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Patriotic Wedding - Happy Independence Day!

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I’ve got a bonus wedding for you this week- so get excited! In honor of Independence Day, I’m sharing this amazingly patriotic wedding shot by the talented Jenna Marie Photography. Not only are the details perfect for Independence day, but both the bride and the groom are in the US Army. Love getting to honor this couple who serves our country on this national holiday! I hope you enjoy these All-American wedding details and that you all have a very happy fourth of July!

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Sarah + Jim

May 10, 2014

Manteno, IL | Manteno United Methodist Church and Manteno Sportsman Club



What was your wedding budget?

$15,000 – Budgeted for Wedding

$660 – DJ

$1,100 – Flowers

$650 – Desert (cake/cupcakes)

$750 – Limo Bus

$5,800 – Reception Hall

$100 – Church gift

$1,000 – Brides Dress

$1,200 – Photographer

$800 – Wedding party gifts

$1,000 – Reception Hall decorations

$150 – Bridal party make-up

$300 – Misc/Honeymoon Suite

$700 – Party/Table gifts

How many guests did you have?

Approx 150


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

Adding own personal military touchs.  Used little green army men as centerpieces, made US Army Candy Suckers as table gifts, personalized cake topper, Groom wore Army Dress Uniform instead of tux, Slide show of bride and groom through the years before the ceremony, Wedding party danced down the aisle, saber detail, groom’s father brewed a special wine for immediate family and wedding party and Groom’s grandparents co-officiated wedding.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Having wedding in Manteno (where Bride was from) and not Chicago Area (where Groom is from.) Choosing to get married outside of a big city saved us all across the board!



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

Start planning early to help relieve stress.  We were engaged for a year and half and started planning shortly after we got engaged which helped us get everything done early enough to be less stressed the month before.  Remember it is the bride and groom’s day and no one else’s so do not think you HAVE to please other people or do what other people want you to do.


What was your biggest splurge?

The limo bus.


What was your favorite detail?

We had a saber detail as we had a military themed wedding and both of us are in the service.



What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The ceremony




Photographer:  Jenna Marie Photography  //  Cake Designer: Cake by Jorie  //  Floral Designer: Jan the Flower Girl  //  Makeup Artist:Kelly Knobloch of Mary Kay  //  Reception Venue: Manteno Sportsmen’s Club  //  DJ: Limelight DJ Entertainment  //  Transportation: Reliable Limo and Charter

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