Holy cow, you guys. We're saying goodbye to 2014 with a BANG thanks to this amazingly fabulous real wedding we're sharing today! Let's take a look at the details — this wedding includes all of the following: Kate Spade, unicorns, gold glitter, turquoise cupcakes, food truck catering, amazing decor, paper flowers, and so much more. You're gonna love this so much, I just know it! The bride is a wedding planner herself, so she she had her wedding planner eye for design and a mission to do her big day on a budget and the results are truly out-of-this-world fabulous! xoxo, Jessica
Emily + Brian
November 9, 2013
Apopka, FL – Orlando-Apopka Airport
What was your wedding budget?
Total Budget – $15,000
- Photography – $4,000
- Catering – $2,500
- Cakes/Desserts – $200 (many of our desserts were made by family and friends and given to us as gifts)
- Venue – $400 (for 3 days)
- Flowers – $750
- Rentals – $300 (glassware), $2,600 (tables, chairs, linens, draping), $50 (disposable food boats and bamboo flatware)
- Transportation – $1000
- Hair/Makeup – $150
- Wedding Dress – $800 (custom made)
- Bride's Accessories – $500
- Groom's Attire – $200
- Design Materials (all decor made by bride's company, Oh Deer Creative) – $500
- Papery (paper goods designed by bride's company, Oh Deer Creative) – $150
- Officiant – free as he was the father of one of our groomsmen
- Music – used own sound system
- Planning/Design – free as I did it myself, but it is usually a $6,000 package that I offer clients
****Because I own an wedding planning and design company, I did not have to pay for someone to do a lot of this work. I did pay an assistant $200 to run our day of from my constructed timelines).
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Everything! Details are my passion, and creating details that are purposeful and joyful are definitely my heart songs. Knowing that we were going to be working on a pretty tight budget, Brian and I set out to create a super fun, and incredibly unique wedding for our friends and family to experience. Our wedding day was filled with intentional details from the quirky design to the more serious moments. We decided to base our wedding design off a silly iphone game that we played while dating, Robot Unicorn Attack. From there, we went all in. Our wedding was filled with vibrant colors, custom unicorn logos, and the theme song to the game, “Always” by Erasure. Other personal details that we incorporated were food trucks. Brian and I have spent many date nights enjoying meals curbside from the best local food trucks in Orlando. Choosing food trucks as our food for the wedding seemed perfect since it not only incorporated something we loved, but also allowed us to selfishly have every kind of food at our wedding all at once. After we settled on food trucks, we then started our hunt for a venue that could accommodate. I know that is backwards for the way most people plan their wedding, but we made our decisions based upon our priorities. We chose to get married at the Olrando-Apopka airport not only because it worked with our food truck idea, but it also meshed with our story since Brian proposed to me on an airplane. It was just perfect! One of my most favorite personal details from our wedding was the marriage certificate that we had at our ceremony. I designed a poster-sized marriage certificate, and during our ceremony we signed this as a way to publicly acknowledge our vows along with our pastor and our bridal party. This now hangs in our dining room, and is a wonderful reminder of the promise we make to each other daily.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
The biggest thing we did to save money was making the decision with my husband that I would take on all the planning and design myself. This is not something I usually advocate since it can end up causing more stress and costing more money for many brides, but this worked out in our situation since I work as a event planner and designer. Because I chose to handle these responsibilities, it meant that I was taking a precious slot for a client and therefore did not bring in that additional income, so it was definitely a trade off. I also saved money by having a local designer/seamstress create my dress from a design I drew up. I really wanted an incredibly unique wedding dress as I didn't want to associate what I was wearing with any of my other brides, and I'm definitely not good at being traditional. It was definitely a risk going this route, but something that paid off dramatically for me.
What was the biggest sacrifice you made to stay on budget?
My biggest sacrifices came in my tablescapes. I chose to use paper products and bamboo flatware in lieu of dishware and simple stems in upcycled vases for our centerpieces rather than full arrangements. Having food trucks provide our catering made the table settings perfect for the style of wedding we had, and we opted for other ways to make our tables shine. Having colorful vintage glassware, custom band buttons on the napkins, and vibrant flowers in upcycled vases (many of which cost $0.10 or less) allowed our tables to still pop without breaking the bank.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Prioritize. Know what things are the most important to you, and set your budget around that. Budget weddings are possible, but they are a lot of work. When you have a budget wedding, you will need to get creative with your resources and many times toss the budget planning sheets out the window because you will be planning something incredibly unique. Also, no matter what, budget to have someone at least take the reigns from you the day of your wedding and allow them to handle it all. Being the type-A planner that I am, even with having someone running my day-of, I was constantly concerned with the details the way I am with my clients, and that sometimes got in the way of me enjoying the moment. Remember what matters most, and don't let anything else get in your way. If you leave that night married to the one you love more than anything, your wedding was perfect!
What was your biggest splurge?
Photography. I am the biggest advocate for spending money on a good photographer. It was extremely important to me to have a skilled photographer that would capture our day exactly as it came together. Memories of your wedding day can be fleeting. It's a crazy day full of excitement, emotions, and people, and photos are the way that you can preserve all of those sacred memories.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite detail has to be our marriage certificate from our ceremony. I love all the fun and pretty reception things, but the marriage certificate holds more meaning than anything else can. I also love that this detail hangs in our house today as a reminder of the vows that we took that day, and also as a reminder of the promise our friends and family made to love and support us in our marriage.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable moment from the day wasn't just one moment, but a combination of many moments watching my husband smile, celebrate, and dance. The pure joy that he expressed throughout each moment of that day makes me feel silly for the stress and frustration that I carried about little things that weren't going right. His moments of joy were a reminder of what mattered most. A lifetime ahead of marriage, celebration, joy, and bad dancing! Another favorite memory from that day was the speech my dad made at the reception. He read a letter to my mom that he wrote her for their anniversary that year, and there probably wasn't a dry eye in the place. My parent's love is something to be admired, and I loved hearing my dad's wisdom and marriage advice given to us through his expression of love to my mother.
Photographer: Mike & Ann | Visual Storytellers • Planning and Design: Emily Grace Design • Venue: Orlando-Apopka Airport • Flowers: Carolyn Ayres • Rentals: Party Time Rentals and Dishie Rentals • Catering: The Crepe Company, Sushi and Seoul on a Roll, and The Treehouse Truck • Officiant: Rev. David McEntire • Hair: Carly Milleson at Porte Noire • Makeup: Love & Arrows Makeup by Cristina Jones • Dress: Custom • Shoes: Kate Spade • Cake: Betty Cakes, Becky Bakes, and Family • Paper Goods: Oh Deer Creative • Hangers: Oh Deer Creative • Buttons: Oh Deer Creative