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Today I have a little different wedding to share with you! The bride worked tirelessly with the help of family and friends to craft the most perfect wedding details- you will love all her rustic wedding decor! The couple focused mostly on their reception and even hired a photographer just to take detail shots of their hard work so that is what I am sharing with you today! All in all this couple spent only around $1,000 on their wedding day. It’s pretty amazing! If you can find a free venue, even if it’s a church gymnasium, you can still turn it into your dream venue with a little DIY and creativity. Hope you enjoy these lovely details as much as I do! xo- Jessica







Amanda + Micky Brown


Appomattox, Virginia : Black Rock Hunt Club


What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

This includes :

Bride and Groom shoes – 37.78
bride and groom wedding bands – 138.95
dress – 149.31
building rental – 300
table cloths-  120
necklace and earrings – 12.34
food – 125
brides bouquet 21
decor 58
burlap, ribbon, bottles, jars-free or borrowed
decor- woods and yard
all other decorations were borrowed
cake pops instead of wedding cake was made by family and the stand was made with scrap wood materials that was just laying around


How many guests did you have? 

31 at wedding, less than 125 at reception


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

The woodsy, earthy, natural feel of the wedding matched my country lifestyle. The creative details were from friends and family around me.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Had family and friends help with DIY decorations


What was your favorite detail?

The fire place, elegantly decorated with simple candles. and the cake pops and the display.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Walking in the hunt club building and seeing it transform from a cold concrete hunt club building to the warm inviting wedding venue of my dreams.



If we didn’t make it ourselves, we got it from etsy, ebay or amazon. Our main vendor was Sarah Goodwin Photography, who we hired to shoot detail photos of our reception.

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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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  • Sarah Goodwin

    Amanda + Mick did a fantastic job of creating a DIY budget wedding with such great style! I loved working with these two and am so happy their hardwork can be featured for inspiration for future brides!

  • kevin adcock

    AWESOME wedding for pennies, love the rustic flair and the photography is SPECTACULAR!!!

  • Miriam

    wow great do you feed all that people for $125. im planning a budget wedding and as of now this is my biggest expense.

  • Sarah Goodwin

    Miriam – she had a “southern cuisine dinner” style meal & family & friends make the food (they donated it pretty much) and then put them in nice chaffing/serving platters. She did purchase fried chicken, bread, ice & drinks and all the paper products, The rest of the food, side dishes & cakepops were all made by family & friends.

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  • Cassie

    How much was the photographer?

  • Joyce

    You mentioned a photographer, but that was not part of the budget. So how much did you pay the photographer? I would think that would take up a lot, if not all, of your budget.