Tori and Thomas created a beautiful budget-savvy wedding for 240 guests by saving money through opting to have their wedding on a Sunday in December. How pretty are the bridesmaids’ bouquets made of baby’s breath, pinecones and greenery? So chic and perfect for the season! I also love that they served bread, soup and salad for their reception. Such a cosy option for a winter wedding! Enjoy this rustic and whimsical December wedding. xoxo, Jessica
Tori + Thomas
December 20, 2015
Knoxville, TN | The Standard
What was your budget?
Our budget was $15,000. We spent $3,250 to have both our ceremony and reception at The Standard in downtown Knoxville. We paid around $1,000 for our amazing photographer, around $350 on flowers, around $1,000 for live music, around $600 for bartending services, $1,200 on liquor, and approximately $3,000 for dinner. We spent around $3,000 for our incredible wedding planner, Debby Ingle, which included most of the decorations, our wedding cake and cookie tree, simple hors d’oeuvres for our cocktail hour, and our rentals (burlap tablecloths and dinnerware). Lastly, we spent around $1,300 on my wedding dress, veil, and alterations. The rest of our budget was spent on other miscellaneous items throughout the planning process.
How many guests did you have?
We had 240 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We wanted our wedding to be rustic yet whimsical. We used a neutral color pallet with a hint of Christmas spirit. We chose not to spend much money on flowers. We used lots of baby’s breath, pine cones, and fresh greenery from the backyards of friends and family!
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We chose to have our wedding on a Sunday which saved us a lot of money on the venue. Since Thomas and I both work as teachers, we had just started our winter break (along with many of our guests) so getting up early the next morning was not a concern! With our wedding being so close to the holidays it was a great time for family to see each other and old friends to catch up. We also saved a large amount of money by serving soup, salad, and breads for dinner. It was a perfect and very delicious winter meal!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Keep things simple! We chose not to waste time or money on insignificant details that our guests would pay no attention to! This saved of us a lot of stress and money and the evening was still absolutely perfect and beautiful to us in every way.
What was your biggest splurge?
While we found a way to save money on every aspect of our wedding, we chose to splurge somewhat on our venue. As Thomas and I searched for venues online, we instantly fell in love with the pictures we saw of The Standard. It was the first and last venue that we visited in person. As soon as we stepped foot in the venue, we knew that it was exactly where we wanted to be married!
What was your favorite detail?
Every aspect of our wedding was tied to our friends, family, and community. My best friend arranged my gorgeous flowers, one of our favorite locals restaurants (The Soup Kitchen) catered our dinner, our live entertainment was a family friend, and I have known my wedding planner since I was a little girl! This made every detail of the events personal, intimate, and very special.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable moment of the evening was watching Thomas dance with his grandmother to “What a Wonderful World” that was played by his brother Daniel on the trumpet to honor his mother, Melissa, who passed away in 2008. At this time I was able to take in the beauty of our wedding and the overwhelming amount of love that was so present in the room. The lights above were twinkling, our guests were smiling, and my heart was full!
Photography: Chelsey Williams • Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal • Venue: The Standard Knoxville • Catering: The Soup Kitchen • Bar Tending: The Pour Guys • Live Music: Tim Tyler • Wedding Planner: Family friend, Debby Ingle