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Happy #WeddingWednesday, y'all! I've got a lovely rustic wedding for you today. Let me tell you why I love it: the groomsmen style is totally on point. I'm always a fan of mismatched bridesmaids dresses. The couple took advantage of the natural beauty of their venue space, so tons of decorations weren't needed, but the ones they did use were created in a pretty savvy way. Of course the couple also utilized the talents of family and friends, which is one of our biggest tips! I hope you love this wedding as much as I do! xoxo, Jessica 

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Zachary + Lauren

Dudley, NC. Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield

What was your wedding budget?

Venue-$750
Dress-$600
Cake/Cupcakes-$300
Catering-$1300
Photographer-$1700
DJ-family friend
Flowers-$1200
Decor – $60
Rentals- $100
Invitations + Programs- done for free by family friend
Misc-$200

In total we spent a bit over $6,000.

 

How many guests did you have?

125

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

I tried my best to put my personal touch on every thing that went on that day. From my dads childhood bible we used to carry the rings to the quilt laying on the gift table that belonged to my great grandmother who is passed away now. Every single centerpiece was designed by me and every single centerpiece was different. Not one centerpiece was the same. Mason jars, old vintage books, tea light candles, delicate babies breathe, rustic lanterns, twigs, anything old and rustic-you name it- we had it. The table cloths were various laces I had borrowed from a few different people, all of which were similar but different and it was absolutely breathtaking once it came together. I'm a huge coca cola fan so of course we had the old glass cokes for the guest to enjoy with a red and white striped straw. Grey bridesmaid dresses so they're eggplant, mustard, and burnt orange flowers would pop. The men wore their sleeves rolled up sporting a grey vest and a mustard colored bow-tie with a billy ball boutonnière. Every nook and cranny of that barn was decorated. Old vintage luggage on the gift table, and old vintage luggage at cocktail hour that the sweet tea and lemonade were set on so perfectly. I could go on and on about all the vintage and rustic things and all the personal touches but I'll stop here.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We compared prices like crazy and researched everything before we went with them. I got my dress from an outlet center and saved a lot of money on my wedding cake by going with someone that bakes delicious cakes on the side verses using an established bakery. I saved a chunk of money with flowers by only ordering flowers I absolutely had to have done by someone professional. For example…My bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, the mens boutonnieres, and the family members corsages and boutonnieres. All the other flowers were babies breathe and sunflowers from a local Harris Teeter that were used for the reception for centerpieces and decoration.

The wedding wouldn't have been possible on this budget without help from family and friends. One family friend acted as our DJ, and another actually did invitations and programs for free. Almost every single decoration came from another family friend that owns her own business so she happened to have all the centerpiece items and furniture, vintage decor and candles, etc. I probably spent $ 60 total at hobby lobby but everything else was borrowed. The same lady that helped us with the decor had most of the chairs and tables for the ceremony/reception so we were fortunate to only spend about $100 on rentals. It really pays to take advantage of any resources you have in your family and friends!

 

What was the biggest sacrifice you made to stay on budget?

As cliche as this may sound I honestly can not think of anywhere that I sacrificed. There is nothing I would change about that day and where my money went. In my opinion a wedding that cost $20,000 and has no personal touch is not as satisfying as a $6000 wedding where your personal touch and ideas are apparent for the guests and yourself.

 

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

Don't go with the first person you meet with. Research all your options and go with your gut. Just because someone is cheaper doesn't mean their not as good. The cupcakes that my guest were served were some of the best cupcakes I had ever had. And I was told by a local bakery my cake with them was going to be $490 and keep in mind I spent $300 on the grooms cake, 250 cupcakes, and a 6in cake for my husband and I to actually cut into. Payment plans are awesome and if you have a long enough engagement then payment plans are the way to go. They allow you to splurge in the areas you want and still keep your feet on the ground and not have to take out a loan. Don't be afraid to borrow things from people! It saves money! Remember to have fun while planning it. It's really easy to get stressed out and forget what is actually going on. Enjoy it all, it'll be over before you know it.

 

What was your biggest splurge?

The moment I got engaged I had already decided the places we were going to splurge was going to be the food and the photographer. In my opinion they're the most important things. If your guest want anything-its good food. And they'll remember if it was good or not. Trust me I've been to a few weddings and I remember the food with every single one of them. Some not so good. I also believe the photographer is SO important if not the most important thing (after the bride). Think about it your banking on your photographer to capture things you won't remember from that day. It's up to them to capture the essence of your wedding in some pictures. You'll have the pictures for the rest of your life so make them good.

 

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail had to be cocktail hour. It was everything I had imagined. It was located outside to the right of the barn. We had old vintage tables and chairs set up randomly for the guest to sit and enjoy their snacks. Old wooden church pew, beautiful colorful rustic chairs, antiqued tables, and even a vanity were placed around the food and drinks.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable part of the day had to be directly after the ceremony when all my awesome wedding party and my new husband 🙂 began taking pictures with the photographer. It was such a relief to know everything was going smoothly and we were having so much fun! I had the best wedding party and they were a huge part in enjoying my day.

VENDORS:

Cake: Nanas Cakes. Goldsboro NC.   •   Photography: Chelsea Collins Photography  •  Flowers: Cheryl Watson  •  Venue: Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield  •  DJ: Family friend  •  Wedding Dress: Formal and Bridal Outlet Center. Fayetteville. NC  •  Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal  •

 

 

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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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  • Cindy

    As part of a couple paying for everything themselves, I’m a bit frustrated by posts like this. This wedding had a lot of donated items which would have greatly increased their budget if they were paid for by the bride and groom. I wouldn’t call this a $6000 wedding with all of those additional donated items.

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