Today's wedding is filled with elegance and class with some fun personalized details. Michelle and Ryan pull together a great event with their outdoor wedding ceremony venue, coral bridesmaid dresses and beautiful flowers. And isn't the Texas groom's cake awesome? I love what Michelle says about the importance of staying on point for the budget: “I hear a lot of my friends getting married mention that the “little” things they’ll worry about at the end but they don’t consider that the “little” things add up and they end up spending more than expected; add those costs in to your budget ahead of time.” Enjoy this budget-savvy wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Michelle & Ryan
June 28, 2014
Austin, TX | Vintage Villas on Lake Travis
What was your budget?
Our budget was around $20,000.
$13,000: Ceremony & Reception Venue (Included alcohol, food, centerpiece candles/mirrors, timeline event coordinator, champagne toast, honeymoon suite)
$800: Bride and Groom Cakes
$600: DJ & Photo booth
$800: Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
At the entrance I had photographs of different generations of our family. We had a personalized guest book which was a tree for everyone to sign. This is something that we are able to hang up in our home. I had my slideshow from my rehearsal dinner running at the reception. The guest gifts were koozies, sunglasses, and cups. I loved seeing people wear/use them throughout the night. I want to mention our photo booth, this was something I didn’t know if I wanted to spend the money on. But it’s completely worth it. Be sure to get a photo booth that’ll print two copies where one of the copies is put in to a signed scrapbook for you. We now have a book of pictures with all of our closest family and friends (who may not all be together like at your wedding again!).
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
I wanted to be sure to pick a wedding venue that included a package deal. I shopped around for venues but Vintage Villas gave me the most complete package with the best deal for an amazing location. I also considered what we really needed to spend extra money on to make us happy with our wedding. I thought about what would be long lasting in my mind and reflected on pieces I could say was not necessary to make my wedding look complete.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Do what makes you happy. Don’t get caught up in pleasing others. Also, set a budget! There’s no need to over spend to when you have to spend some time paying off debt. I hear a lot of my friends getting married mention that the “little” things they’ll worry about at the end but they don’t consider that the “little” things add up and they end up spending more than expected; add those costs in to your budget ahead of time.
What was your biggest splurge?
My photographer!! Do your research on photographers. I was big on finding someone who cared as much as I did about catching the moments. Also, I wanted to be sure to have a photographer who takes note of little details, especially for the formal photos (ex. Setting up bridesmaid according to hair, positioning bouquets, groomsman hands etc). Look through their websites and pay attention to the details and quality of photos from both the ceremony and reception. Remember, photos will be what remain to show your future family, save money in other aspects of the wedding.
What was your favorite detail?
My florist was amazing. I had an idea of what I wanted, gave him a budget, and he made my vision come to life. I was incredibly happy, his company did a great job and I had no worry about checking on the flowers the day of. He even gave my flower girl a special hair piece as a gift!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Turning down the aisle and seeing Ryan for the first time. It’s an emotion that can’t be explained.
Photography: Debra Gulbas Photography • Flowers: The Flower Studio • Wedding Dress: David's Bridal • Groom and Groomsmen: Men's Wearhouse • Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo • Venue: Vintage Villas • Hair and Makeup: Bell Chic Hair & Makeup • Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori