The Budget Savvy Bride » $14k wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com Budget Wedding Blog : Beautiful Weddings Without Breaking the Bank Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:30:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Grey and Orange Fall Wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/grey-and-orange-fall-wedding/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/grey-and-orange-fall-wedding/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=33792 It’s officially (kinda) fall now… so I thought it was the perfect time to share this stunning grey and orange fall wedding with you! I absolutely love this color combo, and the reception decor? Insane!! I just know you’re doing to love these details – most of which the bride crafted herself!! You’re gonna be […]

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It’s officially (kinda) fall now… so I thought it was the perfect time to share this stunning grey and orange fall wedding with you! I absolutely love this color combo, and the reception decor? Insane!! I just know you’re doing to love these details – most of which the bride crafted herself!! You’re gonna be blown away. And she shares some amazing tips for keeping costs down, too. Enjoy this lovely fall wedding! xoxo Jessica

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Steffany + Eric

November 16, 2013

Bethlehem, GA | Bethlehem First United Methodist Church

Monroe, GA | The Cotton Warehouse

What was your wedding budget? 

Wedding Dress $1,000

Tuxedos $296

Photographer $2,700

Church $650

Reception $2,300

Catering $4,000

DJ $300

Flowers $480

Decor/Misc. $2,000

Cakes $330

Total was right around $14,000

 

 

How many guests did you have?   

150

 

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

The theme I wanted was to be “simple yet elegant” and a fall wedding but not with the typical fall colors.  So to have my fall theme I painted over a 100 pumpkins to have throughout my venues.  I LOVE antiques so I wanted that look in our wedding as well.  For the bride and groom table we had old wooden frames hung above the table along with globes.  Some of the items we used were old suitcases, old hutch for the dinning ware for our guests, and we had antique tables around the room for display.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

There were only 2 items that I paid full price for: my wedding dress and my photographer! Those two items meant the most to me and I wanted the best. Everything else I bargained shopped:

* Hobby Lobby – They always have 50% off sales that I use for my center pieces and other décor. Greenery, wedding invitations that I printed on my own, lace ribbon (lots of lace ribbon), chalkboard labels, and so much more

* 150 pumpkins – donated by the Jonesboro Methodist Church
* White paint for pumpkins – Dollar General

* Yard sales – I love yard sales. I would always take something old, add a little paint and make it perfect again. For example: My wedding program was made from an old mirror I purchased for $5. I painted it white, sanded it down a little to give it a rustic look, added the chalkboard paint, and then with a chalkboard pen wrote out the information for the program. Other items I purchased at yard sales candles, large mason jars, sparklers and other props.
* Instead of purchasing or renting items through a company I would get help from friends. For example instead of purchasing 16 large lanterns average cost $50 each (sales price at Hobby Lobby) I rented some lanterns from a friend who just got married for $150, saving myself over $700.  Instead of renting table linens at $35 each for 24 tables I purchased them from a wholesale website on sale for $10 each saving myself $600 which I then sold to a friend for an event they needed. So in the end my table linens were free!
* Lastly, my venue was always had promotions.  A few examples, when I booked the venue they had it for 50% off as long as total payment was paid up front giving us a savings of $2,300 plus they added the burlap curtains for free for paying on site of our first visit – another savings of $560.  Another promotion for the catering was if you paid by a certain date you would receive 15% off your 2nd payment, another saving of about $350. Be sure to check with your vendors about sales or promos they have going on!

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

Enjoy it!! Most brides will say that planning a wedding is so stressful and they could not wait for it to be over. I enjoyed planning every moment of my wedding and I gave myself enough time to bargain shop, do any craft work that was needed, and plan out the day in advance so that I would not stress on the day of. Every bride will have at least one meltdown moment- hey- we’re women! But don’t let it overwhelm you to where you do not enjoy the time of memories with you, your family, and your friends.

