Today’s wedding is filled with so many fun details! From the oversized balloons and mismatched ceremony seating to the cake decorated by the bride and twinkle lights at the reception, this wedding is a treat! Enjoy this peach and white wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Stephanie + Braxton
July 25, 2015
Savannah, GA | Private Venue
What was your budget?
Our budget was $15k. These are very rough estimates!
2k – Dress
4K – Rentals (tents, tables, chairs)
1k – Decoration & Flowers
2k – Rings and Gifts
1k – Other Vendors (bartender, makeup, DJ, officiant)
2k – Caterer
2k – Photographer
1k – DIY projects (dance floor, refurbished antiques, arbor, paper goods, food & beverages)
How many guests did you have?
About 100, but only 75 RSVPd so we actually ran out of ceremony seating! Luckily it was only about a 15/20 minute ceremony.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
There were a lot of aspects in our wedding that were DIY. These things included everything from the food for cocktail hour to the invitations and wedding programs. My father built the wedding arbor, the family pitched in to help decorate the ceremony and reception space with flowers we had ordered by the stem from a local vendor and tulle we purchased from the fabric store. My aunt and grandmother made the boutonnière sand my mother fashioned the bouquets. I made activity books for the children attending the wedding as well as set up yard games throughout the reception area. The dance floor was built by my father and we also had an antique vanity that I refurbished to hold the drink station. All these aspects are things that made our wedding personal and our guests could feel right at home.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Our biggest money-saver was having our ceremony and reception at my parents’ house. Our ceremony was in the front yard, adorned with mismatch vintage chairs, and our reception was held in the back yard, scattered with lounge areas, yard games, and garden lights. We did a lot of DIY projects in order to avoid paying so much on wedding rentals (tents, tables, food and beverages, dance floor). Doing a lot of online research for other vendors helped us to keep costs low as well – we searched for hours on end, mainly on Craigslist, to find our photographer, cake maker, DJ, officiant, and tent rental service. We went through friends and acquaintances to find our caterer, bartender, and make up artist.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
I would more carefully plan a timeline for all of my DIY projects- as well as allot MORE time; and also get some hired help so my mother could enjoy the wedding more, as she was doing a lot of work on the wedding day. It would be worth the extra dollars in the labor department.
What was your biggest splurge?
My biggest splurge was definitely on the rented items: tent with chandelier and twinkle lights, tables with linens, antique mismatch chairs and lounge seating.
What was your favorite detail?
We had round garden lights surrounding our outdoor venue that really set a romantic mood for the whole evening. There was a fire pit in the middle of the yard where couples gathered to gaze up at the stars and the night was ended with a sparkler send off that kept the romanticism going for us. The whole night was very vintage yet ethereal – just the theme we were going for.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable moment of our day would be the look on my husband’s face as I was walking down the aisle, how I couldn’t keep my emotions in tact, and being able to enjoy the company of our friends and family in such an intimate environment.
Photography: M&A Photography • Catered dinner: Yellow Dog Bar-B-Q • Tent & Tables: Amazing Event Rentals • Mismatched antique furniture: Savannah Vintage Rentals • DJ: Don Scott (Savannah, GA) • Makeup: Mìcheàla Murtaugh
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