Such a treat for you all today! This lovely budget wedding was done on a $10,000 budget. The bride shares that keeping things simple is the key to sticking to a tight budget. Simple is chic, after all! I love the bridesmaids dresses and the gorgeous ceremony location. So stunning! I know you'll love these photos and her breakdown — so check them out below! xoxo Jessica
Joy + Will
September 20, 2014
Sumter, SC Sans Souci Farm
What was your wedding budget?
-Flowers: We used flowers from the rehearsal dinner to decorate and also traded branding services for $720 worth of flowers, so I ended up paying $200 from my budget.
– Dress, gift from my mother-in law $1092, Veil was my mothers.
– Food $3777
– Alcohol $400
– Day of Coordinator $500
– Chairs $190
– Save the Dates: $60 – Fiance designed them
– Invitations: $60 – Fiance designed them
– Hair: $120
– Decorations: $904
– Golf Carts: 200
– Wedding Cake: Free
– Photography $500 Friend Alex Mccleland did it for a discount as our wedding present
– Videographer: $800 by Hayden Antal
– Hotels: Free with Points
– Venue $2000
– DJ: $500
– Favors, globe and other minor details: $70
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I designed the table centerpieces from my mother-in-laws antiques. I wore my mom's Belgium lace veil, so there was no added expense. My husband did all of the design and signs for the favors. A friend made us a life-sized Jenga set to use at the reception – it was a big hit!
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Getting married way out in the country helps, the vendors were very affordable! Especially when compared with a major metropolitan city. Having great friends in the wedding business sure didn't hurt, either!
What was the biggest sacrifice you made to stay on budget?
I originally wanted to get married at my childhood camp, but the venue price was $2000 and then I had to provide everything to turn it into a venue fit for a wedding. This would have been pretty pricey, but I think we ended up with an even better venue in the end. The other sacrifice was only inviting our best friends and family — cutting the guest list is the hardest thing ever!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Simplicity is beautiful, and affordable. Don't take wedding planning too seriously, it is just the beginning of your marriage!
What was your biggest splurge?
What was your favorite detail?
My awesome, crazy dancing, guests! We had such a great time at the reception.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Seeing my husband cry for the first time. We had dated for almost four years, so it was so special to see him tear up as I came down the aisle!
Catering: Lilfreds Catering • Photography: Alex Mcclelland Photography • Videography: Hayden Antal Videography • Hair: Brittany Cox at Clines Salon • Flowers: Kelly and Co. Florist • Dress: Bridal Sense • Venue: Sans Souci Farm