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Our reception for sure! The details of the wedding meant a lot to me so I wanted everything to be perfect from the ceiling to the floor and it was just that. With the white lights, pumpkins, lanterns, candles, our photo display, lace, mason jars, and so much more that made the night magical and a dream that had final come true.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

Our white pumpkins and café lights

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

That is a hard one…..the first moment of course was seeing my husband looking so good at the end of the altar with the music playing and my dad by my side, I had the biggest smile my cheeks hurt. Another moment was the morning of spending time with my mom and bridesmaids getting ready we just had the best time laughing together. So much fun we lost track of time as was late for starting on our pictures.  And last but not least was dancing with my son at the reception.  Overall, my day was perfect!

 

 

VENDORS

Florist: Po Boy’s Flowers and Fruit Baskets  //  Photographer:  Jacquie Rives Photography  // Church:  Bethlehem First United Methodist Church  //  Reception:  The Cotton Warehouse  //  Catering:  Beyond Details  //  Wedding Cakes: The Posh Cakery  //  Wedding Dress: Carrie’s Bridal Collection  //  Tuxedos:  Black Tie Formal Wear, McDonough GA

 

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Fall wedding with purple details http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/fall-wedding-with-purple-details/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/fall-wedding-with-purple-details/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:00:17 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=30187 Back with another gorgeous wedding of the week for you to view! This couple held their fall wedding for 275 guests for less than $14k! They did alot themselves and did their research to get the best deals possible. The bride even made all the flower arrangements with some help for the big day– aren’t […]

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Back with another gorgeous wedding of the week for you to view! This couple held their fall wedding for 275 guests for less than $14k! They did alot themselves and did their research to get the best deals possible. The bride even made all the flower arrangements with some help for the big day– aren’t they gorgeous?? The best part about using silk flowers is the possibility of selling them to another bride! The couple also chose to splurge on photography– a great decision– OMG Photography captured their day beautifully! Hope you enjoy this lovely budget savvy fall wedding! xoxo Jessica

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Samantha + Aaron

September 1, 2013

Sebewaing, MI  | Ubly Heights

 

 

What was your budget?

Our final budget came to $13,811.30  

I saved every single receipt that involved purchases for the wedding because I wanted to know exactly how much money I was spending and where it was going to. 

Budget (Actual numbers)

Dress

520

shoes, veil, jewelry

108.53

Alterations

170

Photography

2500

Engagement Pictures

100

Food (19 x 249, 9.50×26)

4,278

Alcohol

1,929

Rings

188

Cake

429

Flowers

820.36

Hall

500

Officiant

0

Gifts

583.9

Hair/Make-up

50

Favors

0

STDs/Invitations

200

   

Videographer

250

Hotel for night of and airport layover

140

DJ

0

Misc

481.52

Chair covers, sashes, table runners

562.99

TOTAL

13811.3

We hired a student videographer, which saved us a TON of money and we loved how it turned out.  We bought the chair covers, etc instead of renting them and it saved us about $400.  We spent 5 hours the day before the wedding ironing them and setting it but it was worth the money we saved.  Our favors were bags of homemade sticky popcorn.  Aaron’s grandma bought all of the supplies for us and a bunch of us got together on Friday and spent the day making and assembling the bags.  We didn’t stay in super nice hotels on our wedding night or during our overnight layover, so that saved us some change.   I bought my dress at a sample sale and got it hugely discounted (it was a $1400 dress). I’m a standard size 6, and the dress was a size 12 (it was huge on me!) but I knew someone who could knew the alterations for cheap and make it worth getting the dress in such a big size.  The large train ended up being more expensive than getting the bodice taken in 4 inches.  We splurged on our photographer because pictures are a really big deal for me.  We went with a package, however, without an engagement session and had my younger sister take some instead.  Our photographer is my second cousin and ended up gifting us a session anyway, so we only paid for the prints that we wanted. The $800 we spent on flowers covered: the head table, 29 centerpieces, 6 bouquets, 2 wrist corsages, and 9 boutonnieres.  A family friend and I made everything from silk flowers.

