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Love that this couple was able to have their wedding for just $4,000 – and it was a destination budget wedding! They kept things intimate which REALLY helped saved them money! Check out the bride's advice and experiences below! xoxo-Jessica
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Anthony + Jessica

August 10, 2012

Neptune Park – St. Simons Island, GA


What was your budget? Please give us a breakdown of how you spent your budget– rough estimates are fine!

Expenses: Park Rental: $80

Flowers: $350

Cake: $300

Cake Topper: $65

Stationery: $100

St. Simons Elopements (Ceremony, 50 chairs, guitarist): $1,400

Dress with veil: $500 (Mori Lee)

Dinner Reception: $1,800 (our families covered this expense)

Decor and other expenses: $200

Photography: $850

Total Expense for wedding: Less than $4,000


How many guests did you have?     

Around 30


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing I did to save money was having a dinner reception at a local restaurant. The restaurant owner was so nice to work with and we didn't even have to pay to rent it. We had such a large party tht the restaurant was closed to the public at 8pm for our dinner. The wedding consisted of only close family members and our best friends, so they each opted to pay for their own meal so we could have an excellent dinner while mingling with out of state family.


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

Be sure to allow more than enough time for photos. Once the day is passed, you can never take another photo on your wedding day. Take your time and take plenty of photos! Also, if it is a destination wedding, be sure to give a few family members certain duties to do on your special day. Do not try to put out decorations yourself because you will not have time and you won't want to have to worry about it on the day of. Some of my decor didn't get placed out because I didn't want to ask others to help me- in hindsight, I wish I would've asked for help!


What was your biggest splurge?

My biggest splurge was all of the small expenses that goes along with a destination wedding. Hotel rooms, food, traveling expenses or other items like that add up really fast!


What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail of my wedding was my cake. It was not a traditional wedding cake. It was chocolate cake with all pink and orange butter cream icing. (Our favorite kind of cake!) The cake topper was what really made it special and even more unique. Anthony and I met in flight school and both have our pilot's license so when we found an aviation related cake topper we knew we had to get it. It was an airplane with the groom in the front flying, the bride in the back and “Just Married” is written on the back of plane.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable moment of the day was saying our vows. My husband was so beautiful and I could see the excitement in his eyes. It was if no one else existed. I loved every second of it!

 Photographer:  Lone Pine Photography  //  Dress Store: Bride Beautiful  //  Hair Stylist:Hair Unlimited  //  Floral Designer:Lily of Angeles  //  Reception Venue: Ocean Lodge  //  Musicians: Terry Thrift  //  Event Planner: St. Simons Elopements//

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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  • PJ Greetings

    Wow – you would never know this was only $4k.

  • Floofy

    Yes yes yes! This is a dream wedding! Your dress looks like a million dollars, too! I’m serious, I love everything about this wedding, right down to the colors.

  • Zooogasugar


    How much did you end up spending on lodging? I don’t believe it was included in the above, but I could be mistaken.

    Thank you!

  • Jessica Mitchell

    Thanks for the nice comments! We found a hotel that gave us a discount to book so many rooms. So it averaged about $100 per room per night.

  • Rachel

    How many hours were you charged for by the photographer? Would you recommend them?

  • Taheesha Hay

    I’m getting married in March of 2015 I wanted a small wedding party it’s now 18 members together I haven’t send out my save the date yet I will be removing like 15 guests from my list all together my total is 75 including wedding party do you have any advice on my budget photographer videographer also limo service being I haven’t send out std yet I can just remove them.

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