The Budget Savvy Bride » $10k wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com Budget Wedding Blog : Beautiful Weddings Without Breaking the Bank Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:30:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Romantic Pink Wedding on a Budget http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/romantic-pink-wedding-on-a-budget/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/romantic-pink-wedding-on-a-budget/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:00:26 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=30811 I thought this sweet, romantic pink wedding was perfect for the week of Valentine’s Day! I absolutely love that the couple chose a non-traditional venue! The  ampitheatre gives all of their guests a unique view of the ceremony- so fun! And how cute is their cupcake tower? So sweet! Hope you enjoy this lovely budget […]

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I thought this sweet, romantic pink wedding was perfect for the week of Valentine’s Day! I absolutely love that the couple chose a non-traditional venue! The  ampitheatre gives all of their guests a unique view of the ceremony- so fun! And how cute is their cupcake tower? So sweet! Hope you enjoy this lovely budget wedding, with gorgeous photos by Brittany Anderson Photography! xoxo – Jessica

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 Jeff + Ashley 

June 02, 2012

VA Ampitheatre  |  Clarksburg, WV

 

 

What was your budget? Please give us a breakdown of how you spent your budget– rough estimates are fine!

 

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Venue – VA Ampitheatre $250

Flowers – Blooms Florist Bridgeport, WV $800

Decorations were done by the mother of the bride

Brittany Anderson Photography $3200

 

Reception

Clarksburg 4H Center – $600

DJ – Family Friend

Decorating – Michael Romeo $1000

Food – Jimmys Diner $2000

Cake- Gift

Shabby Chic – Desert Buffet

 

Dress $1700 Mori Lee (House of Fashion Bridgeport, WV)

Shoes $80 Aldo’s 

All in all, about $10,000 was spent!

 

 

How many guests did you have?     

275

 

 

 

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

Jeff and I are both in ministry so we incorporated that into the ceremony with singing, scripture reading, and my pastor gave a brief devotion before we said I do. Also instead of doing candle lighting, we took dirt from our parents properties and our property where were building our home and mixed it together, symbolizing a good foundation.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Used what resources we had: family and friends!

 

 

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

Don’t stress over what other people want for you. It’s your day and all about you as a couple. So let it be just that!

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

The photography. You only do this once. Memories are priceless.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

The wedding ceremony itself was lovely. I loved the music, flowers, country decorating, scripture reading, dirt ceremony, and poem written by my previous pastor who was there when I was born.  Every aspect was so personal.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day 

When my pastor said you may now kiss your bride. I was finally a Mrs!

 

 

VENDORS 

Photographer:  Brittany Anderson Photography  //  Event Venue:Harrison County 4H center  //  Venue: VA Ampitheatre Clarksburg, WV  //  Florist: Blooms Florist  //  Photography: Brittany Anderson Photography   //  Catering: Jimmys Diner, Shinnston WV  //  Shabby Chic, Shinnston WV  //  Dress: House of Fashion, Bridgeport, WV  //  Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

 

 

 

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I think you’ll really like this purple wedding! Super sweet details that are personal to the couple who are into reading and photography– love how they incorporated their interests into the decor on their wedding day! I’m always a huge fan of outdoor weddings – natural light is the best for photographs and Kbattle photography did a lovely job capturing this couple’s day!  Be sure to read the bride’s advice and wisdom for how they were able to pull of this lovely wedding for $10k! xoxo – Jessica

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Angie + Quinn 

June 2, 2013

Minneapolis, MN  |  Lyndale Park Peace Garden and Columbia Manor

 

 

What was your budget? 

 

Our budget was $10,000. And we did a pretty good job staying within that budget and paid it off as we went! No wedding debt after the wedding!

 Rough estimates:

 

Dress, with alterations – $600

Ceremony site – $200

Chair rental for ceremony – $400

Reception site – about $1,000

Catering, servers and bar – $3,500

DJ/Photobooth – $2,000

Photographer – $1,300

Flowers – $200

Cake – $500

Centerpieces and decorations – $50

 

How many guests did you have?     

 117

 

 

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

 I’m a photographer and my husband is an avid bookworm, so we incorporated those personal touches into our decorations. I combined my vintage camera collection with books gathered from thrift stores to create centerpieces. It was very inexpensive, had a lot of character and looked great! We carried the photo and book theme throughout the reception site with book picture frames and film canister-filled candleholders.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Saving money was always at the forefront of our decisions. We made things ourselves, and set our priorities right away about what we would splurge on and what we would cut. I also saved a ton of money on my dress by finding a cheap dress and having it altered to be the dress of my dreams!

The biggest thing that saved us the most money was negotiating! If a vendor comes at you with a quote that’s out of your budget, tell them what your budget is for that service and ask if there’s anything that can be done to bring their quote down. I had really good luck with this and some vendors were really willing to come up with creative solutions to help fit our budget and still meet our needs.

