I love how today’s wedding beautifully blends together different cultures. Saher and Christian wove together different traditions and created a stunning and memorable event. I think the red and cream attire are perfect for the summer! The bridesmaids’ attire is gorgeous. And isn’t Saher a stunning bride? Enjoy today’s budget-savvy and cross-cultural wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Saher + Christian
July 18, 2015
Hawley, PA | Ehrhardt’s Waterfront
What was your budget?
Our budget started at 10k for the entire event, but quickly became closer to 18k. Our main splurges were photography/videography (3k) the venue (9k) my dress/outfit for a prior day (2k). The other things such as DJ (1k) and wedding bands (1k) and miscellaneous (2k) made up the rest of the cost. I didn’t have any real flowers, the setting was beautiful enough without them. The outfits for my bridesmaids were paid for by themselves (250 each) and they pitched in to cover the cost of my bridal shower (which was at a tea house) and my bachelorette party (a night out in NY).
How many guests did you have?
We had 105 wedding guests, including children and adults.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
One of my bridesmaids made the bouquets the girls carried. I personally designed my wedding outfit and had it custom maid as well as the bridesmaid saris.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
I did not go overboard on the invites. My bridesmaid Shannon and I made them ourselves and they were beautiful and elegant. We added beautiful red ribbons on them to indicate the theme. We didnt have real flowers. And we did not have any decorations the venue did not provide themselves. The reverend did not charge us, he married us a favor. The dj was a friend’s recommendation which meant we saved thousands there.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Do not overthink it. We were very laid back about the process and we got the best reviews. Everyone enjoyed themselves. I think the most important thing is to remember to have the things that matter most to you. We picked a place on the water because we love the water. We splurged on our outfits and the photographer because we wanted to remember all the beauty that we spent so much for. And we didnt get bogged down in the details. The seating chart, the decorations, the flowers, nobody knew what was supposed tgo happen so nobody knew if something wasnt “perfect”. No matter what happens on that day it is perfect.
What was your biggest splurge?
My photographer/videographer. I needed someone I could trust and that was priceless for me.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite part was mixing our cultures, our backgrounds. Marraige is about compromise and blending. I think we did it well, and I will forever be grateful that we had Aiyana there to share it with. My perfect blended crazy family.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
I had two favorite moments. The first was walking down the aisle and seeing Chris tear up. Never have I felt so loved and beautiful. The second was the picture of the three of us on the dock. That is my family my love and my life. That picture makes me cry even now. It was not an easy road but we will always be there for each other, through thick and thin.
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