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Julie + Nicholas

San Diego, California
- 06/25/2022
Total wedding budget $22,000

Budget Breakdown

Below is an estimated wedding budget breakdown provided by the couple.

  • Stationery
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Partner 2 Attire
  • Flowers
  • Rentals
  • Alcohol/Bar
  • Music/Entertainment
  • Partner 1 Attire
  • Photography
  • Catering
  • Venue
  • Total wedding budget

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

My mother-in-law helped me make the centerpieces from cuttings of succulents and glassware! We found the materials from stores like Goodwill, Ross, and Marshalls. They were each unique and lovely in their own way.

I wore blingy Betsy Johnson shoes that totally stuck out in contrast to the mellow earth tones of our garden theme. 

Did you do any DIY Projects or create any handmade items for your wedding?

As mentioned above, the centerpieces were DIY! I also made the seating chart on my own – I used a QR code to RSVP and take meal preferences online.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Plan over a year in advance! I also called many vendors and did my research. I only had beer and wine – which was purchased from Costco!

I feel like it was a collection of small things that made our wedding not terribly expensive. We had to be frugal in every possible way. 

What was your biggest splurge?

My biggest splurge was my wedding dress (and also the alterations!) but it was my favorite detail.

It was sexy and elegant – and I felt so beautiful in it! It was exactly how I imagined it being when I was a little girl. 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable (and my favorite part of the wedding) were the vows. We wrote our own and my husband started crying! It was so sweet and surreal. He never cries. 

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

Stop caring what other people think, and follow your gut feelings. I invited a bunch of people I did not care about because my parents and grandparents wanted them there. I wish I would have spoken up and said no! I tried to make everyone happy, but you simply can’t make everyone happy.