I know y'all are just going to LOVE this wedding as much as I do! The rustic details, the GORGEOUS flowers- this wedding is stunning! I absolutely adore the large burlap sign they made for behind the altar during the ceremony– it looks amazing! And this couple employed the help of family and friends to make their special day happen- a great way to save money! Till next time, xoxo-Jessica
Crystal + Trey
May 18, 2013
Covington, GA | Gaither Estate
What was your budget?
Around $9000 (Some are rough estimates)
- Venue – $1350
- Photography – around $2000
- Dress – $600
- Cake – Free/Gift
- Food – Around $500
- Invitations – $75
- Decorations – $1200
- Flowers – $1000
- Coordinator/Decorator – $850
- Favors – around $250-300
- Entertainment/DJ – Around $900
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We added some special touches by including pictures from our 6 years of dating set out for people to look at as they walked in. Also, as our unity symbol we created a unity braid and we used our rock climbing rope that we both learned how to tie belay knots on, which was really special for us.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Our biggest money saver was having my maid of honor's mother cook all of our food for us. She cooked for her own wedding a year and a half before ours with a bigger guest list so she already had some experience. She shopped at Sam's Club, Walmart and the local grocery store for the best deals. But she was more than happy and willing to cater for us and she did an amazing job! Our cake and cupcakes were also free because the best man's wife baked and designed them for us as their wedding present for us.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Our best advice would be enlisting friends and family for any help and support they can give. A lot of our families and friends pitched in to help with various details such as favors, signs, food, and many other things. It never hurts to ask and they will be more than happy to help on your special day.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our biggest splurge was on photography. We wanted to make sure we had beautiful pictures to remember our special day. We knew that our photos would be the one detail we keep the longest and would treasure the most.
What was your favorite detail?
Our most special detail was our foot washing ceremony we performed during the ceremony. It was a symbol of our faith and it showed how in our marriage we are committing to serve one another in a loving and caring way.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Our most memorable moment was due to the weather. It rained early that morning and was at 70% chance of rain all day but it held off for us. Throughout the ceremony it was partially cloudy and as soon as we were done with our first kiss the clouds parted and the sun was shining down right on us. It was a beautiful moment and everyone mentioned it to us later at the reception.
Photography: Amy E Photography // Venue: Gaither's at Myrtle Creek Farm // Flowers: Le Petit Jardin // Bride's Gown: David's Bridal // Invitations and Favors: Michael's Art and Crafts // Rentals: Black Tie Events
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