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Today's beautiful wedding is a budget-savvy treat! Jack and Kristin weren't only a savvy budget when it came to planning their wedding, they also were working against the clock. But thanks to family and friends, they were able to plan this beautiful event for around $2,000 in less than month! I love the beautiful white and yellow flowers they chose! And can you believe they got their wedding cake at Publix? So pretty!!! Enjoy this intimate wedding with gorgeous details! xoxo, Jessica

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April 16th, 2016

Family Home | McDonough, GA

 

What was your budget?

For our wedding, our budget depended on how much our sweet family would spend on a wedding that was planned in less than a month. Our budget was not so much money based, but more time based. My husband was only home for 27 days before leaving for his duty station in Italy (he is in the Air Force). Therefore, time was of the essence to have a small, but memorable wedding in such a small time frame. Jack’s aunt does weddings as a side job, so she provided the decorations she already owned.

In total, I would say that our wedding cost about $2000. Here's a rough breakdown:

Photography: $1000

Flowers: $500

Food: $200

Cake: $300

Dress: $80

Decor: Owned by family

 

How many guests did you have?

Roughly, we had 50-75 guests. It was small, but contained the most important friends and family..

 

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

The backyard that we got married in is the very same backyard where we had multiple cookouts and family gatherings, it felt so much like home. But at the same time, I still felt as if I were at some expensive venue because of how transformed the setting had become thanks to everyone who helped. My idea of the wedding that I wanted was a kind of “bohemian” style, and I feel as though I accomplished that feel. Especially with the help of my “not so typical” lace wedding dress.

 

Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

In all honesty, the whole wedding was done by family. Jack’s Aunt Cindy (the owner of the home in which we got married) handled the decorative flowers while my aunt Marie handled the flowers. Both of these ladies do weddings regularly for family and friends, so all of the arrangements were gorgeous. The food was also done by Cindy along with some help of friends. It all turned out amazing! This was a very low cost wedding and I would not have had it any other way. It turned out more beautiful than I ever imagined.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing to save money was using decorations that Cindy had used for past weddings.

 

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

Everything works out. Everything falls into place. And everything happens how it is supposed to. Enjoy every second of your wedding day and admire what you have done. Looking back now, it all felt like 5 minutes of bliss. Thank God for pictures to remember the moments! It would have been wonderful to have more time to let family and friends know so more people could have came.

 

What was your biggest splurge?

My biggest splurge was the flowers. Flowers made it all feel more magical. I wish I could have had 100 more arrangements!

 

What was your favorite detail?

Out of all of the little details, my favorite was the few palm trees that Cindy and her husband Rodger had in their backyard. It gave the wedding almost a beach-y feel, even though it was located in the middle of Georgia! They really made some of the photos look more detailed. You would have never guessed that we were in a backyard judging by the photos.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

It is hard to pick a most memorable moment when the entire day was a memorable moment, but if I had to choose, it would be when my husband-to-be was looking at me as if I were the only girl in the world. The man who wed us said that I looked stunning when I arrived to the platform… and Jack said “Yes she does.” Simple words, but sometimes it is the way that they are said that matter the most, and the look in their eyes when they are said. Feeling so beautiful, on the inside more than on the outside, was very memorable.

 

VENDORS

Photography: Kanella Brown • Ceremony Venue: Family Home • Flowers: Cindy Rehorn (no website) • Day-of Coordinator and Event Styling: Cindy Rehorn and friends • Catering: BBQ from local grocery • Cake: Publix • Rentals: Borrowed by family friend • Linens: Cindy Rehorn • Hair Stylist and  Makeup Artist: Friend • Bridesmaids Dresses: Versona • Bridal Salon: Lulus • Jewelry: Versona • Shoes: Versona Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse

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