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I don't know about y'all, but I'm trying to savor every last minute of this summer… so I am excited to feature a beach wedding today! Love the lighthouse- such a unique and interesting place to hold a wedding! Love that their venue fee also included accommodations for some of the guests– a huge help to out of town family and friends! Hope you enjoy these lovely photos by Hough Photography! xoxo- Jessica

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Emily + Matt


Cove Point, Maryland  |  Cove Point Lighthouse



What was your budget? Please give us a breakdown of how you spent your budget– rough estimates are fine!

About $13,000 total. Here is a breakdown:

Venue: $2000 (included guest accommodations)

Food: $2000

Rentals $3000

Music: $300

Bar: $2000

Photography: $3000

Dress: $500

Gifts $500

Invitations: $300



How many guests did you have?    




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

This was a beach wedding. The wedding took place where I grew up during the summer as a child. We got married on the beach and used driftwood to outline an aisle and a large piece of driftwood we found for an altar.  When I first contacted Cove Point Lighthouse for the wedding, they were in the middle of renovating the lighthouse for weekend rentals.  They completed the renovations just in time for the wedding as so, we were the first wedding at the lighthouse. My Dad is an amazing cook so he made all the food.



What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I was the first wedding at the venue so I received a HUGE discount. I also didn’t use a lot of decorations since the lighthouse and the beach was naturally beautiful. I used a lot of drift wood, sand and shells. I also stuck to beer and wine instead of liquor which would then need to have mixers, etc.  With my venue, the main house had lots and lots of bedrooms so we were able to help family save money by them staying at the lighthouse instead of getting hotel rooms.



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

Have a day of coordinator and don’t skimp on photography.  It’s the only thing you have afterwards to remember the day.  A bad photographer can ruin your experience. Luckily I had an AMAZING photographer!



What was your biggest splurge?

Photography and it was worth EVERY penny!



What was your favorite detail? 

The aisle and ‘altar’ on the beach. I also liked that we made up welcome bags for the hotel that had ‘Chesapeake Bay’ themed stuff inside….drink koozies, crab chips, etc.  along with maps of the island, info on different things to do and details on the wedding festivities.



What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Walking down the aisle and seeing my husband at the other end!




Venue: Cove Point Lighthouse  //  Photographer: Hough Photography  //  Florist: Solomons Florist  //

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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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  • Krisstin | On the Go Bride

    Gorgeous venue! Love the bright yellow bridesmaid dresses.

  • B.B. | LinenTablecloth

    Beautiful table decor! I love the shells!

  • Emily Harlow

    Awww…I love this! Thanks so much for putting this together…it was an amazing day!

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