The Budget Savvy Bride » $3k wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com Budget Wedding Blog : Beautiful Weddings Without Breaking the Bank Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:58:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Virginia DIY rustic wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/virginia-diy-rustic-wedding/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/virginia-diy-rustic-wedding/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:00:24 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=33177  Callie + John May 18, 2013 Amelia, VA in an old hay barn What was your wedding budget? $3,000 Dress 156 cowboy boots 150 decorations 300 photographer 1,000 food, provided by family – about $1000 How many guests did you have? 100 What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding? We created […]

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 Callie + John

May 18, 2013

Amelia, VA in an old hay barn

What was your wedding budget?

$3,000

Dress 156

cowboy boots 150

decorations 300

photographer 1,000

food, provided by family – about $1000

How many guests did you have?

100

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

We created the decor ourselves which made it more personal.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing I did to save money was go with a primitive look where everything was from a thrift store, borrowed, or from yard sales and the natural look of the barn.

 

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

Do what feels best to you as a couple.

What was your biggest splurge?

My biggest splurge was the flowers and the photography.

What was your favorite detail?

I didn’t have just one one favorite detail. I loved it all. It was very old timely and primitive just like I pictured it

VENDORS:

Photography: Crystal Image Photography  //  Dress and boots from Amazon  //  Decorations such as flowers and burlap, lace and candles where from amazon

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SO excited about this adorable colorful spring wedding I have to share with you today! I’m absolutely in love with the multicolored bridesmaids dresses, the amazing ribbon altar backdrop, and all the other adorable details. The couple was able to pull the wedding together for an amazing price as well! I know you will love this wedding as much as I do! xoxo – Jessica

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Nick + Kelsey

March 23, 2014

Historic Ramsay Building in Joplin, MO

 

What was your wedding budget?

We spent roughly $3,500.
Food- $1,000
Dessert Bar- $400
DJ- $450
Dress & alterations- $500
DIY Decorations- $300
Venue- $250
Cash Bar- $250
Misc- $350

I’m a hair stylist so my friends at the salon did hair and makeup as a gift. I have two talented friends who did photography as a wedding gift for me. My brother works for my uncle’s graphic design company and they did all my wedding stationery as a gift as well. That helped keep things cheaper!

How many guests did you have?

160

 

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

I wanted my wedding to be bright and fun. A lot of people acted surprised I had more than two colors but I knew it would look beautiful in the venue.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I had my wedding on a Sunday. The venue was cheaper & a lot of vendors didn’t charge as much because their time wasn’t as demanded compared to a Saturday. We also had the wedding & reception at the same place.

 

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

Don’t let other people tell you what you should do. It’s your day, no one else’s.

 

What was your biggest splurge?

We contemplated doing the food ourselves so we could save money. After doing the math & realizing how large the guest list was going to be we realized catering would be the best bet. We had a local restaurant cater and I’m so glad we did!

 

What was your favorite detail?

I loved my fabric back drop & that my bridesmaids all wore different colors.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Our first look! I am so impatient and waiting 8 months for Nick to see my dress killed me.

 

VENDORS:

Venue- The Ramsay  //  Hair & Makeup- Salon 529  //  Dress- & bow ties-  TJ Formal  //  Alterations: Adornables  //  Catering- Chicken Annie’s  //
Cake- Small Cakes   //  Photography: Anna Joy Reed & Kristen Hawkins Photography  //  Photobooth: Kristen Hawkins Photography  //  Wedding Stationary- Ryan Edwards at FMD Graphics   //  DJ- Chris Byler  //  Wedding Planner/organizer/dessert bar- Laura Holden

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Kentucky Mountain Wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/kentucky-mountain-wedding/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/kentucky-mountain-wedding/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 12:00:09 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=32384 You guys. This wedding is FANTASTIC. Not only because it is beautiful, but because it encompasses everything that we at The Budget Savvy Bride stand for. The words from the bride with her submission say it all:  Not many people get married on a cliff… it creates a whole new meaning to the term “Taking the […]

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You guys. This wedding is FANTASTIC. Not only because it is beautiful, but because it encompasses everything that we at The Budget Savvy Bride stand for. The words from the bride with her submission say it all: 

Not many people get married on a cliff… it creates a whole new meaning to the term “Taking the plunge”! I wanted to share our intimate, romantic, and budget friendly wedding with you as I used your web site as a nearly exclusive source of inspiration for our 34 guest destination wedding in the red River Gorge of Kentucky. We rented a rustic lodge complete with a cliff side ceremony spot for a weekend getaway that celebrated our family, heritage, and love, and we did it for less than $3500. We are so glad your web site inspired us to stay true to ourselves, our pocketbook,  and enjoy a fantastic weekend with the people we love most.

YES, YES, a million times YES. They pulled off a personal, meaningful AND beautiful wedding day while remaining focused on WHAT MATTERS. Love this times infinity. I’m sure you will, too! xoxo – Jessica

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Larry and Donna

April 12, 2014

Pine Crest Camp Lodge | Red River Gorge in Kentucky

 

What was your wedding budget?

