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$3k Budget

So thrilled to share this sweet $3K budget wedding with you today from the lovely Megan from Glamour and Grace! Megan is a fellow blogger with lots of great inspiration for you and she just so happens to also have some fab photography skills! I just LOVE the sweet simplicity of this wedding– where to start? How about the daisy and baby's breath bouquets– does it get any sweeter? Choosing inexpensive and readily available flowers is a great way to save money on your big day! They also kept it simple with a cake and punch reception– remember, in the end the day is about you and your spouse joining together in marriage, not about fancy, expensive details! I love it and it looks so lovely and stress-free, doesn't it? Congrats to Ryan and Susan and thanks for sharing your wedding day with us!! xoxo- Jessica

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Ryan & Susan

February 18th, 2012
La Belle, Florida

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

Our budget was $3,000
Ceremony & Reception Location: $400 ($300 back after event)
Officiant Gift: $150
Food: $220
Cake: $250
Gown: $265
Tux: Free w/ 5 tux purchases (groomsmen, fathers, ring bearer)
Flowers: $450 (given as gift to us)
Reception Decor: $150
DJ: $150
Photographer Gift: $100
Invitations & Programs: $150
Rings: $420
Horse & Carriage Gift: $300
Honeymoon: $1000 (given as gift to us)

How many guests did you have?

Approx. 100

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

Our invitations were handmade. We had a memory table with photos and memorabilia from our childhood to engagement. We made our wedding favors; we glued our engagement pictures onto small pieces of wood and put magnets on the back.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We did all of our own food and reception serving, it was a basic cake and punch reception. Our location actually gave us our money back a week later if no damage was done. Our flowers were given as a gift. Family and friends helped as our coordinator, hair stylist, reception decor, food, etc.

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

Simple can be very beautiful! Take one thing at a time and enjoy it! It means a lot to have family around, let them be a part but make sure it is your special day and is exactly how you want it.

What was your biggest splurge?

We didn't have any one big splurge. Our flowers and honeymoon were given as gifts and they were the most expensive. The horse and carriage had always been my childhood dream so we made sure we had that.

What was your favorite detail?

So hard to choose! It was a perfect day! The horse and carriage was a dream come true. My brother in law married us; that meant the world to both Ryan and I. I loved the table decor for the reception, it was simple and beautiful!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Coming in on a horse and carriage. Seeing Ryan for the first time. Celebrating at the reception. The weather was perfect!


Venue: Hendry House
Photography: Glamour and Grace (a family friend)
Horse & Carriage: Whispering Pines Clydesdales
Cake: Custom Confections by Carry
Flowers: Bright Petals Florist
Gown: David's Bridal
Tux: Men's Wearhouse
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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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  • erin

    this is beautiful, really. i love it

  • Laura C

    So the secret to a great budget wedding is to have a bunch of family nearby who is willing to cook food for 100+ people and have friends willing to give you the rest as gifts… ok, will keep that in mind.

    • That is one option, yes- but we have plenty of other features where that is not the case… so no need for the snark 😉

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