I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! I love to start off our week by featuring a reader’s real wedding…for some reason, the creativity and approachability of the weddings that you guys create just completely inspires me for the week. So, that is just what we are doing today!

Ameleah sent me these pictures from her July wedding…brace yourselves people, this wedding is STUNNING…

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The sweet but sophisticated color palette, the dreamy ambiance, the abundance of gorgeous flowers…everything is magical. But what I love most about this wedding is that Ameleah designed this fairytale on budget! And, she is here today to share with us her vision and her practical ideas for creating magazine-worthy style while keeping your budget in check!

From Ameleah…

When we first got engaged I had a million grand ideas floating around in my head fueled by all the gorgeous weddings featured in bridal magazines and on the internet, but I knew that we couldn’t have everything and stay within our budget. We set our priorities early on and that guided our decisions about where to splurge and where to save. We decided on a summer garden wedding. The look we were going for was fresh and casual yet elegant. Our top priorities were the flowers and food.

We ended up spending the most money on these two elements, but we got creative to come up with ways to save as well. We also used this reasoning to pick out the elements we were willing to compromise on in other areas. When I looked at invitations I found that I was drawn to simple invitations on lux paper. Ideally I would have loved letterpress, but it just wasn’t in the budget. I ended up buying lettra letterpress paper in bulk from Crane then designing our save the dates and programs myself, a talented friend designed our invitations, and had them printed and cut at kinkos. I ended up with invitations on the high quality paper I loved, but at a fraction of the cost.

More to come, so stay tuned!