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BSWOW Hope you guys love this very lovely fall themed wedding! Lots of handmade and crafty details, and a bride in a short dress! LOVE! xoxo – Jessica

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Stephanie + Aaron

The Wherehouse  |  Holyoke, MA


What was your budget?

Approximately $5000 for 80 people


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We have a really great group of friends! Our photographer, invites, cakes, centerpieces were all friends and family, and they all worked with us to make it personal and affordable. We also selected a venue that was very reasonable in price along with having character.


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

Go with the flow! Planning is GREAT but know that things change! Whether it is fitting a groomsman who lives in Scotland and converting stones to pounds or having 90% chance of rain the day of your planned outside ceremony (which we moved inside), things come up, just as long as you keep in mind that it will be a wonderful day even if there are last minute snafoo”s, just go with the flow and you”ll be just fine!


What was your biggest splurge?

I'd have to say our invites were the biggest splurge but so worth it! My lovely friend Laurie May Coyle offered to work with us to create lovely Gocco invites around our theme (outdoors, lots of wood grain elements-our last name is Wood, go figure!). From creating the invites to designing a logo that we used on our table cards, programs and on our favors. They were made with love and us in mind so it was 100% worth it!


What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was the head piece that I work in lieu of a veil. I am a crafty person by nature and love the sentimentality of handmade goods, so I HAD to incorporate something handmade into by outfit, it”s just who I am. I love this headband and it has inspired me to make more for my line! It was the perfect touch to my outfit (especially the hint of orange to match Aaron) and close to my heart.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The first time Aaron and I looked at each other after going down the aisle. We were grinning ear to ear and both were in awe of the day, of each other and our families. It was a magic moment to start off a great evening!



Phototgrapher: Jeanine Dargis  //  Invites, Logo, Cake Topper, Photos: Laurie May Coyle  //  Cake: Ellen Cunningham  //  Centerpieces: Sharon Ostiguy  //  Venue: The Wherehouse  //  Headpiece: Stephanie Gravalese-Wood/atomsatwork

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About Jessica

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • We are so proud of our BerkshireMade girl—what a beautiful start to your life together….best forever wishes.

  • Thanks Jean!!! It looks great Jessica! Just wanted to especially thank my bridesmaids: MOH Helena for moonlighting as my wedding planner and keeping me sane, Jackie for her support, and planning, & Marie and Jess for their being so wonderful!

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