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I'm back this week with a budget savvy pink and black DIY wedding for you! This one cost just $5,000! Amazing for the look and the amount of guests. I love that the bride cut out unnecessary expenses and found alternatives to flowers for their wedding to keep costs low. By doing alot of DIY they were able to save a bundle! Hope you enjoy this installment of the Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week!! xoxo- Jessica




Jarret & Akeembra 

July 1, 2012

Frederick, Maryland, Baker Park


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

$5,000 – overall budget

  • Baker Park (ceremony site) – Free (all we needed was a permit from the city to use the park)
  • Chairs for Reception Site – $320
  • Delaplaine Visual Arts Center (reception venue) – $850 (included tables, chairs, linens, some decorations, and flowers)
  • Food – $1,217 (Lunch delivered from one of our favorite local restaurants)
  • Wedding Gown and Tux – both FREE (bride’s gown from Brides Across America, Groom’s tux free rental from Men’s Warehouse)
  • DJ – $500
  • Wedding Cake – $375 (from grocery store)
  • Photographer – $450 (we were able to find an amazing photographer who was just starting out and wanting to build her portfolio)
  • Parasols for the bridesmaids to carry instead of flowers – $50
  • Bride Jewelry, Headpiece and Bouquet – $130
  • Limo – $260
  • All Decorations – $100
  • Favors – $65
  • Bridesmaids Hair and Makeup (used cosmetology school) – $250
  • Groomsmen’s Gifts – $50
  • Bridesmaid’s Gifts – FREE (a friend made purses for the girls to carry)
  • Invites and Postage – $100
  • Babysitters $75 (we had an adults only reception and provided babysitters (and pizza) for guests with children – I work at a college, so I was able to hire two college students to babysit)
  • Wedding Minister – $250

How many guests did you have? 120

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

My bridesmaids carried parasols instead of flowers. Both my mom and dad walked me down the aisle. My husband’s mother didn’t get to dance with my husband’s brother at his wedding so we included a “mother brother dance” during our reception.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

My maid of honor and I made anything that we could (favors, buffet menus, fans for the wedding ceremony, welcome packets…)

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

Don’t try to please everyone– it will never work! Do what works best for YOU.

What was your biggest splurge?

The DJ was definitely a splurge for us. We’d originally planned to use an iPod and our venue’s speaker system.

What was your favorite detail?

We got married under a huge weeping willow tree. I loved how the branches provided a romantic canopy.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Every single moment is memorable. I often look at pictures and replay that day. It was the absolute best day of my life.


Catering: Sardis Chicken    //   Reception Venue: Dela Plaine   //   Hair and makeup: Frederick School of Cosmetology   //   Chairs for ceremony:  Fun Event Rentals   //  Limo: A Touch of Class Limousines   //  Cake: Weis Markets



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  • Jennifer

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! You had such a beautiful wedding and I have to say that I WISH I would have heard/seen this parasol idea a few months ago because I would have definitely gone that route! Because I LOVE the look! (I handmade silk flowers with organza and silk and added them to a brooch bouquet for each of my girls … lots of work, but was certainly cheaper than flowers!).



  • Tiffany

    This wedding is absolutely beautiful! So romantic!

  • Jacqueline

    Beautiful! LOVE those parasols!

  • Beatriz

    Where can I find those awesome lanterns???

  • Larissa Richardson

    Love…love… Love your ideas! I am planning a wedding for oct 4th oc next year and am looking to not spend more than $7k! I am looking for a cheap photographer! Would you be willing to share yours with me! And how in the world did you get your dress and the tux for free?

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