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I just *know* y’all are gonna love this gorgeous rustic chic DIY wedding I’ve got for you today!! The details are stunning and the decor is to die for! Love that the couple served BBQ to keep costs down – plus, it’s delicious. Devour the loveliness below and tell me your favorite parts in the comments. xoxo – Jessica

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Brittney + Arron

June 8, 2013

Monroe, NC  |  Morning Glory Farm

 

What was your wedding budget?

We kept our budget right around $10,000.

Venue, food & drinks — $5,400

Photography, Videography, Photobooth — $2,200

Decorations, invitations, wedding favors, bridal party gifts, etc. — $1000

Flowers and Cake — $800

Wedding Rehearsal –$500

Horse drawn carriage — $250

Our families helped out with some of the bigger expenses.  Anything they didn’t help with, we made sure we could pay for in cash,  leaving no debt at the end of the day.

 

 

How many guests did you have?

120

 

 

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

One of our favorite memories from the ceremony was using the kneeling bench that Arron and our brother-in-law made from scrap wood that we found on the side of the road.   We had communion with each other, instead of lighting a candle or pouring sand.  Our faith is the biggest part of our relationship, and was a priority to incorporate it in.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We shopped around for sales, and or used coupons at all of the craft stores. We found free materials and crafted our own decorations instead of purchasing them.

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

Try and plan ahead to get as many things checked off the “to-do list” as early as you can.  A lot of the “little details” can add up quickly towards the end.

What was your biggest splurge?

The photobooth rental.  It was really fun, and worth having the hilarious photos of our guest.

What was your favorite detail?

The simplicity and tranquility that Morning Glory Farm offers.

 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

We both agree, the moment when we saw each other for the first time, while walking down the aisle.

 

 

VENDORS

Photography: Christopher Bell Photography  //  Venue: Morning Glory Farm  //   Flowers: The Petal Shoppe of Monroe  //  Videographer: Whitewash Films  //  Photobooth: InFocus Photo Booth   //  Catering: Jim & Nicks BBQ of Concord, NC   //  Cupcakes: Bethany Greer – Gift of Life Cupcakes

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  • Jemma – You Mean The World To Me

    I love all the rustic wooden touches!