Umbrellas, handmade bouquets and a beautiful outdoor venue shine in today's budget-savvy wedding! Trey and Angelique did a great job pulling together their wedding on a budget of $10K while juggling 200 guests and some tricky allergies. I love that they embraced the rainy weather and captured some beautiful photos featuring umbrellas! Enjoy this outdoor pink and purple wedding from Louisiana! xoxo, Jessica
Angelique + Trey
May 15, 2015
Mansfield, LA | Cedar Tree Events
What was your budget?
We wanted to spend somewhere between $10,000-$12,000.
Venue : $1,200.00
Cake: donated (but grandmother tipped what it was worth)
How many guests did you have?
We had 200 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Our whole ceremony was personal. Our preacher was also our very close friend that was willing to start the ceremony with the “marwwaagge” monologue from The Princess Bride. And yes, he brought a hat! After the kiss, we danced down to the main song from the musical from where first met. Funny story—I kept trying to figure out a way to incorporate Singing in the Rain/umbrellas because I just love the look. I couldn’t figure it out, so I gave up. It rained and everyone had umbrellas! No plan needed, it just happened. Pictures were perfect. Our first dance was “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie I could keep going because almost every detail had some reason behind it, but I’ll spare you the rest. The pictures do a pretty good job of showing you the final product of all our personal and creative work.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We made most of the decorations or borrowed them. I made all the bouquets. My bouquet was made from paper and the bridesmaids' bouquets were made from silk flowers. We bought all the supplies for food and we had friends that prepared it and got everything ready and put out. We did “rent” service people so our friends could enjoy the wedding.
We ordered many things online to save money, researching and finding the best prices for things. I always watched for sales at Hobby Lobby and bought things for half price. I tried really hard to avoid the word “wedding” because it automatically made things more expensive.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Elope. Hahaha, kidding….kind of. Know what you want and what you don’t really care about. For example, I knew I wanted centerpieces if we had the money, wouldn’t die without them, didn’t care what they looked like. Solution: Day of the wedding, we had lots of borrowed goods and glass vases. Some amazing ladies threw together beautiful centerpieces.
Delegate, delegate, DELEGATE. If you don’t HAVE to do it, don’t! But the flip side of that, you need to be appreciative of the help you do get. Don’t handwrite your envelopes. No one cares and it’s faster and easier to print labels. Don’t let anyone get you down about your colors. You know what you like. People will knock them before they see them. It will come together beautifully, I promise. Keep most of it a secret besides people who are helping, of course, and no one will know what went wrong or what it should have been. Things will go wrong. Take it easy; they are just tiny details. It will be special no matter what and some of the most special things will be things you didn’t plan.
What was your biggest splurge?
My dress was definitely the biggest splurge. I knew our budget was going to be built around the dress because I have crazy allergies and I can wear cotton, linen, silk, and nylon, so the dress was kind of a big deal. My dress was 100% silk and the designers called to make sure everything they were using was allergy friendly.
What was your favorite detail?
The handmade bridal bouquet flowers that were created from the sheet music from Hairspray were probably my favorite detail. Trey and I met for the first time playing in the pit for this musical.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Our DJ somehow got a hold of our reject ceremony music—some of it was on there as a joke for Trey, plus, we are nerds—but he started this playlist as our reception dance party music. Probably because it was labeled “wedding” and the reception playlist was labeled “EPIC Dance Party.” It was a lot of Star Wars and video game music. So while taking pictures, we hear “The Throne Room” from Star Wars. Trey says, “Is that Star Wars?” And I said, “Oh no! It’s the wrong playlist!” My brother saved the day by running across the field to the DJ. But it needs to be noted that The Throne Room was over halfway down the playlist, meaning he played most of our reject ceremony playlist for the majority of the “dance party.”
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