 

How many guests did you have?     

According to our bill for the food, 249 adults and 26 kids. Grand total: 275

 

 

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

As I mentioned, we made all of the flower centerpieces.  I made all of the table numbers, which are simply printed on nice cardstock and then Aaron helped me make the number holders out of thick wire.  We didn’t want a typical guestbook that will just sit in a box and gather dust.  Instead, I got big initial letters from Hobby Lobby and we had our guests sign them and they letters are now hanging above the floating mantle that we have in our home.  I made kid’s activity books to keep them occupied while there were long periods of sitting (ie. During the speeches).  We also provided mini wraps as a snack around 10pm for guests that were still there.  My mom was gracious enough to pay for those, which was a bonus!  We put together a seating chart and used a large multiple-picture frame so we could include some pictures as well.  Plus, it was a good way to break up the table to make it easier to read.

My grandpa, Aaron’s dad and brother, and several other men from my side of the family got together and sang a hymn “O Perfect Love” dedicated to Aaron and I at the reception before we said grace.  Aaron said grace before dinner and he used the prayer that his late grandpa always said, as a way to honor him.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We had a lot of help from family and friends who owned businesses.  For example, our DJ was Aaron’s uncle and he did our wedding for free as a gift, which saved us close to $800.  Besides that, I didn’t bother with fancy invitations and save the dates because people just throw them away.  Why spend a lot of money on something people are going to toss?  I bought a Groupon for Vistaprint and managed to get 250 Save the Dates for $60 with the deal Vistaprint was running and my $70 for $17 coupon.  I did this with the invitations, thank you cards, and programs.  Saved a ton!

To save money on our flowers, all of the vases we used were bought as the dollar store, as were most of the silk flowers.  We found stems that we liked at Hobby Lobby when they were on sale, but when we did the math, it was still too expensive. So, instead we searched various Dollar Stores for stems that looked similar and it worked!  The twirly branches in the middle of them are literally from a tree in my friend’s backyard that we spray painted gold to give them a little shimmer.  The pea stone in the bottom of the vases is from a different friend’s pond. The gal who helped me with the centerpieces spend a long time rinsing the stone out in her shower (God bless her heart!)

 

 

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

In the long run, no one is going to notice the little things, so don’t stress over them!  I spent several hours creating and putting together a seating chart, making kids’ activity books, and timeline and contact list cards for the bridal party.  I forgot to hand out the cards for the bridal party, the kids’ books didn’t get taken into the hall until right before dinner, instead of being there when the kids got there. And I messed up the seating chart.  I had put it together at 2 in the morning and ended up overlooking people and not putting them on the chart.  It was a mess and not worth my stress.

Aaron said to find a way to have fun doing it because otherwise you’ll go crazy.

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Our photographer!  We spent $2,500 on the basic package, which included all day coverage, a USB drive of all of our images, printing rights, and an album.  There was a family friend who probably would have done a good job for a lot less money, but I wanted to make sure that I loved our pictures- and we do! 

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

I loved our table decorations.  It felt so awesome that we had made the centerpieces and the favors.  It all came together so perfectly when we added tealights.  It was romantic and classy- exactly as I had pictured and hoped things would look!

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

My favorite moment would have to be at the end of the ceremony when we signed the marriage license.  We wanted to sign it during the ceremony because then our friends and family could serve as witnesses.  I’m signing my name when Aaron and the pastor start saying, “Married name, married name, married name!” We have several pictures of my confused look as I tried to figure out what they were talking about.  I had signed the license with my maiden name.  The pastor never thought to explain which name I had to sign with because it’s usually done afterwards when no one is watching.  So now our marriage license reads my first name maiden name married name.

Aaron said his favorite was when we went to cut the cake.  We never thought to practice beforehand, so the photographer was trying to explain to us quickly what we were supposed to be doing.  It ended with me dumping the entire piece of cake on the table.

