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SO excited about this adorable colorful spring wedding I have to share with you today! I'm absolutely in love with the multicolored bridesmaids dresses, the amazing ribbon altar backdrop, and all the other adorable details. The couple was able to pull the wedding together for an amazing price as well! I know you will love this wedding as much as I do! xoxo – Jessica

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Nick + Kelsey

March 23, 2014

Historic Ramsay Building in Joplin, MO


What was your wedding budget?

We spent roughly $3,500.
Food- $1,000
Dessert Bar- $400
DJ- $450
Dress & alterations- $500
DIY Decorations- $300
Venue- $250
Cash Bar- $250
Misc- $350

I'm a hair stylist so my friends at the salon did hair and makeup as a gift. I have two talented friends who did photography as a wedding gift for me. My brother works for my uncle's graphic design company and they did all my wedding stationery as a gift as well. That helped keep things cheaper!

How many guests did you have?



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

I wanted my wedding to be bright and fun. A lot of people acted surprised I had more than two colors but I knew it would look beautiful in the venue.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I had my wedding on a Sunday. The venue was cheaper & a lot of vendors didn't charge as much because their time wasn't as demanded compared to a Saturday. We also had the wedding & reception at the same place.


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

Don't let other people tell you what you should do. It's your day, no one else's.


What was your biggest splurge?

We contemplated doing the food ourselves so we could save money. After doing the math & realizing how large the guest list was going to be we realized catering would be the best bet. We had a local restaurant cater and I'm so glad we did!


What was your favorite detail?

I loved my fabric back drop & that my bridesmaids all wore different colors.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Our first look! I am so impatient and waiting 8 months for Nick to see my dress killed me.



Venue- The Ramsay  //  Hair & Makeup- Salon 529  //  Dress- & bow ties-  TJ Formal  //  Alterations: Adornables  //  Catering- Chicken Annie's  //
Cake- Small Cakes   //  Photography: Anna Joy Reed & Kristen Hawkins Photography  //  Photobooth: Kristen Hawkins Photography  //  Wedding Stationary- Ryan Edwards at FMD Graphics   //  DJ- Chris Byler  //  Wedding Planner/organizer/dessert bar- Laura Holden

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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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  • Krisstin | On the Go Bride

    Love the mismatched bridesmaid dresses and the adorable flower girl!

  • Kim Sise

    I was lucky enough to attend Kelsey’s wedding with her Uncle and I have to say it was one of the most gorgeous weddings I have attended! I love, love, love the location and all of the colors were amazing! The back drop of multi colored ribbons was absolutely unique! The dessert bar was equally amazing! Truly a wonderful expierence that I have talked about for weeks!

  • Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss}

    The cake is so cute!

  • Lesa Barbee

    I am the mother of the groom but I must the pretty wedding I have been to in along time 🙂 she n her mother did the best job at doing this wedding 🙂 so blessed that she is now in our family 🙂 the color when to gather so well:-)

  • Jorja

    Such a pretty wedding! Did you make the ribbon backdrop yourself?

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