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We are back with another Simply Savvy Wedding for you! Please enjoy the lovely images from this budget backyard wedding shot by Melissa Lauren Photography!  xoxo- Jessica

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Kim + Sam

May 5, 2013

Tarpon Springs, Florida| Anderson Park


What was your budget? 

Our budget was pretty much just as low as we could keep it. Overall, I didn’t want to spend more than $6,000 or so and I managed to stick to that. We probably spent $5,000 all together.

  • My dress: $550
  • Groom’s outfit: $75
  • Venue: $50
  • Chairs: $250
  • Dinner: $2,000
  • Cake: $200
  • Photography: $700
  • Videography: $250
  • My hair and make up: Free
  • Bouquets & Boutonnieres: $300
  • Decorative Flowers: Free (we collected them from around the park)
  • Desserts: Free
  • Miscellaneous plates: About $120
  • The rest of the things (and the plates) were purchased at various thrift and antique stores to save money.


How many guests did you have?     

About 135



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

Much of the wedding was very personal because my husband and I spent a lot of time either shopping around different thrift stores or making the decorations ourselves. One thing we did was have personalized corn hole sets that our guests played with while we had our photographs taken. My lovely now sister-in-law made them for us and they turned out adorable!



What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing we did to save money was having the wedding at a park! All together the venue was only $50. You can’t get much better than that.



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

Have fun and shop around a lot before you make decisions about what to buy. In the beginning I went crazy and bought a lot of stuff that I didn’t even end up using. Make sure you have a clear idea of what you want the wedding to look like before you waste your money on things you won’t use.



What was your biggest splurge?

In the beginning we had decided that we didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on food for the wedding. We planned to make the food ourselves or only serve desserts or appetizers or something inexpensive like that. After a lot of consideration and input from our families we decided it would be worth it to splurge and have the wedding catered by one of our favorite restaurants.



What was your favorite detail?

My favorite part of our wedding was all of the flowers. Everything from the bouquets and my floral crown to the boutonnieres turned out absolutely gorgeous. I also love that my sister-in-law went around the park and collected all of the beautiful flowers that were used in our centerpieces.



What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Setting everything up with my friends and family and husband was a lot of fun. It was so exciting and is a great memory.




Catering: California Ciccios  //  Photography: Melissa Lauren Photography   //  Al Anderson Park – Tarpon Springs

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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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  • Margaret

    Beautiful! Did you rent the tables or were they already at the venue? If you rented them, where were they from?

    • Kim

      Those are the picnic tables that were at the park. It worked out really well!

  • Diana from

    Great job on the DIY flowers!!

  • Cindy

    Your wedding is very similar to what my Sam and I want. He owns 30 acres, so we’re getting married at home in the large front yard.
    You didn’t say anything about music. Did you have any? We’re planning to hire a local DJ.
    I’m hoping to use some of the flowers that grow in the woods here, but it will depend on whether we have a wet or dry summer.
    Thanks for the after-wedding advice. I can see doing the same thing; buying things that look good in the store but end up not using them.

  • Hundreds of Moments Wedding Photography

    Seriously, backyard weddings are the best!!

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