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Elegant Southern Wedding with Dessert Reception

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There is nothing better than a elegant Southern wedding on a savvy budget! Derek and Chelsea’s gorgeous wedding is filled with lovely details. Their ceremony venue is stunning and I love the elegance of their tent reception. And who wouldn’t want to enjoy some artisanal popsicles on a hot Georgia day? Enjoy this beautiful wedding! xoxo, Jessica

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Derek + Chelsea

May 17, 2015

Milledgeville, GA  |  Old Governor’s Mansion

What was your budget? 

We had a budget of $13,000.

Invitations: $1,200.00

Venue: $1,200.00

Flowers: $2,500.00

Dress and alterations: $1,400.00

Tent, tables, and chairs: $1,500.00

DJ: $450.00

Programs: $250.00

Photographer: $2,000.00

Dessert finger foods: $500.00

King of Pops: $500.00

Beverages: $400.00

Wedding Cake: $600.00

How many guests did you have?

We had 150 guests.

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

It was very hot on that day. We had cute straw fans and personalized water bottles for our guests as they were arriving.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We had an afternoon wedding so we only served desserts and drinks. It saved us money by not having to pay for a full meal for each of our guests.

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

I would say figure out the things that are most important. The things you aren’t willing to not have and make sure you have those (venue, certain flowers, etc). If you focus on getting the things that matter the most it will easier to compromise on other things.

What was your biggest splurge?

Flowers and invites were our biggest splurges. People remember the details and I wanted those two things to really stand out.

What was your favorite detail?

The trolley! I arrived in a red Trolley. The town trolley is famous in Milledgeville, and it is used to give historic tours of the city.  It was a cool little detail and I felt like it was the perfect entrance.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

We had King of Pops at the wedding and everyone still talks about how awesome it was to have them at the reception! 


Photographer: Mike Moreland • Venue: Old Governor’s Mansion • Tent and chairs: Tent-Sational • Catering: Georgia College • Flowers: Le Petit Jardin • Popsicles: King of Pops • Trolley: Historic Trolley • Cake: Publix in Lake Oconee


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