Today we’re featuring a beautiful October wedding filled with football details! Kendra and Malcolm incorporated their love of the Dallas Cowboys throughout their wedding, from Kendra’s shoes to their wedding cakes! And how beautiful is Kendra’s pink wedding dress?! I love when brides choose an unexpected color for her dress. Enjoy this fall wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Kendra & Malcolm
October 4, 2015
Fort Worth, TX | 809 at Vickery
What was your budget?
I knew I would not take out tons of loans. My wedding had to be what we had the money to afford. Once all money was spent, that was it. In total, our wedding was under $15,000. Here’s an overview of our biggest expenses:
Venue: $2750 + refundable $500 deposit
Dress: $3000 (give or take)
How many guests did you have?
We had between 225-250 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
My husband and I are both Dallas Cowboys fans so we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding as much as possible without overdoing it. Our wedding colors were navy, grey and white but we couldn’t leave out the touch of pink so my dress and my junior bridemaid’s (my daughter) dress were blush. We added a few pink flowers here and there too! My husband’s ring has a star on it and it is engraved, You, Me, and The Cowboys Forever.
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
I really wanted to provide some kind of thank you gifts or take aways but I was not willing to spend and arm and a leg to do so. I had pretty much given up on the idea and said forget it when my cousin/matron of honor came up with the idea of handing out bubbles with our name and wedding date on them. She found them at the Dollar Tree, 12/pack for a dollar. When she made it to the register, the cashier asked her what she was buying them for. Of course she said for a wedding. The cashier then gave her a 50% discount! My cousin printed out the labels at work and it took us less than an hour to get them all labeled.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
I kept it simple! I am a simple girl and I wanted my wedding to portray that. It wasn’t about fancy decorations and hundreds of flowers. We also opted not to have refreshments or hors d’oeuvres in between the ceremony and reception. Originally, that was the plan but when it came down to the nitty gritty, it was one of the things I had to cut. I figured, they wouldn’t be waiting long and once they entered the reception they would have a full course meal and plenty of desserts to choose from so they would be ok. Instead, we went with a very last minute decision and had candy stations set up at about 6 tables. My bridesmaids put it together while I got ready. I never even saw the finished product but I trusted them!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Don’t stress about every tiny little detail. Chances are high that they won’t even be noticed or remembered. Have fun! I told myself that often. You are planning a celebration of new things to come. Stick to your guns. Don’t steer away from your vision. Not everyone will get it, so what?
Don’t go broke over your vision. You still have to live after the wedding and you don’t want to start your marriage in debt. Always remember why you’re doing this and how worth it it will be in the end.
What was your biggest splurge?
I’ll have to go with my wedding dress. Originally, I didn’t want to spend more than $800. I already knew the dress I wanted but I had no idea the price tag that came along with it. When I told my soon-to-be-husband about the price, he asked me if it’s what I really wanted. Of course, my answer was yes. He said it’s my wedding day and I should have what I want no matter the cost. That made me smile but very few knew the cost of my dress because I didn’t want any negative feedback. When my husband saw me in my dress, he said it was worth every penny! That was the reaction I was hoping for.
What was your favorite detail?
The cake topper has the groom watching a Cowboys football game and the bride is dragging him away. The crafty person who made our cake topper, made it so that the Cowboys and Saints are on the tv! How cool is that?! We received lots of compliments on it.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The end of the day. When it was all said and done and everyone was packing our things away in different vehicles, hugging us and wishing us well, I looked back at the building and it all seemed liked those few hours were a dream. It was like a fairytale and I was the princess. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about that moment. It was all so surreal. I’m married now. We did it and it all came together perfectly. So what, I didn’t get to have the burlap bows tied on each chair? So what, the kids didn’t get to have a separate menu and a play area? So what, the runner was all twisted up before I walked down the aisle? So what, there wasn’t a horse and carriage waiting to take us away? This day was amazing and I wish I could do it all over again but just like that, it was over.
Photography + Videography: DoubleYou Photography • Venue: 809 at Vickery • Flowers: Michael’s and Hobby Lobby • Event Design: KC Chic Events • Favors: Bubbles from Dollar Tree • Catering: Colter’s BBQ • Bakery: Leah’s Sweet Treats • Rentals: Taylor’s • Linens/Tables: Fort Worth Chair Cover Rentals • Hair Stylist: Danicca of Tha Hair Trap • Makeup Artist: Natalia Vaughns • Photo Booth: Dallas Photobooth Experts • Bridesmaids Dresses: JJ’s House + Dessy • Jr. Bride’s Dress: Adrianna Papell via Ebay • Wedding Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero • Bridal Shop: Classy Concepts • Shoes: Etsy via My Princess Platforms • Groom & Groomsmen Attire: International Suit Warehouse • Men’s Shoes: Men’s Collection • Grooms Gifts: Etsy via SwagUp
Editor’s note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more pandemic wedding resources here.