Build A Wedding From Scratch

Groom’s attire: Men's Warehouse

Photography: DuRall Photography
Flowers: the brides Aunt, Catoosa Flowers
Caterer: Arizona
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Dress Shop: Pomp and Pageantry
Groom’s attire: J Crew & Fossil
Beer: from a friends brewery: Cedar Creek Brewery
Venue: Owned & constructed by bride's family | Cake: Jennifer Stewart, friend of the bride | Decor: family & friends | Head Piece & Garter: bride & bride's mother | Stationery: Bryan Couchman, groomsman | Hair: Heather Valentine of Primp | Makeup: Ashlee Bivins of Primp

Read on to see how much this build a wedding from scratch wedding cost and to hear a bit more from the bride. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

Budget: $7,000 for 300 guests; Actually Spent: $7,970
Food: $2,700
Cakes: $300
Chair Rental: $550
Table Clothes: $500
Napkins: $125
Flower Girls: $150
Hay Bales: $125
Silverware: $150
Curtains: $170
Bridal Party Hotel Room: $200
Photography: $2,100
DJ: $600
Favors: $300
Dress: $1,200 My mom paid for my dress
Invites: Free. One of our best friends designed them specifically for us and they were amazing!
Flowers: (actual cost: 10,990.98) Free. Can you believe that? My aunt was my florist and more importantly she's one of my best friends. She went above and beyond for us for our day and everything was better then I could have imagined. I had no idea what the flowers were even going to look like. She, with the help of my sister and her wonderful floral designers at the shop, just did it all, and it couldn't have been more perfect.

I truly wish I could emphasize how much help we received over the course of the preparations. We have various family and friends come to give their time, talents, supplies and just moral support during the entire process. My brother helped tremendously with all the building, welding, metal work and just knowledge it took to build the beautiful pavilion. We had so many people show up with a truck full of supplies to give, it was so overwhelming. The day of the wedding everyone (they did not make me do a thing!) worked tirelessly to give us more then we could have dreamed of.

This in no way ruined our day, our day was literally perfect. It's hard to need or want more when your friends and family create such a labor of love for you. Small things are silly, at the end of the day we were right where we wanted to be.