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It's too easy to think that planning a budget wedding automatically rules out fun, unique wedding venues. Today's wedding proves otherwise. Jessika and Gregory planned a fabulous San Diego wedding on a sailing ship followed by a restaurant reception. The best part? Their budget was $12K and they had more than 90 guests! Enjoy this budget savvy wedding on a sailing ship! xoxo, Jessica

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Jessika + Gregory

November 22, 2015

San Diego, CA  |  The Star of India & The Wine Vault & Bistro



What was your budget? 

Our budget was $12,000.

Dress: $900

Ceremony venue: $1200

Flowers: $700

Officiant: $500

DJ: $300

Wedding decor: $300

Reception musicians: $800



How many guests did you have?

We had 94 guests.



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

My friend Gretchen and I decorated the reception venue ourselves. I created cork art that was inspired by items found on Pinterest and I also found nautical decorative  items at Home Goods and Michael's craft store. I bought my own flowers from a local florist and did the center pieces and flower arrangements with my girlfriend. I also put flowers in empty wine bottles and used an old wooden wine box to collect our wedding cards at the reception.



Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

Yes, cork art, chalk boards and floral arrangements. I used Pinterest to get boutonnière ideas. I used Foxen Winery corks to mount the white roses as they have an anchor printed on them and it fit with our theme. I wrote our bar menus myself on mini chalkboard easels.



What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I did not have a wedding planner, wedding cake or any limo service (I ubered to my wedding). I also only had a matron of honor and my husband had a best man. Not having a huge wedding party truly simplified the ceremony details.



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

Do exactly what you and your partner envision and make sure YOUR dream wedding comes to life. We can't be happier with the outcome of our wedding and its all because we did what we wanted.



What was your biggest splurge?

Our five-course dinner with wine pairings at the reception.



What was your favorite detail?

The wine barrels with floral arrangements at our ceremony venue and serving my favorite dessert at the reception — bread pudding.



What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Walking down the aisle towards my groom.




Photography: Pink Light Images • Ceremony Venue: The Star of India • Reception Venue: The Wine Vault & Bistro • Flowers: La Bell Bloom & Allen's Flowers • Stationery: Zazzle • DJ: Cutlos Supreme • Transportation: Uber • Bridal Shop: Oleg Cassini via David's Bridal • Jewelry: Icing Jewelry Store • Shoes: Aldo • Groom’s Attire: Macy's • Men’s Shoes: Steve Madden

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