 

 

VENDORS

 

Photographer: OMG Photography, Kaity Fuja  //  Venue: Ubly Heights Golf & Country Club  //  Cake: Designs by Andra  //  Table Linens, Chair covers & Sashes: EfavorMart  //  Food:  Al’s Restaurant  //  DJ: CO2- Warren Kuhl

 

 

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I just know you will love this vintage inspired wedding! This couple created a gorgeous day on a tight budget and the details seem SO fun! I love that they used vintage furniture in their wedding photos and the fact that they created a DIY photobooth! It looks so fantastic and fun! And how adorable is it that they took off as husband and wife on a 2-seater bicycle? Dying of cuteness!! I hope you enjoy this edition of the budget savvy wedding of the week!! xoxo Jessica

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Heather + Geoff

July 21, 2012

Dayton, MN  |  Ervin family home

 

 

What was your wedding budget

The official budget was around $10,000, but Geoff’s parents offered to step in on an “as needed” basis so my best guess is $14,000 but I don’t have the numbers on what they spent.

Rental (tables, chairs, tent, etc) – $2,000

Transportation – $75

Food/Cupcakes – $3,000

Dress/Accessories/Tux – $2,200

Decorations/Flowers – $950

Photographer/Photobooth – $1,250

Stationary – $140

 

How many guests did you have?     

We had 90 on the guest list and we had about 40 attend.

 

 

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

We made fans with images of our favorite artwork (I graduated with a BA in Art History and Geoff is going to school for Illustration and Animation) and some of our artwork was displayed throughout the grounds (including some more humorous pieces). Our getaway vehicle was a tandem bike that we rented on Craigslist.org (we’re both avid cyclists). A good portion of the food was made by us, including my family recipe kolaches (pastries) and the favors of mini French silk pies themed around our first date. My husband designed the invitations as comic books. We gave the guys cuff links based on their favorite comic characters.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We did everything possible ourselves. From the music to the food to the gardening (which we started months ahead of the wedding) if we could do it ourselves to save a few bucks, we did.

 

 

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

Don’t forget that in the end, the wedding is really about one thing – starting the rest of your life with the person you love most.

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

My dress by far – I saw it in a catalogue and I just had to try it on. I knew it was out of the budget so I didn’t buy it on the first try, I went home and talked it over with my then fiancé and he said “do what makes you happy, we’ll adjust in other places”. So I got my dream dress!

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

The photo booth that my father-in-law made, it looked great and everyone had a lot of fun with it.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Making the most important person in my life laugh and cry at the same time with my vows, I will never forget the look on his face.

 

 

VENDORS

Photography: George Hausler   //  Cupcakes: Nadia Cakes  //  Flowers: Sweet Peas Floral  //   Wedding Dress: Bella Bridal Boutique   // Laure Engle – alterations  //  Rings: Park Diamond Jewelers  //   Tuxes:  Savvi Formalwear  //  Rentals: Midway Party Rental   //  Invitation Printing: ComiXpress.com  //  Food: Byerly’s and Costco (for the food we didn’t make)  //  Dance lessons: Four Seasons Dance Studio 

 

 

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We’ve got a lovely little wedding here today for you all! I love all the little typewriter elements they included on the bouttonieres, cufflinks, bouquets etc and how cute are the signs made out of stacks of books? Of course I love the lace wrapped mason jar centerpieces filled with babys breath- oh so budget-savvy! The bride’s vintage gloves are a nice detail as well. Hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I did! xoxo- Jessica

