Nothing says chic and lovely like a wedding with rose gold details! I absolutely love every details of Taylor and Ethan’s wedding, from the DIY flowers to the wedding signage to the outdoor setting. I love the simple seeded eucalyptus and white rose arrangements they used to decorate the aisles. And how sweet is Ethan’s expression when he sees Taylor coming down the aisle? Enjoy this beautiful wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Taylor + Ethan
May 14, 2016
Franklin, TN | The Woods (family’s property)
What was your budget?
Our budget was about $7000. We aimed lower but with everything included it ended up being around $7k.
Venue: $400 (again it was family so we got a good price)
Dress: $1000 (Francine Gown by Watters from BHLDN)
Water, iced tea and lemonade: $65
Desserts (made and gifted by family): $150
Decorations and etc.: $1000-$1500?
Plates/napkins/dessert stands/mason jars/etc.:$600
There was so much miscellaneous that I don’t know exactly how much went to what specifically because so much was DIY. The top 6 items listed are for sure accurate numbers. Décor and all that I really don’t have a good idea.
How many guests did you have?
We had just under 100 guests. (94 was the rsvp)
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
So much DIY. Pinterest. Pinterest. Pinterest. Pinterest! Any creative idea that I did myself more than likely came from Pinterest. It was fun and special to know that so much on that day was personal. I had my hand in it. It was truly my wedding. It definitely added stress, don’t get me wrong, but in the end I am so glad I got to do most of it rather than paying someone to do it for me.
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
Just about all of the décor was DIY. We did all of the flowers ourselves, ordering wholesale, and that was absolutely my favorite part of my wedding. Another thing that was DIY and ended up being amazing was our arch for the ceremony. We got so many compliments on it and all it was was just ribbon and flowers!
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
DIY. If you make it or put it together yourself you will more than likely save money. Do not waste your money on the “wedding” stuff. Do not go to the wedding aisle in Hobby Lobby. Everything in that aisle is overpriced and you can usually find similar items in a different aisle for so much cheaper. I found so much on Amazon and in thrift stores. It amazed me some of the things I found in the thrift store for $1 or less!
Etsy is also fantastic for those special details. My veil is a perfect example. The store where I purchased my dress was fantastic. I was able to purchase off the rack which saved money but the veils they had there were half the price of my dress! The sample I tried on ended up being $450 which in my opinion was ridiculous. My veil I purchased on Etsy from Veils By Rebecca (which is so beautiful it tramples that store’s sample into the ground) was $125 WITH SHIPPING. I also got my jewelry and hair comb from an Etsy seller as well.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Figure out what you can and cannot do yourself. I had the crazy idea that I was going to do the flowers myself as well as make all of the desserts for the wedding and also set up everything the day of. Well my extended family in the area thankfully ended up stepping in and made the desserts because by the few days before I felt like I was spread thinner than tissue paper. DIY is fantastic but EVERYONE has their limits!
What was your biggest splurge?
We got our photographer for a STEAL. She was however what the biggest chunk of change went to just because we were able to stay cheap with everything else. I got a fantastic deal on the flowers because I ordered from a wholesaler in the area, however…. I could have gotten way cheaper flowers than the ones I ordered and saved a couple hundred dollars. The flowers were my favorite part though, so I definitely splurged on getting the specific ones I wanted.
What was your favorite detail?
As I’m sure you can guess, the flowers were my favorite. To be specific though, our arch turned out gorgeous and was a beautiful focal point for the ceremony and formal photos. My dress and veil and jewelry were probably right up there with the flowers. All of my jewelry and veil were from different shops on Etsy! So unique and gorgeous!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The ceremony was by far our favorite part. For us at the end of the day, it was about those vows and beginning our life together.
Photography: Kristen Fields Photography • Venue: Family property • Flowers: Import Flowers • Rentals: Southern Events • Ceremony Musicians: Sugar and Steel Music • Bridesmaids Dresses: Lovely Melody Clothing via Etsy • Wedding Gown Designer: Watters –Francine (altered by seamstress) • Bridal Attire: Tulle Bridal • Jewelry: DaintyCo –Etsy Shop and Kendra Scott • Veil: Veils By Rebecca via Etsy (this lady is amazing!) • Hair comb: Kathleen Barry Jewelry via Etsy • Shoes: Aldo • Grooms Bow Tie: danceCHICKENSdance via Etsy
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