  • Dress and alterations:  $360 (bought the dress off the Budget rack at David’s Bridal)
  • Groom’s suit  $115 (On sale at Kohl’s)
  • Bride accessories  $85
  • Officiant, Bride and Groom Flowers, Cake, Cupcakes, photography package through a FANTASTIC couple who run a wedding service called My Tiny Wedding $930
  • Family and ceremony flowers: $72 from local couple who run a small shop
  • Decorating rentals (lanterns, table runners, wooden slabs, candles) $122
  • Venue: Pine Crest Camp Lodge  We rented the entire 10 acre property all weekend for $950. After guests paid for their rooms, our cost was only $650. This included 2 nights’ accommodations, reception, hay bales, 2 kitchens, campfire, and an atmosphere that is unrivaled!
  • Catering: $600 included fried chicken, mashed potatoes, baked beans, slaw, rolls, biscuits, tea and lemonade. Provided by a local couple referred to us by the lodge owners.
  • Beer/ Wine, $100
  • Invitations $15
  • Programs, postcards: made ourselves at home
  • Favors : we purchased personalized honey pots and decks of cards using a coupon from David’s bridal we received after purchasing the wedding gown. $75
  • Decorations: $100 www.hobbylobby.com  most of our decorations were items we already  had at home such a family pictures, we even took our favorite picture off the wall to include! Friends and family donated burlap, quilts, baskets, etc.  We waited for items at Hobby Lobby to go on sale at half price and them purchased them.
  • DJ- Free (DIY)
  • Videography: Free- done by a friend
  • Cake topper: my daughter made them from pinecones we collected on a hike!
  • Hair and makeup: Free- done by a friend.

Total: $ 3225

 

How many guests did you have?

We kept things intimate and had 34 guests attend the wedding.

 

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

The biggest personal detail was including our 4 children in the wedding. All of them served as ” attendants” and my oldest son walked me down the wooded path to the ceremony site. We asked family members to bring heirloom quilts and draped hay bales for ceremony seating at the cliff site. Instead of a guest book, we took pictures of the surrounding area on previous trips, printed them on cardstock, and cut them out like postcards. We then asked guest to write us a note filled with advice or well wishes and had guests place the “postcards” in an old donated mailbox. Larry (my fiancé) cut two saplings from the property and placed them in old moonshine jugs, once they were standing upright, we strung twine between the two tress and clipped old family wedding pictures to the “clothesline” with clothespins. Floral decorations consisted of spring flowers purchased at Sam’s club and placed in empty wine bottle and Ale bottles collected on our various trips. Our cake topper was fashioned from pinecones we collected on previous hikes. Our wedding ceremony included ancient Celtic vows, a ring warming, and a hand fasting. My father gave a prayer of blessing while our parents, children, and ourselves held hands in a circle of love. Instead of buying a lot of decorations, we rented them from a local wedding planner…it was a win for everyone!  A friend of ours donated 2 gallons of homemade strawberry wine. We placed it in a big mason jar decanter and labeled it “smooch hooch” guests were encourage to have a sip before or after the ceremony. Anyone lucky enough to get a kiss from someone could ring the bell located at the “smooch hooch” table in celebration! Our exit song was ” “I’m gonna be (500miles) by the Proclaimers….so when the music started, the kids, Larry and I just began to dance in celebration! Soon, everyone joined in the dancing and celebrating…right there on the cliff!

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Bringing already found items from home… for example, our champagne glasses were souvenirs we brought back from a wine tasting prior to our engagement… not everything has to be brand new and bringing in familiar family items and heirlooms brings a touch of intimacy and familiarity. We also weren’t afraid to let our family and friends help!

 

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

As long as you, your partner, the officiant, witnesses, and marriage license show up: everything else is fluff! Make the day your own! Be quirky! Have fun!

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Catering. We wanted to enjoy the day without worrying about dishes, cooking or clean up. Very Well worth it!

 

What was your favorite detail?

There were SO MANY…but honoring our family heritage with old wedding photos was a highlight. I also loved the Mason jars hanging in the trees…we simply stocked them with a little bit of water and pretty flowers purchased from Sam’s, but they added a whimsical touch of spring.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Walking down that wooded path and seeing my husband to be, standing at the cliff.. smiling. It melted me.

Vendors

Rentals: Simple to Elegant  //  Photography, Officiant, Flowers, Cake: My Tiny Wedding  //  Venue: Pine Crest Camp Lodge  //  Invitations: Sam’s Club  // Beer & Wine: Sam’s Club  //   

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I love this simple and sweet baby blue wedding – the couple kept their guest list incredibly intimate which saved them tons of money. Courtney shared some great words of wisdom for planning your wedding with a budget in mind. I especially love how she incorporated an heirloom into her day– check out her favorite detail in the questionnaire below! A perfect and sweet celebration of family. Hope you enjoy this simple and sweet wedding! xoxo – Jessica

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Jonathon + Courtney

October 12, 2013

Rapid City, South Dakota, First United Methodist Church

 

 

What was your wedding budget?  

