I absolutely LOVE this classic Plum wedding shot by the talented Kristin Vanzant photo! The photos are so gorgeous! I love the bride’s advice to slow down and enjoy the journey, and to really do your research. Don’t assume a venue is out of your budget- make the calls necessary to find out the info, you could surprise yourself! Hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I do!!! xoxo- Jessica
Jonathan + Whitney
October 16, 2010
Wedding was at Holy Ghost Catholic Church and reception was at BridgeView
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
Our budget was $9,000
Dress (including accessories) $1000
Reception Venue/Catering/Cake $4000
Wedding Music $450
Reception DJ $650
Wedding Planner $350
MISC Items (Wedding favors, reception décor, programs, etc) $300
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Jonathan and I wanted to incorporate our late grandparents into the reception, so we tried to keep their memory there by putting pictures of them on a bookshelf behind the cake. I think this definitely added a very personal and memorable aspect to the wedding.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
The biggest thing that I did to save money was try to search for the best deal I could find for everything. This included my invitations, save the dates, wedding décor, etc. For the save the dates I searched the web for ideas and we finally decided to go with post cards from Zazzle. This alone only cost us about $70.00 not to mention a stamp for a post card is cheaper than a stamp for a card so we saved money going that route. I also saved a ton of money with our reception décor. Every weekend I would literally try to go to every craft store, wholesale store, or discount store searching for cheap vases, candles, picture frames, and lanterns to find the best deal. Doing this cut down a lot of cost for décor and I was actually able to bring every idea I had to life.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
My best advice for planning would be to really take the time to stop and enjoy every single minute of it. Sometimes you become so wrapped up in the planning that you forget what the day is really about. People always say that this day goes by in an instant, but I don’t think until it is your day, do you really understand this. So my advice is to slow down and enjoy the whole journey!
What was your biggest splurge?
My biggest splurge definitely was our reception venue. Having a wedding in Knoxville in the fall is a challenge in itself with trying to compete with college football. So every girl tries to book her wedding on the one Saturday that there is an away game or a by-weekend. Right after I got engaged and after we decided on a date, picking and reserving the reception venue was the first thing I wanted to nail down. I had a couple of things in mind, but somehow came across this beautiful space that overlooked the Tennessee River in the heart of downtown and I just had to have it. I had known that this space used to be a restaurant but that it had closed down a few years back. I went home and did some research and found out that you could rent the space and that they also did their own catering, which was perfect! The only thing I was worried about was that it would be out of our price range, but after calling and more research I found out that it was totally in our budget. After having our reception here and hearing all of our guests say how beautiful it was, I am definitely glad we decided to splurge on it.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite detail was incorporating fall into all of the wedding details without going over board and tacky on the décor. At my reception I definitely wanted it to have an intimate feeling, but yet have fall integrated into that. I had lots of fall decorations including lanterns, glass pumpkins, mums, etc.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
My most memorable moment of the day would definitely be after arriving to the reception venue before we went inside, my parents and aunt and uncle stayed back to toast Jonathan and I and to give us their special marriage advice. That moment just stuck in my mind as one of my most memorable from the day, because it was just so special for us to be able to spend those couple of uninterrupted minutes with them.
Photographer: Kristin Vanzant Photography // Event Planner: Absolute Wedding Perfection // Dress Designer: Allure Bridal // Floral Designer: Echelon // DJ:Gary Loe Productions // Transportation:Knoxville Area Transit // Venue: Bridge View // Submitted via Two Bright Lights
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