Today’s couple beautifully blends classy and rustic in their wedding. Jessica and Derek chose a gorgeous barn for the wedding ceremony and reception. I love the wheat boutonnieres for the groomsmen and the stocks used in the bridesmaids bouquets… such a budget-savvy option! Enjoy this lovely barn wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Jessica + Derek
November 1, 2014
Winston Salem, NC | Winmock at Kinderton
What was your budget?
Our total budget was about $15,000.
Favor Table (cookies, cider, candy): $400
Alcohol: 1,000 (additional $475 for attendants to serve alcohol)
Dress + Veil: $600 with alterations
Suit: Free with 5 groomsmen rentals
Supplies for DIY Projects: $1,000
Save-the Dates: $80
Invitations: $100-150- not including postage!
Hair: $40 per person (The hair-dresser was nice enough to do mine for free)
Make-up: $30 per person
How many guests did you have?
We invited 120 and had about 100 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
The pastor we used was a long time friend of my late grandfather and also the pastor that married my dad and step-mom. He used the same Bible to marry us that he used to marry him.
My dad wrote a song and my uncle played/sang for our father/daughter dance. It was a huge surprise to me.
My husband and I had a choreographed first dance. We took ballroom dance lessons as a fun thing to do together and the dance teacher choreographed our first dance.
For those who chose to forego alcohol, we had a cider and hot chocolate station set-up for the cocktail hour. We also had cookies and candies to serve as favors with to-go boxes and cups.
The bridesmaids were allowed to choose their own dresses from wherever they wanted (with my approval) so their personal style could be reflected, so they could feel comfortable, and wear the dress more than once!
Included on the RSVP was a line to request a song to hear at the reception
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
Our centerpieces were wooden lanterns stained a dark brown color. We bought the lanterns at AC Moore unfinished and stained them the color we wanted. Our table numbers were wood burned wood pieces we did ourselves using a wood burning kit from the craft store. We wrapped about 100 recycled wine bottles with twine ourselves.
I typed and printed the wedding programs myself using Microsoft word on special paper
Our cupcake stand was a three-tier stand made from a tree trunk and wood sections from a tree we cut down. My dad is a great wood-worker and was able to put it together.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We reduced flowers and used baby’s breath and fillers throughout the venue rather than large floral pieces throughout. The only flowers used were the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages. We also chose a non-traditional wedding florist. The florist we ordered our arrangements from typically does daily arrangements but with such a small order, they agreed to make the bouquets for our wedding
We also decided to forego videography and put more toward photography.
We also used personal connections to save money. For example: our DJ was a business connection and friend of ours who doesn’t typically do weddings but had all of the appropriate equipment. Our cupcakes were made by one of my bridesmaids’ sister. She bakes special occasion cupcakes on the side and was happy to bake and decorate ours for only the cost of the supplies. She did a GREAT job at a fraction of the cost.
My brother is an artist and drew a beautiful emblem on a chalkboard to mirror our invitations with our monogram in the middle.
DIY projects also saved us money (but NOT time).
Although the venue was our most expensive item, it was well worth the money. The place was gorgeous by itself and didn’t need many decorations. Also, it included a staff for the day of the wedding to help things run smoothly.
My dress was on the clearance rack at David’s Bridal. I didn’t know it when I tried it on but it sure did help!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Ignore the opinions of others, be direct in what you want and don’t be passive but willing to compromise instead.
The DIY projects will take a lot of time. Do not wait until the last minute and if someone volunteers to help: SAY YES!!!
Have a specific timeline for the day so everyone knows what to expect, BUT we did not schedule any events for the receptions (garter toss, bouquet toss, feeding each other). The rules for the reception: just have fun!
What was your biggest splurge?
The venue and photography were our biggest splurges.
What was your favorite detail?
The pictures are worth far more than what we paid. They will last forever
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Dancing with our closest friends and family during the reception. Also, SO MANY people came up to us the day of and for MONTHS after the wedding commenting on how it was the best and most sentimental wedding they have ever been to. That meant a lot to me. I wouldn’t change a thing that day
Photography: Christopher Bell Photography • Venue: WinMock at Kinderton • Flowers: A Daisy a Day Florist • Catering: Prissy Polly’s BBQ • Hair Stylist: Laurie Carden at Hair Attractions • Makeup Artist: Katie Doub at Hair Attractions • Bridal Shop: David’s Bridal • Shoes: Aldo • Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
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