Peacock themed wedding on a budget | The Budget Savvy Bride
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This budget savvy wedding comes to us from my hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee! I am loving the unique color scheme of green and gray and the use of peacock feathers in lieu of bridesmaids’ bouquets, so very budget-savvy! The couple pulled off their sweet budget wedding for $6,000- and the bride still got to wear her dream dress! You can tell how happy they are by the bride’s face- her smile definitely lights up a room! Thanks Rachel and Cody for sharing your wedding with us!

What was your budget?

Our original budget was $5000 but I ended up going over by about $1000 because of my dress, so we spent $6,000 total.

How many guests did you have?

We had right around 100 guests.

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

Everything that I wanted for my wedding just happened to tie together perfectly. I wanted gray and green as my colors and it just so happened that Cody had always wanted to wear a gray tux. I wanted to do something more creative than just having the girls carry bouquets so I had them carry peacock feathers, which went beautifully with the colors I had picked. I wanted a subtle 40′s theme, and the ring we picked out (that I got after we started planning the wedding) was made in the 40′s. The whole wedding turned out more perfect than I could have imagined.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I did/made everything myself. I made the ring bearer pillow, the flower girl basket, the centerpieces, the decorations at the end of the aisle, the favors, the boutineers…everything. I also used my connections. The photographer was a family friend who took pictures as a wedding present for us, same thing with the cake. My mom knew somebody that did catering, and she only charged us for the cost of the food, which was only $300 for heavy appetizers. We also limited the alcohol to beer and wine. We got 2 kegs and 54 bottles of wine it was plenty and it saved us SO much money.

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

Don’t worry about the little things. There were so many little things that I stressed out about because I wanted everything to be perfect. I wanted to do programs, have ushers, and labels for the favors, but in the end we didnt have time. Nobody noticed any of those things at all. Also, you need a GREAT day of coordinater. I don’t know what I would have done without mine. She handled everything before I even had the chance to worry about it. Apparently when all the centerpieces got to the venue, the bottom fell out of the box and all the glasses shattered. She took care of it, bought new glasses, and fixed
everything. Nobody told me until halfway through the reception that anything had happened. Again, I don’t know what I would have done without her.

What was your biggest splurge?

My dress. It was $1000, but worth every penny. I could not have dreamed of a dress more perfect for me.

What was your favorite detail?

Probably the feathers. I love peacock feathers and I was very glad to find a unique way to tie them into our wedding.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The reception in general. Because not only did I just marry the love of my life, but I was celebrating with everybody that I loved. I had so much fun, and was so happy to have everybody I loved share our special day with us.

VENDORS

Photographer- Guy Garrett
Ceremony Venue- Stones River Baptist Church
DJ- Middle Tennessee DJ
Reception Venue- The Vine

{all photos by Guy Garrett}

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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  1. Beautiful, I love this bride's attitude and spunk. This wedding is such a pleasure!

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