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The Wedding Pie: Kathryn and Chris

Budget Weddings

So you’re engaged. You picked a date and are beaming with glee about your upcoming nuptials. You’re culling through thousands of gorgeous, dreamy weddings online and wondering how much would it be something like this? Unless you have close friends and siblings who have recently got married and know how much their weddings cost, you have no idea where to begin setting your budget. This is why we’re beyond excited to start a little section about budgets from real couples who are kind enough to give us the skinny on how they divided their budget. We hope you like it as much as we enjoyed creating it!

Please keep in mind that costs vary in many ways, from the location of the event, vendor’s experience level to the time of the year, month, day of the week and even date if it’s a popular one in demand (like 11.11.11). The chart below is a ball park for Chris + Kathryn’s wedding featured earlier today. To see their wedding, click here.

Our number one tip to setting your budget is to give priority to what’s most important to you (photography, wedding gown, catering, etc), then work your budget around it. For Chris + Kathryn, they wanted organic catering, a conveniently located venue and photography.

How did their budget stack up?

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This wedding has an amazing mix of opposites — indoor and outdoor, rustic and romantic, whimsical and practical — and we couldn’t be more sold on the results. The couple even recruited the help of a brass band who tops off the wedding aesthetic perfectly! Shannen Norman was there to capture the day absolutely perfectly.

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From the bride, Kathryn: I envisioned an effortless organic style. True to the location we embraced the lavender fields and natural inspiration that surrounded us by incorporating hints of beige and green into our wedding parties wardrobe. In keeping with an effortless theme (FYI not so effortless) we handcrafted everything from wedding signs, floral arrangements to paper flowers and cupcake towers.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? 1) Here is what I will say… “The dress DOES matter!” It doesn’t have to be an expensive dress but it does have to be the dress that you want. No one looks at or comments on anything more than you and your dress that day. 2) Do not be involved in setting things up the day of your wedding. 3) Allow ample amount of time to get ready and feel ready.

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Cherry Valley, CA):

Wedding Venue: Highland Springs Resort / Wedding Photographer: Shannen Norman Photography / Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini / Wedding Shoes: 7 For All Mankind / Wedding Veil: David’s Bridal / Wedding Planner: Rachel Tetrow / Wedding Flowers: Robin with Infinity Bouquet / Bride’s Hair: Chelsea Neilson at Aveda (Redlands, CA) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: preowned by bridesmaids / Wedding Music: The Petrojvic Blasting Company / Cupcakes: Sprinkles / Wedding Invitations: Vista Print

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Bella Lily Bridal….Redefining the Bridal Experience!

We are a specialty bridal boutique in Glendale, Arizona, where we strive to provide our brides with a genuine and unique, one-on-one experience.

In a relaxed and intimate setting, you will be surrounded by a full collection of high quality wedding dresses and a knowledgable staff of stylists to help bring your bridal fashion dreams to a reality.

From modern styles to timeless classics, our gowns are handpicked with our brides’ desires at the heart of it all. We understand shopping for a wedding dress is such a memorable occasion and we will make sure our brides not only enjoy themselves, but also walk away with the perfect dress and memories to last a life-time.

Located at 19420 N. 59th Ave. C-121, Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: 623.825.4496

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Your search for the perfect bridesmaid dress is about to get a whole lot easier. Weddington Way is a group shopping site for bridal parties, which makes dress shopping simple and social. Anyone who has tried to corral their nearest and dearest ladies into picking & purchasing the perfect bridesmaid dress, can attest that it is no small feat! This is especially true if your bffs live across the globe.

Weddington Way’s technology makes the collaboration so easy – brides invite their bridesmaids, who can rank the brides favorites dresses. The bride can then keep track of where each girl is in the purchasing process, without having to bug them by email/phone. This gives the bride the control and visibility she wants without imposing on the bridesmaid or feeling like bridezilla! Plus, friends that live all over the place can still come together for the bridesmaid dress shopping experience. Weddington Way’s team of stylists support bridal parties every step of the way from style advice, to measurement and fitting assistance.

They carry fabulous brands like Lela Rose, Alfred Sung, Coren Moore and Thread Bridesmaid, with over 500 styles and 80 colors to choose from. From now until January 31st, 2012, Weddington Way is running a giveaway for a chance to win bridesmaids dresses for your whole party! (up to an $800 value). Enter Here for you chance to win. Winner will be chosen at the of the month. Good Luck!

Bridesmaid photo credits: Fass Studio Photography, Beth Baugher of True Love Photography, Tideline Photography, Melissa McFadden Photography

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