The primary color wedding color scheme for this feature makes me so happy! The florals in this event are absolutely gorgeous and totally make an impact — I’ve shared my love for sunflowers over and over again. You’ll notice in this wedding, like many of our other features, the couple utilized the skills of family and friends to bring their day to life on budget. I love the community aspect- it just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Hope you enjoy this wedding, the bride’s advice, and the gorgeous photos! xoxo – Jessica
Samantha + David
August 24, 2013
Staunton, VA | American Hotel
What was your wedding budget?
Reception Food/Plates, Napkins, Cups, etc.- $2,500
Reception Rental- $2,000
Photographer – $1,600
Reception Alcohol- $750
Photo Booth- $600
Dress & Accessories- $500
DJ & Cocktail Hour Musician- $450
Gifts for Bridal Party- $350
Invitations & Postage-$250
Church Rental- $200
Grooms Wear- $90
Coffee Bar: $250
Total: just over $12,000
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Each guest upon arrival chose a glass of their choice to enjoy their beverage for the night. The glasses were picked from local estate auctions and were the guest’s to take home and included wine glasses, pint glasses, mason jars, and other unique stemware. We also had photos of ourselves from various years on the tables as centerpieces and featured bottles of local wine also in the centerpieces, as well as the beautiful flowers. We featured local beer in the kegs and Virginia wine as an option from the bar.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We really tried to be efficient with our money. We used family and friends to help with details and did not purchase anything that we felt we didn’t need or we would only have to “look pretty”. We had a friend make our wedding cake, a family friend arrange the flowers, friends serve as bartenders, family and friends provided set up and tear down labor, and many other details of the event. We were able to add in personalized details without using designer anything, and no one noticed the difference! We really played into more of the experience than the “wow” factor, because people are more likely to remember how they felt at your wedding than how good their steak was or how nice the decorations were.
I also purchased my wedding dress from a sample sale, and used coupons for my invitations, use nice plastic-wear instead of renting china, borrowed linens from a friend, and did not purchase something unless I knew it would add to the experience of the event.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Do not be afraid to ask for help. Family and friends love helping, and it is a lot of free labor! Have a plan and stick to it, but if you are on a budget, be flexible. Borrow things, really think about how much you are spending, and enjoy the process. Sadly, you will remember many more details of the planning process than the wedding itself, so enjoy!
What was your biggest splurge?
Looking back, I think the flowers were the biggest splurge. I knew my mother would never let me have satin flowers and I was not creative enough to come up with another option (paper, fabric, etc.). We did have a family friend arrange the flowers which saved at least $300 from the florist, but the flowers really added up. However, they were beautiful and worth it!
What was your favorite detail?
I really liked the ability to feature local products and showcase what the area had to offer.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
We loved riding in the classic from the church to the reception. It was a great time for us to just relax and be together before the craziness of the reception began.
Photography: W.Wooten Photography // Photobooth: Photo Booth of Charlottesville // DJ: Prime Time Sound & DJ Services // Wedding Dress: Bridal Impressions // Grooms Attire: Classic Tuxedo // Cake & Cake Balls: Cake Ballin’ by Gina Wood // Catering: Hank’s Southern Cuisine & BBQ // Florist: Honey Bee’s Florist // Invitations: Invitations by Dawn // Rehearsal Dinner: Blue Mountain Brewery // Rings: Christopher William Jewelers //