 

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

Don’t overwhelm yourself with DIY projects. It’s great to get inspiration from blogs and Pinterest, but be realistic about what you can take on. There were a few projects that I drove myself crazy failing to complete. In the end, nobody but myself knew what didn’t get done and everything looked beautiful regardless!

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

We splurged on the cake and the photographer, but we had agreed on that from the start. They were worth every penny…. And more!

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

Our wedding favors were so great! Quinn made homemade honey mead, which is an Irish wedding tradition, and we bottled it, made labels and gave them to our guests as favors.  A lot of the wedding projects we divided and conquered on, but the favors were something we did together, which made it really special. Our guests loved it!

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable part of the day for me was the ceremony. Quinn’s brother officiated and it was so special and personal. There were a lot of happy tears. Quinn’s favorite part was the first dance. Our song, “When I’m With You,” by Best Coast is a fast song. Quinn’s best man is a musician who came up with a slower version of it and performed it for our first dance.

 

VENDORS

Photography: Kbattle Photography  // Dress: Amelishan Bridal  //  Alterations: A Stitch Above the Rest  //  Guys suits: Mens Wearhouse  //  Cake: Buttercream  //  Food: Cossetta Eventi  //  Alcohol: Prom Catering  //  Venues: Lyndale Park Peace Garden and Columbia Manor   //  Catering staff and set up: Big Ten Catering  //  DJ/Photobooth: Complete   //  Flowers: Minneapolis Farmers Market 

 

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I’m back! I have to say the month leading up to (and after) your wedding goes very quickly. But I happened to luck out in several ways with our celebration. One by having absolutely beautiful, although crisp and chilly, weather for our outdoor ceremony. And second by staying under our $10,000 budget.

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Ashley + Tom
October 5, 2013
Oregon City, OR  |  Abernethy Center

What was your budget?

We set our budget at $10,000 knowing that with help from our family this was a budget we could realistically afford. From there we used general rough estimates on specific categories like food, dress, venue, etc. Here’s how it played out: 

  • Wedding rings – $815
  • Bride’s outfit – $1,190
  • Groom’s outfit – $185
  • Venue – $1,000
  • Catering – $3,100
  • Alcohol – $600
  • Cake – $160
  • DJ – $500
  • Flowers – $300
  • Centerpieces – $75
  • Paper goods – $400* (rough estimate)
  • Photography – $1,000
  • Guestbook – $30
  • Hair and Makeup – $60
  • Salon appointments for bridesmaids – $180

Our budget came to about $9,600 total. Our parents covered catering, alcohol and venue costs and other friends and family pitched in on several small items, either by offering assistance making them, or by helping to pay for them.

 

 

How many guests did you have?

100

 

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

It was very important for us to have a wedding that felt personal and intimate, even though we would have around 100 guests. We had a morning wedding and featured a brunch menu complete with a waffle bar, fresh fruit, croissants and scones. Tom and I love breakfast food so this choice was very appropriate!

Our cake toppers were action figurines from our favorite video game, Halo. Which is also the first game we played together as a couple. Nothing helps you bond more than a mutual love of killing cartoon aliens!

It was also important for our guests to have something fun to do. On each table we placed scrabble pieces along with a clue card. Once unscrambled, the word would spell out a favorite TV show, movie or video game of ours. Since we were going to Ireland for our honeymoon, we hung a large map of the country on one of the walls in our reception space and had guests mark with gold stars the places they thought we should visit on our trip.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We cut out what I consider unnecessary frills. This means no programs or favors. We also had minimal décor since our venue had plenty of ambiance on its own. I had been collecting unique bottles for the past year and used these as our centerpieces. I estimate with the money I spent on ribbon accents and the money I spent on some of the bottles (others were donated to my cause) each centerpiece was roughly $4.

Another big factor that saved us money was picking a date in the “off-season” and choosing a morning over afternoon or evening. This fact alone saved us thousands of dollars. No joke!

We also chose three single layer cakes, rather than a tiered cake, which helped cut costs.

 

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

Time is your friend. If you plan a wedding on a crunch your options are fewer and you will likely spend more. Use your friends, but don’t abuse them. Our DJ, florist and photographer were friends of ours or friends of a friend. I didn’t presume what we should pay them or assume we should pay them pennies just because we knew them. We told them our rough budget for these categories and let them decide what seemed fair.

 

What was your biggest splurge?

My dress was at the very top of my budget (about $900 + tailoring). We splurged a bit on food, opting for a hosted waffle bar rather than pre-made food. Unknown to us at the time, our fathers chipped in to offer a hosted drink for our guests, mimosas.

 

What was your favorite detail?

