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I love all of the roses and details in today’s vintage wedding. Jamie and Isaak masterfully pulled together their wedding day by tying together the ceremony and the reception with so many beautiful elements. I’m smitten with their reception centerpieces; so much color and character! And make sure you check out their darling photo booth backdrop. Enjoy this darling wedding! xoxo, Jessica

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Jamie + Isaak

September 19, 2015

Ybor City, FL  |  CL Space

What was your budget? 

Our goal was to keep it under $10,000 since we were paying for everything by ourselves mostly.

Venue-$1,200

Photography-$2,200

DJ-$600

Catering-$600 (only paid for cost of food; co-worker of bride made the food and catered)

Alcohol-$400 (we had an open bar, but only served wine and 4 types of beer)

Flowers-$800

Invitations-$400

Décor-$1,000 (purchased all at thrift stores, yard sales, craigslist, and etsy)

Hair for bridal party-$0-done by best man’s wife

Makeup for bridal party-$500

Rentals (tables, chairs, & pipe draping)-$600

Day of coordinator-$700 (friend of groom)

Dress-$0 (Purchased by bride’s mother)

Tux-$200

Cake- $0 (made my best man’s mother)

 

How many guests did you have?

100

 

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

Isaak is a pharmacist so I (Jamie) knew I wanted to incorporate that somehow.  Most weddings have an advice box, so I wanted some variation of that.  I found a woman on etsy that made customized prescription pads.  I made a sign that said “Leave us a prescription for a happy marriage” and had a box there for completed ones to go in.  This was set out at the reception next to the gift table. 

I (Jamie) am very into vintage things, especially china and tea cups.  I wanted all the plates and glasses at the reception to be different.  This lead to many tips to thrift stores and yard sales for a few months. I knew we were having 100 guests so I bought 120 glasses and plates to have extra in case some broke in the transportation.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We knew we were paying for the wedding mostly by ourselves so our budget was tight.  We each knew people who had connections to certain things, like the cake and catering so that helped greatly.  We asked our friends and family to help in certain areas like setup and cleanup.  I (Jamie) handmade about 90% of the decorations which was a huge cost saver.  We found that it cost about the same to rent things, like tablecloths and dinnerware, as it did to purchase them.  So we purchased them and then sold them after the wedding to recoup some of the costs. 

 

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

Get a wedding planner, or least a day of coordinator.  This was a HUGE stress relief for the day of the wedding.

Since we were paying for the wedding ourselves, we were concerned about what money we would have left over to pay for a honeymoon.  Isaak was set on going to Ireland so we knew we had to make it happen! We set up a honeymoon registry instead of a traditional wedding registry.  Isaak got a Chase Sapphire Preferred Rewards credit card right after we got engaged.  We put all of the wedding purchases on the card and paid the card off every month.  After all the planning we had enough rewards to pay for the car rental for the 10 days we were there and 7 nights of hotels.  We really only paid for the airfare and food. 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

The photography.  It was worth every penny!

 

What was your favorite detail?

Jamie- The head table.  I found these refurbished vintage chairs that really caught your eye and created a beautiful feature for the front of the reception.

Isaak- The hand crafted centerpieces and table settings.

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What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Jamie- Taking photos between the ceremony and reception.  Our photographer made it so much fun and it was nice to get that alone time with each other.

Isaak- At the end of the day realizing that I was married to a woman that had just pulled off a primarily hand done wedding and everything went off without a hiccup.

 

VENDORS

Photography: Life’s Highlights • Venue: CL Space • Dress: CC’s Bridal • Tux: Sacino’s • Rentals: Rent All City •  Flowers: Delma’s • Invitations: Minted • Makeup: Collective Creations • Table Linens: Linen Table Cloth • DJ: Grant Hemond • Alcohol: Total Wine

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