Wanted to share this red and black damask wedding– feels perfectly appropriate for this Christmas season! This couple saved by using friend-ors and keeping their guest list as tight as they could. They brought together lots of details to put their personal stamp on the day as well. Hope you enjoy this simply savvy wedding! xoxo- Jessica
Sheryl & Ricky
June 22, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA | Quicksilver Golf Club
What was your budget?
My husband and I did not want to spend over $3,000 – which was for things such as photography, cake, tux, rehearsal dinner etc. My father paid for the reception and my wedding dress, which was probably about $5,000. We also had a little help from my husband's family as well. In total we spent less than $10,000.
How many guests did you have?
We had just over 100 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We are very simple and did not want a super extravagant wedding. I wanted it to be elegant but not overwhelming and added touches such as my grandfather's personally made wooden card box and bouquets made personally by my step mother.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Mainly, we stuck to keeping the number of people around 100 and luckily knew many people working in the wedding industry. Our cake was made by a family friend, our DJ was also a friend of my father's, and of course of awesome photographer used to play with both my husband and I when we were younger.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Don't over complicate it. It was stressful enough with the simple wedding we had and everything turned out fine. There is no use stressing over the small stuff, the day really goes by quickly, so enjoy every moment leading up to it!
What was your biggest splurge?
My wedding gown. I fell in love with it and my dad splurged to buy it for me.
What was your favorite detail?
We were married on a deck overlooking the golf course and it was a beautiful day. There was no need for frilly decorations as the landscape was the perfect backdrop.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable was walking up the steps towards the deck and I was able to see my husband through the windows nervously standing waiting.
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