My former coworker and friend did our flower arrangements and they were one of my favorite things from the day. I still keep some parts of my bouquet (that happened to dry well) on my desk at work. The flowers were stunning, and were found at a local grocer’s market and flower farm.

Tom’s aunt paid for and designed our save-the-dates and invitations. I used left over card stock from those projects to make our table cards.

My stepfather married us which was incredibly personal and touching. We wrote and recited our own vows to each other, and he read a favorite bible passage and favorite poem of ours.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

I had my “florist” friend and her cohorts tie small baggies full of flower petals to the back of each chair in the ceremony area. After Tom and I said “I do”, kissed, and headed back down the aisle, our guests threw flower petals at us to wish us well!

 

VENDORS

Venue and Catering: Abernethy Center  //  Photography: BMW Photography  //  Cake: Le Cookie Monkey  //  Flowers: Penny Beckwith  //  DJ: Jon Del Secco  //  Dress: Sweetheart Gowns  //  Rings: Sherrie’s Jewelry Box

 

 

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Wanted to share this red wedding– feels perfectly appropriate for this Christmas season! This couple saved by using friend-ors and keeping their guest list as tight as they could. They brought together lots of details to put their personal stamp on the day as well. Hope you enjoy this simply savvy wedding! xoxo- Jessica

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Sheryl & Ricky

June 22, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA  |  Quicksilver Golf Club

 

 

What was your budget? 

 My husband and I did not want to spend over $3,000 – which was for things such as photography, cake, tux, rehearsal dinner etc. My father paid for the reception and my wedding dress, which was probably about $5,000. We also had a little help from my husband’s family as well. In total we spent less than $10,000. 

 

How many guests did you have?

 We had just over 100 guests.

 

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

We are very simple and did not want a super extravagant wedding. I wanted it to be elegant but not overwhelming and added touches such as my grandfather’s personally made wooden card box and bouquets made personally by my step mother.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Mainly, we stuck to keeping the number of people around 100 and luckily knew many people working in the wedding industry. Our cake was made by a family friend, our DJ was also a friend of my father’s, and of course of awesome photographer used to play with both my husband and I when we were younger.

 

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

Don’t over complicate it. It was stressful enough with the simple wedding we had and everything turned out fine. There is no use stressing over the small stuff, the day really goes by quickly, so enjoy every moment leading up to it!

 

What was your biggest splurge?

My wedding gown. I fell in love with it and my dad splurged to buy it for me.

 

What was your favorite detail?

We were married on a deck overlooking the golf course and it was a beautiful day. There was no need for frilly decorations as the landscape was the perfect backdrop.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable was walking up the steps towards the deck and I was able to see my husband through the windows nervously standing waiting.

 

VENDORS

Photography: Rayna McGinnis Photography   //  Cheryl Rush: Wedding Cake  //  DJ: Dan Conley  //  Brian Edwards, Quicksilver Golf Club Event Planner 

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I always love when our readers submit their own weddings to share with other brides! It’s like they are passing the torch to new brides by sharing the fruits of their budget savvy-ness. :) Love the crafty details in this vintage budget wedding and I’m sure you will, too! Strands of pearls and milk glass as decor make for a lovely effect without spending a ton. xoxo Jessica

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Taylor + Mitchell 

September 22, 2013

Powell Gardens  |  Kingsville, MO

 

What was your budget? 

Starting Budget: $10,000

Total Spent: $9346

Venue: $1750

Photography: $500

Catering: $2000

Guitarist: $250

Officiant: $250

Flowers: $646

Attire (bride, groom, flower girls, undergarments): $1300

Wedding Rings: $1600

DJ: Bride’s Brother

Bride’s Hair: $50

Cake: $250

Decor/Flower Vases: $400

Invites/Programs: $300

Favors: $50

 

How many guests did you have?

90

 

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

I tried to incorporate some vintage elements into the wedding. The table decorations included milk glass vases, battenburg lace doilies, strands of pearls and vintage family photos. We decided to break tradition and go for a yummy chocolate wedding cake with a delicious chocolate hazelnut cream cheese frosting, our cake topper was a pair of white porcelain birds. The cake table was also very special because we used a beautiful lace overlay that Grandma purchased for me in Spain when I was very young for the purpose of using in my wedding one day. Our colors were peach and ivory to complement the delicate feel.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We were sure to set aside a portion of our paychecks each month and took advantage of our good credit.

 

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

Start saving as soon as you are engaged. Put your creative skills to work, the more you can DIY, the more you can save. Thrift shop as much as possible and find out how to work with your vendors to get the best deal possible. For instance, we were able to find a great deal on vases and provide them to our florist to cut costs greatly. We also found that by having an early wedding and a brunch reception, we were able to save thousands of dollars. Most of all, do the best that you can to absorb each moment of your day because soon enough all of the planning will be over and it will be all but a beautiful memory!

