I absolutely love the gorgeous colors in today’s budget-savvy wedding! Rebecca and Kevin opted for rich ruby red hues as their color for their big day. How gorgeous are all of the florals, from the wedding bouquets to the centerpieces? And I’m crazy about the cake covered in chocolate-covered strawberries! What a fun idea! Enjoy this beautiful Nevada wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Rebecca + Kevin
November 5, 2016
Minden, NV | Ferris Recreation Park
What was your budget?
Originally we wanted to spend less than $10,000, before we had any idea of how much a wedding costs. After we got our big vendors books, we just wanted to keep the spending as minimal as possible.
Dress, Veil, Belt: $1500
Grooms Clothes: $200
DIY (arbor & signs): $150
Wedding Favors: $100
How many guests did you have?
We had roughly around 135 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We had whiskey bottles as centerpieces (the groom’s favorite drink). We set up pictures of us on each table and around the inside of the venue. I included pictures of my grandma, grandpa, and my aunt who had passed away on my bouquet. We had one of Kevin’s closest family members perform our ceremony.
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
Yes, as much as we could. Kevin, made the giant wood arbor for the ceremony as well as 3 wooden signs pointing the way to parking and the ceremony. He also made a backdrop out of PVC to hang fabric on behind our sweetheart table.
Jim, the father of the bride, made a custom wooden ring box. Our cousin put together all the flowers, bouquets, and boutonnieres. We had both our families and all of our friends there the day before to set-up the entire reception and ceremony area.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Having help from our family and friends. Our cousin was our wedding coordinator/planner/florist. Another cousin was our officiant. Some family friends let us borrow more things than we could name. We had some friends offer to be bartenders. Kevin’s dad BBQ’d for the rehearsal dinner.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Start early! We had almost a full year to plan the wedding and we were pretty much finished with a month or two to spare. First thing we did was researching our big venders (photographer, caterer, DJ, and venue). Once we booked all of those it just came down to the smaller things that we had plenty of time to plan out. Also, just asking our friends (who had been married recently) for advice. They helped us figure out what we actually needed to do and what we didn’t.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our biggest splurge was catering. We wanted to make sure we had delicious food for our guests, so we hired Kim from Fig Tree Catering and she delivered.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite detail was our guest tree. It sat outside the entrance of the reception and on it hung the names and table numbers of our guests. As they arrived, we had a friend take their pictures and print them out and place them in little frames and hang them on the tree.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The groom’s garter toss dance was the most memorable. He did a little “strip-tease” dance while attempting to get the garter from my leg.
Photography: Kristi Gayton • Venue: Ferris Recreation Park • Flowers: San Francisco Flower Market • Wedding Planner & Day-of-Coordinator: Katherine Pangelinan at Carrie Dove Catering & Events • Favors: Koozies • Catering: Fig Tree Catering • Bakery: Cindy at the El Dorado Hotel Bakery • Rentals: Sierra Canopy Rentals • DJ: Joel Swartzlander at Reno Mobile DJs • Makeup and Hair Stylist: Malina Wilson (Maid of Honor) & Nicole Odriozola • Bridesmaids Dresses: Blue Garter Bridal & Tux • Wedding Gown Designer: Jewel by David’s Bridal • Veil: Alfred Angelo • Groom and Groomsmen’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse • Ties: Macy’s