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I'm excited to introduce a new feature here on BSB: The Simply Savvy Sunday Section! We've been getting SO many wedding submissions lately that we decided we needed to feature more than just one per week! Since Sunday is one of our highest trafficked days on the blog, I thought what better day to share some simply savvy weddings with y'all! This Sunday section will feature weddings that were done on small budgets, just like our BSWOW (Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week) but will have more of a focus on intimate weddings, city hall ceremonies, and elopements- since they make up a HUGE chunk of the budget savvy wedding pie! Hope you enjoy this new feature and look forward to more simply savvy wedding goodness to come! xo- Jessica

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Krystal + Storm

December 31, 2012

Lexington, Virginia

House Mountain Inn


What was your budget? Please give us a breakdown of how you spent your budget.

Approx $7,000: Venue – $2,200; Food/Cake/Alcohol – $1,600; Decorations/Flowers – $400; Dress/Suit/Accessories – $1,000; Photography – $1,100; Invitations – $150


How many guests did you have?



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

Storm and I are both musicians, so we included musical accents throughout the ceremony. My processional, our recessional, and first dance were favorite pieces and we used sheet music flowers for ceremony and reception decorations. Storm gave me a red rose on our first date, so we used red roses and baby's breath for wedding/ceremony decorations. We used gold accents to celebrate New Years Eve – I wore gold shoes, we decorated the soles of the bridesmaids' shoes with gold glitter, we brought gold noise-makers for midnight celebrating, the groom and groomsmen wore gold ties, and we used gold branch arrangements for ceremony decorations. We also wanted to celebrate the Christmas season, so we decorated with Christmas lights, candles, Christmas trees, and a hot chocolate bar with flavored marshmallows and candy.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I bought bulk flowers from Sams Club and made bouquets, boutonnieres, and decorations with my bridesmaids. We also skipped serving a full meal and cake – we had 4-5 appetizers available for guests and served Sams Club cheesecake with a few different toppings. Our friends and family pitched in to help decorate, DJ and do hair and makeup.


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

Relax and enjoy the process 🙂 Everyone knows the major things you HAVE to get done (find a groom, dress, venue, etc.), but after that pick a few details to accomplish and don't worry about making EVERYTHING go together. Things will go wrong, so just prepare for that and don't let mishaps ruin your wedding.


What was your biggest splurge?

Venue and Appetizers – House Mountain Inn does their own catering.


What was your favorite detail?

The gold and sheet music accents – everything felt very coordinated, even if i was slightly clueless.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

First look photography session with Storm! So cold, but such a beautiful setting 🙂



Photography: Crystal Image Photography   |  Wedding Dress – Church Street Bridal, Lynchburg, VA (Church Street Bridal receives sample wedding dresses from a number of bridal shops – including Kleinfeld Bridal in NYC – and sells them at a great discount. Proceeds go to the Lynchburg, VA YWCA)  |   Groom's Suit – Jos. A. Bank  |   Invitations –  |  Flowers – Sams Club Bulk Flowers  |   Dessert – Sams Club  |   Venue and Catering – House Mountain Inn;

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