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Catering

 

What was your favorite detail?

I loved having family photos at our reception. It was special to include those that are no longer with us, including my father.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The moment that the chapel doors opened and my brothers began to escort me down the aisle toward my future husband. It was a breathtaking moment.

 

VENDORS

Photographer: Just J Photography    //   Venue: Powell Gardens   //   Catering: Classic Catering   //   Officiant: Reverend Tim Brooks   //   Flowers: HyVee Floral, Lee’s Summit, MO   //   Ceremony Musician: Roger Pitts, Acoustic Guitarist   //   Cake: Ute Randolph, Grandview, MO   

 

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I absolutely love this fall lodge wedding! Such amazing fall foliage created a stunning backdrop for this event – and the simple rustic details make it so very sweet. I love the bride’s bouquet- it’s full of amazing wildflower yummyness and the use of spools of thread on the tables for place cards is precious. The couple definitely had the right idea when planning this wedding and were able to cut costs by doing alot of things themselves. Beautifully captured by Megan Saul Photography, as well- love a fall wedding! Be sure to read Annie’s advice below! xoxo- Jessica

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Annie + Ian

10.20.12

 Hudson, IL  |  Davis Lodge at Lake Bloomington

 

 

What was your budget?

Overall wedding was about $10,000

  • Reception location- $250 (because owned by the city)
  • DJ- $300 (Ian had a colleague who worked with the company so we were only charged for the equipment and tip)
  • Wedding dress and accessories- $600
  • Florist- $800
  • Florist Decorating lodge- $125
  • Food and Drinks (beer and wine)- $6,000
  • Photography- $1,650
  • Church- $250

 I was able to re-sell most of my décor so a good amount of that was paid back.

 

How many guests did you have?     

115

 

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

 I made a lot of my décor. This consisted of: table runners, fabric around the mason jars, thank you/table number signs, “zinc” letters for the fireplace mantles, barn wood picture frame for table assignments, thread place cards, bunting draped on the walls, wood slices for cupcakes, polaroid camera to take pictures for the guest book, string lights on back patio, wedding cd mix with customized cover, and goodie bags for the children that attended.  We wanted our guests to feel a personalized touch.

Guests came up to use at our wedding and commented on the décor and how much they enjoyed the “little touches” that I had worked so hard on.  Some were in tears talking to me about it! Our guests also enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of the lodge, which matched our personalities and goal for our wedding.  It made me feel so good that my hard work paid off and everything came together so nicely!

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

DIY projects and shopping around when looking for vendors helped save a lot of money. Hobby Lobby was my second home for projects. We also found the biggest “bang for our buck” when it came to vendors. These vendors were very personable by constantly e-mailing us and keeping us informed on progress in planning the wedding. In addition, I have always loved J Crew wedding gowns and I had been dreaming of a capped sleeve gown. When I saw the dress online I knew it was it. My mom and I drove to Chicago, and I instantly smiled when I put it on! Just so happened that J Crew was running 20% off online and we were able to get that deducted from the dress too! It was like it was meant to be. On that trip to Chicago we were able to find my mom’s dress too!

 

 

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

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! I didn’t want to bug people and I also wanted everyone to be surprised with the little details so I didn’t ask for a lot of help.  As the wedding got closer, it got a little stressful!  Now I tell all of my friends that are getting married that I will help them!

 

What was your biggest splurge?

The food; we had appetizers and for the main course a choice of chicken or prime rib. Everyone raved about the prime rib!

We also made sure we invested in a great photographer. Megan was still starting off with shooting weddings so we got excellent, high quality photos for a good price.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

The 1973 Cadillac Eldorado that we took from the church. It was Ian’s dad’s vehicle many years ago. He sold it to a family friend who let us borrow it for our wedding day.  In fact, I hadn’t even seen a picture of it before our wedding day. Ian told me it would be perfect so I trusted him!

A close second was the cupcakes. We were able to pick 4 flavors to be at a table: smores, carrot cake, pumpkin spice, and red velvet. They were all very delicious and adorable!  Word spread before the wedding that there would be different choices of cupcakes and people were already planning which flavor they would eat.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Annie: The ceremony.  My great uncle officiated the wedding and we were able to make it fit our personalities. It was the perfect length of time, and surprisingly once we were up there, neither one of us was nervous! 

In a close second, I really enjoyed the hour we spent after the ceremony taking pictures just the two of us. Ian didn’t want to see me before the wedding so it was great to have that time for many great shots in various locations. It was a beautiful, comfortable fall day, which made picture taking even better.

Ian: Seeing Annie walk down the aisle.

