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Michael & Katie




June 4th, 2011
Kingsport, Tennessee

What was your budget?

We spent around $8,000 total. $6,000 was our original budget but my mother-in-law generously offered to pay for our catering.

Catering – $3,600
Dress/Veil/shoes – $850/$146/$70
Rentals – $640
Decorations – Less than $100. I bought all decorations at Big Lots & Dollar Tree. The lanterns & vases we already owned & we used Magnolia leaves from MIL’s yard.
Rings – His $150/ Mine were his grandmother’s
Location – Free
Church/Minister/Organist – $250
Photography – $1,500
Flowers – Less than $200 (We ordered from whole sale and did everything on our own.)
DJ – $350
Bar – $400 (My brother works at a package store.)
Invitations/Save the Dates – $300/$100

How many guests did you have?

invited 225ish/ 150 atttended

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

I am originally from Mississippi so it was important for me to include that in my day. We used magnolia leaves on the tables and around the cake. I included three magnolias on my cake and one in my bouquet. Also in my bouquet were cream colored roses as they the flower of my sorority, Delta Gamma. My colors were navy and yellow but my husband really wanted to wear an orange bowtie and he wanted me to match him somehow. Since he didn’t ask for much I agreed and wrapped my flowers in orange.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

There were several ways we saved money. Since we had the reception at my mother-in-law’s home we didn’t have to pay for a location. Doing our own flowers saved us a ton. Last place I saved money is on my dress. I knew better than to think I had to spend thousands to get a dress I loved.

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

Decide on numbers before anything else. It helps when budgeting and controls some choas. What was your biggest splurge? I’d have to say gifts for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. I used online coupon codes and Mr. Rebates so I could get them something really good. The girls got totes from Lands End with their names. The boys got tailgating chairs with a built in cooler from Bass Pro. What was your favorite detail? Other than the ones mentioned above I would have to say my jewelry. They were his maternal grandmother Katherine’s rings. I also wore my grandmother Dickie’s sapphire ring and a pair of hydrangea blossom earrings that my brother and his wife gave me.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Having my four year old niece come back from St. Jude to be in my wedding. Kellan, who is obsessed with princesses, put on her Disney princess wedding dress over her flower girl dress immediately following the ceremony. And trying not to cry while looking at my dad.


Invitations: Qwik Pack and Ship
Save the dates –
Cartering – Evenlyn McConnell (local little old lady)
Bar – B&B package
Flowers – Tennessee Florist Supply, Inc.
Dress – Jasmine Bridal (purchased at Masengill’s in Johnson City, TN)
Rentals – Action Rentals
DJ – The Electric DJ
Photography –

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  • Wedding Favors

    I ike the photo of the bride dancing with his father. Sigh! But I want more of the photo of it.

  • wedding envelopes

    I love the photos! They are lovely and amazing. I love the photo where the two kids were blowing bubbles. They are so cute. The dad and bride dance photo is heart warming. It's just very precious.

  • KJ Design Solutions

    Beautiful wedding and photos! Looks like it was a blast!