Today's wedding is filled with gorgeous handmade details that perfectly reflect the couple. I love how Hannah and Eric let their personalities shine throughout their big day! How cute is their homemade photo booth? I also love the bride's budget savvy ModCloth wedding dress (AWESOME!) and the oversized “I DO” balloons. I'm sure you'll everything about this rustic, handmade Florida wedding. xoxo, Jessica
Hannah + Eric
November 13, 2015
Jacksonville, FL | Mandarin Community Club
What was your budget?
Our budget started at a strict $5,000. Since we’ve never been good with budgets, the total came to about $12,500, which included all tips and alterations.
Food (buffet dinner and desserts): $2200
Stationery (Save the Dates, Invites, Programs): $350
Rentals (tables, chairs, etc.): $2200
Wedding dress from Modcloth and Groom’s tux: $400 (dress $230, tux $180)
Flowers (centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres): $840
Decorations and craft supplies: $500
Alcohol (beer, wine, hard liquor): $400
Music (violinist and DJ): $780
Hair and makeup (for bride, bridesmaids, mothers): $1011
Miscellaneous (officiant, day of coordinator, honeymoon, hotel rooms, transportation, day after brunch): $2085
How many guests did you have?
We had about 70 guests total.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Eric and I are both artists so all of our decorations were handmade. From the painted pinecone centerpieces, to the stationery and signs, to the photo booth, we wanted everything and everyone to say, “This is so Hannah and Eric.”
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We looked for alternatives and sales. I found my dress online for less than $200, the venue was a community club so it rented out for way less than typical ‘wedding venues’, we hand made a lot of the decorations, we purchased bulk linens and other items that would cost more to rent. We also enlisted the help of several family members — free labor!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Don’t buy things you can make yourself. It’s easy to rack up a lot of money, especially if you’re on a time crunch, but if you figure out a way to do what you want for cheaper, do it! Also, let people help. It can be overwhelming having so many people offer to help with things, but it’s a huge relief to have those people by your side when it’s crunch time.
What was your biggest splurge?
The flowers. We were going to find a cheaper alternative (possibly not even any flowers at all), but Karin at 57 Treasury changed our minds. She took our inspiration and made it real life, worth the splurge for sure.
What was your favorite detail?
Eric and I hand wrote many of the details of our wedding, including the dinner menu, dessert markers, name plates, welcome signs. The compliments from everyone made all the time it took to produce everything worth it!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
After all the time and effort we put into decoration details, dessert choices, and the perfect ceremony readings, the most memorable part of the day (other than saying ‘I do’) was the father/daughter dance. My dad and I danced to “The Time Warp,” it was more fun than anyone could’ve expected!
Photographer: Alyssa Morgan Photography • Bride's Dress Designer: ModCloth • Groom's Tux: The Black Tux • Furniture Rental: Luxe Party Rentals • Food: Mojo BBQ • Cake: Alleycakes Dessert Company • Bridesmaids dresses: ModCloth • DJ: Rivertown Entertainment • Hair: Angela Byrd • Makeup: Sarina Durden • Flowers: 57 Treasury • Venue: Mandarin Community Club
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