The Budget Savvy Bride » $8k wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com Budget Wedding Blog : Beautiful Weddings Without Breaking the Bank Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:12:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Vineyard wedding on a budget http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/vineyard-wedding-on-a-budget/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/vineyard-wedding-on-a-budget/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:00:52 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=33489 So happy to share one of our own bride blogger’s weddings! Today we are sharing the lovely Laura’s real budget wedding- she got married in a vineyard in North Carolina and pulled it off on an impressive budget. Everything turned out so great and it looks like they had a fabulous time, too! I hope […]

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So happy to share one of our own bride blogger’s weddings! Today we are sharing the lovely Laura’s real budget wedding- she got married in a vineyard in North Carolina and pulled it off on an impressive budget. Everything turned out so great and it looks like they had a fabulous time, too! I hope you enjoy the lovely photos from Laura and Josh’s vineyard wedding shot by the talented Christopher Bell Photography. And if you want to get a little behind the scenes info about Laura’s plans leading up to the big day, be sure to read her previous posts! Congrats Josh & Laura– hope married life is treating you well! xoxo- Jessica

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Laura and Josh

April 26, 2014

Asheville, North Carolina at Fontaine Vineyards

What was your wedding budget?

Venue-$2,550
Photographer-$1,650 (including engagement session)
Catering-$1,100
Bartender-$195
DJ-$150
Officiant-$100 (donation to church)
Hair, Nails, & Make-Up: $140
Dress & Bridal Accessories-$600
Groom’s Tux-$180Flowers-$150
Decorations-$225
Invitations, Stationery, & Postage-$200
Favors-$10
Wedding Party Gifts-$150
Sparklers for Send-Off-$30
TOTAL: $7,430

How many guests did you have?

50 guests attended

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

A very personal aspect to us was the ceremony. The best man’s aunt was our officiant, and we carefully chose our vows and the scriptures she read. I also chose to walk down the aisle with both my mom and my dad because they raised me to be the woman that I am today. I consider myself a modern woman and a feminist, so it was important to me have these aspects in our wedding.
Similarly, we used the ampersand (&) a lot to denote our joining together. Initially, we selected our invitations which had that detail, and then I found a silver ampersand to place on the head table. On that day, I wore a ring I had made with L & J engraved into a heart.
We did a few DIY projects with the signage, aisle markers, and centerpieces. I didn’t want to spend money on things I wouldn’t be able to give to another bride or reuse myself.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Having a small guest list was a huge savings, and we did our ceremony and reception at the same venue. They had tables and linens, chairs, and pretty much everything we needed already there, so we didn’t have to do any rentals.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Don’t be afraid to do what you want. We chose to keep wedding planning between the two of us to decrease conflict, and that way we were able to do a lot of things

What was your biggest splurge?

The venue and caterer, photographer

What was your favorite detail?

If I could only choose one, I’d say the chalkboard that Josh and I made together. My mom had a mirror at the end of the stairs in the house I grew up in, and she hadn’t put it up in the new house. I asked about it one day, and we found it in the garage. The mirror was broken, but she let me take the frame. We painted a piece of plywood with chalkboard paint and painted the frame. We used it as a program for guests when they came in to see who our attendants were, etc. We now have it in our house as an “I love you because…” board. It is a special part of my childhood that is being incorporated into our new life together.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Our first look! I walked down the hill to where Josh and our photographer were, and I was so nervous! My heart was pounding. When he turned around and saw me, it was like we were just meeting again. We were both giddy with excitement, and neither of us had slept well the night before. It was so nice to just see him, and it made me feel okay with everything else.

VENDORS:

Venue & Catering: Fontaine Vineyards  //  Photography: Christopher Bell Photography  //  Blue Ridge Event Staffing

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I know it’s a bit out of season, but you’re gonna love this rustic autumn wedding! This couple really focused on what was most important to them and put together an absolutely gorgeous day in the process! I love all the rustic fall details that carry through the day from the gorgeous bouquet to the s’mores station. Hope you enjoy these gorgeous photos from this fab wedding! xoxo – Jessica

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Abby + Nick

October 5th, 2013

Burchfield Park, North Bluff Pavilion  |  Holt, Michigan

 

What was your wedding budget?

We did not have a precise budget set, but we just did things as cost effectively as possible.

 

Rough Estimates:

Caterer: $400

Dress: $ 550, alterations $90

Officiant: $250

Ceremony/reception location: $200

Videography: $550

Photography: $2000

Invitations: $120

Decorations/other: $2500

Makeup: $110

Hair/nails: $90

Flowers: $300

Cider and donuts: $50

Memory box: $120

 

 

How many guests did you have?

We invited 60 and had around 45 come to the wedding.

 

 

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

Nick and I made: The aisle runner, the doors, the s’mores box, the ceremony altar swag, the wood slice for the ring bearer, the sign for the 2nd ring bearer, the curtains, and the programs.

We decorated the entire pavilion, designed the memory box, and cut the wood slices ourselves.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Made as many things as possible and found great deals on the things we could not or did not have time to make. We had a non-traditional caterer. We limited flowers to my bouquet and boutonnieres and corsages (we had no bridal party). We did not have a cake.

