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Stylish Art Gallery Wedding on a $20K Budget

Jessica + Kyle

Oklahoma City , Oklahoma
Total wedding budget $20,000

What was your total budget? Please provide a budget breakdown.

  • Music/Entertainment: $800
  • Cake: $400
  • Food/Drink: $8,000
  • Flowers: $1000
  • Photography: $3000
  • Partner 1 Attire: $1500
  • Partner 2 Attire: $300
  • Stationery: $212.29
  • Hair & Makeup: $400
  • Miscellaneous: $1,290

Total Budget: 20,000

How many guests did you have?

200 guests

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

Aside from my dad performing the ceremony using Chris Harrison's script from the most recent Bachelor in Paradise wedding, we knew the venue needed to do most of the heavy lifting. We chose 21c not only for its unique architectural features but for its thought-provoking art gallery.

Our wedding took place on our ten year anniversary.

Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

With the help of Bloom Culture's floral recipes and online tutorials – I did all of my flowers myself the days leading up to the ceremony.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Ordering our flowers wholesale and using Bloom Cultures floral recipes was a huge budget saver. We could've easily spent three times our flower budget if we had done it any other way.

We also opted not to have a wedding party, provide favors, or majorly decorate the space. We relied on the venue for all tables and chairs and only rented table cloths and the two acrylic pillars used for the ceremony.

What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?

The venue, for sure.

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was our lack of details. Like I mentioned before, we were careful to choose a venue that spoke for itself. We didn't want to do anything to take away from the space and I think we were successful.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Besides blacking out and crying my way down the aisle because everyone was looking at me? (huge shout out to our photographer for not showing me those pictures) Having a photobooth was, hands down the best part of the night.. So much so that we promised to have a photobooth at any party we throw in the future… oh, and I guess marrying my spouse.

I did a first look with my husband and with my dad – I'll cherish both of those moments forever.

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

Develop a “whatever” attitude early on. Things will not go as planned.. Especially if you don't have a planner, or a day-of timeline for that matter.

And if you have friends in the industry, SUPPORT THEM. It was so important to me to choose a team of people I was comfortable with to help get me through the day.


Photography: Ave Smith | Venue: 21c Museum Hotels | Catering: Mary Eddys | Flowers: Bloom Culture | Cake: Uptown Gorcery Co. | Rentals and Decor: Marianne's Rentals | Bridal Gown: Bella Rose | Reception Suit: Mango | Groom's attire: J Crew Factory | Stationery: Minted | Hair and Makeup: Chelsey Ann Artistry | Photo Booth: Pikcher Booth | Guestbook/Instax Mini film/washi tape: Amazon