What was your budget? Please give us a breakdown of how you spent it!
- Venue – $6,000
- Photography – $2,500
- DJ – $2,000
- Food Trucks – $1,500
- Flowers – $700
- Alcohol – $2,000
- Dress – $1,000 (with accessories and alterations)
- Decor/etc. – $1,500
Total: approximately $17,000
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We had traditional vows and the traditional first dances. Other than that, we weren’t very traditional at all! We had food trucks as our food options! We had DIY flowers and decorations. The music was fun and upbeat, just like us!
Did you do any DIY projects?
We pretty much DIY-ed everything. One of my bridesmaids did ALL of the floral arrangements and centerpieces. We did all of the tablescapes, and my mom made all the goodies on our dessert table!
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
FLOWERS – by ordering our flowers in bulk and doing them ourselves, we saved a lot of money versus using a florist.
FOOD TRUCKS – we wanted it to be casual and easy for everyone to get what they want, and the food trucks let us only pay for what was ordered — therefore we did not overpay or have leftovers!
HELPING HANDS: Utilizing family and friends that are excited to help. Nothing beats free manpower, and it saves time when you have a lot of hands-on deck!
REHEARSAL DINNER – I have family that offered to host and cook for our dinner because they had space in and outside of their house, so that was a huge help as well.
What’s the best advice you have for people planning their wedding now that you are on the other side?
Do whatever makes you happy! If something is important to you, KEEP it. But if you are indifferent on some items, either have someone help make the decision, weigh the options or consider getting rid of it! Nothing has to be the same as the previous wedding you’ve been to or what you see online. Be sure that you know what is important to you, that is a MUST HAVE at your wedding. Our non-negotiable was that we had to have amazing music and people on the dance floor, we were throwing a party so we wanted it to be nothing but fun. We worked closely with our DJ, and he basically ran the show and stayed on our timeline! Also – use the help that is being offered. It is coming from a good place and can help with stress, so let your people help you out!
What was your biggest splurge?
VENUE – we had the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception, which were all part of our cost. But it was perfect for us because we were able to be on site first thing Friday morning to set up everything but our flowers. They had a bridal house on the grounds, and that is where we spent the day on Saturday and had by noon on Sunday to finish the cleanup and get anything we were missing. So we had the venue for over 48 hours to ourselves, and we couldn’t pass that up.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite details were all the small rustic touches around our venue. It wasn’t over-decorated or cluttered, but it looked put together and cohesive. Every area looked perfect.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Getting all of the pictures taken was my favorite part, the most memorable thing about our wedding and where we laughed the most!
Photography: Chelsie Burkhart • Ceremony Venue: Hudson Farms • Reception Venue: Hudson Farms • Flowers: Blooms by the Box • Wedding Planner: Jack Clifford • Event Design / Styling: Brooke Schmidt • Catering: Cracked Truck • and Hickory River BBQ • Linens: Amazon • DJ: Sapphire Entertainment • Lighting: Sapphire Entertainment • Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist: Timothy John Salon • Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu • Bridal Shop: Lindsey Lane Bridal • Jewelry: Anthropologie • Shoes: American Threads • Groom’s Suit/Tux: American Eagle • and J. Crew • Men’s Shoes: Vans