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WHITNEY + TREVOR

SEPTEMBER 7, 2013

AURORA, TX  |  MD RESORT

 

 

What was your wedding budget?

$15,000 Total

6700 – Venue; All-Inclusive; Ceremony, Reception, Catering, Honeymoon Suite

3700 – Photography; Day-of, Engagement Session, Canvas Print, Album, After Session

1200 –Flowers

1000 – DJ and Photobooth

900 – Videography

600 – Bride’s Dress and Groom’s Attire

220 – Flower Girls and Ring Bearer’s Attire

200 – Stationery (Save the Dates, Programs, and Invitations)

150 – Swings
150 – Decorations

100 – Attendant Gifts

80 – Makeup

 

 

How many guests did you have?

177

 

 

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

It was really important to me that the wedding reflected both Trevor and I, as individuals and as a couple. I am crafty, thrifty, and artsy, and Trevor enjoys cigars and beer.  We both embrace our Texas heritage and love the outdoors.  I wanted to include all of these things, so I constantly looked for ways to do so.  I had people collecting beer bottles and cigar boxes to use for centerpieces, while I hunted for various vintage items to use for decoration like Coca-Cola bottles. (I got an entire ceramic bathtub full for FREE from a lady after a garage sale, just by asking about them!) I included many creative aspects such as folding and ironing all of the linen napkins into heart shapes, making the straps for the flower girls’ sandals, handwriting all of the escort cards, reupholstering the sweet heart table chairs, etc.  I also included a lot of personal items like the lace from my mother’s bouquet, Trevor’s grandmother’s ceramic angel statue, and a desk from my late uncle.

 

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing I did to save money was making the decision to have our wedding at MD Resort.  I originally wanted our wedding to be on my family land, but as I began adding up the costs of all the preparations to the barn, and then the chairs, tables, linens, lighting, coordination, etc. it started to get overwhelming.  When I found MD Resort, it had every element of what I was originally wanting, just in a different location, literally 10 minutes from my family’s land.  As a big chunk altogether the price seems steep, but when it is broken down into all the different categories of everything they provided the price was very reasonable.

 

 

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

Number one: Stick to your guns!  Number two: Prioritize! Prioritize! Prioritize! If you have really strong feelings toward a certain aspect of your day, make it happen.  Other aspects may have to be scaled back to accommodate, but I promise you, you will not regret it.  And, honestly, no matter what, it’s your special day, so it is going to be perfect regardless!

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

My biggest splurge was photography.  Up until that day a lot of people thought I was crazy to spend “that much” on “wedding pictures.”  For me, it was so much more than that.  It was someone that could come in and capture our love story in a way that we would want it captured.  As a graduate of Fine Arts, I studied photography and I’m very skeptical and critical when it comes to photographers.  When I found Leaha, I knew she was the one, so I made it happen with my budget, and never looked back.  She captured our entire love story from our engagement session, to wedding day, and even met up with us at the end of our honeymoon for a Happily Ever After Session!

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

I enlisted the help of pretty much all of my family and friends.  (Sometimes it may seem awkward to ask people for help, or feel like you might be putting them out, but, I found out some were chomping at the bit to be able to assist.) I had family and friends helping with everything from the dessert table to making burlap bows to arranging tables.  I also had a cousin who made me a beautiful lace beaded bracelet that complemented my dress beautifully!

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Aside from our first look which I was looking forward to ALL DAY, I would have to say the moment that we were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. leading into our first dance.  We entered the barn and were completely surrounded by so much love from all of our closest family and friends that were all in one place, ready to celebrate!  I never wanted it to end!

VENDORS 

Venue: MD Resort  //  Photography: Popography  //  Flowers: Floral & Décor by Rachael  //  DJ & Photobooth: Mark & Justin  //  Videography: Brad Gamm  //  Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Cocoricooo  //  Flowergirls and Ring Bearer’s Attire: Tree Top Boutique  //  Makeup: Amanda Ryan 

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Comments (2)
    • Monique
    • March 12th, 2014

    I couldn’t agree more about the splurge on the photographer. Great pics and love the coke bottles as vases!

    • Leaha
    • April 25th, 2014

    Thank you for the feature! :)