Justin and Lindsay
4/14/12
Coral House, Baldwin, NY
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
$18,000 including a honeymoon to Iceland,  honeymoon was $3,900 venue was $8,000, dress was $500.00, $900 video, the rest went to invites, favors, decor, flowers, lighting, photo booth, hotel for my family, bridesmaid dresses men’s attire
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I created everything from the lace wrapped vases, to the programs, invites, all of the signs, photobooth sign, banner, table numbers, all of the cocktail hour decor, etc.  Our Theme was “A True Type of Love” and we used typewriters since we are both computer nerds and wanted a vintage theme wedding! Afterall – typewritters are vintage computers!
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
DIY, DIY, DIY!!!!!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Keep everything in perspective, and remember that this is one day of your life! Enjoy every moment but dont forget the reason why!
What was your biggest splurge?
Photobooth & Video
What was your favorite detail?
A toss up between the DIY book table numbers and our programs that had a small envelope on the back which included dried lavender for guests to toss at the end of the ceremony
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The Michael Jackson dance off between two of my friends that are dancers!
VENDORS
Venue – Coral House  ||  Video – Orange Films  ||  Photographer – Bryan Taylor Johnson Photography  ||  Stationery and DIY – Me!  ||  Dress – a retired Davids Bridal that I had my seamstress completely re-structure and change.  ||  Grooms Tux – a custom made suit  – jacket from mens warehouse, pants we owned.

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Hello all you lovely BSB readers!  My name’s Jenna and I’m absolutely delighted to be guest blogging here on Budget Savvy Bride.  I’m a 25-year-old administrative assistant (read: secretary) for a local government social services agency in Virginia. My fiancé David and I have been engaged for just over a year and have been together for almost two years.  David’s a power plant operator at a large power company and has what I like to call Gardening Ambitions.  We met through mutual friends and he swept me right off my feet.  After four months of dating we were practically living together and three months after that we officially were.  Three months after that, we came home after a night of board games and were talking about how much we loved each other (schmoopy, I know) and then he asked me how I’d feel about having a husband instead of a boyfriend!

engaged! it's also the only picture of the two of us, ever.

I was totally shocked – at the time he was in nursing school and while I had made it known that if he asked I would say yes, I had figured we’d be waiting at least three more years before marriage became a real possibility.  Now, a year later, here we are!  We’ve both got ambitions (David’s, as I said, are gardening related; mine are more of a decorative sort) and practical heads on our shoulders so we’re definitely going into this whole wedding-planning shindig with our eyes on the prize: getting married.  Even now, in the midst of what feels like a moral crisis about catering options and the size (oh the SIZE) of our guest list, I just keep repeating to myself “we’ll end the day married, everything else is just icing.”  It’s kind of helping.

Anyways, enough panicking, more introductions! I’m a total nerd and a crafty, bookworm, DIY kinda gal.  In fact, this weekend David and I just replaced a toilet (ew), changed our oven hood (and didn’t catch anything on fire) and built ourselves some nightstands (without anyone bleeding).  You might gather from this that I’m also a bit of a klutz … and you wouldn’t be wrong!  I also enjoy scrapbooking, cooking and reading blogs when I’m supposed to be working.  This last habit has been particularly useful in gathering information and pretty, pretty pictures for wedding planning purposes.

Our wedding is set for September 17th at a lake house about 40 minutes from where we live.  It’s a tiki house (which will be a decorating challenge), and since it’s a private residence we’re pretty much on our own for planning and supplying everything for our 200-ish guests!

 

our 'tiki house' (http://www.atlakeanna.com)

 

We’re lucky that we’ll have help (both monetary and otherwise) from our immediate families, but we’re still going to be super budget conscious because everything else will come out of our own pocket.  We definitely don’t want to have to give up any of our long term goals because we squandered money when it wasn’t necessary.  This isn’t to say we’re not excited about the planning, the crafting and the celebration, it’s just all about keeping things in perspective, which is what BSB is all about!  We don’t have a budget set in stone, but we’re hoping to come in under $14,000 for everything (including the rings, honeymoon, and the parts we’ll be getting help with).

I’m really looking forward to sharing all the ups, downs and fun times as we navigate the next four (oh my) months!

