It’s time for another real budget wedding feature and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this lovely fall wedding. The navy dresses with orange and red flowers are a beautiful combination. Crystal and Tim do a great job of weaving those colors throughout the entire day. And isn’t Crystal’s dress stunning? I love when brides wear family dresses for their big days and what a sweet way that Crystal incorporated her love for her grandmother and tradition. xoxo, Jessica
Crystal + Tim
September 6, 2014
Hollywood, MD | Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department
What was your budget?
Our budget was 18 thousand dollars. Breakdown is below:
Reception Hall – $1,800
Kitchen Rental – $400
Catering – $3,507.65
Alcohol – $3,000
Photography – $2,250
Photography Site Rental – $75
Officiant – $250
Flowers (bouquets only) – $500
Linens/Backdrop – $1,200
Centerpieces – $300
Invitations – $375
Favors – $300
Limo – $325
Bridesmaid Gifts (3 girls) – $300
Flower Girl Gift (1) – $100
Groomsmen Gifts (3 boys) – $150
Ring Bearer Gift (1) – $50
Parents Gifts (5) – $250
Gift for Groom – $50
Gift for Bride – $50
Baskets for Bathrooms – $100
Toasting Flutes / Knives – $100
Plates/Napkins/Silverware – $300
Aisle Runner – $25
Brides Hair/Makeup – $125
Brides Shoes – $100
Wedding Bands – $300 ($100 for his / $200 for mine)
Misc Item (which always pop up) – $1,500
Dress – I wore my grandmother’s dress
Cake – Gift from my Cousin
Programs – Made them myself
How many guests did you have?
200 Guests (260 invited / 100 invitations sent)
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Creative- Considering we postponed our original wedding date, October 5, 2013, 2 months before hand (due to family complications), I had to become VERY creative the second time around while re-ordering everything which had our original date. This included save the dates, invitations, beer koozies, grooms gifts, etc. I’m sure you can only imagine how many items we had already purchased which had our original date.
With that being said, even though I was already DIY-ing most of my wedding, I had to DIY many of the items which needed replacing. I created my save the dates using Avery Design and Print Online and only had to buy the postcards to print them (Walmart), then I had our local printing press design our invitations for a fraction of the original cost ($500 vs $220), lastly we had to resort to buying the Groomsmen $10 coolers and filling them with beer instead of spending $50 a piece on personalized flasks and shot glasses in wooden kits. These are just a few examples.
Personal- I am a traditionalist. My grandmother holds a very special place in my heart, and having a marriage with half as much love and respect which she shared with my grandfather was all I could dream for. She married the love of her life at 16 years old in August 1965, and was happily married until he passed away February 2011 from cancer. I was fortunate enough to wear her wedding dress on my big day, which was the talk of the wedding. Outside of the dress, I put my heart and soul into every inch of my fall wedding.
Something Old = My dress
Something New = My shoes
Something Borrowed = My necklace, also worn by my grandmother on her big day.
Something Blue = I had a heart shaped patch stitched to the inside of the dress (above my heart) from one of my late grandfather’s jean shirts.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Anything and everything I could do myself, I did. I shopped around for everything we needed prior to just buying it off the shelf at a local store or paying a vendor to provide it. I researched many sites for cheaper prices and simply kept my decorations to a minimum. The only real flowers I had at the wedding were mine and my girl’s bouquets. The flowers in the centerpieces were silk and they were the only other flowers we had at the wedding.
Also, instead of renting a ceremony site AND reception site, we decided to save money and have the ceremony and reception in the same place. I could not justify spending $1000+ for a ceremony site we would only be at for 30 minutes or so (which didn’t include chairs for seating, just the site rental alone). This worked out very well in the end.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
If I could do it all over again, I would gladly have a destination wedding, for about 10K somewhere in the Caribbean where I could also have a honeymoon. Being budget-savvy also meant no honeymoon (because we were spending 15K on the wedding alone). I would only invite my parents, siblings, and grandparents, which would all be included in the budget. Most resorts provide the cake, decorations, photographer, and caterer. All you have to do is show up, get married, and then relax on a beach for a week.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our biggest splurge was our catering. We had a full dinner menu as well as appetizers. This was appreciated from our guests.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite detail was, BY FAR, my dress. I was incredibly honored to wear my grandmother’s dress. It was certainly the talk of the night.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
My most memorable moment, was walking down the aisle with my father and seeing my future husband with my 5-year-old son (at the time) standing next to him so proudly. I could clearly see my future at that point and it felt oh-so right. The rest of the evening was a complete blur . I do not even remember my first dance!
Photographer: Photos by Steve & Jane • Catering: Avenue54 • Venue: Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department • Flowers: Weaver’s Flowers • Invitations: Leonardtown Printing Press & Pocket Invitations and Envelopes • Gifts: Etsy • Favors: Oriental Trading Company • Centerpiece vases: Dollar Tree • Charger plates: The Christmas Tree Shoppe
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