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I have such a gorgeous wedding to share with y'all today! Kristi and Ryan put together a beautiful wedding by doing many things themselves! I love that Kristi made it a priority to find rustic wedding decor that could be re-used in their home — I just love when couples do that! Not only was this couple savvy, but their wedding has some serious style. I know you're going to love the details just as much as I did! xoxo, Jessica

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Kristi + Ryan

October 4th, 2014

Williamson, Georgia | Sunny D Farms



What was your budget? Please give us a breakdown of how you spent your budget– rough estimates are fine!

Our personal budget was to stay under $10,000

We ended up spending $8,932 – and my parents paid for the cost of food & my dress. I've included all the totals below!

Venue – $2500

Photography – $2150

Flowers – $757 – included bridal bouquet, 3 bridesmaid, 1 boutonniere, and 2 small bouquets for the moms. Used – Carnations, Craspedia for the centerpieces

Vintage Rentals – $775 – church pews, couch, wine barrel tables

Event Insurance / Cleaning Fee – $375

DJ – $500

Cost to have Servers – $885

Wedding Cake & Cookie Cakes – $190

Rehearsal – $400

Décor – $400 – glass vases, lanterns, twig balls, our fireplace, etc.


Portion my parents paid – $3202

Catering $1822

Dress $980

Wooden chairs $400


Total wedding $12,134



How many guests did you have?




What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

Everything. Our wedding was a complete reflection of Ryan and I. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t put my creative touch on. Honestly, even on the cookie cakes I had Great American cookie copy the font I had used on all of our wedding signage!



What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing we did was we didn’t buy anything for the wedding that in return we couldn’t put in our house. We picked a venue that allowed us to bring in our own vendors, did most of the work ourselves – setup tables, did my own centerpieces, used flowers in season.



What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

I should have allowed more people to help, but I am OCD!! Don’t stress the small details if they don’t get done it will be okay, you’re still married at the end of the day!



What was your biggest splurge?

Minus the venue, Photography. I told Ryan, if we didn’t have anything else I was going to have an amazing photographer and I did!!! Tate Cathcart with Taken By Tate, I don’t know what words to use to describe our wedding pictures – they are gorgeous, amazing, perfect… more than I could've ever imagined!



What was your favorite detail?

I have so many! I am a detail oriented person, I feel bad for my husband! My bouquet would be in the top five. I only had 3 real flowers in the whole thing. I bought sola flowers from Save-On-Crafts and twig balls from Hobby Lobby. Mrs. Cyndi with Twigs, Leaves and Flowers created my bouquet and she took my vision and turned it into reality!! I cried when I saw it for the first time!



What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The moment that sticks out the most is, I had asked Coleton (our minister and one of Ryan’s good friends from high school) if he would go to Ryan and I individually before the ceremony started and ask each of us “Why do you want to marry him / her?” And incorporate it into the ceremony. As soon as he walked into the room, I was already tearing up. I knew what he was about to ask and when he did, I lost it! It’s one of those questions that you can’t put the answer into words. Especially because Ryan is my everything, he makes me the center of his world, you can tell just by the way he looks at me just how much he loves me!




Venue: Sunny D Farms  //  Photography: Taken By Tate  //  Vintage Rentals: Affairs to Remember  //  DJ: Steve Mayo  // Florist: Twigs, Leaves & Flowers  //   Cookie Cakes: Great American Cookie  //  Wedding Cake: Keisha Robertson  //  Caterer: The Farm House

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Kristi Moore

    I am so in love with our day!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    • It’s beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it with The Budget Savvy Bride!! 🙂 I especially love the “keys to a happy marriage” guest book idea!! SO cute 🙂

  • Love the bridesmaids’ style! So fun and perfect for the wedding vibe! 🙂

  • Nice blog and lovely day captured well here.

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