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Happy Wednesday! We're back with another fabulous budget savvy wedding shot by Christopher Bell! This wedding was done on a budget of less than $7,000! One way to keep costs down is to keep the guest list intimate- this wedding only had 55 people attend, which definitely helped the budget! The couple incorporated thrift store finds in their decor which also saved them lots of money. Hope you all enjoy this wonderful rooftop wedding! xoxo-Jessica
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Amanda & James
April 12, 2013
Rooftop of the Holiday Inn – Center City, Charlotte, NC

What was your budget? 
Our goal was to stay under $10,000:
$5,300 for an all-inclusive venue (wedding cake, dinner, appetizers, centerpieces, linens, wedding planner, wait staff, bar, and several other things)
$700 for wedding attire (utilized coupons and sales for bridal gown and groom’s tux)
$500 for DJ – worked out a deal with a co-worker!
$170 for flowers – shopped around and asked florists to beat pricing from competitors – also chose single stem flowers, to avoid arrangement charges.
$130 for hair and make up for entire wedding party – we booked appointments with a Cosmetology School.
Total: $6,800.00


How many guests did you have?



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

We enjoy classic, older pieces; so we shopped at thrift stores and flea markets for all of our decorations – books, beads, lanterns, cages, jewelry. Also, I enjoy DIY, so I made our invitations, menus, programs, and even the little tags that went on our favors, by hand.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Shopped around for flowers. Check out your local grocery stores, obtain a quote, and then find a florist willing to match it. Additionally, we did flowers that didn't need arrangement – we were able to wrap them ourselves, if we wanted to – but we didn't. We chose to carry them individually. Also, we had a friend DJ our wedding – that saved a bunch as well. Finally – having an inclusive venue saved us quite a bit – since individual pricing of most of the items that are included would have been outside of our budget.


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

Don't assume that the lower the pricing, the lower the quality. We made it a point to meet and talk with several different vendors before making a decision, and seeing who was willing to offer us the best deal. It never hurts to try and negotiate. Also – think outside of the box. When we came up on an expensive charge (i.e. makeup and hair or wedding flowers) – we thought outside of the box.


What was your biggest splurge?

The venue!


What was your favorite detail?

The location. The city of Charlotte at night is just so magical and beautiful.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Wiping a tear from my husband's eye at the altar.



Photographer:  Christopher Bell Photography, LLC //  Agape DJ Services: DJ  //  Tropical Images: Florist  //  Lily Bee’s: Florist  //  Rev. Patrick Malloy: Officiant

Submitted via Two Bright Lights


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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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  • Sara

    Loving those keys on the menus!

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