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I love this crafty yellow wedding I've got to share with you today- all the details are truly gorgeous. I absolutely adore the bride's wedding dress (those lace sleeves? stunning) and her choice to wear a sparkly headband instead of a veil. The flowers? Amazing. The decor? Super crafty and adorbs. I'm always a sucker for yellow weddings- they just make me feel so happy! Hope you enjoy this feature! xoxo – Jessica

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Brittany + Bryson

JULY 6, 2013

St. George,  UT  |  St. George Temple



What was your budget?

Brides Dress + Flowers + Groomsmen Tuxes + Bridesmaids Dresses= $3,820

Catering + Photobooth + Bistro Lights= $2,000

Tablecloths + Tables + Chairs= $700

Miscellaneous Decorations=$500

Photography= Free because of my awesome sister in law!

Grand Total= $7,020


How many guests did you have?

650 guests attended the reception on that July Night.



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

We really focused on things that would add “pops,” of color to our vintage inspired reception. We used simple things like: lemons, candles, and furniture that was repurposed in yellows, grays, browns, and greens. We used burlap to give a vintage feel to a number of things like table center pieces, table runner etc.. Probably the most personal thing(s) we incorporated were our pictures from our formal black tie and engagement session.  We used these pictures as centerpieces, and created a number of eye catching canvas prints that we placed throughout the venue.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We made EVERYTHING we could BY OURSELVES. It is amazing what you can make/do with a little elbow grease and creativity and we think it turned out pretty great.  Another penny saver was borrowing stuff from neighbors, friends, and my sister who was previously married!


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

Plan ahead, be prepared, and don’t wait until the last minute! It is so much easier to enjoy your day when you have everything thought out and prepared beforehand. Although not everything will go as planned, it is great to be prepared ample time ahead of your big day!


What was your biggest splurge?

I have a two way tie for my biggest splurges and they are:

1-    My Dress

2-    Photobooth/Catering


What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail of my wedding was the cake.  I love how it turned out, and highly recommend Beverly.  She got it all right even down to the tiniest detail.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

As sad as it may sound, I can’t pick just one memorable moment.  I loved the day because I was surrounded with family, friends, and my new hubby!



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Photography: Morgan Slade Photography   //  Wedding DressThe Bridal Shop  //  Caterer & Photobooth: A Day to remember  //  Bridesmaids Dresses: Downeast Outfitters  //  Accessories: Entice Jewelry  //  Cake: Beverly Carter Cake Designs  //

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  • Stephanie

    Gorgeous wedding! And amazing how you did it for so cheap with 650 guests.

  • Miriam

    Wow beautiful wedding, can somebody tell me how she afforded to feed so many people in her small budget. I am having trouble in this area. Cant find an affordable caterer,

    • She didn’t give details about what exactly she served, but a good way to cut costs on food is to try checking with local restaurants – their prices are often lower than traditional catering companies. You could also opt for heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of serving a full meal.

      • Morgan Slade

        In Utah the traditional Temple Wedding is a little (or a lot ) different than the average non temple wedding. Only about 75 people were invited to the actual ceremony and then those same 75 people were invited to a separate luncheon (catered by Panda Express.. where Bryson and Brittany had their first date). At the reception the catering company provided cotton candy (yellow of course) and gelato. You guessed right that there was no alcohol served but instead there was a DIY punch made by the bride’s own mother with floating lemon and lime slices (complimented the colors perfectly!) Most Utah receptions do not provide a full meal at receptions but rather there is a separate more intimate luncheon or dinner that close friends and family are invited to.

  • Sarah

    650 guests and she only spent 2000 on catering!? That’s about $3 per person on good and drink. I’m guessing there was no alcohol because if the venue but, even then, i wish I knew how to feed anyone for $3 per person. I think that’s super unrealistic unless people are not eating and it’s cake and byo soft drinks…

  • Jorja

    Love the bride’s dress and the yellow bridesmaids’ dresses. I’m also really impressed they managed to cater for so many people on such a small budget! I’d love to know how.

  • Brittany Wood

    Yes Morgan hit it right on the head. We served gelato and cotton candy and a drink that my mom made for a very low cost! If you are looking for a good caterer I highly suggest that you look into who I went with! They are willing to listen and very good priced! The catering was possible for that many people at that cost! They also combined the photo booth with the catering and combining the two shaved some pricing off of the food just because that was their policy!!

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