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Love this wedding from one of our dear readers, Annie! She and her new hubby had alot of help from family and friends to make their Georgia garden wedding happen- friends and family even gifted them some of their wedding services like photography and videography! This helped them keep their personal spending down, but we made sure to include the total costs to give you an accurate representation of the day. Overall the day was totally glamorous and classic and gorgeous! Hope you enjoy this edition of the BSWOW! xoxo – Jessica 

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Annie + Austin

May 10, 2013

Atlanta, GA

Park Tavern Piedmont Garden Tent


What was your budget? 

We spent $15,000 and were gifted close to $5,000 in services by family and friends, so the actual total was around $20,000.

Venue $800

Food/Bev/Service/Tax $10250

DJ $650

Stationary $680

Groom's Attire $480

Bride's Attire $ 1385

Rings $780

Makeup $125

Hair Gifted ($50)

Decor $235

Centerpiece flowers Gifted ($270)

Bouquet flowers $75

Cake and Cookies $175

Photographer Gifted ($2200)

Videographer Gifted ($1600)

Wedding Favors $175

Transportation Gifted ($150)



How many guests did you have?



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

All of our centerpieces, reception decor and bouquets were DIY.  I also made all the table photo props and the A&A etched mason jars for drinks and as favors for the guests.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I had many items gifted so photography and videography saved me tons of money. Since I was not particular about the date of the wedding, I chose a date that the venue had available 3 months before and saved almost $5000 on venue and catering.  I felt like I had plenty of time to plan it in 3 months and never felt overwhelmed or stressed.  Also, instead of having a tiered wedding cake we ordered 6 single 9″ and 12″ cakes from one of the best cake bakeries in town and placed them on different height cake stands.  My maid of honor also made cookies the day of so that there was another dessert option.  Another  thing I did was instead of having a photobooth, I made my own photo props (about 130), placed them at each table and created an Instagram hashtag #aawedatl.  And lastly, I hand etched all of our mason jar wedding favors with A&A which cost me $1.10/jar instead of getting them made at $6+/jar


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

Use what you have!!!  I took whatever decor me and my friends had to make up the centerpieces.  The remainder was bought at thrift stores and the Goodwill.


What was your biggest splurge?

Alcohol was our big splurge.  We opted for a premium open bar with a fully stocked Coffee Station.  We like to think of ourselves as fun time ambassadors and we wanted to have an amazing party!!  I don't call a party a success until someone looses an article of clothing and all I can say is, it was a success!!!


What was your favorite detail?

Our day of, hand made signage

“today two families become one so pick a seat and not a side”


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

It's a toss up between unconventional “london bridges” or pants dropping…



Venue: Park Tavern  //  Photography: Benjamin and Grace Photography  and  Austen Risolvato Photography  //  Cake: Piece of Cake  //  Groom's Suit – J.Crew  //  Dress and Alterations – Ruby V  //  


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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Heidi @TrulyEngaging

    Gorgeous! Love the mint green dresses and the party looks joyous, comfortable and a lot of fun! Congrats to Annie and Austin!

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