sand thing for unity.  I wanted sparkly crystals and didn't think about the size. I combined each color with sparkly crystals so that we were prepared.  Once it was time for us to both put the sand in the sand box, the crystals clogged up the entrance.  We ended up trying to stuff it in there, and wondering what was going on.  People were laughing, we were laughing and we just gave up.

 

VENDORS

 Photography:  Johnstone Studios • Ceremony Venue: Miners Park • Reception Venue: Piper's Opera House • Corsages and Boutonnieres: Virginia City Floral Designs (no website) • Wedding Planner: Joseph Garton (no website) • Catering: Virginia City Jerky Company • Bakery:  Cake You Happy • Rentals:  All Occasion Rentals • DJ: McClains Mobile Music and DJ • Lighting: Zack Felix with Giraffe • Transportation: Carl from Virginia City Tours • Music: iPod • Hair and Makeup: Jenny Oxier with Jensen and Co. • Photo booth: Picbox • Bridesmaids Dresses:  David's Bridal • Wedding Gown Designer: Pronovias — Crystal Collection • Bridal Salon:  Swoon Bridal • Veil / Headpiece:  My mom DIYed my cathedral veil and my other veil was from David's Bridal • Shoes: Dillards • Groom and groomsmen attire:  Men's Wearhouse • TiesJCPenney

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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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