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The Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week


It’s that time of the week again– time to share another beautiful budget wedding with you! I love this wedding for so many reasons! This is the first Wisconsin Wedding we have ever featured here on BSB! (Still trying to get wedding features in all 50 states– didn’t achieve it last year but hope to do so this year.) I love that they made this wedding happen for under $10k and had 150 guests! I also love that the groom got in on the DIY action– that’s awesome! And I love love LOVE the picture in the snow– isn’t that magical? I know we’re getting into warmer months of the year but I couldn’t resist posting this wedding. Marie has lots of great ideas for saving money on your wedding so definitely be sure to check out her advice below! Thanks to Marie & Ryan for sharing their special day with us! xoxo- Jess












Ryan + Marie
11.19.11

Ceremony: Hudson, Wisconsin (Trinity Lutheran Church)
Reception: Roseville, Minnesota (Radisson Roseville)

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

Initial Budget $10,000

Hair and Makeup $200

Cake/Cupcakes/Candy & Cookie table/Cake Pops $235.99

Catering $4,543.72

Ceremony Music (organist) $100.00

DJ $125.00 (for the channel mixer) a friend did the actual DJing (such an awesome job!)

Dress and such Bride $244 My mom bought my dress (which was such a great deal at $160)

Attire Groom $40 (his shoes) Ryan was able to get his Tux rental free

Flowers $360.74 (125 hot pink 50 cm roses, 200 white 50 cm roses, Assorted greenery 8 bunches, Gypsophila-million star 6 bunches, Sales Tax$18.14 and vases from goodwill & ball jars)

Invitations/Save the Dates/Wedding Programs/Thank You’s $331.17

Rings $311.68

Minister $200.00 (free will donation)

Gifts for parents and wedding party $629.54

Photo Booth $851.64

Photography $1,068.75 and

Wedding Planner $200.00

Grand Total $9,441.95

How many guests did you have?

150

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

Ryan made the ring pillow as well as Lego man cufflinks for all of his groomsmen, the ushers and the ring bearer.

I took old cigar boxes and redecorated and personalize each of them in to keepsake boxes for all of the bridesmaids, flower girls, the ring bearer and my attendants (it was just so much fun!) We also took wood hangers and added wire names (so much fun but a bit hard on the hands..) for everyone who was involved in the wedding-32 people total!

We made small pom poms in white, hot pink and lime green for the ceremony.

Ryan’s dad made us a Wine Box (for the wine box ceremony)

The day before Ryan’s mother and my bridesmaids and I made all the corsages, boutonnieres, bouquets, centerpieces and the alter flowers. The flowers were supplied by Sam Club and I couldn’t have been happier with the end result!

For the reception we made bigger pom poms in the same colors to hang from the ceiling, painted vases in navy, white and lime green, mason jars with lime or hot pink baker’s twine and buttons tied around it, we made small buttons (pin backed with the button maker we purchased from American Button Machines) with photos of our dogs as well as a few of our engagement photos for favors.

A sign for the dessert table that said “sweet love.” We used some of The Wedding Chicks printable to label the different desserts. And speaking of desserts ours were all homemade except the (wedding cake and the cupcakes) including m&m cookies, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, ginger snaps (made by Ryan’s grandma) and sugar cookies. We also had a family day to make 3 different types of cake pops for the dessert table which included the flavors of chocolate peanut butter, white cake with cream cheese frosting and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. They were such a hit!

One of our groomsmen made three kinds of home brew for our wedding and also bottled it for our wedding party and (for the first time) he made labels for his beer with custom photos of Ryan and I.

The husband (and good friend) of one of my bridesmaids made the finger print guest book (as a side note he also rocked the music as our deejay!)

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We made all the decorations ourselves (pom poms and spray painted vases) Also we created the flowers bouquets, corsages, alter flowers and center pieces at the reception

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

Remember that your family may have a million questions/suggestions for you and how to plan your day which might get overwhelming. Take into consideration that they just want your day to be as fantastic as you want it to be and thank them for all of their input. Also remember to take time away from planning and spend time with your soon to be Husband/Wife on a date night or walk.

What was your biggest splurge?

The photo booth that we rented. Snapz Photo Booth did such a wonderful job!

What was your favorite detail?

I just loved the entire day it is so hard to pick just one! Although, the dessert table was super awesome, the music was awesome (both Ryan and I are not dancers and found ourselves out on the dance floor quite a bit!) and the photo booth was so worth the money especially checking out the photos after our wedding!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

I have a few. First was seeing my husband for the first time and having a minute to talk with him before the ceremony. Second was being able to get married in the last church my deceased grandfather was a minister in as well as being able to wear my grandmothers (refashion) veil as well as the necklace that she gave me when I graduated college and carry a pin of my other (deceased) grandfathers’ it was so nice to be able to have all my deceased grandparents with me in some way.

And although we are not Jewish Ryan’s Best Man and one of our Users are and at the reception we and our guests were treated to a very special dance the Hora, or chair dance, which according to theknot.com most likely derived from the tradition of carrying royalty on chairs. A few strong and brave guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the infectious sounds of “Hava Nagila”. Friends and family dance around in an ecstatic circle as the elevated couple tries not to look (or fall) down. IT was Awesome!

VENDORS

Photographer: RJ3 Photography  Venue Reception: Radison  |  Favors: American Button Machines   |  Flowers/Cupcakes: Sam’s Club   |  Venue Ceremony: Trinity Luthern Church, Hudson  Photobooth: Snapz Photo Booth

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