 

 

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

DON’T STRESS! Our wedding plans changed 4-5 times. We changed venues multiple times, we changed caterers, and we changed plans for almost everything. We had vendors cancel 6 months before the wedding and luckily were able to find new ones. We had a vendor we WISHED we could have cancelled because they were awful. This was all very stressful for me. In the end I wish I would not have let myself be so stressed. Because even though all of these things happened and in the end I was worried about it all coming together (because we did not have a chance to do a “dry-run” in any way) everything worked out perfectly. Yes the pavilion was flooded the morning of (the staff at Burchfield Park is amazing and got it pumped out right away), and the chairs we rented did not show up on time and then finally showed up hours past the expected time, but in the end everything came together and if something was not perfect Nick and I were the ONLY ones who knew it was not the way it was meant to be. I had nothing I should have been stressing over because in the end it was our wedding day, even if it was not “perfect” in how it was planned to be,  it was perfect because we were married, which was the whole point!

What was your biggest splurge?

Our photographer. I saw Kellie’s photos online before we were even engaged and knew she was going to be our wedding photographer because she is amazing! Photos are your memories after the day of, so it was worth the price for us.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

Our memory box. It was custom made by Etsy seller SixthandElm and the entire box has words burned into it. The top has the lyrics to Marc Cohn’s “True Companion”, the sides have our vows we wrote to each other on them, the front describes the meaning of the box and the inside has our wedding date and a part of the ceremony. On our wedding day we put a letter to each other inside. On our first anniversary we will read that letter and put a new letter inside which we will open on the next anniversary and continue this every year. Not only is the box GORGEOUS but we will have a time capsule of our relationship. Everyone really loved this detail!

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Our first look. We did a first touch with the doors Nick made for me to make my entrance through and then we did a first look. It was amazing to have some alone time with each other before everyone started showing up and definitely calmed our nerves.

 

VENDORS

Photographer: Kellie Saunders Weddings and Portraits  //  Caterer: King of the grill  //  Ceremony/reception: Ingham county parks-Burchfield park  //   Videography: My Video Wedding  //  Memory box Creator: Etsy seller SixthandElm  //  Dress: Davids Bridal style T9612  //  Officiant: Pamela Klusack  //  Invitations: Catprint  //  Save the dates: Shutterfly  //  Makeup: Heather Spataro  //  Hair/nails: Panopoulos Salon  //  Flowers: Linnaea Floral Design  //  Donuts and cider: The Country Mill

 

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Blue + Purple Garden Wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/blue-purple-garden-wedding/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/blue-purple-garden-wedding/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:00:26 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=31932 Another lovely budget savvy wedding for you today! I absolutely love this garden venue – isn’t it stunning? I also love how the lace bridesmaids dresses mimicked the style of the bride’s lace wedding dress! So gorgeous! Of course I think all weddings are beautiful but there’s always something extra special about those emotional moments […]

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Another lovely budget savvy wedding for you today! I absolutely love this garden venue – isn’t it stunning? I also love how the lace bridesmaids dresses mimicked the style of the bride’s lace wedding dress! So gorgeous! Of course I think all weddings are beautiful but there’s always something extra special about those emotional moments when they are captured on film – like the families of the bride and groom joining them on the altar for a prayer. SO sweet! That’s what weddings are all about y’all- family. Hope you love this sweet garden wedding as much as I do!! xoxo – Jessica

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Amber + Nick

May 25, 2013

Fort Worth, Texas  |  A and M Gardens, Azle, Texas

 

 

What was your wedding budget? 

 $8,000 was our total budget

-$2,000-videographer and photographer

-$1,100-dress/accessories

-$3,100-venue

-$300-cake and decorations

-$1,000-food-buffet

-$500-flowers

 

How many guests did you have?     

Invited 110, 85 attended

 

 

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

I planned my own wedding, so I was able to pour a lot of Nick and myself into it all. I personalized the water bottles with coordinating colors and posted several pictures of Nick and I all over the reception hall. I created a seating chart and numbered the tables with baby pictures, and my mother-in-law made the groom’s cake in the shape of a Razorback. We held the ceremony outdoors in a garden area. Nick and I did a “first look” picture time as well. I loved having that alone time with him, and the pictures turned out great too!

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

When I was making my budget with my parents, I decided in the first place what all I wanted to spend money on. Was it the guest experience, the food, the pictures, etc.? As you can tell by my breakdown of my budget, I wanted to spend the most money on the venue, the video and pictures, and how I looked. Knowing that I wanted to spend money on those three things, it made it easy to search and find places that fit into my budget. It also helps to have friends and family who can help you out with connections to make it a little cheaper.

 

 

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

Don’t let it consume you. There were several times I would be with my mom or on the phone with her and would just get frustrated because we had only talked about wedding stuff. I would suggest being mindful and taking a step back, taking a deep breath, and knowing that everything will come together as it’s supposed to. Keeping a good perspective on it is also a good thing. A lot of brides make their wedding day all about themselves, and while that is easy to do, you can’t forget that there is life after the wedding. Be sure to give your beaux plenty of attention too, and if he has ideas, be sure to listen and consider them.