 

VENDORS:

Photography- Megan Saul Photography  //  Wedding Dress- Mirabelle dress from J Crew   //  Hair- Elevation Salon- Bloomington, IL   //   Make Up- Sole Salon –Bloomington, IL   //   Church- St. Mary’s in El Paso, IL   //  Reception- Davis Lodge on Lake Bloomington- Hudson, IL   //   Florist- The Frilly Lily- Bloomington, IL   //  Catering- Nelson’s Catering  //  Drinks- Baxter’s Grill- Bloomington, IL  //  DJ- Absolute Light and Sound- Bloomington, IL   //   Cupcakes- Mad house cakes- Bloomington, IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have such a fun wedding for you all today! This couple crafted a gorgeous day with so many wonderful details that are sure to inspire you! They had their florist incorporate succulents that they grew themselves in their own garden into their floral designs – this not only saved them quite a bit of money but the result is absolutely GORGEOUS! I also love all the other woodland themed elements including the little deer as their cake topper, the birdseed escort cards and their guestbook tree painting! Don’t you just love it all? The couple also splurged on photography by AS Photography so they could capture the day in a way for them to enjoy for years to come- something I am totally supportive of. Hope you enjoy this lovely wedding! xoxo- Jessica

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Devin + Trevor 
March 22, 2013
Huntington Beach, CA The Newland Barn

What was your budget?

Here is a rough breakdown:

caterer: $1700
florist: $300
photographer: $2400
Dj: $1200
Cupcakes: $200
Rentals: $1500
Venue: $900

We also had some miscellaneous expenses for our DIY projects, but it total I’d say it was around $10,000.

 

How many guests did you have?    

130 guests attended the wedding

 

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

We loved working on projects and the DIY aspects of our wedding. The time spent together as a family created really special memories. It was fun to see our hard work come together and the venue turned into a true representation of us. We handcrafted a photo booth station. We made bird feeder favors and made most of the decorations ourselves or thrifted in flea markets/second hand stores. I painted a “love tree” on canvas and had guests sign with paint pens as our guest book. 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We grew our own centerpieces. We have quite a large succulent garden and knew we wanted that incorporated into the floral arrangements. Our florist did an amazing job of creating soft arrangements with our homegrown succulents as the main point which cut our costs tremendously.

 

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

Hire a planner. I couldn’t imagine planning that day without help and organization of a third party. My wedding planner and her team were tremendously helpful and reduced my day of stress. 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Our biggest splurge was our photographer. We wanted to make sure we had beautiful photos from this day and so we spent the extra money on a great photography duo.

 

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was in both mine and my husbands accessories. Both of our wedding rings are family heirlooms and we passed down to us. I wore my late grandfathers watch and he wore a pocket watch I had bought him. Our daughter wore vintage pearls that Trevor gave her right before the ceremony. We felt like family members that could not be there we honored in this way. 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable moment was the first time my husband saw me. We wanted to honor the old tradition and not see each other before the ceremony. As much as it made sense to do pictures and all that before hand, we really wanted to make that moment special and it did. We both talk about that moment as something magical. 

 

VENDORS

Photographer:  AS Photography  //  Event Planner: Agape Planning  //  Reception Venue:The Newland Barn  //

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I’ve got another lovely wedding for you today from the talented Krista Lee Photography! One thing I love about this bride’s advice is that she realized that photography was a priority to her, and spent over 1/4 of her budget on photos and yet still had a lovely day by DIYing and finding ways to save in other areas. One of the *hardest* places to cut costs is the venue, so Malory was savvy in using the property of a family member to throw their wedding. Not everyone has family with gorgeous riverfront property but there are DEFINITELY non-traditional and out-of-the-box venues that you can use for little to no cost that would save you a bundle– definitely something to think about! Hope you enjoy this lovely wedding!! :) xoxo- Jess

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Clint + Malory 

May 19, 2012

Savannah, TN, at a family member’s home.

 

What was your budget? Please give us a breakdown of how you spent your budget– rough estimates are fine!

We never actually sat down and said, “okay this is our budget” but we both agreed that we did not want to go over $10,000 and $5,000 or less would have been absolutely amazing. We didn’t quite make the ‘under 5 grand’ mark but we gave it a good go!

Flowers- $650 (this included some real flowers and silk flowers, my aunt is amazing and helped with the arrangements and decorating)

Catering- $1,500 (We did light finger foods as it was so hot that day, and my grandmother made homemade lemonade.)

Wedding and groom’s cake- $400 (Well, actually Clint opted for cupcakes instead of a full out cake.)

Wedding paper (save the dates, invitations, programs, etc.)- $700 (My programs were totally DIY which saved a ton!)

Tent/table/chair, etc. rentals – $1,800

Photography- $3,000

Wedding party gifts- $200

Miscellaneous decorations – $200 (We hit up a ton of sales at hobby lobby and local flea markets)

Music- $0 (Clint was friends with the band so it was a very nice wedding present to us!)