$5,000 total budget.

Roughly $3000 spent.

Our biggest expenses were the photographer (but she was such a steal!) and the flowers (Almost $300).

 

 

How many guests did you have?

12, just our immediate families—parents, grandparents, siblings.

 

 

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

We tweaked the traditional ceremony a bit. Instead of processing all the way out of the church at the end (there were only 4 of us to process!) we went pew by pew down the aisle, getting hugs and congratulations from our family members while upbeat, recessional style music played in the background. It was fun, unique, and something we couldn’t have pulled off with a larger crowd.

We had a groom’s pie instead of a groom’s cake. I knew my husband wasn’t crazy about traditional cake, so I decided to do something out of the box for him at the reception. I asked my baker to make an apple pie. It was delicious, the surprise hit of the reception. I should have ordered two! (Pie is also cheaper than cake—the single tier cake cost us $30, but the pie was only $15!)

And finally, our guest favors were customized luggage tags with our names and wedding date on the front, plus a map with Rapid City marked by a heart. The favors reflected the destination feel of the event (“destination” because although my husband and I live in Rapid City, all of our guests came in from Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee).

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Skimped on the flowers. We didn’t use any live flowers in the sanctuary of the church, and only baby’s breath in the mason jars on the tables (I recommend baby’s breath to everyone. It’s super inexpensive and still looks lovely.). Instead of decorating with flowers on the pews, I framed 8×10 portraits of my husband and me growing up, from pre-school to senior year. It was a great personal touch for our guests! I carried a white hydrangea bouquet (another cost effective flower option) and Jonathon wore a spray rose bout. The BM’s carried baby’s breath, MOB and MOG had baby’s breath corsages, and FOB wore a baby’s breath bout.

 

 

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

Don’t cave in to the pressure to have a million people at your wedding. Your mom might not like that you didn’t invite her 4th cousin twice removed, but it’s not her wedding is it? If you and your groom crave the intimacy of a small, private affair then stick to your guns. After all, there’s a lot less pressure to be perfect when all of your guests are close family.

Planning a destination wedding on the other side of the country is VERY effective for reinforcing the limited guest list! Because only a handful of our family members could make the trip, we were able to sight see and spend more time with them individually. We wanted the weekend to feel like a vacation, with an amazing wedding thrown in for spice!

A compromise is to have the intimate ceremony, followed by a big bash afterwards with everybody invited (even your mom’s 4th cousin twice removed). We plan on having a large get together back in Alabama next March.

Oh, and don’t rent a cake stand from the bakery. Save money by buying cheap from your local antiques store, then you’ve got a keepsake and your first family heirloom to pass down!

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

The photographer. We weren’t doing a video, so it was very important that we capture all the little details in photographs. We were very pleased with her work.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

My maternal grandmother passed away when my mother was only eight years old. She doesn’t have many personal possessions that belonged to her mother, but she did manage to keep a few silk slips. My mom cut one of the slips and sewed it into a handkerchief, then had my new initials embroidered on it in blue. She gave it to me as my something blue—we pinned it onto one of the bottom layers of my dress, so it could go down the aisle with me! It was a very special detail. 

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

When I dropped the cake! We were doing the traditional cake cutting and I didn’t realize how top heavy our cake was. When I started to pull the slice out to put it on the plate that my husband was holding, it tipped over and fell onto the table, breaking into about 5 chunks and getting cream cheese icing everywhere. Instead of helping me pick it up, Jonathon dipped his finger in the icing and smeared it onto my nose. We got lots of laughs! My last tip: SUPPORT the cake slice, even if it means getting icing on your fingers!

 

 

VENDORS

Bakery: Piece of Cake Bakery  //  Florist: Victoria’s Garden  //  Photographer: Amber Tjeerdsma  //  Bride’s Hair & Makeup – Eclips on 6th  //  Bride’s Dress & Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal  //  Groom’s Suit: Halberstadt’s  //  Guest favors: Love Travels Favors

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Purple backyard wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/purple-backyard-wedding/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/purple-backyard-wedding/#comments Sun, 16 Feb 2014 15:30:16 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=29906 I’ve got a sweet budget savvy backyard wedding for you today! This couple did pretty much everything possible themselves and they were able to pull off their special day on an awesome budget! Check out the bride’s advice and the lovely photos below! xoxo- Jessica Rhonda + Jeffrey  September 7, 2013 Battle Creek, Michigan  | […]

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I’ve got a sweet budget savvy backyard wedding for you today! This couple did pretty much everything possible themselves and they were able to pull off their special day on an awesome budget! Check out the bride’s advice and the lovely photos below! xoxo- Jessica

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Rhonda + Jeffrey 

September 7, 2013

Battle Creek, Michigan  |  Family Home

 

What was your wedding budget? 