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

My biggest splurge was my dress. I had originally budgeted only $800 for my dress. When I found the one I wanted though, my mom and sisters knew that it was the one I wanted to wear for our special day, even though it ended up being more expensive.  I’m happy I splurged though, because my wedding ended up being like a fairytale that I had dreamed about. It poured down rain right as my ceremony started and got my dress wet as soon as I started walking down the aisle but it didn’t matter. I felt beautiful and was so incredibly happy to be walking with my dad down the aisle to meet my husband.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail would have to be the family prayer during the ceremony. Instead of a unity candle or sand, Nick and I wanted our parents to come pray for us. Both of us come from a long line of marriages as demonstrated by our generations table. The table had the wedding pictures from all 4 sets of grandparents, both our parents, aunts and uncles, and siblings. Our families have set the ultimate example for us in that with Christ, we can make it through anything together, including 50+ years of marriage. As long as Christ is the center, our marriage will last and we also have their advice to help us along the way as well.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable moment of my day was the moment of exchanging vows and finally kissing my husband for the first time. I remember it the most because we personalized our vows, and I still remember everything I said to Nick and all he said to me. As soon as we kissed, I stated the obvious fact of “we’re married!” where all the attendants just laughed. I was so incredibly happy in that moment and knew that the rest of my life would be spent with the man that I have the privilege to love and serve in life.

 

 

VENDORS 

Catering: TCP Catering  //  Venue: A and M Gardens  // Photography: Two Blue Shoes Photography   //  Flowers: Pam’s Ribbons and Roses  //  Entertainment: Under the Tower Productions  //  Gown: Maggie Sottero

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You’re not going to want to miss this lovely lakeside wedding today! Time and time again some of the most gorgeous weddings we’ve featured have this thing in common: they used a FREE venue. It can save you so so so much and free up a huge portion of your wedding budget to go towards other things. The couple got married at the bride’s grandparents’ lake houses and it made for a stunning backdrop! And I definitely love the bride’s advice to keep things in perspective and not sweat it if things go wrong. Hope you enjoy this lovely budget wedding!! xoxo – Jessica

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Brittney + Will

July 20, 2013

 Denver, NC   ||  private residence 

 

What was your budget?

About 8,000 total! 

Save the dates: $50 from Zazzle

Invitations: $250 from Zazzle

Venue: Free

Dress: $1,000 by the time we did alterations and a bustle ($250) 

Tux rental: bought our tuxes on sale about $60 per groomsman from Belk

Catering: $1200 Catering by Tracey

Photography: Christopher bell photography $750

Rings: $5,000 for engagement and two wedding bands from Jared

Flowers: $750 albertine florals

Music: Ceremony and/or reception: We rented speakers for $150 and played the music from my computer

Wedding cake: $250 family friend made our cake

Hair and makeup: hair free from a long time friend and makeup $100

Wedding favors: candy- made mason jars and spend about $50 on a variation of candy

Site rentals: about $3000 for tents, chairs, table cloths http://www.cookerentals.com/

Decorations: around $500 from etsy and we crafted all of our own mason jars

Transportation: $600 for shuttle bus

 

 

What personal or creative or aspects did you incorporate into your wedding?

We had a remembrance table that had pictures of all of our loved ones that had passed. This was especially meaningful because my Papa died a couple days before our wedding day. 

 

 

What was the biggest budget saving part of your wedding?

Definitely the venue. It was such a meaningful place. The only expenses that came with it was our rentals. 

 

 

What was your biggest splurge, and why?

Definitely the tent, but it rained all morning and afternoon, so I would say it was money well spent. 

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

All of the burlap and lace detail. It was a common theme throughout and meaningful in a lot of ways. I used the lace cap from my mom’s wedding veil to bind my flowers, and we used lace off of a table cloth that my husband’s nanny made on our arch that we stood under to exchange our vows. It’s the little touches that mean the most. 

 

 

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

Things WILL go wrong. You can plan your heart out, but nothing will be perfect. All that matters, is that you marry the man that makes everything worth while. Every aspect of your wedding day is memorable and treasured. At our wedding it poured down rain and the shuttle showed up at the wrong location, but that thirty minute delay allowed for the rain to stop and we were blessed with a cooler night :) 

 

Photographer:  Christopher Bell Photography, LLC  //  Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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You are going to LOVE this wedding!! The couple managed to keep it under $8,000 total for 145 guests! They served some amazing looking food as heavy hors d’oeuvres with special little details. I love that they gave coffee beans as their wedding favors and what a savvy way to get them! Of course I love the mismatched bridesmaids dresses… you know me! My FAVORITE piece of advice from the bride: “Give yourself permission to not have a Pinterest perfect wedding. The pressure and expense can really add up.” AMEN sister! Let me know what your favorite part of this wedding is in the comments below! xoxo Jessica

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Heather + Evan

June 15, 2013

Mentor, Ohio  |  Private Residence

 

 

What was your wedding budget?

$5000 from parents plus whatever extra income I personally had. So about $5000-7500 altogether.

$2600 for photography was non-negotiable for me. And everything else was to be covered by whatever was left.

The dress wound up costing $275 from a warehouse and a friend did my alterations.

Location was free.

