Budget Bride

Budget Bride
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 04, 2008

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Tavon Ferguson, 25, wed Kenneth Ferguson, 28, on July 19, 2008, in Atlanta. Tavon received a spa manicure and pedicure from a local nail salon for $23. She applied the design detail herself and purchased Kenneth’s titanium wedding band from eBay.com for $40.

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Tavon was resourceful and managed to save money in every facet of her big day. She made her own bouquet with roses purchased at Costco and found ribbon and pins from a local dollar store.

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Kenneth, right, gets the royal treatment from his best man, Josiah Rugley. The groomsmen rented their tuxedos from Savvi Formalwear and Kenneth redeemed a coupon to receive a discount on each tuxedo rental. Kenneth was able to get his tux for free and all of the gentlemen received free shoe rental.

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It pays to have talented friends. Tavon’s makeup was done by her buddy Dominique Doyle, who lent her services to the bride as a gift. The southern belle pinned her hair into a loose updo herself after getting a $20 roller set.

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Tavon and her beautiful bridal party are all smiles for the camera. Her mother, Tonya Goolsby (in gold), was her maid of honor.

“It is a blessing for people to agree to be in your wedding,” says Tavon.

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Tavon and Kenneth had 75 guests at their wedding. Both the ceremony and the reception were held at Lambert Place in Atlanta.

“We received the food, linen, drinks, chair covers, the cake-cutting, the wait staff and more for $5,500,” shares Tavon.

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The happy bride and groom share a moment with a little loved one on their wedding day.

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“No one ever really signs the guest book and couples usually don’t do anything with it. My husband and I are big music fans. I bought these music notes from Party City for $8 and had guests sign them so we can frame them as artwork,” explains Tavon.

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Tavon printed the programs herself and added small paper daisies to each, which were also on the cake. Her wedding was planned in less than a year as she and Kenneth got engaged in September 2007.

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Tavon paid $10 for 100 programs at Michael’s after using a 50% off coupon. “I live every part of my life with the motto: I‚Äôd rather have more for less,” says the frugal newlywed.

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The blushing bride and her groom cut the cake during their reception. A small portion of the bottom tier was real cake for pictures. The guests received sheet cake that was purchased for less than $200.

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