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 I've got a fun wedding to share with you today! Savannah and Matthew got engaged in Paris, so they really played up the french baroque style for their wedding day! With the hot pink and black color scheme and even a HUGE replica of the Eiffel tower at their reception, c'est magnifique! It's nice to see that you can make a church reception hall completely transform with the help of a little DIY and decor! 🙂 Hope you enjoy this fun and spirited wedding as much as I do! 🙂 xoxo – Jess




Savannah & Matthew Mills

July 7, 2012

Owensboro, Kentucky



What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

Our total was $11,000 to $12,000.

Dress: $1500. Catering: $2200. Photographer: $2500.

Cake $275. Flowers: $1200. DJ: $1100. Reception: $875.

Church fee: $175. Details & Decorations: Approx. $2000.

How many guests did you have?

– 160 guests.


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

So many! We both wrote personal vows. The God’s Knot was a personal part of our ceremony. In memory charms of deceased grandparents were included on Bride’s bouquet and Groom’s boutonniere. We married on the same date of Matthew’s grandparents. Bride also included charms on each bridesmaid’s bouquet with a picture of Bride & each bridesmaid. Custom designed cake topper of bride & groom. I designed all wedding invitations, RSVPs, & wedding slideshows. We both wore Converse (Chuck Taylors). 17ft Eiffel Tower which guests walked under when entering reception because we got engaged in Paris, France. Matthew’s mother made all bridesmaid dresses, black table runners for reception, among other things. We were involved with every single decorative aspect of the wedding & reception.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Obviously we did A LOT of do it yourself decorations and details.


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

Save more money for last minute expenses. DIY makes your wedding that much more memorable and brings couple closer together. Also remember your wedding day is all about the bride and groom.


What was your biggest splurge?

– Photography, but very much worth it! Joshua McCoy did an amazing job capturing each precious moment. The photo booth was a hit with all the guests.


What was your favorite detail?

– Bride: EVERYTHING! But if I had to choose one, it would be the Cake & cake topper. Groom: Boutonniere charm of my grandfather.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

– Hearing Matthew's and giving him my personal wedding vows.



Photography: Joshua McCoy Photography  ||  Music: Song Bird Entertainment  ||  Catering: Odelia’s Caterering  ||  Cake: Mary Wink’s Cake  ||  Bridesmaid dresses: Cindy’s monogramming  ||  Bride's gown: David’s Bridal  ||  Limo: UV Limousines  ||  PokeberryMary: ||  Hair: The N salon  ||  Flowers: Welborn’s Floral & events  ||   Venue: Dawson Baptist Church, Owensboro, KY

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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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  • Debi Sementelli

    Just wondering how the 17 ft Eiffel tower was made. Did you have someone else make it? Looks very professional!

    • savannah mills

      We purchased the eiffel tower through Target. It was made of cardboard, like a prom prop. It stood 17 feet high with a 9 foot tall opening for guests to walk under. My brother in law and a very dear friend put it together for us. It looked amazing.

  • Debi Sementelli

    Also, would love to know details of the I Spy Card…and how it was used.

    • savannah mills

      I had seen the ISpy idea on Pinterest. So, I decided to make my own. It was placed on all the tables for the guest to capture certain photos for us. Then at the bottom of the card was a shutterfly account with all info needed to upload those photos for us to view. They could tear off the account info and take with them.

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