Port-a-potties were $275

Flowers were $800

Catering was allotted $1100

Musicians were $350

Cake was $150 (just the ingredients)

 

How many guests did you have?     

 We invited around 175, but around 145 ended up coming

 

 

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

Everything was personal. Our friend did the catering. His friends did flowers. The location was a family friend’s home. We’re both musicians so the musicians were friends. The bridesmaids did hair and make-up. We got to know each other while working at Starbucks so we had coffee beans as favors. We did mad lib RSVP cards and had those and kazoos on the table. A friend of mine painted the “guest book” thumbprint tree. Another dear friend of mine made our cake – and it was incredible. Also several of our friends are home brewers so we enlisted them to each brew a beer for the wedding. They came up with some amazing results!

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money on your wedding?

 Basically we pooled resources from all of our insanely talented and generous friends. We saved on the location by having it outside at a friend’s house. The gown was from a warehouse and altered by an old college friend of mine. We were given a jewelry gift certificate and used that for Evan’s wedding band. The catering was done by a friend and we did small bites instead of full meals for everyone, but there was plenty of food for all our guests. And the favors were basically free. I ordered burlap bags from a warehouse supply place (Uline) so they were more rustic, but SO much cheaper and we each get coffee for free from Starbucks so we stored that up for months and then portioned it out for the favors.

 

 

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

Give yourself permission to not have a Pinterest perfect wedding. The pressure and expense can really add up. But do have the kind of day you want to have and will be happy about. But you’re going to have to cut some corners financially if you are on a budget. Choose yours battles, but stick to your guns on the things that are really important to you.

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

 The photographer was definitely the biggest splurge, but worth every penny. And it took some convincing of many of my family members, but I am SO glad we had the Van Elks. And now that the pictures have come in, everyone else sees why I was so insistent … and they agree with me.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

I have to pick just one? Probably my grandmother’s necklace that I wore. Or my bridesmaids dresses because there was such an ordeal getting those.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Instead of a unity candle (or alternative) ceremony or a first communion, which I’ve never particularly cared for in the first place, Evan and I had a foot washing ceremony to demonstrate our commitment to emulate Jesus and His relationship with His church as a relationship of service to each other over ourselves. It was a poignant moment, but it was also funny because we each had trouble getting the socks and shoes back on the other person. But even that was a great demonstration that even washing each other’s feet at our own wedding can be difficult, but with laughter and help and each other we will make it out the other side.

 

 

VENDORS 

Photography: Jennifer Van Elk  //  Flowers: K.E.W.  //  Cake: Gloria Kenyon  //  Port-a-Potties: Aris Rentals  //  Chairs: CCM Rental  //  Dress: David’s Bridal  //  Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Target, Macy’s, Dillards

 

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I just love this lovely Texas church wedding! The couple kept things fairly simple to allow for their large guest list and did much of the work with the help of friends and family. I absolutely love the ring box in lieu of a ring pillow, the fact that the bride wore TOMS with her wedding dress, and the rustic details at the reception including the tree stump cake stands, baby’s breath centerpieces and lace and burlap details. And can we just stop for a second to recognize– that is one *gorgeous* church! Of course my favorite detail of all is the love between the couple– can you just see the depth of their hearts when you see the way they look at each other? So sweet!  Such a lovely wedding, and beautifully captured by Brittney Melton! xoxo – Jessica

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Deidra + John 

November 10, 2012

Westphalia, Texas  | Church of the Visitation

 

 

What was your budget? 

Budget = $6,800

            Ceremony location = Free (member of the church)

            Reception location = $700

            Flowers = $1,300

            Photographer = $1,800

            Videographer = $600

            Caterer = $1,600

            Decorations = $800

 

 

How many guests did you have?     

 We had roughly 275-300 guests.

 

 

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

My mother and I completely came up with the décor ideas on our own, with the help of family and friends of course! We prepped all the burlap and lace details throughout the reception ourselves. My husband created these coaster type trinkets for our guests to take home. I am a photographer, so he incorporated that into the coasters, making them the shape of a camera.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Almost all of our vendors were local people and some were personal friends of ours already! That helped a TON with saving money.  But in the large scheme of things, it was probably buying and prepping the decorations ourselves. All of the burlap, lace, and table centerpieces, as well as renting all the potted plants from a local nursery really helped to save money instead of hiring an event planner.

 

 

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

Do NOT stress! Take one step at a time! If you have a large family like I do, delegate responsibilities if they are willing. We had so many people help us the day before decorate the reception venue. It was awesome! So grateful!

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

I would say photography. I am a photographer myself, and I was extremely picky on who we were going to hire. Of course, Brittney Melton did the most AMAZING job. I am so thankful for her skill and creative eye. Not to mention, she is super sweet and friendly. She captured the day perfectly; from the details to the overall joyful spirit we had that day. I relive it every time I look at our photos!

 

 

What was your favorite detail? 

Oh my goodness…do I have to pick one?! I would have to say our guestbook. Again, being a photographer, I did not want a traditional guestbook for our many guests to sign. I made a photo book through Blurb with pictures of John and I over our entire relationship, leaving space on each page around the photos for our guests to sign and leave their words of wisdom and love!

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day? 

