Happy New Year, y'all! I just want to say HELLO and welcome to all our new readers and fans! Make sure to like us on Facebook for more updates and budget savvy ideas! I thought it fitting that I share this wedding today since I am currently in Florida on vacation. Y'all this wedding has BLOWN me away! So many lovely shabby chic details all for a great total budget of $8k. Where they saved: having their talented friends provide certain services like one who baked their cupcakes, one to play music during the ceremony and another who designed their invitations and paper goods! One thing you will notice in this breakdown is that they spent the largest chunk of their budget on photography!! This is something I definitely recommend splurging on if you find someone whose work you love because just take a look at the results– Maria Angela did a fantastic job capturing this day and now Karie and Jeff have gorgeous photos they will treasure for a lifetime! Hope you enjoy this edition of the BSWOW!! xoxo-Jessica
Karie + Jeff
September 29, 2012
Clearwater Beach Recreation Center in Clearwater Beach, Florida
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
We didn't have a Set Budget, just a motto that this was ONE DAY and to get as much out of this day for as little as possible without feeling like we left anything out. Total cost was approx $8,000.00
Catering and Wine/Beer- 1600.00
Hair, Makeup- 175.00
Cake topper, garters, bridesmaids purses, etc- 200.00
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I tried to make our day completely OURS! Our Pastor knows us very well and wanted to know our entire story. I provided him with all the details and he made our ceremony perfectly “US” with the precise amount of humor, romance and our Christian faith. Jeff and I chose to do both Christian vows and our own vows as well. I am so happy we chose to do that because the words we exchanged were very heartfelt and made our ceremony truly ours. I have the most amazing friends and family that really came together for us for our wedding day. A childhood friend of mine, Katie Alexander, made our Save the Dates as well as our Invitations and RSVP's. I was able to completely design what I wanted for our look with her and she made them come to life! My very dear friend, Tiffany Barnaky made the most delicious homemade cupcakes (red velvet, chocolate peanut butter, vanilla butter cream and strawberry) as well as our gorgeous 2 tier shabby chic cake. My Aunt Janiene made pearl necklaces and provided matching bracelets and earrings for my Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids. She also gave us beautiful sterling silver “MR and MRS” cake forks for when we had our cake cutting. Another very dear friend Jennifer Bain provided videography for our whole day, from getting ready until the very last dance. Jeff's groomsman, Roger Jacobsen played Canon in D for me to walk down the aisle to.
After losing my father last year in a tragic car accident, I wanted to ensure that I included him in my special day without making it somber. To accomplish that, I purchased mini photo frames and put photos of him in them and sewed them onto my shoes so he could still walk me down the aisle. I also had one of his favorite blue shirt sleeves cut into a heart and sewn into the train of my dress. As my “something borrowed” my mother lent me the engagement rings that my father had given to her when she was 14 years old and I wore those on my right hand. For the “father-daughter dance” I chose to dance with my grandfather and my brother in 2 parts to the song, Daughter by Loudon Wainwright. My grandfather walked me down the aisle. I have since lost my grandfather as well, and am so blessed to have had him give me away to my husband.
Other creative and personal touches were sprinkled throughout the evening. My amazing planner Tammy Waterman from Special Moments assisted with so many of these things. We had a signature cocktail, The Burdick Brew- which was a Sangria and that was a hit! We had an amazing photo booth without having to rent the fancy kind by having a back drop with signage, lots of props and a Fuji Film Polaroid camera. This was definitely a hit as well! I had the guests take photos to put in our guest book and one to have for themselves so it also served as their favor. I absolutely LOVE that we did this, looking at our guest book with pictures from that night still makes me smile.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
The biggest thing I did to save money was actually not even on purpose. Months before Jeff even proposed, My best friend was in town trying on wedding dresses. I had my eye on a dress for a long time (you know how that is, wishing and hoping for that day to come!) Well, that dress I had my eye on had been discontinued, and gone forever….. so I thought… as she was pulling out dresses, there it was. My Dress! It has a very distinctive, large bow on the back of the dress and the tails of the bow go the length of the train. As soon as she pulled it out, I lost my breath and she did too. She said, “Karie, it's your dress!” I felt so terrible because it was her appointment, her time, her wedding and she, being the most amazing person in the world, said “YOU HAVE TO TRY IT ON” So, I did. And it was the last dress, my size, and $99.00! Needless to say, I bought it right then and there and stowed it at my mother in laws house until he proposed!!!!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
My best advice is do what you want to do! Don't let everyone get in your head and tell you what your Wedding should be! Everyone will have an opinion and that's okay, they're entitled, for THEIR day. It is one day where everything should go the way you envision it for you and your other half. Don't forget what the day is truly about, you and the love of your life. DO Listen to everyone when they say how quickly it goes by, because it does. Carve out some time to spend with your new hubby to really savor the moment. We did this by having a sweetheart table so that we could just have a moment being Married before we had to socialize.
What was your biggest splurge?
The biggest splurge was our photography and it was well worth it. I absolutely LOVE our photographer and LOVE our photos. I would do it all over again, because in the end, the photos is what helps bring back all the amazing memories of that day!
What was your favorite detail?
I loved all of the details of our wedding, but if I had to narrow it down to just one, I'd say our arch that was covered with flowers at the beginning of the aisle was my favorite. Special Thanks to Tammy and Iza for pulling this together for me!!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
When Jeff read his vows to me. To stand in front of him and be so humbled by his heartfelt words about me in front of our family and friends is the best moment of my life! I am so lucky to be his bride!
Venue: Clearwater Beach Library and Recreation Center | Photographer: Maria Angela Photography | Wedding Planner: Tammy Waterman, Special Moments | Caterer: Delectables Fine Catering | Flowers: Iza's Flowers | DJ: Nature Coast Entertainment Services | Cake Topper: Cherry on Toppers, Etsy | Garters: Petal N Pearl Boutique, Etsy