Dragonfly Garden Budget Wedding!

It dawned on me that I haven’t shared my own wedding yet! The theme for our wedding was a Zen garden with a focus on garden touches, dragonflies and sage green with ivory and rose accents. Here is the breakdown on how I saved and planned the wedding of our dreams. With a little sweat, thinking outside the box and a notebook of inspiration, we had a day to remember without going into debt!

 

We had our ceremony and reception both in one place which saved us money and also made it easier for our guests. We had a July wedding in an outdoor garden. Our reception was in a renovated home on the property. Our family helped us with the photographer, DJ, my dress and the florist. I know now all BB budget brides have that help so we were very grateful. I didn't take it for granted either. I made sure I had high quality and great prices for the vendors that our families were giving us as a gift. Wedding Wire was a huge help in that department!  The rest of the wedding we paid for ourselves. I made many of the items for our special day.

We had our July 2009 ceremony and reception both in one place which saved us money and also made it easier for our guests. Our venue was F.E.A.S.T. at Round Hill in Washingtonville, NY. Leaving NJ allowed us to have a stunning venue for a better price. Our ceremony was in the beautiful gardens and our reception was in a renovated home on the property. Our family helped us with the photographer, DJ, my dress and the florist. I know now all BB budget brides have that help so we were very grateful. I didn’t take it for granted either. I made sure I had high quality and great prices for the vendors that our families were giving us as a gift. Wedding Wire was a huge help in that department! The rest of the wedding we paid for ourselves. I made many of the items for our special day.

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These painted wine glasses, decorated with flowers and butterflies, were our wedding favors. They pulled double duty and served as table decor as well. They were only $199 at The Christmas Tree Shop and were a big hit. We still see our guests using them when we visit them! I actually filled five carts with these glasses and bought them at the store…no shipping costs!

 

I painted the table numbers with wooden shapes from The Dollar Tree. I decorated each one with a design that corresponded with the table number itself (for example eleven peaks and falls in the zigzag on Table Eleven). I found stands at Home Goods that I used to back the numbers. I paid $1.60 to create each table number!

I painted the table numbers with wooden shapes from The Dollar Tree. I decorated each one with a design that corresponded with the table number itself (for example eleven peaks and falls in the zigzag on Table Eleven). I found stands at Home Goods that I used to back the numbers. I paid $1.60 to create each table number!

 

Our cake was delicious! The best part was that it was included in our venue package! I love Cake Boss but an included cake saved us a ton of money and it was tasty! In fact, I ate the whole topper myself that week...it never made it into the freezer for that one year anniversary!

Our cake was delicious! The best part was that it was included in our venue package! I love Cake Boss but an included cake saved us a ton of money and it was tasty! In fact, I ate the whole topper myself that week…it never made it into the freezer for that one year anniversary!

 

Our centerpieces were large cylinder vases in three different sizes. There were floating orchids with grasses and acrylic gems. Each was topped with a floating candle. We rented the glass mirrored bottoms from the florist who created the centerpieces. I could have made them easily myself if I had any floral ability. They were inexpensive and everyone wanted to take them home. We use two of them ourselves that I repurposed for our outdoor table and for Christmas! I added votives around them that I bought for a huge discount at a Michaels sale.

Our centerpieces were large cylinder vases in three different sizes. There were floating orchids with grasses and acrylic gems. Each was topped with a floating candle. We rented the glass mirrored bottoms from the florist who created the centerpieces. I could have made them easily myself if I had any floral ability. They were inexpensive and everyone wanted to take them home. We use two of them ourselves that I repurposed for our outdoor table and for Christmas! I added votives around them that I bought for a huge discount at a Michaels sale.

I found these dragonfly shoes for only $20 at DSW! They were the inspiration for the dragonfly theme!

I found these dragonfly shoes for only $20 at DSW! They were the inspiration for the dragonfly theme!

