Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Real Wedding: Florida Sunshine

Hey brides - have you ever visited The Budget Savvy Bride site?  There is A TON of inspiration and tips on saving money for your big day!  When I came across the site this afternoon, I spent a while searching around, taking in all the great information.  One of my favorite parts of the blog is that you can look at real weddings based on the budget the couple had to work with.  In fact, that's the section I pulled today's wedding from!

Today's Wedding Wednesday feature is from a couple who spent roughly $7,500 on their wedding, with a guest list of around 100 people. If you do the math, that's roughly $75 a guest - not too bad if you ask me!!

Here are photos of this gorgeous, sunny Florida wedding:

The color scheme just screams Florida sun!

I love this photo of the happy couple!  Beautiful shot!

So you're probably wondering how the couple can throw a wedding this beautiful with only spending $7,500 for everything?  Yep, I was, too.  So here's a little bit of a breakdown:

- Ceremony Venue: $200 (donation to church)
- Reception Venue: Free (it was the groom's parents house)
- Photographer: $800 (which included their engagement photos.  The couple didn't get any prints or albums with their package, however, they were given the rights to the photos.)
- DJ: $600 for 6 hours
- Bagpipe Players: $250
- Flowers: $150
- Caterer: $2,5000
- Decor: $250
- Wedding Dress: FREE!!  The bride had a designer friend design her dress and accessorize her. Beautiful!
- Hair and Make-up: $150
- Groom's attire: Free tux (free with the 5 groomsmen tux rentals).  $150 for reception attire
- Wedding bands: grooms: $370; brides: $300 (on clearance at JC Penney)
- Invitations (including envelopes and postage): $120
- Cake and cupcake favors: $250 - a childhood friend baked all the cupcakes for the favors.
- Wedding Party Favors: $300
- Chairs, table and linen rentals: $1,000

As you can see, this wedding could have been a lot more expensive than what the couple spent.  It's so awesome that they were able to use family members and friends talents to help with their wedding.  Remember brides - it's always good to think of family and friends who's talents you can utilize when planning your wedding... it's also a great way for them to get some extra publicity (like this couple gave to the friend who baked their cupcake favors!).

To read more about this wedding and see more photos, head over to The Budget Savvy Bride's post.  While you're on the site, stick around and check out the other weddings, inspiration and tips for your big day!

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If you are interested in submitting a wedding for our Wedding Wednesday series, please contact me today!  We have a new email - cammi{at{  We hope to hear from you soon!!

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