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I am pretty amazed by what some of our featured wedding couples are able to pull off with their budgets! This couple held a wedding for 250 people on $10,000! Pretty impressive, I'd say. Of course they made sure to budget for the photographer and got someone whose work they really loved! I think Jason Wright did a wonderful job capturing this couple's day. I think my favorite detail from this wedding is the simple, chic centerpieces! Until next time… xoxo, Jessicawisconsin-wedding_0001 wisconsin-wedding_0002   wisconsin-wedding_0005wisconsin-wedding_0003 wisconsin-wedding_0006 wisconsin-wedding_0007 wisconsin-wedding_0008

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Jeremy & Denisse

August 24, 2012
Riviera Ballroom || Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
We spent about $10,000, breakdown as follows:

Venue = 3000
Food= 2800
Photographer= (packages start at $2,000)
Decoration= 730
Dress= 800
Bridesmaids jewelry = 150
Dj= 360
Flowers= 320
Invitations= 140
Transportation= 500

How many guests did you have?

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
The organic look, such as bird cage for cards, canvas for sign-in, bride and groom cut out board, baby picture frames, lanterns, etc

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Did not go out to eat as much, created a joint account , and constantly doing our budget.

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Choose the right bridesmaids, really think about it before making a final decision. Don't spend so much money on your invitations and flowers.
Remember that this is your wedding, don't let anybody else's ideas get in your way of planning your big day and simply enjoy it!

What was your biggest splurge?
I don't really think I had one, I was very careful with money.

What was your favorite detail?
The centerpieces!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?
When we were pronounced as husband and wife !

Photographer: Jason Wright  |  Florist: Sandy Floral Arrangements  |  DJ: Eddy and Ricky Estrada  |  Hairstylist: Ashley Arellano  |  Venue: Riviera Ballroom , Lake Geneva, WI  |  Catering: Pita- INN Mediterranean Cuisine  |  Attire: David's Bridal, Express  |  DIY by brides mother, Perla Ortiz  |  Stationery: Target  |  Decorations: DIY by bride

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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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  • Sera

    Hi! You said you had about 250 guests and I see bottled coke in the photo.
    What is the best inexpensive way to buy bottled coke?
    I’m having about 200 guests and I’m thinking about having bottled coke.
    So, I’d really appreciate your reply!
    Thank you so much!!

  • KitschenBitsch

    @Sera, if you have a membership, Costco is a good place to get glass bottled cokes.

  • mandy

    Wow I found some really great ideas to help me save! Right now I’m in the process of delegating who pays for what. I got the idea from this article LOL

  • Desirée

    How did you feed 250 people with $2,800?

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