From sharing our own personal vows to dancing the night away with our closest friends, it was all so memorable! But of course, I loved our decoration details, all the burlap and lace and lights…it was perfect!

 

VENDORS 

Photography: Brittney Melton Photography & Design   //   Ceremony Location: Westphalia Church of the Visitation   //   Reception Venue: Flag Hall, Cyclone, Texas   //   Invitations & programs: Graphic Designer, Kasey Villarreal   //   Videography: Living Media Production Company   //  Floral Design: Sharon Long   //   Caterer: Michna’s Bar-B-Que

 

 

 

 

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Lovely Backyard Wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/lovely-backyard-wedding/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/lovely-backyard-wedding/#comments Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:30:13 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=23519 Back with another gorgeous wedding this week that you are sure to enjoy! This lovely backyard wedding captured by Lindsay Nickel is full of sweet and crafty details. The bride, Lauren kept a thorough tally of their wedding spending and did tons of things herself to keep costs down. The end result is a fabulously […]

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Back with another gorgeous wedding this week that you are sure to enjoy! This lovely backyard wedding captured by Lindsay Nickel is full of sweet and crafty details. The bride, Lauren kept a thorough tally of their wedding spending and did tons of things herself to keep costs down. The end result is a fabulously frugal wedding! I absolutely love the table decor with the flower pots and wine bottles- fashionable and functional! :) Hope you enjoy this lovely wedding as much as I did! xoxo- Jessica

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Lauren + Joe

August 24, 2012

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

 

What was your budget? 

Dress- $ 350  The dress I fell in love with was actually an ivory bridesmaid dress. This was a huge budget saver!

Alterations- $100

Fascinator- $20

Groom’s Suit- $400 We decided to buy a suit so that my husband could get more use out of it, especially since we were way under budget on my dress!

Hair & Make-Up $200 The Worx, Red Deer

Bride’s Bouquet- $150 

Food- $1500 My husband and I are in love with the Chinese Food from Monsieur Wong’s and had them create a Chinese buffet for us that was filled with our favourite dishes!

Desserts- $0 We asked our Aunts to bake some of our childhood favourites and had a dessert bar for our guests.

Kettle Corn- $0  This was donated to us by a friend. K &J’s Kettle Corn

Open bar- $ 1500 We bought all of our alcohol from Costco and set it up in the “drink gazebo”

Gazebo- $150 from Totem

Tent- $1100

Chairs/Tables/ Linnen rentals- $500

Decor-(DIY) $300 I ordered all of the burlap table runners from Etsy and made all of the vases. I found a lot of the other touches from Michaels, Winners and the Dollar Store

Flowers- (DIY) $200 We bought our flowers from Costco and a friend generously offered to make our arrangements for us.

Photography- $500 We were lucky enough to have the amazingly talented photographer Lindsay Nickel capture all of our wedding day moments!

Wedding Favours/ Place Setting (DIY) $ 200 Succulents and terracotta  pots

Invitations- $50 Evite. 

Music/ DJ-$0  Our friend is a DJ and made us a playlist.

Officiant- $200

Limo take-home service -$300

TOTAL: $7720

 

How many guests did you have?

85 guests

 

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

Our main goal with our wedding was to have it reflect us as a couple. I didn’t worry about planning a “traditional” wedding and it ended up being carefree, elegant, fun and very personal. We planned our own ceremony and said our personal vows and commitments to one another in front of our family and friends. To conclude our vows we turned lemons into lemonade and toasted each other.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Having the wedding ceremony and reception in my parents’ backyard eliminated the venue cost. I did a lot of the decor myself with vases found at the dollar store or mason jars. Not having a traditional wedding cake and a DJ also helped us save money.

 

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

Don’t lose sight about what is important! The reason you are planning this huge celebration is because you get to spend the rest of your life married to the person you love. It is so easy to get caught up in details. Most importantly, have fun and make every detail about you! If you are looking to save money plan some DIY projects!

 

What was your biggest splurge?

I didn’t think that I needed a bouquet that was professionally done. I am VERY happy that I splurged! Stems did an amazing job capturing the rustic elegance feel I was looking for. 

 

What was your favorite detail?

Honestly, I don’t think I could even narrow it down to a few favorite details. The whole day was like a dream. 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Our photographer set up a “first look” before our ceremony and it was amazing to have that moment just between the two of us. It gave us a chance to really be in the moment.

 

 

VENDORS:

Catering: Monsieur Wong’s  //  Photographer: Lindsay Nickel   //   Hair & Make Up: The Worx Red Deer, AB   //  Hair- Connie Burton   //   Bouquet: Stems   //  Rentals: Parkland Party and Equipment Rentals LTD.  //  Invitations: My Invitation Link

 

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Budget Savvy Beach Wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/budget-savvy-beach-wedding/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/budget-savvy-beach-wedding/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:00:37 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=23521 Who doesn’t love a good budget savvy beach wedding? Miria and Paul created their dream laid back, intimate beach wedding by doing lots of DIY and getting their loved ones involved as well. Time and time again it seems that one of the best ways to cut costs is to enlist the talents of those […]

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Who doesn’t love a good budget savvy beach wedding? Miria and Paul created their dream laid back, intimate beach wedding by doing lots of DIY and getting their loved ones involved as well. Time and time again it seems that one of the best ways to cut costs is to enlist the talents of those you know and love, and this wedding proves just that! Miria & Paul crossed quite a few things off their list by having their loved ones create items for their big day and it definitely saved them a bundle. How great is it that she was able to create centerpieces and decor out of bottles and jars they’d used over time, instead of purchasing new items? Super budget savvy if you ask me! The couple still chose to make room in their budget for a talented professional photographer, and Mikkel Paige got some gorgeous shots of the celebration and delightfully crafty details! I know you’ll love this wedding as much as I did! xoxo – Jessica

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Miria & Paul

September 21, 2012

Ocean Beach – Fire Island, NY

 

 

 
 

What was your budget?