I made these placecards using the custom logo I created in Word. I used a paper punch to create the placecards out of ivory cardstock

I made these placecards using the custom logo I created in Word. I used a paper punch to create the placecards out of ivory cardstock

 

The flower girl dresses were only $30! I found them at Macys in the spring section. They were comfortable and the girls wore them again after the wedding!

The flower girl dresses were only $30! I found them at Macys in the spring section. They were comfortable and the girls wore them again after the wedding! The bridesmaid dresses were also discounted. I ordered them through Macys. Since I had a wedding registry for Macys, the bridesmaids received a 10% off discount.

 

 

Our unity candle! I found this for $6 online. I paired it with votives that had dragonflies and butterflies. Total Cost= $16 for all! Way cheaper and prettier than a traditional unity candle set!

Our unity candle! I found this for $6 online. I paired it with votives that had dragonflies and butterflies. Total Cost= $16 for all! Way cheaper and prettier than a traditional unity candle set!

 

Another shot of our table decor

Another shot of our table decor

We displayed pictures in frames from our house to decorate the reception and area and make it feel cozier. Our photographer gave us an engagement poster for guests to sign for free. Total cost = $0!

We displayed pictures in frames from our house to decorate the reception and area and make it feel cozier. Our photographer gave us an engagement poster for guests to sign for free. Total cost = $0!

A family friend, Charlotte, sewed this beautiful hanging for us. We used it on a small table displaying our unity candles and remembrance candle.

A family friend, Charlotte, sewed this beautiful hanging for us. We used it on a small table displaying our unity candles and remembrance candle.

 

I made our guest book on Shutterfly. I used a free photobook promo code and paid only $8 for shipping. This was more personal, fun and way more affordable than a traditional guest book.

I made our guest book on Shutterfly. I used a free photobook promo code and paid only $8 for shipping. This was more personal, fun and way more affordable than a traditional guest book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kohls/Macys Flower Girl Dresses- inexpensive flower girl dresses!

How many times have you seen the flower girls walking around in heavy, tulle filled, itchy dresses that they never want to wear again?  I’ve seen it over and over again. Outside the wedding store, you can find a plethora of beautiful, fancy little girl dresses for almost a fourth of the cost of a traditional wedding girl dress! These dresses have more beading and detail and usually can be found to match your color scheme.

My daughters were recently a flower girl and junior bridesmaid in a wedding. The color scheme was black and white. We found both their dresses at Kohls.com. They were in the same style and came in toddler, little girl and big girl sizes. My total for BOTH dresses was $72 with shipping and I earned $10 in Kohls Cash. That is awesome! The girls kept the dresses on all night with no comfort complaints and have even worn them again for sweet sixteen parties and other weddings. NICE!

 

Here are some pictures of the dresses in action!

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Similarly, I found this flower girl dress at Macys (pictured in front) for only $34 for my flower girls. Once again it came in little girl and big girl sizes. The dresses were comfortable and worn again and again!

 

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Thinking outside the wedding store can save you serious money and help you find something that is more customized, elegant and comfortable for your flower girls!

 

Music Themed Wedding Ideas from Katie Kraft!

 

I had the pleasure of going to a wonderful, budget friendly and AWESOME wedding this weekend. My friend, Katie Kraft, came up with these original fun ideas herself! These are not only budget friendly but super memorable! Enjoy!

created by Katie Kraft

created by Katie Kraft

 

* The seating chart above was made using chalkboard paint, chalk and Katie and Logan Kraft’s favorite albums. Each guest found their name under the album and matched it to their corresponding table. Efficient and fun!


 

 

The program was made from old records with updated labels. Katie Kraft created a soundtrack label (not record!)  for her wedding to correspond with the events of the ceremony and reception!

 

 

created by Katie Kraft

created by Katie Kraft

 

 

Another close up of the programs….this one will NOT wind up in the recycling bin!

 

 

created by Katie Kraft

created by Katie Kraft

 

 

The vases were made with ModPodge and sheet music. They were lit from within with LED candles and had picture holders to hold laminated double sided copies of the album! Cost effective and memorable!


 

created by Katie Kraft

created by Katie Kraft