I just know you'll love this Sunday Brunch Wedding. Yes, I said brunch wedding!! (My fave.) Today’s wedding features a beautiful outdoor venue and so many real and handmade flowers! Autumn and Daniel did a wonderful job of keeping costs low by planning their wedding for a Sunday morning, ordering flowers in bulk, filling in with flowers made from coffee filters and serving a brunch reception. Who doesn't love pancakes for breakfast? Enjoy today’s southern Sunday brunch wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Autumn + Daniel
March 8, 2015
Douglasville, GA | Foxhall Resort
What was your budget?
The MAX that we were willing to spend was $10,000 for our wedding. We bought a lot of our stuff on sale or we got great deals.
Venue (Ceremony & Reception)- $2300
Iron Gate at ceremony- $375
Photography with Photo Booth-$2100
Handmade Paper Flowers-$18
Unity Cross- $100
With everything added up we spent under $10,000. The cake we did not even purchase! It was a gift from Daniel’s parents. I also did not have to purchase my veil because it was a gift from my mom. The bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits were purchased by them.
How many guests did you have?
Including ourselves, we had 51.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I wanted our wedding ceremony to be outside and filled with flowers! Daniel and I used our favorite colors as the wedding colors gray and purple; little did we know that using those colors meant that flowers would be insanely expensive if we were to go with having real flowers everywhere. Using Pinterest, I found out how to make flowers from coffee filters. We used these coffee filter flowers to line the aisle, as decorations during the reception, and also as wreaths at the end of the aisle. Each flower requires ten coffee filters. We had to cut and dye every single one! I ended up buying the flowers from Sam’s club in bulk which allowed for us to have over 200 roses at our wedding. My bridesmaids and I made the bouquets and boutonnieres the night before the wedding. We saved all the petals that we peeled from the roses to use at the end of the aisle during the ceremony. This idea saved us a ton of money since websites and florist charge a good amount of money for petals. We also made all of our favor bags. We used kraft bags from the dollar section at target and decorated the bags with glitter. Each bag was filled with pieces of our favorite candy. One of my favorite personal aspects about the wedding was that it was a brunch! We had everything made to order for our guests as well. They were able to eat pancakes, omelets, hash browns, and fruit!
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
The biggest thing we did to save money on our wedding was making it an off-season Sunday morning brunch! Morning weddings are normally a lot less expensive due to the cost of food being less and you don't have to woo your guests with a bar!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
The absolute best advice I can give you is to always stick to what you want and NOT what anyone else expects from you. The wedding is about you and your husband. It is not about pleasing everyone else. If we would have done what everyone kept telling us to do then our wedding would have cost double.
What was your biggest splurge?
The biggest splurge was the photography. From all of the wedding magazines I read, the articles on websites, the interviews with brides, and wedding tips, I learned that the flowers wilt, the food goes bad, the music dies down, the cake gets eaten but the pictures will not fade. Your wedding is forever captured in the pictures that your photographer takes. I wanted a pair of photographers so that I could have the picture of my husband’s face when he first saw me walking down the aisle and my face when I see him.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite detail was all the flowers! I wanted flowers everywhere! Being on a college student budget that was not possible without making the flowers for the aisle runners and also ordering all the roses and baby breath in bulk.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable moment of the day was that second when I was standing at the end of the aisle and Daniel looked up at me with a huge smile on his face. All my stress lifted, all my worries were gone, all my jitters left me, and all I felt was calm. The wedding in that moment became real.
Photography: Six Hearts Photography• Venue: Foxhall Resort • Groom and Groomsmen Tux: Vera Wang • Bride’s Dress: Casablanca Bridal (via J. Andrew's) • Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo • Brides shoes: Sergio Rossi • Groom's ring: Jared's • Catering: Gabe's Downtown • Photo Booth: Robotbooth • Veil: J. Andrews