Wedding gown and headband, boots $200.
My husbands tux was free, our son’s tux were free, thanks to the groomsmen’s rentals.
Daughters hair $55.
Our three daughters dress’s, shoes and accessories $125.
Handmade bouquets and center pieces, twinkling lights $175
cake & cake pops $200
Italian catered dinner $800.00.
Drinks & supplies $245
DJ – $700
Photography $550

Total was just over $3,000! 

 

How many guests did you have?

100

 

 

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

My daughter made paper mason jar fans on a stick, as our wedding programs. We also had a wishing tree for guests to attach a written wish for us on. They were both DIY projects.

We did a blending of the sand, representing the blending of our families. Each person had their own color sand in a mason jar that we blended into one vase, representing one family.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing we did to save money  was to use our home as the wedding venue, and to pretty much make everything that we could ourselves, including the wedding arch, the bouquets, boutineers , center pieces, s’mores bar, ring box, and invitation’s and programs, and back drop for the dance floor. 

We borrowed bales of hay from a local farm, and tents from a friend. A lot of DIY and Pinterest ideas used for the wedding and the reception decor.

Our families came together to help us prepare for our big day, and for that we are so grateful. My daughter Brittany and my sister in law Terry were invaluable in every aspect of planning and preparing for our wedding!! 

 

 

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

The best thing I did was to start gathering things right after we got engaged on Feb 14, 2013. It was go from that day forward and I was able to pick a lot of stuff we needed along the way to our big day, and not feel overwhelmed with time or money. 

My best advice to future brides planning their wedding is to relax and enjoy, the day may not be perfect in every way, but the part of the day that you will remember as the most perfect  is saying your vows, exchanging rings, and the joining of two hearts forever  ❤

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Our biggest splurge was our catered dinner from the restaurant where we had our first date, Cuginos Italian Restaurant in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Not only was it symbolic to us as a couple, it was also delicious.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was the key attached to my bridal bouquet and the lock attached to my husbands boutineer. 

We exchanged our own vows spoken from the heart, and our wedding time of 3:32 PM was symbolic to us as it was a way of incorporating Jeff’s mom Pal who passed four months prior to our wedding day.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable moment of the day was when we released 3 balloons during the wedding ceremony, in memory of my grandmother Lu, Jeff’s mom Pal and Jeff’s son Vincent.

 

VENDORS

Photography: Laura Hoesl Photography  //  Dress: Premiere Finds Boutique, Adela Klein  //  Catering: Cugino’s Italian Restaurant, Michelle Rowland   //  Hair: Blu Rok Salon, Terry Kiefer  //  DJ: Bobby Guy  

 

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Adorably crafty wedding with chalkboard details! http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/adorably-crafty-wedding-with-chalkboard-details/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/adorably-crafty-wedding-with-chalkboard-details/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:00:55 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=24302 Such a fun, colorful and delightfully savvy wedding to share with you today! This wedding is chock full of lovely details from all the chalkboard wedding signs to the mismatched bridesmaids dresses! Every detail is personal and integrated seamlessly into the decor to make a beautiful handcrafted DIY day! I just know you’ll love it! […]

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Such a fun, colorful and delightfully savvy wedding to share with you today! This wedding is chock full of lovely details from all the chalkboard wedding signs to the mismatched bridesmaids dresses! Every detail is personal and integrated seamlessly into the decor to make a beautiful handcrafted DIY day! I just know you’ll love it! I especially love the bride’s advice about getting over the feeling of entitlement- so important to keep things in perspective when you’re planning. And that perspective is what helped this couple plan this GORGEOUS wedding for under $3k!!! Enjoy! xoxo Jessica

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 Nick + Patricia
August 3rd 2013
New Life Church in Alamo, CA
 

What was your budget? 

Our goal was to keep the budget between $2,000 and $3000, so I set up the budget at the $2500. The guest list was on the large side and we were strongly encouraged  to shorten it, it was the one thing we didn’t want to flex on. 

Here is a rough breakdown of the budget:

  • Dress and attire- $300. Dress was closeout from David’s bridal and was a perfect fit. We added straps and I made the belt from $22 of beads and rhinestones.  Veil was borrowed. Garter was handcrafted for $5). Sandals were from Target. 
  • Favors and gifts- $120. Mini chalkboards were made from raw wood templates and sprayed with chalkboard paint, holes drilled and strung with a roll of bakers twine.
  • Flowers- $120. We grew 20 feet of white zinnias from seed and bought the rest wholesale, arranging them ourselves the day before the wedding.
  • Food- $380 for toasting cider, candy for the dessert bar, coffee bar ingredients, popcorn bar supplies, cutlery and paper goods. 
  • Invitations- $255. This covered card stock, printer ink, floral stamps, envelopes and postage stamps.
  • Misc. $70 for picture printing (Costco), thrift frames, and supplies to make bridesmaid and groomsman gifts.
  • Videography- $500

 

 

How many guests did you have?

