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Spring is in the air! It's technically been Spring for a few weeks now but the weather here in NY is just starting to get the memo! That's why looking at this sweet, classic wedding just makes me so happy! The sunny yellow and powder blue color scheme just makes me think of daffodils and blue skies. I really enjoyed the details from this wedding and think you will, too! I love the chalkboard art they created and that the bridesmaids wore cardigans with their dresses- it just has a sweet, vintage vibe to me! Hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I do! xoxo- Jessica
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Jesse & Amber
October 27, 2012
Gallatin, TN
Rose Mont Mansion | Epic Event Centre
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
Our original budget was $5,000 but we ended up spending close to $8,500
Wedding Venue: $1,000
Mansion (to get ready/first look) $500
Catering: $2,224
Dress: $850
Suit: $160
Toms: $470
Flowrs: $900
Cake: $360
Decor/gifts/invites: $1880
Total: $8344
How many guests did you have?
Approx. 125
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We definitely wanted the wedding to be ‘us'…from the venue and food to the invites and shoes! The bridal party wore Toms and we based the blue used in our wedding on the logo! I also created a graphic that we used throughout the wedding to help tie everything together (a mason jar with a+j inside).
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Jesse and I made the invitations and a lot of our own decor – some decor was handed down to us from Grandparents. We also had a lot of help from family and friends (moving, decorating, coordinating, etc). They were all so terrific throughout the year of planning and on the wedding day!

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

My best advice would be to get the ‘big things' taken care of first (venue, food, dress, etc) so you have time to focus on all of the ‘little things'. Those are the most important and help make your wedding YOU.


What was your biggest splurge?
Our biggest splurge was probably Rose Mont Mansion. We knew we wanted a location to get ready and to do our first look. We ended up renting the mansion for 4 hours that morning. The wedding venue and food were already understood – even though that was the biggest chunk of our budget.
What was your favorite detail?
Actually, I have two: The dragonfly pin on my bouquet of flowers in memory of my Grandpa, and a chalkboard painting we had made with our silhouettes and favorite quote.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Definitely the first look! I am so glad Jesse and I were able to have that moment together…I will always remember the look on his face when he turned around and saw me for the first time on our wedding day!
Photography: Melissa Rena Photography   |   Venues: Rose Mont MansionThe Epic Event Centre  |  Catering: Chef Christopher's Catering  |  Cake: Covered with Icing   |   Flowers: Debbie Denny   |   DJ: Michael Holland  |  Wedding Dress: David's Bridal
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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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  • Jacqueline

    Sweet. Love when a bridal party prays together before the wedding.

  • Carla

    Love her dress! More info please!

    • Amber Toland

      Hi Carla! I purchased my dress at David’s Bridal.

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