Time for another fabulous Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week feature! This gorgeous outdoor wedding comes from beautiful Bridal Veil, Oregon! The location for this wedding is simply stunning- and it looks like the weather was amazing! I love the the bride and bridesmaids used their bouquets as centerpieces for their reception- a great way to save on flowers! I also love that the couple's wedding cake was FUNFETTI!!! IF you don't know what funfetti is, it's white cake with colored sprinkles throughout- a childhood favorite of mine! I hope you enjoy this beautiful wedding!
What was your wedding budget?
Our budget was about 10 grand, plus a few things that we contributed. We ended up spending around $14,000 total.
favors: done for us as a wedding gift
vases, jars, candleholders, misc: 500.00
save-the-dates and invitations (including postage): 1195.00
dress (including alterations): 1,000.00
bridesmaid dresses: under 100.00 (after-Christmas clearance at Ann Taylor!)
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Having a very personal day was our number one goal, so we really tried to put our little stamp on everything. We met while attending Oregon State University (go Beavers!), so I made our ring pillow from an OSU bandana that I had embroidered with our names and wedding date. The whole project cost around 20 bucks and was such a cute touch and keepsake.
We also included a little “get to know the couple” crossword puzzle in the programs that were handed out with personalized golf pencils. Our guests had fun figuring out things like our pets' names and favorite TV shows while they waited for the ceremony to start, and there was an answer key at each place-setting at the reception.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We were very fortunate to have the catering paid for as a favor that was owed to my in-laws. Having that covered allowed us to spend more on the venue and photography, our top priorities expense-wise.
We also saved about 400 dollars by making the programs ourselves. It was a lot of cutting, folding, and ribbon tying, but luckily I had my mom and sister to help bear the load. The darling (and delicious) personalized chocolate favors were a wedding gift from a friend of my mother-in-law…we even got to pick the molds and colors ourselves! We got our funfetti wedding cake (the only wedding request from the groom) from a local grocery store for about a thousand dollars less than a custom wedding cake baker had quoted–and it was darling and tasted great!
There were lots of easy little things we did to save money too. For instance, the RSVP cards were postcards as opposed to cards in envelopes, saving us money on both the supplies and the return postage.
What's the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you're on the other side?
Take your time if you can and enjoy it! Have fun looking at magazines, blogs, and all of the other resources out there for brides now. You'll get inspired and get ideas of how you can have the wedding you want on your budget. And organization is a must!
What was your biggest splurge?
The venue, but it was worth it! We knew the right venue would not only set the mood we wanted for the day, but could save us on flowers and decorations too. A banquet hall might have cost slightly less to rent, but would have cost a fortune to make even half as beautiful as the stunning venue at Bridal Veil Lakes.
What was your favorite detail?
Well, there are two!
1-We had our parents' wedding photos on the guest book table with little placards next to them, with their wedding dates and the number of years they have been married (“and counting…”). It was an incredibly touching and inspirational detail!
2-We spent weeks coming up with the perfect play-list for the entire day. It was so fun that at any moment, we loved what was playing and could sing along!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
After our first kiss, we walked (and shimmied a bit) up the aisle to Sonny and Cher's “I Got You Babe.” It was a feeling of sheer joy and love…and excitement for the party that was about to start!