I always love seeing budget-savvy weddings with unique venues and fun details. This NYC bookstore wedding is no exception. Abbie and Jason kept costs down by using the same venue for both their ceremony and reception and opting for a cocktail-style food with limited alcohol options. Because of the bookstore’s beauty, Abbie discovered there wasn’t a need for lots of decorations. Instead, they chose a few, special details that complemented the venue and tied the event together. I also love how they made the most of the rainy day by pulling out an umbrella and taking some wonderful photos. Happy Wednesday! xoxo, Jessica
Jason + Abbie
May 16, 2014
New York, NY | Housing Works Bookstore
What was your budget?
Our budget was $20,000.
Food and drinks: $10,000
Wedding coordinator: $1,000
Tips & misc: $1,000
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Jason is really creative and a great artist, and he was able to draw both our save the date and wedding invitation. Our wedding invite was my favorite thing – we created a little book, because of the bookstore theme, and he drew our love story and showed all the adventures we went on. It was the most creative wedding invitation I have ever seen, and it wasn’t expensive because we did everything ourselves.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We avoided having a full sit-down dinner and opted for a cocktail style wedding. This made the wedding more unique and laid back, and we saved a lot by only paying for hors d’oeuvres. Instead of having a full open bar, we had just beer, wine, and champagne, which helped to save a lot. We also asked for help from friends – I have a friend who is a cake decorator, and she was nice enough to make our wedding cake!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Know your budget and do what makes you happy! Before you meet your vendors, have a budget in mind that you feel comfortable sticking to, and don’t go beyond it.
And, in the end, this is your day and it’s about you and your future spouse. Try not to worry about what other people want, because this should be the one day where it’s all about you!
What was your biggest splurge?
We got an awesome and expensive mac and cheese bar, but it was definitely worth it! The macaroni and cheese was cheesy and delicious, and was served in a martini glass with your choice of toppings. It was really memorable and the guests loved it.
What was your favorite detail?
I absolutely loved the venue. I think it made for a really unique and romantic setting. The bookstore didn’t require any decorations, so that helped to save money on huge floral arrangements.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
My husband and I had surprises planned for each other throughout the day. He surprised me with a cotton candy machine (my favorite!) and I surprised him with the famous NYC waffle truck Wafels and Dinges (his favorite!). We love desserts and surprising each other, so it made for a really amazing and memorable day.
Photographer: Priyanca Rao Photography • Day of Wedding Coordinator: Big Juicy Events • Shoes: Chinese Laundry • Reception Venue: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe • Cake: The Sweetest Thing LI • Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: Hugo Boss • Dress: Maggie Sottero • Flowers: Langdon Florist • Band: Sean Smith Trio
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