Initially our budget was $5k but we ended up bumping it up to 8k when we decided to rent our venue, in our case a house very close by the beach, for an entire week instead of just for a day and make it our honeymoon location as well.

Roughly we spent 40% on the venue, 14% with decorations, 12% on food, 12% on photography, 8% on flowers, 8% with the justice of peace and 6% with drinks.

 

How many guests did you have?     

35-40

 

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

I was very happy and blessed to incorporate personal touches throughout the entire wedding! From having my gorgeous dress made by my grandma in Brazil to giving my husband and brother-in-law the hard task to drink tons of beers so I could make my center pieces out of the empty bottles. Needless to say they hated their task, haha! We served little cakes that are traditional for Brazilian weddings, to honor the family heritage. Our first dance was to Green Eyes by Coldplay.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Renting a house instead of a venue and doing it myself all decorations. Another beautiful touch was my cake, which was entirely made by my mother! Lots of sweat and tears involved, since it was her first wedding cake ever, but it came out perfect, delicious tasting and almost $0 cost! Another family member also created our cake topper.

I enlisted my brother and his girlfriend to help make the sand bottle favors. My husband made the wooden signs that turned out so nicely. I made my own bouquet with Calla Lilies and Baby’s Breath I picked up at Stop n Shop grocery store and I also made the “guest book” wall. 

 

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

To enjoy!! Time flies by and all you take from it are the good memories, so put the stress aside and truly enjoy every minute!

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Renting the house for an entire week.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was to be able to have a very laid back and intimate wedding. I wanted my guests to feel as if they were on a barbecue at their best friend’s house.  

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

My dad singing me a song! My dad doesn’t really speak English – though most people at the wedding couldn’t understand him singing in Portuguese, it was still SO sweet and special to listen to.

 

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Photography: Mikkel Paige Photography

 

 

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Happy Wednesday!! Welcome to another lovely Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week feature. This couple planned their wedding at a very low cost venue- a public park wedding and town square reception! It seems really laid back and fun- and the photographer was able to get some really fantastic and creative shots of the bride and groom. They also kept costs low by borrowing chairs and tables– so smart! Check your local churches or other organizations to try to save yourself some cash! I think you’ll really love this feature! xo- Jessica

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Angela + Bob

May 25, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA | Point State Park and Market Square

 photography by: Kristen Wynn Photography

 

What was your budget?

Our total wedding budget was about $7,500.  Here’s an estimate of the breakdown:

 

State Park and City Permits – $400

Tables and Chairs – borrowed

Food and Beverage – $2,000

Cake – $150

Cookies – gifted

Bride’s Look – $400

Groom’s Look – $250

Rings – $1,000

Flowers – $350 (arrangement was done by a friend)

String Quartet – gifted

DJ – $500

Decorations – $500 (DIY)

Invitations – $120

Photography – $1,100

Lodging – $200

Transportation – $200

Security – $125

 

 

How many guests did you have?     

75

 

 

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

We love Pittsburgh and we love the outdoors.  Traditional wedding venues can be expensive, so we got to thinking creatively.  We applied with the city’s special events committee and were eventually granted a 24-hour permit for Pittsburgh’s Market Square.  We’ve been told that we were the first couple ever to hold a wedding reception in the square, but who can say for sure.  The architecture, the lights, the trees (along with the city residents, the passersby and the Market Square restaurant patrons) served as the setting for our celebration.  We brought in tables for dinner, and we served gyros catered from one of the restaurants in the square.

Our wedding ceremony was on the city side lawn in Point State Park, which is located at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers and also serves as site of the Great Race finish line, the Three Rivers Regatta, the Three Rivers Arts Festival and historic location of Fort Pitt.  We love the city view from the expanse of green in the park.  The location worked because our guests could meet us there and then walk to Market Square after the ceremony.  My husband designed and handcrafted a custom pergola arch under which we were wed.  A few good friends put their hands into the project as well.  I walked down the aisle to meet my groom to the sound of Bjork’s “Joga,” performed by a professional string quartet.

 

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We started with a creative reception location, and then we worked together diligently to come up with creative solutions to keep costs down across the board.  We love the city of Pittsburgh, and we dreamed of getting married in the open air at some of our favorite city sites.  In order to make it happen, we did a lot of work ourselves and set up everything at the venues on the wedding day with the valuable help of family and friends.  We saved a lot by borrowing tables and chairs from our church and transporting them ourselves in a rented truck.  A friend arranged all of the flowers.  Our family made cookies and punch.  Friends and family supported us with help on as many DIY decoration projects as we took on.  We sought out vendors who were willing to work with us on pricing.

