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Our wedding today shows how you can have a beautiful wedding in the winter! Jayme and Don opted to focus on food and their reception venue, spending the bulk of their budget on those line items. Who wouldn't enjoy a cozy brewery wedding reception in the middle of the winter? And their winter wedding photos are absolutely stunning. Enjoy this intimate winter wedding! xoxo, Jessica

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Jayme + Don

January 7, 2017

Ionia, MI |  Founders Brewing


What was your budget?

Photography: $2000

Dress: $390

Catering: $3350

Cake: $180

Favors: $175

Venue: $3500

Flowers: $50

Groom’s attire: $100

Invitations: $75


How many guests did you have?

We had 110 guests at the reception and 25 guests at the wedding ceremony.


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

I made my own thank you gifts for the guest.


Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

I made my own decor!


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We didn't do DJ. We also had faux flowers, I made our thank you gifts and we got cupcakes  from Meijer


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

I live by the saying KISS (keep it simple stupid). People won’t remember your cake, your decorations, your jewelry, or your flowers


What was your biggest splurge?

My biggest splurge was my photographer. I want my memories to last in beautiful pictures that I can show for many years to come.


What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was the snow!!


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The look on my new hubby’s face with tears of happiness in his eyes.



Photography: Apaige Photography • Ceremony Venue: Temple Baptist (no website) • Reception Venue + Catering: Founders Brewing • Flowers: Hobby Lobby • Stationery: VistaPrint • Favors: Dollar Tree and Grand Rapids Popcorn Company • Bakery: Meijer Bakery • Hair Stylist: A Cut Above Salon (no website) • Nails: Nailcessity Spa • Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal • Jewelry: Target • Headpiece: Charming Charlie • Shoes: Target • Groom’s Attire: Bunny Tuxedo + Kohls

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