Welcome to another edition of the BSWOW! This week’s wedding comes from Texas and has a teeny tiny budget of $2,000– but I don’t think you can tell at ALL! Stephanie and Frankie did alot themselves and it saved them a ton of money but still looked absolutely fabulous! I love the mismatched bridesmaid dresses and the popcorn bar– how CUTE is that? Hope you enjoy this installment of our wedding of the week! xoxo-Jessica
Stephanie + Frankie
September 17, 2011
Palestine, Texas at Palestine Church | Reception at Lee Loveless Photography Studio.
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
Total budget was about $2000.00. This included wedding party gifts, license, incidentals, etc.
Invitations $50 (Cost of components. Assembled by myself and friend)
Tux $130 (JCPenney online sale)
Food $800 (just the cost of ingredients)
Reception venue $150
Cake $30 (cost of ingredients)
Cake Topper made by me
Shoes $16 ebay (Mossimo)
Getaway shoes $20 kohls
Photography free (gift)
Table and punch bowl rentals $50
DJ free (My husband has a huge sound system so we carted it to the reception venue, connected my laptop to it, and asked a friend to shuffle through playlists that I created)
Guest Book $20 posters.com map of the world for friends to sign and leave travel tips in addition to well wishes
How many guests did you have?
Approx. 100 (Although we invited about 180. Many could not make the trip, and we knew we would have less than invited, but there were also a few people who showed up that we did not specifically invite. So, estimate lower but generously)
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Peaches were incorporated in the decor to reference my home state (Georgia) because they also went well with my colors
My husband and I saw the movie ‘Up’ when it first came out, with a group of friends, and that was when he realized from the way I looked at him one time during the movie, that I actually liked him. He later bought me the movie when it came out on dvd. Part of our engagement shoot was ‘Up’ themed, and we used a small cardboard house prop from that, for cards at the wedding reception.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Diys, simple ceremony decor, hors d’oeuvres ’buffet’ at reception(making some dishes myself, I was able to incorporate healthier and more ‘exotic’ foods like hummus, that are not readily available in this small town), small-ish guest list, sticking to the ‘must haves’
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
-Be FLEXIBLE. Your plans will change and the focus needs to be on the overall goal of beginning a happy marriage.
-Go to premarital counseling – planning a pretty party is not the most important part of preparing to walk down the aisle.
-Cherish being engaged with your fiancé – Don’t feel bad about putting down the projects and spending some time together.
-Don’t try and plan everything overnight
-Don’t rush and sacrifice details in order to finish something – Enjoy the process ( I slapped a swirly stamp on our invitations when designing them because I was in a hurry. Later I regretted this because it changed the whole look of the invitation )
-Delegate ( I didn’t assign someone to pick up a special order food item for the reception, and it was completely forgotten until after the wedding )
-Confirm details repeatedly or closer to your wedding date. I had musicians, food helpers, etc disappearing at the last minute because they thought they weren’t needed anymore. Also the order of songs during our wedding ceremony was mixed up because I didn’t think it was necessary to review.
In the end, everything flies by so quickly you won’t notice much being out of place on the big day. So having details nailed down ahead of time is huge. BUT don’t stress the things that don’t work out. They become great memories to laugh about later Like how paper plates with blue flowers ended up in my wedding reception.
What was your biggest splurge?
It was all BEYOND affordable. We found great deals with a bit of looking. We also have many amazing, talented, and generous friends that made planning a wedding in less than 4 months very doable, and even enjoyable! We kept it simple and that made it work
What was your favorite detail?
Writing our own vows was very rewarding. Even though it was difficult to read something so personal in front of friends and family, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
O my goodness, where to start…My husband and I had our first kiss on the lips after being pronounced man and wife, so that was definitely a highlight
Getting to see him before the wedding, at our First Look, and showing him his ring for the first time with what I had had engraved on the inside, was a very special moment.
In the middle of everyone dancing at our reception he suddenly picked me up and spun me around, which set everyone to cheering. It epitomized the joy of finally being married :)
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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