 

 

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

Focus your energies on the things that will matter most to you on your wedding day, and don’t allow yourself to spend time on details that you don’t care about.  For the most significant items, work with vendors who have at least some wedding experience, to benefit from their expertise and take much of the pressure off of you.  Some vendors who aren’t experienced with weddings will work out just fine, but others add a lot of stress to the event planning process – don’t take risks on everything.  If you seek out nontraditional public venues, you should expect many challenges.

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

We did our best not to splurge on wedding day details, so that we could also travel to Greece for a dream-come-true kind of honeymoon.  The state park reservation fee was fee for the ceremony was a bit of a splurge, but we thought the location was worth it.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

My mother and I worked together to redesign her wedding gown, which I wore on our wedding day.  This was one of the first details planned, and it was very special to me to have this representation of my family’s history and love as a part of our wedding day.  We enlisted the expertise of a friend to bring our vision to life.  We kept the train and lace details and removed the sleeves and collar.  A new back line was cut, and lace details from the discarded sleeves were repurposed to frame the open back.  A piece of lace from the original dress was also used to embellish a birdcage veil that I made by hand.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable moment of the day was looking into my husband’s eyes as he vowed to love me as his wife.  Our pastor led a ceremony that felt intimate although we were surrounded by family and friends (and some spectators) in the middle of the city of Pittsburgh.

 

 

VENDORS

Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography  //  Ceremony Venue: Point State Park  //  Reception Venue: Market Square, City of Pittsburgh  //  Ceremony Music: Chamber Light Players by Symbiotic Collusion  //  DJ: Blackwell Soundz  //  Hair: Bridget Kohan at Bella Christine Salon & Spa  //  Flowers: Sourced from FiftyFlowers.com, arranged by a friend  //  Catering: My Big Fat Greek Gyro   //  Cake: Open Star Cakes  //  Wedding bands: JAB Jewelry  //  Invitations: Invitations by Dawn

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Rustic Barn Wedding on a Budget http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/rustic-barn-wedding-on-a-budget/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/rustic-barn-wedding-on-a-budget/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:11:22 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=23442 Excited to share this beautiful rustic barn wedding on a budget – the wedding of our LoveWins2013 contest winners by the talented Charlie Juliet Photography! Shannon and Jordan planned a gorgeous day by using many different budget savvy tactics! They had friends and family donate services or other wedding items as gifts, such as the […]

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Excited to share this beautiful rustic barn wedding on a budget – the wedding of our LoveWins2013 contest winners by the talented Charlie Juliet Photography! Shannon and Jordan planned a gorgeous day by using many different budget savvy tactics! They had friends and family donate services or other wedding items as gifts, such as the cupcakes, the bride’s hair and makeup, etc. Another smart thing that Shannon did was borrow items whenever possible– they avoided extra rental fees for several items by borrowing them from their church! So smart!! And I think we can all agree, the results are gorgeous! xoxo- Jessica

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Shannon + Jordan

June 22, 2013

New London, New Hampshire  |  New London Historical Society

 

 

What was your budget? 

Wedding total spent: $8000

Our Personal Spending: $6,000

 

MY EXPENSES:

Venue:  $600

Dress:  $150 alterations

Rings: $400

Save the Dates + Invitations + Postage: $35+$70+$97=$202

Chair Rentals: $112

His & her shoes: $98 + $40 = $138

His suit: $120

Bridal Party Gifts: $485

Tablecloths: $200

Day of servers/coordinator: $1000

Emcee (friend): $100

Photography: $500 (traveling expenses)

U-haul Truck Rental: $350

2 Flushing Port-a-johns: $500

Lights: $50

100 pounds of candy (for candy bar): $100

Misc. decorations: $200

 

EXPENSES PAID BY OTHERS / FREE STUFF / GIFTS

Food & drink (paid for by parents): $1,300

Flowers (paid by mother of groom): $200

Wedding dress (paid by mother of bride): $100 + $170 for alterations

Cake/cupcakes: Free (gift)

Bride’s hair: Free (gift)

Bridal party makeup: Free (gift)

Dance Floor (father of groom): $75

26 Tables, 3 pop up tents, 100+ mason jars, lights, candy jars, photo booth backdrop, sound equipment: Free (borrowed from church)

Photo booth photography: Free (gift)

Videography: Free (gift)

Table runners: Free (borrowed)

 

How many guests did you have?     

135 people total, including bridal party.

 

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

            My husband and I designed and created most aspects of the wedding, including our save the dates and invitations, candy favor bags, banners, guest book, cake topper, flower girl baskets, and place cards. Most decorative pieces were made by hand – centerpiece mason jars (decorated by the bridesmaids), wood-slab table numbers, hand-painted signs and banners, all bouquets and centerpieces, and windowpane programs and menus.

