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Happy Sunday! I hope you enjoy this simply savvy pink wedding! The pale pink color scheme is perfect for the week of Valentine's Day! The couple saved a bundle by choosing an off-peak wedding date and by keeping things simple, but the end result is still lovely. Hope you enjoy the bride's helpful advice. xoxo Jessica
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Aaron + Taylor
February 9, 2013
Corinth, Texas  ||  Ashton Gardens Dallas

What was your budget?

Food, bar, ceremony, and reception site with tax – $7500
Photographer – $600 (our family friend is a professional photographer and gave us a discount)
Dress, shoes, veil, undergarments, and alterations – $1500
Flowers – $300 (DIY)
Wedding stationery, Save the Dates, and postage – $400
Bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts – $150 (DIY)
Party favors – $300
Misc. Items – $150
Brides hair – $100
Brides makeup – Free (DIY)
Officiant – Free (family friend)
DJ – Free (our venue had a state of the art sound system so we put together an oldies inspired playlist for our guests!)
Brides jewelry – Free (I wore a pair of pearl earrings and a pearl necklace that hubby gave me for my college graduation. I also wore a pearl bracelet as my “something borrowed” that belonged to my bridesmaids' great-great grandmother.)
Grooms tux – Free with Men's Warehouse coupons
Wedding cake – Free (a wedding gift from my brother and sister in law)
Decor – Free (included in the price of the venue)
Total = $11,000

How many guests did you have?


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

Rather than sticking to the traditional ceremony a family friend officiated. It was funny, personal, and heartfelt. This was one of my favorite aspects of our wedding.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We got married in an off season month (February) which saved us over $13,000 on the the venue!

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

SLOW DOWN! Enjoy it! Do your research and take your time!

What was your biggest splurge?

Wedding stationery. I was so heart set on a particular invitation; I just couldn't compromise!

What was your favorite detail?

I loved that instead of traditional party favors, we donated to the ASPCA in honor of all of our guests. In return, the ASPCA sent nice folded place cards for the table to notify everyone of our gesture.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

There were many. But my favorite (I know I'm going to sound cliche) was the look on my husband's face when they opened the chapel doors for me to walk down the aisle.


 Photography: Julie Johnson Photo   //   Venue: Ashton Gardens   //   Flowers: Fifty Flowers   //   Invitations: Love VS Design   //   Other paper goods: BP Invites on Etsy and DigiBuddha Paperie on Etsy   //   Cake: Elegant Cakery   //
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