About 230 guests 

 

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

After 3 1/2 years of dating the man of my dreams got down on one knee and popped that special question! Instantly, after getting engaged we knew we had a small budget and wanted to do a DIY wedding. Thankful we had a FANTASTIC, out-of-this-world wedding planner friend who made it all possible. We made everything from invitations and paper products, to centerpieces and bouquets, burlap banners, salvage window programs and even our very own photo both! At first I wasn’t so sure about this whole DIY thing, but my mind instantly changed when I realized how easy it is to make things!!! We over look so many beautiful things that turned out to be so simple to make. However, I am so glad we learned to not overlook these little details because when it came to our special day the details brought so much more emotion and meaning. For example, seeing our centerpieces and knowing we created them from recycled bottles and stamped paper made such a difference! Dancing on the dance floor with the beautiful lights that we strung up by hand made it so worthwhile. We instantly appreciated our wedding so much more!!   

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing we did to save money was making the decision not to serve a meal. The goal was to create a wedding that would witness their special moment, and a reception where guests could have a great time celebrating together. Bottom line was we didn’t need to serve lunch or dinner to accomplish that goal, saving thousands of dollars. Instead we planned for an after dinner wedding with a gorgeously designed dessert bar using carefully coordinated desserts from family and friends who were happy to get involved in some small way. So ultimately serving dessert was free, and those who brought them were honored with special dessert labels stating the baker and relationship to the couple.

 

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

My advice to other brides would be to forget the entitlement. I started thinking “this is my one and only wedding I NEED, no I DESERVE that $8000 dress”, when in reality if you look around you could easily find one cheaper and in your budget, and that attitude truly makes a difference. Especially with DIY items, once you realize you don’t need certain purchased items and that you can make something similar instead it was easy to let go and flex. In the end we felt it was the perfect day and couldn’t have been happier with every little detail!”

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Videography was definitely the biggest splurge. This was a high priority item, along with photography (which was gifted by a family member). Photography and videography would be all that was left after the day was over, so those were two services we didn’t skimp on, although we did get great deals on these services. $500 for a short highlight reel of the wedding day may not seem like a big splurge, but it was a big chunk coming from a $2500 budget.  

 

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite details would be that we got to personalize everything!! Our centerpieces were two sided frames with pictures on one side with the date and place it was taken printed on the other. This really let our guests take a journey in time throughout the milestones of our relationship. However, my absolute favorite decor item would have to be the 6 foot tall “S” we made!! It stood on the dance floor and was embedded with large bulb lights. It was absolutely beautiful and looked so great in pictures!!! Plus, it gave that pop of a statement that this was the “Shafto” wedding.  

 

VENDORS

Venue: New Life Church Alamo CA   //   Coordinator: Mariko Giverink   //   Photographer: Elise Whittenburg, Inkspot Photography    //   Videographer: Sean White  //  Decor items: Bee Curious Designs

 

 

 

 

 

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I am so excited to share this wedding with you today! It is filled with all sorts of DIY goodness, and lots of PIE! Who doesn’t love pie? :) I love everything about this laid back backyard wedding- from the simple wildflower centerpieces, the brides bouquet, the honey favors, and their use of wood in centerpieces and signage– these details are so well done and inspiring! The colors of the flowers are insanely vibrant and add so much style to the decor. Best of all, they pulled it off on a budget of only $2,500 – thanks to their Potluck style meal provided by guests! Definitely a great way to keep costs down and everything looks simply amazing. Also love the photos by Chelsea Chamness of Photographed by Chelsea! Hope you love this edition of The Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week! xo-Jessica
 
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Kate +  Jeff
October 06, 2012
Kent, Washington  |  Bride’s parents’ backyard
 
 
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
Honestly, our budget was zero.  Although we knew that wasn’t possible, we decided to try and cut costs everywhere we could and spend the least amount possible while still not sacrificing the details we wanted for our special day.  Below is a rough estimate of what was spent in total on the wedding, some things covered by the groom and I and some by our parents.
 
Marriage license – $64
Invitations – $73.64
Misc. Decorations: $65.40
Wedding Favors: $36.40
Bride’s ring: $900
Groom’s ring: $45
Officiant: $300
Landscaping/Fence Painting: $300
Bride’s dress: $150
Rented tables/chairs: $200
Homebrewed beer: $65
Flowers: $50
Food: Potluck
Photography: Free, the photographer is a friend of the bride’s and shot the wedding as a gift.

 

How many guests did you have?
Because of how intimate our wedding was we decided to limit the guest list to close family and friends. In total, we had 55 adults and 8 kids under the age of 7 in attendance.

