In case you haven't noticed, we've started featuring bonus real weddings on Sundays when we have them! We get so many lovely submissions and our readers constantly tell us how much they love seeing real weddings (with real budget breakdowns) so I want to give you all what you want! 🙂 Today I've got a lovely wedding to share with you – a teal and orange wedding on an $8,000 budget. Hope you love this sweet and savvy wedding! xoxo Jessica
Casey + Gary
August 3, 2014
Dallas, TX Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake
What was your wedding budget?
We topped out right around $8,000. The photography included bridals and engagements as well. We also got really good deals because we knew the Owner of the Taco Shop. The sound equipment was a wedding gift from family friends. Our DJ was also a family member.
How many guests did you have?
We had approximately 105 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We wrote our own vows and made the wedding all things that we wanted. We didn’t want a big fancy, traditional ballroom wedding. We did a daytime, Sunday wedding. We had taco’s and single serve desserts with beer and margaritas. We also did a photo booth for our crazy friends to entertain themselves after the ceremony before the reception. Our cake toppers were painted by a friend and are one of my favorite aspects of the wedding.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We made almost everything at the wedding. We made the cake stands, table runners, cake toppers, bunting, tassels, all the chalk board signs, we painted the doors, the jars and vases. I also shopped around. I did not book the first person to show up on google. I would say shopping around saved me thousands. And utilizing any discount we could, my husband is a Marine and I’m a teacher, we used that as much as we could for a discount.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
I would say to my friends, some things are worth their weight in gold. I could not have done the day without a wedding day coordinator. She was phenomenal. She put out fires long before they got to me. I would also encourage brides to do what YOU want to do. Paying for the wedding ourselves was worth every penny because we were able to do what we wanted, without outside influence.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our photography was our biggest splurge. We knew that was the one aspect we would have forever. Rachel is a friend from college and I could not have dreamed of having anyone else shoot our wedding.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite detail.. Would have to be all of the details. The cake toppers were my favorite single item, I will have those on display forever. But I loved that every single item we had was handmade or painted and picked out by myself or a close friend. It made the day ours.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
I think the most memorable moment of the day was the first look we did. I was not nervous at all before I started walking out to see him waiting for me. The rest of the day was a breeze after that. And a close second would be leaving the venue in our awesome classic car having confetti thrown in our faces. Priceless.
Photography: Rachel Ledbetter Photography • Catering: Fuzzy’s Taco Shops • Desserts: Corner Bakery • Flowers: Kristin Rucker • Day of Coordination: Mary Buchanan • Event Rentals: Lakeside Party Rentals • Sound Equipment: Key West Concert Event • Exit Car: Tom Belluw