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Sweet and simple perfectly describe today’s budget-savvy! Sarah and Drew’s wedding is filled with class and elegance with their lovely church venue and pretty pink florals. I also love how Sarah wore a special family heirloom for her big day. Enjoy this North Carolina wedding! xoxo, Jessica

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Sarah + Drew

May 14, 2016

Bald Head Island, NC  |  BHI Chapel + BHI Association Building


What was your budget?

We ended up spending around $13,000 total.

Chapel: $1000

BHI Association Building: $700

Food: $2000

Photographer: $2700

Dress: $350

Organist: $450

Flowers: $80

Wedding planner: $1650

The rest of the budget was spent on ferry tickets for the guests to get to Bald Head Island and miscellaneous items.


How many guests did you have?

We had around 85 guests.


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

The week before the wedding, the bridesmaids and I worked on the simple centerpieces, decorations for the cake table, signs, and other little trinkets to add spice to the wedding.  My favorite personal aspect that we created were the wedding favors in which were sand dollars that we made into Christmas tree ornaments by adding some ribbon and writing personalized for our wedding.


Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

Yes, we tried to make everything DIY because it was cheaper to do so.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I researched everything from tablecloths to easy DIY decorations that I could find the best deal and make it fit our wedding.


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

The best advice that I could give is that if you have a vision for a wedding that may not seem like it will fit your budget, don’t give up.  There are ways to cut corners and have the wedding of your dreams.  Especially do not be afraid to ask friends and family to help where they can because if I hadn’t have had their help my wedding would not have come together.  For instance, a couple of my bridesmaid put together a playlist and acted as my DJs.


What was your biggest splurge?

My biggest splurge was the photographer.  I wanted to make sure my photographer was good because the pictures are what we will be keeping forever to remind us of our wedding day!


What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was the pearl necklace that I wore.  My grandmother gave the necklace to me and every year on my birthday she added a new pearl.  So it was very special that I was able to wear such a meaningful memento on my wedding day.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable moment of my day was walking up to the chapel and realize that I was about to be married to my best friend at my favorite place.  It was such a surreal feeling to see my dream as a little girl to be married at Bald Head Island come to life.



Photography: Erin Whittle Photography • Ceremony Venue: Bald Head Island Chapel • Reception Venue: Bald Head Island Association Building • Flowers: Brunswick Town Florist • Wedding Planner and Day of Coordinator: Jessica Scully of A Day at the Beach • Catering: Coastal Catering and Events • Linens: Tablecloths Factory • Transportation: BHI Ferry • Ceremony Musicians: Cindy Sellers • Bridesmaids Dresses: Target • Bridal Salon or Shop: Trindale Brides (no longer in business) • Shoes: Zappos



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