 

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Despite our extremely low budget, we had several very unique and personal aspects included in our wedding. As guests arrived, they were greeted by a small table that held our guest book and wedding favors. The guest book was actually a slice of a tree trunk that was cut from a fallen tree on the wedding site weeks earlier. Once it dried out completed, our names and wedding date were written in black sharpie in the center of the tree ring and guests signed around the edges. It kept with our natural and backyard theme and is a lovely piece of art in our home now. The wedding favors were one of my favorite parts of the wedding! My cousin and her wife raise honey bees at several sites in Western Washinton and one of those sites has been my parents’ house for the last few years. They decided to give us enough honey (made from the bees who live on the property) to send every family/couple home with a 4 ounce jar as a wedding gift from their family. A little fabric and some handmade labels and we had some adorable and very unique gifts for our guests! Another one of our favorite creative touches actually took place prior to the wedding day. We learned of a Louisiana tradition of burrying a full bottle of bourbon upside down at the wedding site exactly one month before the wedding to ward off rain. Having an outdoor wedding in the Seattle area in October was risky at best so we gave it a whirl! A family member of ours had used this tradition at her Montana wedding just months before our big day and it worked beautifully, as did it for us! Guests were able to enjoy sandals and sunshine instead of sweaters and umbrellas the whole gorgeous 70 degree day.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Our biggest cost saver was the food and drinks hand down! We knew from day one that we wanted a small, intimate wedding and a potluck just seemed like the best fit. Asking guests to bring food was a little daunting at first, but once the word spread that bringing a dish or drink to share instead of a wedding gift was appreciated, we were overwhelmed with the response! Family and close friends began to send me recipes and food dish ideas of what they were willing to offer. The outcome was a gorgeous spread of steak, chicken, wild caught salmon, homemade mac and cheese, several fresh salads, sizzling apps and countless baked goods and homemade pies. The groom perfected his side hobby of brewing beer to make a “You and Me” ESB and a good friend of mine who works in the wine industry provided the vino as a gift, and her portion of the Potluck. With some creative serving dishes and some handmade place cards to show who made what dish and how they were related to us, a simple potluck turned into a lovely meal!

 

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Keep it simple! For us it was always about the marriage and not about the wedding. We wanted a memorable day, but we were not willing to stress over the details nor break the bank. I loved that minutes before the ceremony I realized that my girlfriends and I had forgotten to finish putting together my bouquet from the fresh cut flowers we got from a flower farm. Someone quickly wrapped the dahlia and kale bouquet in a piece of ribbon and it was beautiful and perfect. My one other piece of advice is to not worry about things going “wrong”. Wrong is such a relative term because when you are marrying the person you love surrounded by family and friends, what can really be all that horrible? Although we didn’t have a traditional dance floor, we did have a very special first dance song that just happened to refuse to play from our less than professional music station. The song started and stopped and skipped for at least 10 minutes while we insisted that everyone stand in the now chilly fall night air and wait for us to dance. We look back now and love this memory. Might have been the most awkward first dance ever, but when the song finally played it was a great moment.

 

What was your biggest splurge?
Overall, the biggest splurge was probably for the landscaping and yard work done to the wedding site. Although we were fine with the rustic look of my parents’ backyard at first, I am glad now that they convinced us to spruce things up. Fences were painted, trees planted, weeds pulled, a bridge over the pond painted and more! Maybe only part of this was monetary splurging, but the rest was backbreaking work that we all took part in. :)

 

What was your favorite detail?
A few things make that list including the honey favors, the yard games set up for people to play during the game, fresh flowers and table decorations and the homemade food.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?
That awkward first dance makes the list for sure as well as standing on that bridge reciting our personally written vows. For me it was also spending time getting ready for the ceremony over glasses of champagne with my best girlfriends.

 

VENDORS
Rentals: www.aaparty.com  |  Photography: Photographed by Chelsea
Flowers were from a small farm in Kent. Decorations were handmade by the bride and borrowed from friends.





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I LOOOOOVE this wedding I have to share with you today! First of all… this couple has some major STYLE! I love the bride and groom’s outfits, from the peacock wedding details on Anndrea’s shoes and Steven’s vest/suit with the striped socks. I love that Anndrea took the time to do lots of DIY to save money- from the decorations to the cakes she baked herself! DIY is a BSB’s BFF! :) Keeping the guest list to an intimate 28 really helped cut costs as well, and the couple was able to have a gorgeous wedding day for a modest budget of $3,000. Hope you enjoy this lovely little wedding as much as I do! xoxo-Jessica

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Steven & Anndrea 

May 26, 2012

Old Settler’s Park in Glen Arbor, Michigan

 

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

Our whole wedding was around $3000, probably a little less.

We spent about a 1/3 on our food. The next largest expenses was our rental (tent, tables, chairs and linens) and our pictures. Our wedding site was reserved on a donation basis of $100 (chapel and the park!) We didn’t want to spend a ton of money on invitations so we created our own on Zazzle and they turned out beautiful for under $70. We created a wedding email so our guests could RSVP through there and we could send them directions and updates for free. My outfit, Steven’s vest and shoes, decorations, flowers, cake making and hair combined was around $1000.

How many guests did you have?

We had a total of 28 guests.

