A few short years ago, Cassie, 28, and David Norton, 30, were strangers, both servers at the 810 Sports Zone at Harrah’s in North Kansas City and both enrolled in the same management class at UMKC. That changed when they worked the same shift one night, and then ran into each other walking into class the next day. Just two years later, they got engaged on a beach in Jamaica.
The couple picked a Wyandotte County community center as the site for an outdoor wedding and indoor reception. This saved lots of money but required booking a year in advance.
The couple took advantage of the long engagement, using the year to complete DIY projects and score deals that allowed them to come in under $10,000 for a budget wedding.
The community center didn’t include any staff in the reservation fee, so the Nortons leaned on Cassie’s friend JQ for day-of-wedding support. “She helped from 8 a.m. to midnight,” Cassie says. “She was a rock star.”
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Using Hy-Vee for cake, catering and ceremony flowers meant the couple got 10 percent off their entire order. Purchasing linens from linentablecloth.com was cheaper than renting.
By saving money on things the couple didn’t care about as much, they could splurge on the things they did — like hiring a shuttle company to transport guests from the hotel to the venue and back.
Cassie and David were married in a lovely ceremony full of personal touches, all while pinching their pennies.
Invitations: Ordered from Vistaprint during the company’s semi-annual sale for 50 percent off
Theme: Shabby chic and vintage
Handmade: Members of Cassie’s family built white entrance doors for the ceremony with materials purchased from Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Giant Jenga and corn hole games for the reception were made by Cassie’s brother and dad.
Colors: Blush pink, pearl and hints of gold
Location: In a grassy knoll framed by a tree line, with a lake in the background
Ceremony length: 15 minutes
Dress code: Dressy casual
Officiant: Pastor Tex Sample
Wedding party: Four bridesmaids, four groomsmen, a flower girl, a ring bearer and two ushers
Biggest crybaby: The bride
Special traditions: Unity sand ceremony while Bette Midler’s “The Rose” played. Cassie’s late mother used to sing the song.
Processional: Jose Gonzalez, “Heartbeats”
Live music: The Rikers, a band from the bride’s hometown of Milan, Mo., gave the couple a good deal
Song that got the party started: The band learned “Uptown Funk,” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, for the reception
First dance: David Gray, “This Year’s Love”
Father/daughter dance: Cassie had two father/daughter dances. She danced to “My Girl,” by the Temptations with her stepfather and Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” with her dad.
Neckline: Queen Anne
Party favors: Cassie and David purchased boxes shaped like tuxedos and wedding dresses for 10 cents at Dollar Tree and filled them with Hershey’s Kisses.
Number of guests: 150
Wedding cake: A simple and elegant thee-tier white cake from Hy-Vee. An arrangement of fresh flowers decorated the top of the cake.
Food: Barbecued pulled pork, smoked baked beans, cheesy corn, rolls and dinner salad, all from Hy-Vee
Booze: Boulevard Wheat, red and white wine, whiskey and vodka
Before and after
Bachelorette party: Cassie and her bridesmaids took a train to Hermann, Mo., during Oktoberfest. They toured wineries via a trolley and finished the night at a speakeasy-themed Halloween party.
Bachelor party: The men roadtripped to Colorado, stopping at a few breweries along the way. They finished the trip with a big hike in Fort Collins.
Bridal shower: A carnival-themed shower at the Elks Lodge in Cassie’s hometown of Milan. The maid of honor provided hot dogs, cotton candy, lemonade, popcorn and cookies. The guests played carnival games while answering questions about the bride.
Rehearsal dinner: Hollywood Casino
Honeymoon: Italy — Venice, Cinque Terre and Rome — for 10 days
Makeup: Chavon Glidewell-Swartz, owner of Adorn Beautique
Hair: Glidewell-Swartz and Tessa Roberts with Hot Heads Salon
Alterations: Dress reconstruction by Wendy McMillian of WMCouture
Photography: Whitney Kinnison
Photo booth: KC Fun Photo booth. The couple saved money by booking this service through Living Social.
Florist: Poppy & Clover
Videographer: Nouvelle Productions
Ceremony music: Chris Foster
Bartending: Studio D Productions
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