Arkansas Wedding: Jenae + Aaron by Krista Campbell Photography | The Budget Savvy Bride
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It’s already Wednesday! These weeks are flying by, y’all. I’ve been so busy taking care of my sweet puppy that I haven’t had alot of time to offer input here on the blog. If you want to know what’s been going on, you can check out my personal blog. ANYWAY! This wedding today is gorgeous and I just know you will love it! My sweet friend Cineca who I met at the Dreamers into Doers event in NYC helped make this fab day happen so I’m super excited to feature it! The flowers and rustic details are sure to make you grin, hope you love it as much as I do! xoxo- Jessica

Jenae + Aaron
May 27th, 2012
Fayetteville, Arkansas at Stables On The Hill

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent it.

Our budget was approximately $10,000

Venue- $1,500

Photographer- Inquire for pricing.

Wedding Gown & Accessories- $1,500

Tuxes- $550.00

Flowers- $880

Rentals (chairs, dish ware, linens, chandeliers)- $900

Catering- $860

Liquor & Drinks- $900

DJ- $200

Hair & Make-up for bride & bridesmaids- $350

Wedding Party Gifts- $700

Invitations- $200

Décor (hay bails, candles, sparklers, favors)- $200

How many guests did you have?

Approximately 120

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

We wanted an outdoor wedding, but we were aware that it would be very warm at the end of May. I really wanted to have a lemonade stand in order to serve our guests cool drinks during the ceremony. The original stand that we were going to borrow was painted blue, so our wedding planner and her husband built one for us. We were very thankful to have a creative and fun way to provide comfort to our guests, and still have our outdoor wedding! We also added personal touches throughout the ceremony and reception. The groom designed custom Nikes for himself and his groomsmen. I surprised my husband with a song written and performed by his late father for our first dance. And our wedding planner created our ‘rustic chic’ theme by making most of the décor herself. Including wrapping mason jars in twine and raffia for candle holders and flower vases for the aisle; making chalkboard signs, fan programs, a wooden Ceremony & Reception sign, a hay bail sitting area, and our burlap table runners; and displaying photos on an antique window pane.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We had friends help out as much as possible and borrowed items, such as the cake knife. Also, our wedding planner was awesome at finding great bargains and at getting people to let us borrow things, like mason jars, burlap, a trough for bottled water and drinks, and the antique whiskey barrel that served as the cake table.

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Hire a wedding planner! No matter what your budget is, work a planner into it. It will be the best investment you make. You will have enough to plan and stress over, delegate some and enjoy the day!

What was your biggest splurge?

The groom say, “The bride’s rings!” LOL But for the actual wedding day, it would probably be the dress. It was my dream dress!

What was your favorite detail?

Our favorite detail was the atmosphere that the venue provided. We were going for a ‘rustic chic’ feel and it really came to life. We wanted simple with touches of elegant. BBQ for dinner served on glass plates, along with real silverware and barware, allowed us to couple the informal with the formal. The chandelier that hung on the arch where we said our vows was perfect. And our guests really enjoyed the beautiful horses on the land while playing horse shoes and dancing during our reception.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Doing the reveal before the ceremony. Seeing each other right before the wedding gave us a moment to really look at each other and prepare ourselves to commit to a lifetime together.

Wedding Coordinator Dreamin’ N Details  |  Photographer Krista Campbell Photography  |  Venue Stables on the Hill  |  Rentals Festivities  |  Cake Bizzy B’s Bakery  |  Catering Whole Hog Cafe

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  1. Beautiful!! Love the details!! :)

  2. Thank you so much, Jessica! This wedding was so much fun to plan. I loved jazzing up the rustic venue & decor with touches of glam :) xoxo

    {And, thank you, Lauren! It’s definitely the details that make the event personal & memorable ;) xo}

    • valerie
    • July 25th, 2012

    Love the rustic barn feel! I really wanted that for mine and couldn’t make it work for the wedding…now the barn is my plan for when i build my dream house…

    oh, and the dress is GORGEOUS!

    • Melissa
    • June 21st, 2013

    I love the idea of this website, but I have no faith in the numbers. How is it possible to feed 120 people for $860? That is $7.16 per person! Did she have servers? How much did that cost? In addition how much was paid for the wedding planner?

    • I’m sorry you feel that way! The bride from this feature says that they served BBQ as their food, which can be very inexpensive and is a popular menu for weddings because it is so affordable. I believe that’s a totally believable amount for BBQ! I definitely make a point to follow up with brides if I feel like financial breakdowns aren’t complete, but in this case I believe this to be accurate.

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