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Allison + RJ's 1930’s Southern Theme

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It’s been a while since we shared a budget savvy wedding with our readers!! We know you will love this one! The bride and groom got creative and joined their reception with a free concert– that is the ultimate in budget savvyness! 🙂 I love the bride’s style and the custom bridesmaid dresses from Kerried Away Couture! Hope you enjoy this installment of the BSWOW! 🙂

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1930’s southern theme

1930’s southern theme

1930’s southern theme

1930’s southern theme
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1930’s southern theme

1930’s southern theme

1930’s southern theme


Allison & RJ

August 6, 2011
Nashville, TN

Ceremony: The Sunken Garden at Centennial Park
Reception: The Big Band Dance at Centennial Park

What was your budget? 

Less Than $10,000

How many guests did you have?

# of Guests  25 at ceremony (plus many passersby that stopped to watch!) and 50 at reception following

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

We had a 1930’s southern theme.  We kept our ceremony low key with only immediate family and the wedding party present.  We then used our grandparents’ milk glass serving dishes at the reception and had old black and white photos of them sitting around on the tables for décor.  It was very important to us to have them be a part of our special day even though they could only be there in spirit. We expressed our easy going side by having a public park venue where we knew many passersby would stop and watch from afar if they felt so inclined (and believe me they did!) and then utilizing the FREE Big Band Dance they have in Centennial Park on Saturday nights as our reception venue/entertainment.  Everyone had a great time dancing, sitting in their lawn chairs, or relaxing watching others dance!

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We did everything ourselves but make the dresses and the cupcakes!  I bought my dresses online (from other individuals, not vendors) and got them for half the price of retail!  We made all of the food.

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

We should have assigned duties to our wedding party for setting up the reception.  Our friends and family worked so hard, but we could have had more time to visit with them if it would have been more organized.

What was your biggest splurge?

Photography, but it was worth every penny!  Alex is an awesome photographer and VERY reasonable compared to others that we received quotes from.  She will be our photographer for years to come!

What was your favorite detail?

Oh my, we loved it all!!  I guess if I had to pick one thing it would be Halfbrass playing “In the Mood” marching us, the wedding party, and all ceremony guests out of the ceremony site and through the street to the reception site.  The guests seemed to thoroughly enjoy the peanut butter cup cupcakes from Gigi’s, the Mexican glass bottled cokes (out of my grandfather’s original Coca-Cola ice chest), and most of all the handmade lips, mustaches, and other dress up items w/ instant photos for the guestbook.



Planner: Bride and Groom (We did it all ourselves!!)
Photographer: Alex Embry from “Photos by Alex”
Gown: White One by Pronovias (bought online)
Bridal Sash and Hair Pin: Custom made by Kerried Away Couture
Accessories: Steve Madden shoes (I’ve had them forever! They are my favorite!) and Earrings from Charming Charlies;
Reception dress: Sue Wong Ivory Ostrich Feather Flapper dress (bought on E-bay)
Groom’s attire / groomsmen attire: Groom’s Seersucker suit from Jos. A Bank and Groomsmen suits from Overstock.com
Bridesmaid’s attire and Brooches : Custom made by Kerried Away Couture
Hair & Makeup: Natalie Armstrong, Bride’s sister
Stationery (Invitations, programs, menu cards etc): Designed by bride/groom at Mixbook.com (We had a Groupon!!)
Ceremony musicians: Halfbrass
Reception Musicians (band/dj): Big Band Dance at Centennial Park (FREE Event)
Transportation (Limo, shuttle etc): Black 1939 Packard   NashvilleWeddingCars.com
Caterer: Allison Armstrong (bride), Nina Armstrong (bride’s mother), and Betty Malone (bride’s aunt)
Cake Artist: Gigi’s Cupcakes
Floral Designer: Melanie at A Village of Flowers 
Guest Accommodations: Holiday Inn Vanderbilt



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