Wedding attire- $1000 (My dress and Clint’s tux were gifted to us from my awesome grandmother, and the wedding party paid for their outfits. My best friend’s sister did hair and make-up as a wedding present also.)

 

How many guests did you have?

We had between 75-100 roughly

 

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

Our overall theme for the wedding was rustic/southern chic which was perfect since we grew up in a very small southern town, it seemed only fitting. We tried to do as much DIY as possible to add a personal feel. Our programs were all DIY with the help of Microsoft word, a local printing shop and my awesome bridesmaids. Clint hates sweets (I know right!?) so he opted for cupcakes instead of a big cake. To help distinguish these cupcakes as his, I took simple white labels and printed helicopters on them (he’s a pilot) and wrapped them around toothpicks to make little cupcake flags, super cute and easy. Another personal aspect was in my bouquet. I used a single red rose in the middle in honor of my great-grandmother who was not with us to share the day. We were very close and her favorite flower was the red rose. It was so nice to have her there with me! My bridesmaids wore beautiful teal colored dresses except for my MOH who wore a nice shade of green. I wanted her to really stand out.  My beautiful cedar arbor that was used in the ceremony was built by my husband himself. He went out into the woods and cut the trees down and everything, which made for a very interesting day!

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Of course the DIY projects saved, but the biggest help was not having to pay to rent the venue. We are also so blessed to have amazing family members and friends with awesome resources and talents!

 

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

Do not let anyone tell you it is too early to plan something or get something done. With wedding planning, it is never too early to mark a detail off your checklist. Also don’t ever forget whose day it is.

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Our biggest splurge was our awesome photographer. Clint and I both decided early on that images of our day were a top priority, and I must say, it was such a wise decision. We now have beautiful images that we can look back on for years to come.

 

What was your favorite detail?

We loved that everything was so casual. It seemed like our wedding was exactly what we wanted, sounds silly right because how else would it be, but it just seems like we heard so many horror stories about weddings going wrong or doing things just because someone else wanted it. Our wedding definitely represented us and how we are, and the southern chic décor tied in with our small town roots. We could not have asked for a better day.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The wedding ceremony started out with a bang. Clint works for an EMS helicopter service as a pilot, so in honor of our wedding day, one of his fellow pilots flew and medic crew flew over real low which was such an awesome moment for both our guests and Clint. Of course, saying “I do” was pretty amazing as well!!

 

VENDORS

Bakery: Sweet Cravings by Wendy   |  Flowers: Modern Florist   |  Photography: Krista Lee Photography    |   Band: House of Mercy  |   Rentals:  Party Pros

 

 

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So excited to share this Wedding of the Week! This insanely detailed Texas wedding has punches of color, peacock elements, and penguins! Like my alliteration there? I seriously am blown away by all that Michelle was able to pull off for her $10k budget! The peacock themed wedding details are amazing, the food looks delicious, and the venue– to die for! Hope you love this wedding as much as I do- and be sure to read all of Michelle’s very thorough questionnaire- she has lots of great ideas and tips to share! I especially love her sentiment about doing a first- look, which if you know me, I highly recommend! Until next time, xoxo- Jessica

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Russel + Michelle

November 11, 2012
Buda, TX  at Le San Michele

 

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

We didn’t actually set a budget, we just decided we wanted to keep it as low as possible. As we went along I calculated all of the big expenses to try to make sure we weren’t going crazy, but I honestly just recently sat down and seriously budgeted out every part of the wedding (we wanted to know how much it all ended up being). Here is the break down:

  • Invitations and Thank You Cards: $294.45
  • Beauty and Attire: $3,085.38 (The bridesmaids bought their own dresses and shoes, a friend did all the hair for a discounted price, and the groomsmen paid their own rentals)
  • Venue: $2,105. 00 
  • Music: $43.16 (We bought our music on iTunes and a friend DJ’ed for free & gifted us the cost of sound equipment rentals)
  • Flowers: $343.16 (This is just cost of supplies as my mom made the arrangements)
  • Catering and Wine: $1,641.94
  • Cakes: $293.00
  • Bridal Party Gifts and Party Favors: $803.89
  • Photography (Bridals & Wedding) and Videography: $1,187.99 (We used wedit.com for video; we rented 5 cameras and they host the footage online for a year. I will be personally editing the wedding video)
  • Misc Items and Decor: $531.92
The total cost of our wedding was $10,329. We spent $7,074.42 total on a 2-week Honeymoon. 

 

How many guests did you have?

We had roughly 80-90 guests in attendance.