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

We wanted our wedding to have comfortable home feel – everyone gathering and sharing a meal. We picked a vintage French theme using burlap (order through a hardware store and you’ll save a ton) and lace (my mom’s old curtains – I spent way too much time cutting them up). My dad was a huge help finding most of our center pieces: silver trays and milkglass from different antique vendors. We found some old doors on Craigslist and made those into our backdrop for our ceremony- this might have been one of my favorite decorations.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We wanted to save as much money as we could and still have a beautiful day. We decided create as much as we could by re-purposing items, buying beautiful thrift store items and invested in a lot of hot glue sticks. My mom is an amazing eye for floral arrangements so she made all of our center pieces and my bouquet, which to me was so much more personal and made with love. I am a pretty avid baker and made my wedding cakes myself. I know that alone saved us a few hundred dollars.

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

Enjoy the entire process from just being engaged, to planning your wedding day and to remember that yes, it’s your wedding but if your cake isn’t perfect or no one was able to fill the balloons, it doesn’t matter. No one will know the difference (and you’ll be too preoccupied to notice either).

What was your biggest splurge?

Our food! Steven and I both have been to so many wedding where after you left you were starving due to lack of food, gross food or just no food at all. People traveled to be at our wedding so the least we could do was give them an amazing French meal to show our appreciation for them!

What was your favorite detail?

Our old door backdrop for our ceremony. They just looked so awesome! 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Dinner time was really special to me. Everyone loved the food, which was really important to both of us. 

VENDORSCaterer: La Becasse   |  Invitations: Zazzle.com  |  Location: Old Settler’s Park Glen Arbor, MI  |  Rental: GJ’s Rentals, Traverse City, MI  |  Photographers: Dan and Melissa Photography   |  Hair: Epiphany East Salon

 





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Cathy + Duc : California Elopement by KLK Photography http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/budget-savvy-wedding-of-the-week-cathy-duc-california-elopement-by-klk-photography/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/budget-savvy-wedding-of-the-week-cathy-duc-california-elopement-by-klk-photography/#comments Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:00:28 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=14380 Today I’ve got a lovely and sweet little wedding for you shot by KLK Photography that truly includes only what is most important- the people the couple love most! Cathy + Duc had been together for quite some time and already had three adorable children together when they decided to tie the knot! They had […]

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Today I’ve got a lovely and sweet little wedding for you shot by KLK Photography that truly includes only what is most important- the people the couple love most! Cathy + Duc had been together for quite some time and already had three adorable children together when they decided to tie the knot! They had an intimate ceremony and then celebrated with their three kids and other family and friends who met them at the beach! I think this is such a great example of how you don’t have to do anything fancy to celebrate your big day– the people who love you will be there to support you whether or not you throw a huge crazy party! Thanks so much to Cathy and Duc for sharing your day with us! xoxo-Jessica

Cathy and Duc Chu

October 20, 2011

Laguna Hills, California. Laguna Hills Civic Center

 

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

My budget was as low as possible! JK I was looking at about $3000 for everything. I went a little over but it was well worth it in the end!
Hotel stay: 345
Photography: 500 (negotiated a special price)
Makeup/Hair: 750
Cake/Dinner: 200
Flowers: 200
Dress/Suit/Clothes: 1400

How many guests did you have?

We had a private wedding ceremony but later invited about 40 people to celebrate with us on the beach.

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

I am happiest to include our children in our wedding.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Find and compare all your options. Pick a vendor that is right for you.

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

Develop and plan your ideal wedding. Talk to vendors and give them your ideas to make your dream a reality. It’s okay if you go over your budget. It’s your wedding after all! Have fun!

What was your biggest splurge?

That was probably the wedding dress! I walked into David’s Bridal with a budget in mind, but came out with an even better (but more expensive) dress!

What was your favorite detail?

I had made sure to incorporate everything that we both loved into our wedding details. It’s not just about the brides! The beach was his favorite place. He was really surprised and thrilled that I had rented a hotel with beachfront view. The next morning, we watched the sun rise. Very romantic.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Everything was memorable! The ceremony, the photo sessions with KLK Photography, and ending the night at a beachfront hotel with my family was romantic, amazing, and fun all wrapped into one! Wouldn’t have it any other way!

VENDORS:

Photographer: KLK Photography
Makeup/Hair: Katie B. Cosmetics
Flowers: Flower Fusion
Cake/Desserts: Filigree Cakes
Hotel: Pacific Edge Hotel, Laguna Beach

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This week we have another awesome Two Bright Lights submitted wedding from Simply Knot Photography! I am thrilled to share this $3,000 backyard wedding from Phoenix, Arizona. This sweet bicycle themed wedding has a sunny yellow color scheme that I just love. They couple saved by having their wedding in their backyard on a Sunday, keeping their guest list low, and having a potluck! I love the intimate feel of this wedding and it just goes to show- you don’t have to do anything expensive or elaborate to have an amazing wedding! It looks like it was a wonderful day and you can tell that they had all that truly mattered to them! Thanks Katie & Justin for sharing your lovely day with us! bride getting readyyellow wedding shoesyellow wedding bouquetyellow wedding wreathpainted wedding signwedding ceremony sitejewish wedding ceremonywedding ceremonyjewish wedding ceremonywhite lanterns wedding reception decorwedding couple kiss lanternswedding game boardbicycle themed weddingcd wedding favorswedding table names bicycleyellow wedding centerpieceswedding favorswedding cake wedding iphone kiss

What was your budget?

