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I’ve got quite a lovely wedding for you today! This couple had their ceremony in a church and their reception at a Vineyard. Average Vineyard weddings cost upwards of $30k or more, but Jason and Jessica managed to bring their total in at around $17,000. I love all the wine and vineyard related details included in the reception decor. I love using Wine corks in decor items and this is something you could easily do if you save corks over time. (I actually asked family and friends to save their corks for me for a while so I could fill a decorative jar in my house!) The beautiful backdrop of the vineyard makes a beautiful setting for photos and the couple were happy with their decision to find a place that could take care of all the setup and take down for them. I hope you enjoy this lovely wedding shot by the talented photography duo Meet The Burks.

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Jessica + Jason

6.29.2013

Mocksville, NC | Childress Vineyards

 

What was your wedding budget?

$6700………..Venue
$5250………..Food
$300………….band
$100…………caller
$2500………..Photography
$150…………wedding cake
$1000………..wedding dress and veil
$150…………Save the dates
$350…………invitations
$200…………bouquets
$100………..programs
$250………..video

$17,050 = TOTAL

 

 

How many guests did you have?

We had 100 guests.

 

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

We made our own programs, which I was so proud of. They took lots of hole-punches and twine to be tied, but turned out great in the end. We attached paper punched leaves in different shades of green to add a rustic flair.

For the reception, we put round log stabs underneath the flower centerpieces of the table. This gave the classy room the subtle rustic touch we were wanting. We also had an “advice tree” where guests could write small notes and words of wisdom onto a paper leaf and hang on the tree.

 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Wedding invitations can get expensive very quickly. The one we originally chose cost twice as much as what we were okay spending money on.  We took a more plain invitation, added a cheaper insert from another, and made an extra green colored direction insert ourselves. To make sure the invitation still had a look of quality, we choose a nicer quality envelope that had a golden insert in it.

 

 

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

Plan ahead…way ahead, and don’t rush your engagement. You need time to plan the wedding.

I highly recommend a wedding book one of my best friends gave me. “Bridal Bargains” by Denise and Alan Fields. In it there is a “Mother of All Wedding Checklists” which breaks down what you need to get done each month starting at nine months and earlier.  Whenever I would get totally stressed out and overwhelmed, I would go through the checklist and see that I was on track and had plenty of time. This made my engagement an enjoyable and happy planning period for our wedding.

 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

It was definitely our venue. Both me and my fiancé were out of state in the VA/DC area planning our North Carolina wedding with both of our parents who lived in NC and SC. Everyone was spread out over three states so we chose a wedding venue that would take care of everything from the table, chairs and clean up to the knife we used to cut our cake. It was money well spent on a beautiful venue. I wouldn’t change a thing!

 

 

What was your favorite detail?

Both mine and my husband’s favorite detail were the large carved “wedding thrones” we sat in for our reception. It was a nice touch on our special day to really feel like king and queen.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The dancing at the reception. Everyone was on the dance floor laughing and having a good time. It was like a big party and for such a happy reason!

 

Photographer: Meet The Burks  //   Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church of Mocksville  //  Reception Venue: Childress Vineyards  //  Church Planner: Patsy Crenshaw  //  Reception Planner: Ashley Frye   //   Caterer: Childress Vineyards  //   Cake: Travis Pence  //  Band: Reel Shady   //  Florist: Davie Florist
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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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  • Christie O {Mountainside Bride}

    Such pretty and romantic details!