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Rustic Tennessee Barn Wedding on a $20K Budget

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Hannah and Tyler chose the beautiful Georgetown Tennessee for the wedding day. The stunning barn venue was the perfect setting for their rustic theme. We love their choice of florals and simple decor, and their color scheme is simply stunning. Enjoy this Rustic Tennessee Barn Wedding on a $20K Budget!

Xoxo, Jessica

Hannah + Tyler

September 2nd, 2018
Howe Farms | Georgetown, TN

What was your total budget? Please provide a budget breakdown.

  • Catering: $2,047
  • Cake: $565
  • Attire: $2,000
  • Flowers: $1,500
  • Venue: $4,850
  • Planner: $450
  • Sound: $1,000
  • Photography: $2,000
  • Hair: $285
  • Makeup: $175

Total Budget: $20,000

How many guests did you have?


How did you meet?

We met through mutual friends during college. Though it wasn’t love at first sight, or even like at first sight, once Tyler’s best friend convinced me to go on a date with him, the rest was history.

What is your proposal story?

On our two-year dating anniversary, Tyler took me to a beautiful mountain overlook that faced the Tennessee River. He handed me a notebook, and inside had written about all of the adventures that had taken place in the last couple of years.  Then he asked me if I was ready for their next big adventure – marriage!

Tell us about your wedding vision.

We chose the Apple Barn at Howe Farms.  This beautiful venue is situated on 130 acres of rolling hills right outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  We knew the breathtaking views at the outdoor ceremony space would be at the peak of beauty for our September nuptials.  We wanted lots of laughter, and a primary focus on enjoying every minute to the fullest.  

Tell us about your attire choices.

I (the bride) wore a simple, elegant white satin gown from The White Magnolia Bridal, as her my maids stood by my side in cranberry red floor-length gowns. The groom and his men coordinated perfectly in classic black tuxes.

What were your favorite parts of the day?

This outdoor ceremony took place under the venue’s arbor, allowing the farm-land scenery to create a stunning natural backdrop.  Our ceremony decor included a gorgeous floral design to adorn the arbor and whiskey barrels at the altar, which created a rustic simplicity.  The visual emphasis of the ceremony came from the beautiful deep red tones found in the bridesmaids’ dressed and the flowers!

We celebrated at the reception which featured a delicious semi-naked cake, dinner and dancing.  After the sun set, guests cut loose on the patio dance floor under a covering of magical bistro lights and stars.  We enjoyed a wonderful sparkler send off by our guests!

Tell us about your wedding flowers.

My show-stopping cascading bouquet, made by Lang Floral Designs, included more than a dozen different types of blooms and greenery for a rich textural look to offset the simplicity of the gown. 

Tell us about your decor.

We kept the centerpieces simple, with some beautiful lanterns, candles, and greenery from our florist.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

Decide what is important to you and then lead with it. We knew a breathtaking venue and a happy party of guests were the vision we wanted to bring to life. So we did!


Catering: Romaine On the Go | Cake: Tarte Cakes | Flowers: Lang Floral Designs | Planner: Maggie Walker Weddings | Music: Sound Force2 | Photography: Rafferty Photo | Wedding Gown: White Magnolia Bridal | Hair: Julie Thomas | Venue: Howe Farms | Hair: Make up in the 702 | Makeup: Melissa Cubberley


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