Dress/Alterations – $450
Katie’s Shoes – $10
Justin’s Outfit – $200
Photographers – $900 (special discounted rate)
Florist – $280 (bike arrangement, bouquet), Free (chuppa, aisle, driveway)
Officiant – Free
Rings – $500
Invitations – $50
Table/Chair Rentals – $250
Decorations – $200
Food – Free (Potluck)
Cake – $70
Champagne – Free
Wedding night dinner – Free (Thanks to La Grande Orange/Chelsea’s Kitchen)

That totals to be just under $3,000.

How many guests did you have?

30 Family members + wedding party. We hosted a friends reception the night before.

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

Our wedding colors were inspired by 2 items: our vintage baby blue bicycle & a yellow floral arrangement already in our living room. The remaining color palette came from our green garden and dark brown furniture. We wanted to be sure yellow was the main color, so we used it in important details: the flowers, the centerpieces, the groom’s and best man’s attire, and the bride’s shoes. We brought yellow to other unsuspecting objects by simply tying a muted yellow and brown ribbon.

Our wedding was on a Sunday morning in our backyard. Our intention was to have the atmosphere of a garden party. Men wore sport coats; women wore sun dresses. We used vintage accents whenever possible, like mason jars as glasses, eclectic second-hand silverware, and lace napkin rings. We hadn’t intended to have a theme, but when it came to the tables we didn’t want to use plain old numbers.

We named the tables after different bicycle styles (e.g. cruisers). The kids table even had a special name – training wheels! This theme made our old blue cruiser (aka Big Blue) a welcome addition to our decor. Our florist arranged fresh flowers in the basket. We also tied ribbons from the bike for guests to write warm wishes, which made a unique guest book.

For favors we gave away custom CDs filled with ceremony and reception music. The CD label was designed by the bride’s sister and used many of the same elements from the wedding invitation. Our other favors were boxes filled with mini brownies, which doubled as table seating cards. We used store-bought white boxes and wrapped them with a muted yellow and brown ribbon fastened by a round name tag. We used first names only for a more intimate feel. Not only did we write out own vows, but our brother-in-law was our officiant. He brought a whole new level of intimacy to our wedding.

The wedding was kid friendly by making a kids table full of toys and games. Later in the reception we (the bride and groom) hosted a jeopardy trivia with questions written with our families in mind (especially the kids). I had been planning our wedding music since before I had met Justin. Because we had put so much thought into the music already, we were able to choose songs special to us for the different parts of the ceremony. For Justin’s processional we chose Boomshakalaka from the Dumb and Dumber soundtrack, his favorite movie. Katie’s processional was carefully chosen to be Everyday by Buddy Holly, a childhood favorite. The rest of the playlist was a combination of Katie’s favorite movie, Singin’ In the Rain, and other favorite artists like Etta James and the Beatles.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

A tight budget meant attention to detail. We purchased a cake for $70 from a local restaurant that we decorated with extra flowers (for free) from the florist. When shopping for my dress I looked for a dress that would need minimal alterations. Many of the decorations were handmade, e.g. the lace napkin rings were printed on vellum paper at home using a free template. It was important that most of our decor could pull “double duty” when the wedding was over. So we purchased, not rented, our silverware from Goodwill for a total of 35 sets for almost $10. We ended up with a mixture of “vintage” silverware that can be used for parties or family get-togethers. We purchased mason jars in bulk from a local hardware store to use as glasses during the ceremony. For Christmas/Chanukah we gave the jars to family and friends filled with goodies. The groom’s attire was also carefully planned and purchased, not rented, so it could be worn again.

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

Start your planning early, especially if you are on a strict budget. Typically, the less money, the more planning. Talk to your family and friends for advice.

What was your biggest splurge?

Our photographers. They gave us a great deal that we just couldn’t pass up. So we increased our budget & tightened our belts. They were worth every penny!

What was your favorite detail?

The chuppa. So many wonderful details went into the final chuppa. First, Justin made the chuppa himself. Then, our neighbor florist donated and decorated the chuppa with tons of flowers and accessories. The chuppa was then draped with Justin’s grandfathers’ tallit. In the end, the chuppa represented everything we valued about our wedding: family, generosity, and resourcefulness.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Some of our favorite moments from the day happened during the most unconventional times: – When the music didn’t start as planned before the ceremony – Giggling and crying alone when it was time for me to walk down the aisle with only one of our photographers (Ryan) to see me – The first moment alone as husband and wife. I burst into tears while we hugged and laughed

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