It's officially (kinda) fall now… so I thought it was the perfect time to share this stunning grey and orange fall wedding with you! I absolutely love this color combo, and the reception decor? Insane!! I just know you're doing to love these details – most of which the bride crafted herself!! You're gonna be blown away. And she shares some amazing tips for keeping costs down, too. Enjoy this lovely fall wedding! xoxo Jessica
Steffany + Eric
November 16, 2013
Bethlehem, GA | Bethlehem First United Methodist Church
Monroe, GA | The Cotton Warehouse
What was your wedding budget?
Wedding Dress $1,000
Total was right around $14,000
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
The theme I wanted was to be “simple yet elegant” and a fall wedding but not with the typical fall colors. So to have my fall theme I painted over a 100 pumpkins to have throughout my venues. I LOVE antiques so I wanted that look in our wedding as well. For the bride and groom table we had old wooden frames hung above the table along with globes. Some of the items we used were old suitcases, old hutch for the dinning ware for our guests, and we had antique tables around the room for display.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
There were only 2 items that I paid full price for: my wedding dress and my photographer! Those two items meant the most to me and I wanted the best. Everything else I bargained shopped:
* Hobby Lobby – They always have 50% off sales that I use for my center pieces and other décor. Greenery, wedding invitations that I printed on my own, lace ribbon (lots of lace ribbon), chalkboard labels, and so much more
* 150 pumpkins – donated by the Jonesboro Methodist Church
* White paint for pumpkins – Dollar General
* Yard sales – I love yard sales. I would always take something old, add a little paint and make it perfect again. For example: My wedding program was made from an old mirror I purchased for $5. I painted it white, sanded it down a little to give it a rustic look, added the chalkboard paint, and then with a chalkboard pen wrote out the information for the program. Other items I purchased at yard sales candles, large mason jars, sparklers and other props.
* Instead of purchasing or renting items through a company I would get help from friends. For example instead of purchasing 16 large lanterns average cost $50 each (sales price at Hobby Lobby) I rented some lanterns from a friend who just got married for $150, saving myself over $700. Instead of renting table linens at $35 each for 24 tables I purchased them from a wholesale website on sale for $10 each saving myself $600 which I then sold to a friend for an event they needed. So in the end my table linens were free!
* Lastly, my venue was always had promotions. A few examples, when I booked the venue they had it for 50% off as long as total payment was paid up front giving us a savings of $2,300 plus they added the burlap curtains for free for paying on site of our first visit – another savings of $560. Another promotion for the catering was if you paid by a certain date you would receive 15% off your 2nd payment, another saving of about $350. Be sure to check with your vendors about sales or promos they have going on!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Enjoy it!! Most brides will say that planning a wedding is so stressful and they could not wait for it to be over. I enjoyed planning every moment of my wedding and I gave myself enough time to bargain shop, do any craft work that was needed, and plan out the day in advance so that I would not stress on the day of. Every bride will have at least one meltdown moment- hey- we're women! But don’t let it overwhelm you to where you do not enjoy the time of memories with you, your family, and your friends.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our reception for sure! The details of the wedding meant a lot to me so I wanted everything to be perfect from the ceiling to the floor and it was just that. With the white lights, pumpkins, lanterns, candles, our photo display, lace, mason jars, and so much more that made the night magical and a dream that had final come true.
What was your favorite detail?
Our white pumpkins and café lights
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
That is a hard one…..the first moment of course was seeing my husband looking so good at the end of the altar with the music playing and my dad by my side, I had the biggest smile my cheeks hurt. Another moment was the morning of spending time with my mom and bridesmaids getting ready we just had the best time laughing together. So much fun we lost track of time as was late for starting on our pictures. And last but not least was dancing with my son at the reception. Overall, my day was perfect!
Florist: Po Boy’s Flowers and Fruit Baskets // Photographer: Jacquie Rives Photography // Church: Bethlehem First United Methodist Church // Reception: The Cotton Warehouse // Catering: Beyond Details // Wedding Cakes: The Posh Cakery // Wedding Dress: Carrie’s Bridal Collection // Tuxedos: Black Tie Formal Wear, McDonough GA