 

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

We wanted a small wedding with only people we actually knew there. So, we only invited family and very close friends; I think there was a grand total of 5 guests/people there we didn’t know (that’s including the catering staff). There were still about 90 guests there (since I have a large(ish) family), but I feel that doing it this way made the entire event very intimate and meaningful. There was absolutely nothing in the wedding that didn’t have some meaning for the both of us. We held a 2nd Reception party later so that we could celebrate with our larger group of friends. The ceremony itself was short and semi-traditional; meaning we used some of the standard vows but said our own vows as well. My brother-in-law, Kyle, performed the ceremony. We also had 2 Ring-bearers; my dearest friend, Holly (who couldn’t be my MOH because she lives in another state) and her 5mo son, Preston.

We chose the theme for the wedding from my favorite bird, the Peacock, and our colors from both our favorites, Purple and Blue. Pretty much everything in the wedding was made by me with the help of my friends, bridesmaids, and Mother; so, basically everything there was both creative and personal.

My mom made all of the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages using silk & plastic flowers bought at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and JoAnn’s Fabrics. We bought all of the peacock feathers used for the wedding in bulk from etsy.com.

I designed, printed (with the help of a local print shop, Quik Print, that is both quick and cheap), and made/put together each of the Invitation packets and Programs.

Neither of us like the traditional “Bride or Groom’s side of the room” thing; So to avoid that, I made a little decorative chalkboard (using a $5 mirror from target, chalkboard spray paint, and a purple ribbon) and had my mom, who has much nicer handwriting, write the message “As 2 families become 1, please pick a seat not a side” on it and we hung it on the walk-way to the ceremony (an idea we found on Pinterest).

Instead of the traditional Unity Candle or Sand pouring, we poured wax crystals from 2 smaller ‘pour’ vases into a larger vase, creating our own “Unity Candle”. I glass etched our initials and put a pearl dot design adhesive onto each of the vases to personalize them so that I poured from a vase with an “M” on it, Russel from one with an “R”, and the larger vase, the Unity Candle, had a “W” on it for our last name.

I made each of my Bridesmaids and Honorary Bridesmaids Peacock Feather hair clips to wear. One of my Bridesmaids, Jocelynn, makes jewelry as a hobby, so she made all of the Bridesmaids matching necklaces and earring sets as her wedding gift to me.

I made each of the 12 reception table centerpieces using 10″ round floating candle bowls, multi-colored glass marbles, Peacock feathers, and tea light candles. I lines the inside of the bowls with peacock feathers, filled them with the marbles, and in the middle I placed tea light candles (inside of little tea light holders to keep from being messy).

With the help of a couple friends, I made 2 different party favors for the guests… 1) We made little 2oz candles and put them into ivory organza bags with a little Thank You card explaining the candle’s scent and meaning, and 2) In smaller organza bags, we put 3-5 Dark Chocolate Hershey’s Kisses with a smaller Thank You for  card. I also made ribbon sticks for the guests to wave at us as we left the reception. When we left the reception and got to the car, we surprised all of our guests by spraying them with silly string :)

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Having a completely DIY wedding and the fact that so many of our friends and family gifted us their talents (cupcakes, jewelry, flowers, DJing, etc…) is what saved us so much money in the end; these things also came together to make our wedding the most personal, amazing, and unforgettable wedding a girl can have!

 

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

Plan the wedding that YOU want; not what your parents, family, or friends expect. Make your wedding a reflection of who the two of you are! Don’t be afraid to use any help that is offered or even to ask for help; if I hadn’t had so much help from my friends putting everything together, I would have never gotten them done and I would have been completely stressed out the entire time. You WILL get stressed out; you’re planning a wedding, there is no avoiding it. But when you start getting really stressed, take a break; go do something fun with your fiancé, or even just take time to pamper yourself (I enjoyed lunch dates with just myself and a book). Make sure you take care of yourself and don’t forget about your Fiancé (make sure to cuddle a lot!) and most of all: just HAVE FUN!!!

 

What was your biggest splurge?

The biggest splurge was my wedding dress. I originally wanted to keep it under $400, but when I tried on my dress… There was no other dress that would be as perfect as it was. My incredibly understanding Fiancé told me that he didn’t care how much it cost; this was My day and he wanted me to be happy. My dress, an Oleg Cassini, retailed $1100 at David’s Bridal, but we got it on sale for $920 (including tax).

 

What was your favorite detail?

I don’t think I have a particularly favorite detail; I really just LOVED every aspect of our wedding. I think one of the things I really enjoyed was how everyone (whether they were a part of the wedding party, guests, and even the catering staff & venue owner) came together to help to put everything together and just have fun. The wedding ran SO perfectly; the time schedule was right on, we weren’t rushed for anything, and there was something happening at all times so that no one was left bored and waiting on anything. I’ve been told from brides that their days were rushed and stressful and that they barely remember anything other than walking down the isle… We still remember Every Single Aspect of the day! And I really hate to sound like I’m bragging, but makes me incredibly happy to hear from so many of our guests how much they enjoyed the wedding and how ours is one of the best (if not the Best) weddings they’ve ever attended; it makes me feel like I did something right!

