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How to Have the Wedding of Your Dreams on a Budget

The Wedding of Your Dreams on a Budget

Yes, it can be done! Take some advise from a bride…

Crystal is the mastermind bride behind all of the amazing details that filled this beautiful summer wedding captured by Natalie Jo Wedding Photography. A day filled with close family and friends at Olde Dobbin Station was the perfect backdrop to make this bride’s dreams come true.

Get in on all the gold glitter wedding ideas in the full gallery here on Wedding Chicks. We’re happy Opulent Treasures collection of chandelier cake stands and dessert stands in antique gold fit right in with this bride’s budget friendly wedding!!

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Advise from the bride..

Don’t start your wedding planning too soon!

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I think the only thing I would have done differently is not start planning so early. That sounds crazy, I know! It's a blessing and a curse. I knew exactly what I wanted before we even got engaged so I just started running full throttle the day after we got engaged. I bought a lot of things early that I didn't end up using once we really got our staples in place. As I got further and further into the planning I saw different things I liked better so bought those instead. The money racks up pretty quickly! Also, over a years worth of time your tastes change just slightly or fads change and you see new things on pinterest. I wish I would have just put everything aside and made decisions on decor just a bit later so I was absolutely sure!

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PRIORITIZE YOUR BUDGET

Another piece of advice is to spend the bulk of your money on 3 of your most important things. Mine were the photographer, the flowers and the venue! Now, I am a photographer as well so photos are my #1 priority! I'm pretty sure that was my biggest bill and I would do it over and over again! My photographer also happened to be a good college friend of mine, so she knew me as well! Research until you can't research anymore! I can't tell you how important it is to pick the "right" one. Don't go with the cheapest, PLEASE. I promise you, you get what you pay for!

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Opulent Treasures Cake and Dessert Stands! Cakes & Catering Cakes by Claire

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Read on to see how much this pink and gold glittery wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

Wedding Budget…

After everything was said and done, we spent $30,000 on our wedding. That's not leaving anything out. Down to the button, pearl and lace! Including, stuff I didn't use, honeymoon, dress, invites/save the dates, linens, gifts for bridal party/parents, etc. I could have definitely done it for less but I wouldn't change a thing about that final day! It was perfect! Here is a small breakdown of the big things:
Venue: $5500
Photographer: (I got a friend discount) $2500
Flowers: $2500
Food: $2000
Dress: $2500
DJ: $500 (he was a friend)
Alcohol: $1500 (we provided beer and wine and anything my bridal party wanted. They had a code!)

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