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Such a fun wedding to share with y’all today! This lovely rustic chic wedding features some of the most budget savvy details ever! I LOVE that the bride upcycled old tin cans with spraypaint, twine and lace– who knew that what some people would consider ‘trash’ could look so fabulous as a wedding centerpiece?! Now that’s what I call budget savvy. And I’ve said it many times before but I just love sunflowers in weddings- so their DIY bouquets just make me so happy!! I think you’ll love this sweet wedding just as much as I did! xoxo – Jessica

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Meghan & Cory 

September 7, 2013

Wedding location Bellingham, WA  |  Sudden Valley Dance Barn

 

 

What was your wedding budget?  

$6,000 was our budget.
$ 700 on the venue,
$1,500-ish on food and cake
$300 on beverages (two buck chuck wine, three kegs, water bottles and some juice).
$1,000 on my dress
$500 was spent one wine glasses, white string lights, party favors, plates, décor (mostly homemade)
25$ was spent on flowers for everyone’s bouquets. I made the bouquets myself which is a lot more cost effective. My mother in law and a friend let us use their flowers for centerpieces. 
$50 was spent on invites. I purchased a template via Etsy and printed them myself then added lace and personal touches to each.
$200 dollars on stamps to send out invites. (Crazy that the stamps cost more than invites themselves!)
$200 for groomsmen and bridesmaids gifts.  
Photographer was around $750  
DJ was a musician friend who put together all the songs I requested and charged us for the equipment rental which was $250.
We were very lucky to have a friend gift us some personalized Jones Soda.  

 

 

How many guests did you have?     

100 give or take.

 

 

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

I tried to have it be a DIY wedding. It seemed so much more cost savvy. I started collecting tin cans from home and friends. I spray painted a few of them copper and some I wrapped in rope to use as centerpieces for the flowers. We also made our own party favors making mini s’more kits. Using a tag punch we wrapped them in cellophane and twine with a tag saying S’More Love, Cory and Meghan 9/7/2013. Also I purchased a heart punch from the local craft store and used old books to punch out hearts to have on twine to use as our backdrop when we got married.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

A tie between not purchasing tons of flowers and not using the caterer’s dishware/glassware. We purchased clear plastic plates and bought mismatched wine glasses from garage sales, thrift stores and the dollar store. All of the glasses were a 1.00 or less and the great thing is we were able to sell them for at least .50 which gave us some of our money back.

 

 

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

Think about what you’ll remember the most. For most people (and for me) we remember the I do’s, food and music. Putting money and thought into the photographer, food and playlist is key. No one remembers the centerpieces or flowers. Don’t stress yourself out. Also from a person who doesn’t like to ask for things. DO NOT be afraid to ask for help. So many people have “wedding décor” in their garage or storage. Reach out and save yourself on big price tags because it says wedding on it.

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

 Food and cake along with the photographer.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

My cake topper. It was Robin Hood and Maid Marian from Disney’s Robin Hood. Silly I know but I love looking at it every day in my hutch.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Waiting in the back room while my bridesmaids left to go walk down the aisle, I heard the song we choose start to play and I thought to myself this is it. I stood up and took three deep breaths and walked to my future.

 

 

VENDORS:

 Venue: Sudden Valley Dance Barn   //  Photography: Maegan Hay Imaging  //  Food: Haggen Market Street Catering  //  Dress: Davids Bridal  //  Hair: Sam Claire Hair

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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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  • jess

    Where did you find your cake topper?!? I love it but can’t find anywhere.