Farmer’s Market Style Wedding on a $22K Budget

This gives us all the farmer's market vibes and we are here for it! The bride's grandmother grew herbs in her garden to create potted herb favors for each of their guests to take home. These became part of the table decor along with small cakes and pies set in the middle of each dinner table! Don't miss more of the stunning details from this Farmer's Market Style Wedding on a $22K Budget!

Xoxo, Jessica

Chandler + David

October 5th, 2019
Cold Springs Events | Little Rock, AR

What was your total budget? Please provide a budget breakdown.

  • Venue: $6,500
  • Catering: $3,780
  • DJ: $1,300
  • Florals: $919.00
  • Photography: $2,590
  • Videography: $1,800
  • Beer and Wine: $500 (had a lovely coworker buy craft beer and give us wine)
  • Stationary: $270
  • Dress and Veil: $1,800
  • Alterations: $280
  • Cake: $300
  • Hair and Makeup: $400
  • Wedding Planner: $995
  • Rentals: $160
  • Wedding favors: $200
  • Extra pies: $120
  • Rentals from venue: $1,500
  • Plastic ware/dinnerware: $200

Total Budget: $22,000

How did you meet?

Through mutual friends! My (Chandler) best friend in Occupational Therapy school knew the fiddle player in David’s band. We went to a show of theirs around finals time. I backed out on 3 dates before actually going on a date with David.

What is your proposal story?

David proposed where we had our first date, Ciao Baci, which is a cute little restaurant. The plan was to walk around the neighborhood and bar hop a little, but David called the restaurant ahead of time and made sure the table we sat at on our first date was open. I could tell he was nervous but I didn’t expect him to propose!

Tell us about your wedding vision.

We wanted the wedding to be fun for our friends and family, and not waste money on fluff. I wanted the wedding to be whimsical-ish, but simple. Navy and peachy tones with greenery is just my style in general! I never dreamed of a wedding day when I was little, so planning was definitely a trial and error process when it came to what I wanted. We wanted a location with a ton of natural light, that would be beautiful if the sun was shining or if it was storming.

Tell us about your attire choices.

I just knew I wanted a dress with pockets. The dress I loved and could afford at the bridal salon didn’t have pockets, so I just had them added. The recommended seamstress messed my entire dress up and my cousin, who did a charcoal drawing during the wedding, ended up saving my entire dress. Pockets, bodice, straps, and all.

David wanted something that was his style and fit him really well without having a tailored suit. He found a navy suit at Express Outlets and luckily enough, the groomsmen were able to find the same color navy, in whatever style pant they wanted (skinny, relaxed, etc.) so everyone was comfortable throughout the day.

What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?

The most important thing for us was to not stress. I’m the type of person who likes to check things off a list and my husband is a procrastinator. He understood I just wanted to get things done so I wouldn’t stress about it. The whole process was never stressful for us because we didn’t think, “Oh, I wonder if so-and-so would like this or want that.” We also wanted it to feel like a celebration of our family and friends who support us.

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We definitely splurged on food, because tacos deserve it all. We skipped on a photo booth and guests enjoyed taking their own polaroid pictures throughout the night.

What were your favorite parts of the day?

One of my favorite memories was when my grandpa and I were alone waiting to walk down the aisle. We just had a sweet check-in with each other. Also, David and I ate dinner together in a private room, which was the best idea.

Tell us about your wedding flowers.

I’m not a flower girl, so my florist really did it all and made the flowers look beautiful.

Tell us about your wedding cake.

We had a different cake or pie at every table. The idea was for people to sit at a table with their favorite dessert or mingle with people they might not have met before. It was a hit! Lavender Bakes did an amazing job with all the cakes and my grandma and mother-in-law made pies!

What did you do for favors?

My grandma spent months growing herbs that my friends and I potted a couple of days before the wedding in simple terra-cotta pots. I put up a sign that said “if you let it die, so does our love”, in a nod to How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. Our friends have let the plants die, but our love is still going strong.

Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.

My grandma supplied the gold picture frames that my husband and I turned into our background at the alter. The favors, pies, couch/lounge area were all DIY.

Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?

I wore my paternal grandmother's opal ring and necklace on the wedding day. I also had an iron-on picture of my grandpa and that said “I loved you first” on the inside of his tie.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

Don’t worry what other people will think or will/won’t like!! Plan early so you can enjoy the showers and the months leading up to the wedding rather than stressing. We were able to enjoy that season. Splurge on what you think is important and save when you can.

Vendors

Photography: Ashton Rail Photography | Ceremony Venue: Cold Springs Events | Reception Venue: Cold Springs Events | Event Planning: Meredith Events | Floral: Petal Chik Designs | Wedding Cake: Sweet Lavender Bakeshop | Rentals: Eventology | Hair: Sierra Tacker | Makeup: Sierra Tacker | Desserts: Cupcake Factory Little Rock | Bar: Last Call Bartending | Painter: Lauren Kinder | Bakery: Sweet Lavender Bakeshop | Wedding Dress: Inverness Bridal | Groom's Attire: Express Men | Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie | Veil: Inverness Bridal | Headpiece: Etsy | Submitted via: Matchology

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