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Another lovely wedding here for you this week by the talented Rachel Archer Photography! The bright colors and fun photos from this Blue and Yellow North Carolina Wedding just make me smile! Mara and Adam took the ‘it takes a village' approach to planning a wedding and had family and friends contribute to various aspects of their day to keep costs down. Rachel did alot of budget savvy shopping and thrifting, and even got her dress on consignment. Overall they were able to pull off a lovely wedding for only $5k! Hope you enjoy this feature! xoxo-Jessica

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Mara + Adam 

April 19, 2012

Asheville, NC,
Ceremony at Mount Carmel Baptist Church; Reception at Biltmore Lake Clubhouse

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

Our budget was no more than $5,000. The breakdown is as follows:
Wedding Dress: $400 (from a local consignment shop)
Bridesmaid Dresses: $40 a piece from, clearance section. We had 8 bridesmaids.
Flowergirl Dresses: $30 from Ebay store, we had 2 flowergirls
Groom & Groomsmen: Tuxedos cost $80 a piece with a total of 9
Church for Ceremony: $200
Flowers and Decorations: $750, we used a friend that offered her floral gifts for free. As for decor, friends and family donated their time and items. I wanted cobalt blue vases and we found a TON of them at yardsales, Goodwill stores and had some in our own homes. The arch in the church my mother bought herself for us to have.
Food: $800, this was our most expensive part of the wedding. We outsourced the appetizer finger foods to a local caterer who did a fabulous job. Adam's aunt made our cake for free, the large fruit and cheese platter was donated by a close friend of the family as well.
Reception Site: $600, we could only rent Biltmore Lake's Clubhouse through a friend who lived in the community. The reception site had tables, chairs, wine goblets and other items that we were able to use at the reception
Music: A friend of ours came down and DJ'd for us for $200
Invitations: Made in house by us!

How many guests did you have? About 250

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding? All of our families talents were incorporated to give our wedding a special flare to it.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money? Used our family talents, we got lots of items for free or discounted majorly! Including our cake, reception site, decor and flower services. The whole wedding day was put together by our family and friends. The decorations were found at second hand stores or borrowed. The reception location was “borrowed” from a friend who owns a home on the property. The dresses were purchased online at a discount.

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side? Not to let anyone influence your special decisions, including who your bridesmaid is, where you want to have the wedding and what YOU want. It is YOUR day and treat it that way. Also to keep calm and carry on.

What was your biggest splurge? Food!!

What was your favorite detail? Everyone pitching in and giving of their special talents to add to our wedding.

What is the most memorable moment of your day? Singing with my husband during the ceremony


Photographer: Rachel Archer Photography | Venue: Biltmore Lake in Candler, NC  | Catering: The Artisan Cafe

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