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I'm excited to share this sweet, intimate wedding of the fabulous blogger Jen Ramos of MadeByGirl. Jen has awesome style and is a fab designer and her wedding reflected who she is. She saved money by keeping her guest list small and was able to include some lovely details because of it. Don't you just love her dress? She definitely freed up room in her budget by buying a non-traditional wedding dress from Neiman Marcus! Hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I do! ūüôā

What was your budget?


Number of guests:


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

We added several creative aspects, like the personalized mini chocolates, the madebygirl wedding print with our names on it as well as guests names on the leaves of each apple…

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I decided NOT to spend too much on my dress, being that i was only going to wear in for one day (actually for a few hours). I bought a Calvin Klein dress online for $200 from Neiman Marcus & I loved it!

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

Don't over spend or over stress. I also recommend trying to do a lot of the smaller items yourselves. I think doing things with your husband actually brings you closer together. If your guy is hesitant to help out, offer him a massage in return….or ask your family member to pitch in. This DIY will save you a ton of money!

What was your biggest splurge?

On our photographer!

What was your favorite detail?

The table set up….the vivid green color of the wheat grass and the beautiful centerpieces!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

When everyone stood up to speak and address us (the bride and groom). I also loved the long limo ride with my husband!


Photographer: Yvonne Wong  //  Dress: Neiman Marcus  //  Head piece- rhinestone clip: Feather and Frills  //  Handmade ring cushion: Anna Whitford   //  Coffee Stencils  //  Centerpieces:Blooms & branches  //  Flowers:Cool River farms  //  Wheatgrass: Whole Foods   //
Customized chocolates: American Bridal  //  Love plates: Wedding Star  //  Makeup artist: Corinna Cooke  //  Shoes : Stuart Weitzman
Cake: made by my mother in law ūüôā

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About Jessica

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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  • I love the strawberries tucked in the word Love and the paper detail sign with their names. This is a perfect inspiration board for the bride who thinks a dreamy wedding cannot be done on a budget. Also, I think it is important to note how many guests were invited. 30. Reduce your guest list to those you REALLY want to party and to celebrate with you and spend your money on the little precious details.

  • That cupcake is beautiful! It seems like an elegant, fun wedding.

  • Weddingsnpretty

    Lively wedding! I absolutely LOVED all the small special touches ESPECIALLY her fruit favors: & eco-conscious!!  

  • Weddingsnpretty

    Edit (damned this iPhone!): Lovely wedding! I especially LOVED her fruit favors: <-inexpensive and Eco-conscious!

  • Love this wedding.

  • Beautiful! truly my type of wedding, economical, intimate, and simply pretty.


    Thank you for featuring our wedding…looks great! ūüôā OXOX!

  • @thesavannahroom

    Absolutely gorgeous Jen, so economical yet classy, elegant, tasteful & design savvy .. very inspirational
    Katherine at The Savannah Room x
    Perth, Western Australia

  • So beautiful and budget friendly, you wouldn't even know! Thx for sharing!

  • so adorable… I love small weddings like that!

  • I love the chocolate covered strawberries in the love trays! I'd love to steal that idea, I'm just not sure if I can do a chocolate display for a summer wedding.

  • i was surprised to see that Jen used a small budget on her wedding (i follow her BLOG and she has so many great things in her home) …but i feel inspired. Splurging on the photographer is the best idea!!!


  • Amy

    I love, love, love this wedding!!

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