I love when brides take a bold step to incorporate what they love into their weddings, and Brandy does just that for her wedding. Instead choosing a color for her wedding theme, she opted to go with leopard print. And she pulled it off beautifully! I also love the advice she gives in her interview on having a budget-savvy, balanced perspective about your wedding. Enjoy this summer wedding with leopard print details! xoxo, Jessica
Brandy + Jeremiah
June 27, 2015
Charlotte, North Carolina | The Oaks Events
What was your budget?
Our goal for our wedding budget was to keep all expenses under $15,000.
DJ and lighting: $995
Food and Drinks: $2100
Venue and Décor: $6525
Make up: $325
Wedding Dress: $800
Reception Dress: $420
Save-the-Dates and invitations: $100
How many guests did you have?
About 100 guests
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
My favorite color isn’t an actual color! It’s always been leopard print since I was a little girl. A lot of people raised a brow when I went with that, but my bridesmaids were my two sisters and two best friends and they completely understood my vision. Also Jeremiah, my late father, and I had a love for super heroes and action movies so Jeremiah wanted to incorporate the super hero shirts and watches for his groomsmen to honor that connection with my dad. I’m not a typical girly girl. Pink is just not my thing and I have a very unique, eccentric personality as does Jeremiah, so we really wanted our wedding to be as laid back, non-traditional and as fun as we are.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
I just shopped around A LOT for the best quality of everything at the lowest price I could find. Anything I could leave out or do myself. I did. I did my own hair, my family made deserts for the desert table, we used chalkboards instead of programs and menus, and used the photo booth pictures as wedding favors. All the decorations and invites I would buy only if there was a half-off sale or I would find coupons online. Most brides always go into a wedding thinking this is the biggest day of my life and I should get whatever I want no matter how expensive. I thought the opposite. As soon as you mention the word “wedding”, the price for everything just skyrockets! I would use Pinterest for ideas and just find what I wanted below my budget and stick to that. I found you can find the same beautiful things, even your dream dress for the fraction of what most places would charge.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
The best advice is to be patient enough to shop around and get a very good organized wedding planner to help throughout the planning and the day of.
Most of all, when preparing for the day remember that it goes by very fast so make sure you surround yourself with an easy going bridal party. Set aside some time that day to really relax before hand and focus on yourself. At the wedding make sure you go around with your hubby to enjoy and the hard work you put into planning the day. I actually didn’t see or realize the photo booth at my own wedding because I kept getting pulled away from everything.
What was your biggest splurge?
The biggest splurge was the honeymoon. It was the first thing we planned because that was the most important part of our wedding to us. The wedding was something for our family but the honeymoon was for us.
What was your favorite detail?
I loved my cake! It was so delicious and had 3 different flavors. It was beautiful and leopard print!! The whole wedding was really beautiful but my cake was my favorite detail.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
There were so many fun moments but the most memorable moment to me was when the song “I Will Always Love You” came on and my husband pulled me out of nowhere and danced with me. We had got shuffled away from each other from all the chaos and I know he hates dancing, so it was such a special moment to have him find me and have that intimate moment amongst everything that was going on that day.
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