Kicking off our first BS-WOW feature is the lovely Brittney of The Perfect Pair blog. Brittney has been a long time BSB reader and is a fellow graphic designer as well as a talented photographer. I loved her photos of her rainy day wedding and am excited to share them with you! Hope you enjoy the first Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week!! 🙂 xoxo – Jessica
Brittney + Derik
May 23, 2009
What was your budget?
We really didn't have a budget that we started with. I'm the oldest (and the only) daughter and we hadn't really seen anyone else plan their wedding “up close”. I had many friends get married, but I never saw the steps so it was kind of learn as we go. We went to a few Bridal Shows to get some ideas about how much things cost. My parents paid for practically EVERYTHING and for THAT I am grateful. Derik and I paid for a few things. Odds & ends that I would pick up on my own. We paid for our own photography. Supposedly my dad added it all up while we were gone on our honeymoon. He said it was right over $15k + Which I think is GREAT especially for the way it turned out. It was probably closer to $20k with Derik and I's expenses. We saved majorly on some big items 🙂 A LOT of that total was due to the way they did catering at the venue. We had a HUGE group of guests 🙂
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I found this “M” in a font that I fell in LOVE with! I used that “M” throughout the whole wedding. Our Save the Dates, Invitations, guest book, Cake Topper etc. Another personal aspect was the colors. My ABSOLUTE favorite color is green. I have green eyes and maybe that's why I love green so much! When I was planning, I kept going back an forth between dark plum purple and navy blue for the other accent color. Since it's hard to incorporate blue in flowers, which is where I was wanting the accent to come, purple was the obvious choice. I love that it popped and I had not seen many people doing it at the time. NOW – I see this color-combo everywhere 🙂
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Well first off… my dress was a huge save! I went a few times to look and just never fell in love with anything. I LIKED a lot of things, but never saw myself wearing it. Especially when the price tag was over $1000. I am just a simple girl and felt that was too much for a one-day dress. I totally get if you want that to be your budget or if you can afford more. I probably could've afforded more, but I just didn't want to. When I found my dress… I did NOT want to take it off… hahaha… I looked at the price tage and it said $499… my mom and I were for sure there was a “1” missing in front, but no – my dress was $500 – really!!
Our venue was BRAND new… they opened in May 08 and we booked them in July 08. Since they hadn't had many weddings yet, they had a deal on catering. If we spent “x” on renting the room(s) we would basically just need to match the “x” amount on catering… and they would take the rent off. It was totally easy and managable to do, because we had such a huge group- so we got our rooms for FREE! We actually got extras because we needed to meet that “x” amount. We added appetizers and fruit that we didn't think we could get. And also sparkling cider and punch to toast with.
Another way I saved money was I entered contests. And I entered more contests, and a few more. Haha! I've wanted to do a blog post on how many things I won through blogs. So, here ya go: (and I'll try and go in order)
1. 50% off invitations through Jaime Kae Studios via Wedding Fanatic
2. Free Garter and Toss Garter from Julianne Smith via The Broomjumping Bride
3. Thank You Card Lilly Pulitzer Stationary via Mrs. Newlywed's giveaway
4. A Small custom bag from Becky Oh! via Hip Hostess (I used for keeping my jewelry in on our honeymoon)
5. A Kodak Camera giveaway on Wedding Fanatic – used it a TON on our honeymoon
6. Ring Bearer pillow from Maihar Design via Southern Weddings contest
So – yea… a lot, a lot. I don't know how I got THAT lucky… but I'm so thankful, because these were all really great prizes!
What's the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you're on the other side?
REMEMBER EVERYTHING… seriously, I miss the wedding planning stage so much. Even though I LOVE married life… planning the wedding and the actual wedding day was so fun. SOAK IT ALL UP! Look around during your ceremony and your reception and actually look at all the work you put into it. Look at centerpieces and all the little details that you loved so much! Remember the people there and TALK to them… I felt like we didn't get to say hi to many people, but I hear that's pretty common 🙂
What was your biggest splurge?
Well, I don't know if it's HUGE… but our guest book was right around $75. It wasn't a need, but it was a want. I wanted our “M” and I found a beautiful book that is hand bound. I don't know if I would recommend it now, being so expensive, as everyone didn't even sign the guest book. But, oh well… it's still pretty. 🙂
What was your favorite detail?
I would have to say the green color I incorporated into everything. The girls dresses, and the flowers. It was so pretty and vibrant… It popped off of all the white that we chose. I wanted white to be dominant, and then the green next, and then the purple as an accent – and I think we accomplished that 🙂
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Ok, I have to share 3, because, well, there are 3 moments… 🙂
My 1st memorable moment was when Derik and I did a “sneak shot.” We DID NOT see each other, but we held hands around the corner… He couldn't see me and I couldn't see him, it was just a sneaky picture 🙂 My BM's were all hanging out watching the photog take pictures and they were “ooing” and “aahing”, and it just clicked. I thought “oh. my. gosh. I am holding hands with the man that I am marrying, he is about to be my husband” and I couldn't have been more happy. I was not emotional AT ALL until that very moment. I started to tear up and I was so elated!!!
The 2nd moment HAS GOT TO BE mine and my dad's last moments before walking down the aisle. Here is a snippet from my blog of what I wrote:
“I will never forget the moments before the doors were opened… My dad said ‘Brittney, we are so proud of you and Derik… we will always be there for you. I want you to know that. (pause) This is your day and your time, so we're going to go as SLOW as you want. Take your time, this is your moment' OH MY GOSH… I could have cried. But, I didn't want to have a ugly cry face walking down the aisle. I had the biggest lump and was keeping back tears.. I teared a little seeing my future hubby”
The 3rd moment really has to be our pictures in the rain. It was right after the ceremony, after we had taken pics with all of the family, and I was alone (with our photog) ……with MY HUSBAND! It was so surreal and I loved it… I didn't even care or notice the rain… I was in the moment and no one could've taken that away from me 🙂
Photography Andrea Crosswhite, Dallas, TX | Florist Rebekah Fountain of The Glass Fountain, Leander, TX | Venue & Catering The Golf Club at Star Ranch, Hutto, TX | Ceremony First Baptist Church Pflugerville Pflugerville, TX | Bride”s Dress A Bridesmaids Store, Austin, TX | Bridesmaids Dresses Belle Saison Bridal, Austin, TX | Cake Cakes by Kathy, Pflugerville, TX