Today's wedding is filled with color and sunshine! Julie and Eric pulled off a beautiful multi-color $8K wedding by carefully matching the rainbow colors they selected during their wedding planning process. I think it's especially sweet that Julie had a middle-schooler she knows make desserts for the reception. Make sure you check out the thumbprint guest book, which is absolutely darling and complements their rainbow wedding colors so well! xoxo, Jessica
Julie + Eric
March 21, 2014
West Palm Beach, Florida | Mounts Botanical Garden
What was your budget?
Our budget was around $8,000-$10,000. Our splurge was our photographer, at about $2200-totally worth it! Other major expenses were our reception hall and catering, at about $1250 and $1600, respectively. We had a fantastic wedding planner who only ran us around $600, and an acquaintance of hers DJ'd for $400. Because our attendants' colors were an integral part of our theme, we spent $600 on shoes, which we gave to each bridesmaid and groomsman as our gift. Additional decorations, including handmade bouquets, were approximately $500. The ceremony site was $500, but $250 was a security deposit which was returned. Julie's dress, ordered from David's Bridal's online outlet, was less than $375, including alterations! The wedding cake was $300 dollars, and Eric and Julie also hired a sixth grader who attended the school where Julie teaches to make mini desserts. The young lady has aspirations of being a baker, and she did a phenomenal job for less than $100! (She received a sizable tip, as well.)
How many guests did you have?
There were about 60-70 guests, including the wedding party.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Eric says everything! We worked very hard at matching all the colors. Julie carried fabric swatches for over a year to match shoes to flowers to ribbons to glass mason jars and so on. Personal touches included a photobook of our engagement photos for guests to sign and a tree painting on canvas for thumbprints! The painting was done by an artist friend of Julie's. There was also a wedding party board in lieu of a program, where Eric and Julie shared photos, names, and stories about the attendants.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
The biggest thing we did to save money was shop around and support small, local vendors. There was also fair amount of DIY!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
We would tell others to set your priorities and goals and stick to them. Early on, we established that our three main goals were to honor God, not go into debt, and create an atmosphere where our families and friends could have an enjoyable time. That took a lot of stress out of decision making, and it resulted in a wedding that our loved ones are still talking about!
What was your biggest splurge?
Our biggest splurge was definitely or photographer. Eric is not a fan of pictures, but he fell in love with Krystal's work. Julie loved her creativity. Also, the package we purchased included the ability for all of our guests to download our wedding photos. With family and friends traveling in from three different locations, this was a fantastic option!
What was your favorite detail?
Julie's favorite detail was the rainbow of tulle under her dress that matched the wedding colors. This was added in for the reception, and Julie spent the night twirling it around! Eric's favorite detail were the guys' colored converse shoes (and the fact that they matched the girls' shoes).
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Without a doubt, it was the first look for both Eric and Julie! Eric isn't usually an emotional person, but he made an exception that day.
Photographer: Krystal Zaskey Photography • Wedding Coordinator: White Rose Events • Ceremony: Mounts Botanical Garden • Reception and accommodations: Ramada Inn • Women's attire: David's Bridal • Men's attire: Men's Wearhouse • Thumbprint Guestbook: Sharon Segal • Bridal Boquet: UYFlowersByNicole • Catering: Lots of Love Catering & Tiger Moon Cakes
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