Real Wedding: Jennifer and Christian, X
February 27, 2009

Thank you so very much to Jennifer and Christian for sharing their gorgeous day with us...I think that I speak for everyone when I say that it was hugely inspiring. To know that you can design a magazine worthy wedding on a budget of $10,000 by looking to your own talents and ingenuity, well, it's really exciting!

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photos by Yvonne Wong

One last note to all of our readers...Jennifer is one of those super, creative types that probably has the ability to make everything she touches turn into something beautiful. But, even if you aren't as design savvy, there are some really important lessons you can take from her wedding...

-"Brand" your affair. Whether it's through a monogram, a chic but simple color palette, a particular style...think about your wedding like you might think about a business and thread one theme throughout the entire affair. And by theme, I don't mean theme per se, rather a recognizable trait.

-Look to stores like Target and IKEA for inexpensive finds, like table runners, great vases and such.

-Keep your guest count low...the smaller your wedding, the more you'll be able to do. For some brides, this isn't even a remote possibility but for others, it's a great way to stick to your budget.

-Find a place that already has personality. It could be a great restaurant in your neighborhood, an art gallery, a garden. Someplace that already has an ambiance so that you can save $$ on decor.

-Arrange the flowers yourself. HUGE savings here. With that said, if you are a high stress person, skip this one.

-Look to your own passion to add a little personality to your affair...if you love music, burn a CD of your favorite songs as your wedding favors. If you are a great cook, attach your favorite recipe that uses a particular herb to a cute jar filled with that same herb.

Hopefully, in today's wedding, you've discovered some good ways to cut corners without cutting style! If you guys have other tips, don't be this economy, we'll take all of the advice we can get!