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable moment of my wedding day was our First Look. Initially, we weren’t going to have one; Russel was dead set on seeing me in my dress for the first time walking down the aisle. But, since the wedding was in the evening, the light would be fading pretty quick after the ceremony and we wouldn’t have a lot of time for pictures. Alexandra actually helped me talk Russel into having a First Look so that we could take our wedding portraits Before the ceremony. And it was absolutely Perfect! I got to sneak up on Russel and surprise him with his wedding gift (mine was so large, he had already given it to me). We laughed and cried and got all of the wedding jitters out of our system; and it didn’t make his experience of watching me walk towards him down the aisle any less special.

 

VENDORS

Photographer:  ixi.photography  |  Cake Designer: Kayla Knight Cakes  |  Caterer: Me So Hungry  |  Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini  |  Venue: Le San Michelle  |  Cupcakes: Natalie Walker, friend of the bride

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It’s Wednesday, so you know what that means! Time for another budget savvy wedding feature! This couple was able to pull their wedding of for $10,000 – even with a guest list of nearly 300! How can you not love the orchids she used as decor flowers? So lovely. I especially love the bride’s budget saving strategies: research, DIY, and employing friends and family to help! Great advice for any bride on a budget. Hope you enjoy this sweet wedding! See ya next week! xoxo- Jessica

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Nicole + Alex
September 15, 2012
Saline, Michigan
Saline First United Methodist Church

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
$10,000

Dress $1,100
Catering $3,500
Photographer $1,650
Reception Hall $900
Church (members discount)
$250
Table Cloths $400
Limo $500
Centerpiece Flowers $300
Tuxes (for Husband and Son) $200
Flowers $300
MISC Items (Cake materials, flower  supplies, additional items that people used to build for free for them, and programs, etc). $700

How many guests did you have?
275

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

We did various items ourselves. We felt it added a creativity that made it personal to my husband, myself, and family. For example, we made our own wedding invitations, our own wedding programs, styled our event by assembling the table decorations and the hall ourselves.

Our son was also the ring bearer at the wedding; he was three months shy of turning three. We wanted to make sure that he felt like he was included and just as important in our big day. During the ceremony we had our unity candle that Alex and I lit, but then we had an extra candle that Brock came up to light that was our family candle. After Alex and I lit ours Brock helped light our family candle from the candle that we had just lit to join us together as one. At the reception Brock drove himself and the flower girl into the hall on his little green tractor as his entrance.

Not only did the groom have a groom cake, but so did our son, Brock– of his favorite thing, a John Deere Tractor. Lastly, we also had a family dance that was the three of us dancing to Jason Aldean “My Big Green Tractor.” Those were very special events during the ceremony and reception that meant a lot to me and my husband Alex then and even after.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We were budget savvy every step of the way. I spent hours researching trying to get do it yourself ideas, best prices, and looked to our family and friends for additional creativity. I liked the idea of fashioning many of my own elements because it was uniquely us! Specifically some examples: my mother and mother-in-law crafted beautiful table runners for the reception. We were also lucky enough to borrow the flower vases from a friend’s wedding that she had saved. My talented mother-in-law created our wedding cake for us, grooms cake, and also the cake that my son had to feel included. By doing things ourselves, it significantly cut down our largest expenses (decor and bakery) so that we could invest more into our lasting elements.

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Do as much planning and creating yourself as you can handle. Not just because it saves money, but because it is more personal and meaningful to you, your families, and guests!

What was your biggest splurge?
Photographer and caterer was our biggest expense. But wedding portraits were extremely important to me because after the day concluded, I would only have those gorgeous images of our day to look back on. So that was something I wanted to make sure I was getting the best quality and originality as possible. Which Ann, from Photos by Miss Ann was able to forever pause our wedding day- better than I ever could have imagined!

What was your favorite detail?
There were a lot of things that I loved, but if I have to pick one favorite detail… I think it would my bridesmaids and I wearing our cowboy boots. It was so fun and distinctively different. I felt each girls boots were unique and to me that added a little special touch everyone loved. This detail came in especially handy since we had chosen Rentschler Farm Museum for our in-between the ceremony and reception wedding portrait locale.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?
My favorite moment of our wedding day was the first dance I shared with my husband and also the first dance as a family. That was a special moment that the three of us were able to share and no one could ever take away from us.

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Ceremony Venue: Saline First United Methodist Church  |  Reception Hall: IBEW Local 252 Union Hall   |  Wedding Photographer: Photos by Miss Ann   |   Caterer: Back in the Day Catering   |   Outdoor Wedding Portraits Locale: Rentschler Farm Museum

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