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Quirky Nashville Wedding on a $6k Budget

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This sweet wedding has lots of handmade details and loads of personality! We love the incorporation of the groom's love for comic books with the boutonnieres! So adorable! When couples forget the typical or expected ideas for a wedding and choose to infuse their own likes and interests into their big day it makes our hearts soar! It makes it a true reflection of who they are instead of just what everyone comes to assume from a wedding.

Dustin + Kristin

Nashville, Tennessee
- 02/07/2010
Total wedding budget $6,000

What was your budget?


Rough Breakdown:

  • Catering: $1,000
  • Photography: $500
  • Tables, Chairs, Linens: 1, 800
  • Church Gift: $250
  • Flowers: $180
  • Invitations and other paper: $150
  • Bridal Wardrobe: $200
  • Grooms Cake: $75
  • Wedding Cake: $300
  • Misc Fees, Decor, and help: $1,500


How many guests did you have?


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

Marvel Comics combined with a vintage touch. My husband has always loved Marvel Comics so we decided to make that our wedding theme. The groomsmen wore marvel action figure boutonnieres and the groom’s cake was Wolverine’s claws. We combined that with vintage typefaces and decorative aspects to fuse the wedding together.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We asked everyone we knew to help out and they were all so willing to offer a hand. We knew a caterer and photographer that gave us great rates. Not to mention our coordinator/ designer/ planner who put together all of our stationery, handmade details and the flower arrangements and taught me how to cut corners without losing the charm and elegance that I wanted.


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

Be creative with your special day. Don’t forget that this day is about you and your husband and your day should reflect who you are. Don’t spend too much time trying to please everyone just let everything flow and it will be beautiful.


What was your biggest splurge?

The food. We had worked for a wedding caterer for a couple of years during college, and we knew that the food was going to be important. We wanted a southern style full buffet meal with charm and elegance.


What was your favorite detail?

The action figure boutonnieres. I made them myself from dye-cast metal figures that I bought on ebay. They turned out great and added so much fun to the wedding. Plus, the groomsmen and ring bearers loved wearing them.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Seeing my husband for the first time before walking down the aisle.



Catering: Chef Penelope’s Catering  |  Photography: Tori Wharton Photography   |  Groom’s Cake: Cakes by Denette  |  Flowers, Additional Photography & Graphic Design: Ashley Whiteside, Olive You Deerly  |  Church: Blakemore Nazarene  |  Wedding Planner Ashley Whiteside, Olive You Deerly  |  Wedding Cake: Publix