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I've been getting lots of request for more diversity in our BS-WOWs in terms of geography, so I am pleased to share this lovely wedding from Seattle, Washington! Of course with bigger cities we also might have some bigger budgets but I think that this couple definitely found ways to cut costs in their planning and deserve some recognition for that. I love the fun umbrellas they used for their pictures! Hope you enjoy this rainy Seattle wedding as much as I did! xoxo-Jessica

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.


Dress/Alterations $1800
Flowers $1000
Venue/Alcohol: 15K
Photography $2500
DJ $1300
Hair/Makeup $500-including bridesmaids hair
Officient $250
Cake $400
Towncar $50

How many guests did you have?


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

We wrote our own vows which was very emotional and very special for us.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Flowers and Photographer. We also saved quite a bit on venues fees by being able to purchase our alcohol separately and have the venue serve it.

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

Enjoy it and don't over think things! Find a style or feel from a magazine and go with it. I loved planning my wedding and I did some details myself like place cards, but I didn't want to do too much that made my wedding felt like a task.

What was your biggest splurge?

My dress, I didn't expect to spend so much on my dress, but when I found it I knew it was what I wanted.

What was your favorite detail?

My dress was probably my most favorite aspect of the wedding. I loved wearing it, I loved how I felt and it made the day so much fun.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Taking photos at Gasworks before the wedding it was freezing cold and started hailing. My husband and our bridal party had such a great time despite the conditions. It was great to spend the day with our best friends by our side making us laugh.


Photographer Kaylee Eylander:

DJ: Joe Yamada:

Flowers: Loves me Flowers Kendra:



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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Mallory

    Thank you so much for featuring a wedding from the Pacific NW! Sarah's dress is to die for, and I <3 that white parasol 🙂

  • Sam

    Such a nice wedding. It's looks elegant without being overdone. Sarah is so beautiful. What stunning facial features she has. And she chose the perfect dress. Thanks for featuring a higher budget "budget" wedding.

  • Cheryl

    What a beautiful wedding. The photographs are amazing!

  • Alicia

    I would love to know what the venue was that they used for the ceremony and reception. Looked beautiful. I am looking for something in the pnw. Greater Seattle area.

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