            The venue was a beautiful barn “shell,” and everything had to be added by us. Setting up for the big day was a labor of love by my fantastic family and bridal party, who spent the Thursday and Friday prior to the wedding helping us turn the vacant grounds into our dream wedding. The ceremony took place in a field, in front of a large tree, only a hundred feet away from our vintage barn reception. Outside the barn was a photo booth, as well as various lawn games to keep our guests entertained.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

            My favorite money saving tip is from my dress: I bought it at a prom and bridal expo at a goodwill! The expo sold gently used (worn once) or brand new dresses, retailing from $1000-$5000 dollars, selling from $50-$300.  I knew I wanted a simple, lightweight lace dress, and I found a beautiful Watters Bride gown that fit that exact description for only $99! The only downside, it was a 12, and I am a 4. On a leap of faith and vision for what the dress could turn into, my mother bought me the dress, and a month before the wedding I found a seamstress who completely altered the dress to my exact size and taste for only $320. I later found out my dress retailed for almost $2000.

            Additionally, hunting for a wedding photography package contest online, and actually WINNING it was a HUUGGEE money saver!! We could have never afforded the amazing photography provided by the talented Charlie Juliet, but we are so grateful that she was there to capture all the memories and moments of our big day that we can cherish forever.

            Another major saver was our venue: we wanted a location that would allow us to bring in all our own pieces – the catering, rentals, DJ, etc. – and most places won’t let you do that. Although it becomes WAY more work to do it all yourself, with the proper hookups, you can save a bundle.

            Final money saver: holiday candy. We wanted a candy bar, with a wide selection of his & her favorite candies. The colors for the event was a palette of pastels, mix and match everything. Therefore, having candy of a variety of colors rather than just one or two, made my selection much broader. I purchased all the “day after” holiday candy I could scoop up post Valentines and Easter. Most Valentines candy was either heart shaped, or in pinks and purples. Easter candy came in pastel colors. I had 13 or 14 different kinds of candies, and saved about 75% on the retail cost. We easily had close to 100 pounds, and I spent only a little over $100 in total.

 

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

1)   Don’t sweat the small stuff! I had so much stress and headaches over minor detail decisions, which really didn’t matter in the end!

2)   MAKE A PINTEREST BOARD. Keep it private if you want, that way your ideas are kept secret until the big day. But seriously – I got SO MANY ideas from Pinterest, and it was super helpful to keep them all in one place when you needed a refresher. I pinned probably close to 200 pins, from boutonnieres to hairstyles to dresses to cakes. I ended up recreating at least half of my pins. I found Pinterest to be a lifesaver – my husband however found it to get very annoying! (I may have been a tad addicted) J

3)   Utilize all FREE resources. I borrowed a ton of stuff from my church and from family members and friends. I hired my friend as our DJ and created most of our cocktail and lunch hour music from crooner and Motown CDs I picked up at my library.

4)   When the big day rolls around, release the reigns to someone else. Don’t wake up on your wedding day worrying about the final details of how the guest table looks or if the ceremony site has enough flowers. Soak in every moment of the big day – it goes by SO FAST!

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Although it may not have been our largest expense, our bridal party gifts were probably our biggest splurge. For the ladies, I wanted to get the girls something representative of me. I got each girl a bag of “A few of my favorite things…”, some my favorite pieces of makeup from Sephora (I’m a frequent shopper.) The idea was that the girls could use the makeup on the wedding day! Additionally, my husband bought all his groomsmen matching dress socks and suspenders to wear on the big day. We ended up spending about $50 a gift, but we really loved what we gave our party.

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

Our photo booth! A simple rod and tri-pod stands with a patchwork quilt created a perfect backdrop for our photo booth. The groom’s mother had a hookup with a theater costume supply company, and was able to supply us with a variety of old-fashioned props and costume pieces, for FREE. Our friend, Savannah Hanes, with Dream Big Photography, was gracious enough to run the photo booth as a gift to us. The booth was a fun activity for our guests, and created some incredible, FUN photos.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

            Right before I was ready to meet my father outside the bridal suite, my bridesmaid asked me if I was going to cry. I said “No! I am feeling good, I’ve cried enough, I’m just ready to rock and roll!” I was really feeling confident that I was able to keep my composure.

            I stepped outside on to the wooden ramp, my father standing at the bottom, waiting for me, blubbering. I instantly lost it, and continued to cry the entire walk to the ceremony, and pretty much throughout the entire day.

            My husband-to-be was likewise a mess, crying during the processional of the bridesmaids, heaving over as I entered his sight. Our ceremony was amazing – full of laughter, and tears, and heart-felt, genuine vows. Finishing with a heck-of-a-great kiss, and a dance down the aisle, we were on top of the world! I may be slightly biased, but it was the best ceremony I had ever seen! It was one of the many amazing parts of our love-filled day.

 

 

VENDORS 

Photography: Charlie Juliet  //  Videography: Vinny Mwano  //  Chairs: Special Events of New England  //  Tablecloths: Linnentablecloth.com  //  Hair: Moriah Vineyard, Salon Therapy, Auburn, NH  //  Makeup: Giullianna Fernandes, Bare Essentials, Burlington, MA  //  Cake & Cupcakes: Crystal Vineyard, Cupcakes by Crys  //  Flowers: Shaws  //  Mobile Restrooms: Henniker Septic

 

Food: Costco

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