I've got a lovely aqua / turquoise beach wedding for you today! I just love how simply sweet this wedding is – the couple incorporated just the right amount of DIY details in their crafty wooden signage and rustic burlap touches. I especially love that this couple chose to spend half their wedding budget on photography – it's so important to prioritize, and this couple definitely showed where their prioroities lied with their wedding budget dollars! I think they made the right choice as the photos by Megan Manus Photography are stunning! Enjoy! xoxo Jessica
Bridget + Kyle
May 3, 2014
Huntington State Park Beach + Atalya Castle, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
The reception was held at a Family members' home In Turbeville, South Carolina (a couple of hours after the ceremony)
What was your wedding budget?
I broke up my wedding budget to accommodate hiring a great photographer. I wanted to splurge on my wedding photography (which was about $3400) because I wanted the best. I wanted to be able to remember my wedding day and how I felt through my pictures and be proud to show them off – which I definitely am! We spent more than half our total budget on photography! For having my wedding on the beach it was a couple hundred dollars ($350) for the spot and paying for my guests to get in the park. My wedding dress was a little over $1000. The decorations and boutiques for the wedding party and mothers of the bride and groom were about $300 because my family made all of them. The food was about $450 including the wedding cake, which my husband's family made for us. His family cooked all of the wedding food and set it up. It was definitely a budget savvy wedding – all in all we spent under $7,000.
How many guests did you have?
About 30 at the actual ceremony, and about 60 at the reception
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
My wedding was a beach theme so I used lots of shells and coral elements in my décor. My sister in law made my reception centerpieces and my rustic wedding signs. My mom made all of my wedding flower arrangements, bows, garter belt, and bouquets Blue and white were my wedding colors. I also put something of my late grandparents inside my dress (my granddad's suit cuff and my grandma's dress pin) I wanted them to be there with me on my special day, so I pinned both items right above my heart.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
I used all of my resources. My family was my biggest one. They really stepped in and helped me save a lot of money on a florist, decorator, caterer, and coordinator. I shopped for decorations, flowers, and dresses during sales and I really saved a lot of money. I shopped at Hobby Lobby often because they would have 50% off sales on flowers and decorations. I even shopped thrift stores for decorations. I went to small businesses to buy things also like my wedding party attire and wedding dress.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Don't stress too much about the details of what will make everyone happy. This is your day and you and your spouse are the only ones that matter. Everyone will have an opinion but just listen to your heart and your spouse because being with that person and your family is the only thing that matters on your wedding day. I thought details would matter to me but when the day came, I was just happy being with my husband and family, the details didn't matter.
What was your biggest splurge?
My wedding pictures because like I said I wanted the best wedding pictures and I knew Megan Manus would do the best job.
What was your favorite detail?
The beach. It was so pretty that day and the ocean was beautiful. Just listening to he waves and the seagulls as we said out vows…..It was a perfect day for a wedding. The Atalaya castle was amazing too. It provided a perfect backdrop to our “first look ” pictures, as well as the wedding party images that we took prior to the ceremony.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Saying “I Do” to my husband and our first dance together. Those are two things I will never forget about our wedding day. Those were the two most special moments to me.
Wedding Dress (made by Signature) from Special Occasions and Such – Manning SC // Grooms shirt, tie, linen pants : Mayo Discount Suits // Wedding venue: Atalya Castle, Huntington Beach State Park // Photographer: Megan Manus Photography