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Heidi + Trevor http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/budget-savvy-wedding-of-the-week-heidi-trevor/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/budget-savvy-wedding-of-the-week-heidi-trevor/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=6059 Time for another fabulous Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week feature! This wedding comes from beautiful Bridal Veil, Oregon! The location for this wedding is simply stunning- and it looks like the weather was amazing! I love the the bride and bridesmaids used their bouquets as centerpieces for their reception- a great way to save […]

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Time for another fabulous Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week feature! This wedding comes from beautiful Bridal Veil, Oregon! The location for this wedding is simply stunning- and it looks like the weather was amazing! I love the the bride and bridesmaids used their bouquets as centerpieces for their reception- a great way to save on flowers! I also love that the couple’s wedding cake was FUNFETTI!!! IF you don’t know what funfetti is, it’s white cake with colored sprinkles throughout- a childhood favorite of mine! I hope you enjoy this beautiful wedding!

What was your budget?

Our budget was about 10 grand, plus a few things that we contributed. We ended up spending around $14,000 total.

venue: 4200.00
photography: 3675.00
flowers: 1550.00
music: 995.00
cake: 365.00
catering: free
favors: done for us as a wedding gift
vases, jars, candleholders, misc: 500.00
save-the-dates and invitations (including postage): 1195.00
programs: 100.00
dress (including alterations): 1,000.00
bridesmaid dresses: under 100.00 (after-Christmas clearance at Ann Taylor!)

How many guests did you have?

Approximately 225.

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

Having a very personal day was our number one goal, so we really tried to put our little stamp on everything. We met while attending Oregon State University (go Beavers!), so I made our ring pillow from an OSU bandana that I had embroidered with our names and wedding date. The whole project cost around 20 bucks and was such a cute touch and keepsake.
We also included a little “get to know the couple” crossword puzzle in the programs that were handed out with personalized golf pencils. Our guests had fun figuring out things like our pets' names and favorite TV shows while they waited for the ceremony to start, and there was an answer key at each place-setting at the reception.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We were very fortunate to have the catering paid for as a favor that was owed to my in-laws. Having that covered allowed us to spend more on the venue and photography, our top priorities expense-wise.
We also saved about 400 dollars by making the programs ourselves. It was a lot of cutting, folding, and ribbon tying, but luckily I had my mom and sister to help bear the load. The darling (and delicious) personalized chocolate favors were a wedding gift from a friend of my mother-in-law…we even got to pick the molds and colors ourselves! We got our funfetti wedding cake (the only wedding request from the groom) from a local grocery store for about a thousand dollars less than a custom wedding cake baker had quoted–and it was darling and tasted great!
There were lots of easy little things we did to save money too. For instance, the RSVP cards were postcards as opposed to cards in envelopes, saving us money on both the supplies and the return postage.

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

Take your time if you can and enjoy it! Have fun looking at magazines, blogs, and all of the other resources out there for brides now. You'll get inspired and get ideas of how you can have the wedding you want on your budget. And organization is a must!

What was your biggest splurge?

The venue, but it was worth it! We knew the right venue would not only set the mood we wanted for the day, but could save us on flowers and decorations too. A banquet hall might have cost slightly less to rent, but would have cost a fortune to make even half as beautiful as the stunning venue at Bridal Veil Lakes.

What was your favorite detail?

Well, there are two!
1-We had our parents' wedding photos on the guest book table with little placards next to them, with their wedding dates and the number of years they have been married (“and counting…”). It was an incredibly touching and inspirational detail!
2-We spent weeks coming up with the perfect play-list for the entire day. It was so fun that at any moment, we loved what was playing and could sing along!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

After our first kiss, we walked (and shimmied a bit) up the aisle to Sonny and Cher's “I Got You Babe.” It was a feeling of sheer joy and love…and excitement for the party that was about to start!

Please also include a list of all your vendors including any website links.
VENUE: Bridal Veil Lakes
PHOTOGRAPHY: Altura Studio
FLOWERS: KGK Flowers
DJ: A Sound Choice Entertainment
CAKE: Lamb's Thriftway
DRESS: Jenny Yoo

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