Blue & White North Carolina Wedding
Today we’re featuring a wedding for BSB blogger, Natasha! You might remember following her wedding planning story earlier this year and now you get to see how all the beautiful details came together for her North Carolina wedding. Enjoy! xoxo, Jessica
Natasha & TJ
May 16, 2015
Raleigh, NC | All Saints Chapel
What was your wedding budget?
- $15,000 (both of our families helped with this budget as much as they could)
- Venue: $3000
- Catering & Linens: $5700
- Dessert Bar: $625 (gifted to us)
- Dress: $1400 w/ alterations (gifted to me by my mom)
- Groom’s Tux: $135
- DJ: gifted to us
- Photography: $1000
- Flowers: $950
- Alcohol: $310
- Décor, Favors, Signage, Invites, etc: $1,000 (a lot of the décor we received as gifts throughout our engagement)
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
The décor was all personal, as it was all made by myself, family, and/or friends. As mentioned in a previous post, my father passed away when I was in a junior in college, so the memory table was very important to me, along with being sure my family sent balloons off to my dad in heaven, which we do during Holidays. My mom and I (mainly my mom!) created all of the signage for the memory table & I was blown away by how beautiful it looked. Also, TJ and I met at the beach, so I wanted to subtly include beach elements throughout the day, and I think we pulled it off perfectly without it feeling like a beach wedding.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We saved money so many ways. First was photography. Wedding photographers charge an arm & a leg, but luckily we knew a dear family friend who could take the most beautiful pictures and keep within our photography budget. She doesn’t do it full-time, but she should look into it! I was blown away by every picture.
We also created all of the signage and décor ourselves (with a 2 year engagement, we weren’t rushed or felt like we were in over our heads), we used our favors as a seating chart (Mason Jars w/ guests name on it and their seat # written on the bottom), we bought bulk hydrangeas & my bridesmaids and grandma placed them in milk vases for our centerpieces, serving only beer & wine at the wedding and buying it from Total Wine & More (we were able to return all that wasn’t opened and get a refund!), a dear friend did my hair and makeup, TJ’s cousin did my bridesmaids make-up, our day-of coordinator was a friend (owner of CLT Boutique) who was a major saving grace on the day of the wedding, my maid of honor, my brother’s girlfriend, and I baked all of the mini-pies & made the oreo truffles for the dessert table, and the list could go on. All of this saved us money, but the best part is that the whole process was so much fun!
What was the biggest sacrifice you made to stay on budget?
My husband and I were talking about this after our wedding, and although we were budget savvy, we do not feel like we had to sacrifice anything to stay on budget.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Relax – no matter what happens, the day will be perfect. The day before my wedding, a glass vase broke in my hand and I had to go to urgent care to get stitches in my left pointer finger. It makes for a great story, and I cannot emphasize enough that it didn’t take away from anything on our wedding weekend!
What was your biggest splurge?
Our biggest splurge was probably the catering, but I feel like we got an incredible deal for how delicious the food tasted – Seriously, our guests went up for seconds and still rave about the food and although we love The Pit, we truly think the catering was even better than the restaurant!
What was your favorite detail? That’s a tough one because of how many personal touches we had throughout the wedding. It was just beautiful to see everything come together even more perfect than I could have imagined!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
There were lots of memorable moments – saying our vows and calling TJ my husband for the first time (it’s still surreal), the fact that our DJ was able to have everybody up and dancing and celebrating the night, having all of our friends and family in one place, but the moment that stands out the most for me was dancing with my mom for the typical bride-father dance (I wasn’t prepared for the emotion that would come with that dance). My mom has been the rock in our family, especially since my dad’s passing, and being able to share that moment with her was so special.
Venue: All Saints Chapel • Catering: Empire Eats Catering • Cakes & Cupcakes: Edible Art Bakery • Mini-Pies & Oreo Truffles: Made by Bride • DJ: Frank Carbone: Carbone World DJ Company • Photographer: Annette Calud Photography • Bridal Party Flowers (bouquets, boutonniere & altar piece): North Raleigh Florist • Dress: Renaissance Bridals • Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff • Men’s Formalwear: Bernard’s Formalwear • Bridal Hair & Make-Up: Diamelen Partridge • Bridesmaids’ Hair: Posh the Salon • Bridesmaids’ Make-up: Kelly Durden Monroe (Merle Norman) • Bridesmaid’s Jewelry & Day-of Coordinator: Britt Kirkley (CLT Boutique)