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Our wedding today features gorgeous autumn colors, an outdoor venue, and a darling rustic wedding cake. What could be more perfect for an October wedding? Mallory and Andrew opted out of having a traditional wedding party, and chose to celebrate their day with their closest family and friends, keeping their wedding to $5,000. Enjoy this beautiful Georgia wedding! xoxo, Jessica

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Mallory + Andrew

October 10, 2014

Jasper, GA | ‘Venue 2 Remember’

What was your budget?

I had a budget of $5,000. I spent $1,200 on my dress and a new suit for Andrew. $900 on the venue. $1,500 in my photography package. $900 on my catering and cake. The remaining $500 I spent on flowers, favors, and decorative items for table settings.



How many guests did you have?

We had 35 guest total. We did not have a bridal party.

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

We made our own guestbook out of an old pallet. We painted it to match the color scheme and had our guest sign with markers. The piece is one of a kind and we love having something we made together. My Mom also made all the centerpieces and decorative items. She has such a knack for crafts and it was so special to have her put so much love into our big day.



What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I really did my homework on all my vendors and venues. If money isn’t on your side then really being aware of where each dollar is going is important. I asked around a lot and ended up finding my venue through a friend and got a great deal!



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

Relax! Really try and formulate what you want before doing any looking. Having some structure before you start will help with not being overwhelmed when you start your search.



What was your biggest splurge?

My photography package. I knew this is one thing that deserves the extra money. Our photographer did an AMAZING job and we were so pleased that we spent the extra money.



What was your favorite detail?

I loved all the decorations my Mom made. I see them sprinkled throughout our photos and it means so much that she worked so hard to make our day so beautiful.



What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Our DJ didn’t show and my oldest brother scrambled to get music together from his iPod and a small speaker. In the moment I panicked but looking back and thinking of everyone still having a great time dancing and laughing. It will be something we will always remember.




Photographer:  Martine Beher Photography • Catering: AngelFire7 BBQ • Makeup & Hair: Personal Mary Kay Consultant • Cake: Sugar Sugar Cakes • Venue: Venue 2 Remember • Dress Store: A Formal Occasion • Floral Designer: Brenda's House of Flowers • Groomsman Attire:Men's Wearhouse • Ring Designer: Shane Co. • Makeup Artist:Stacey Koury (MaryKay) • Hair Stylist:Stacey Koury (MaryKay)

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