Photographer: Brad and Jen of Q Avenue Photo
Event Designer & Food Experience: Twelve at the Table
Venue: Leiper's Fork Inn
Cinematography: Needle + Thread
Dress Designer: Tadashi Shoji
Officiant: Danny Bias of Crosspoint Church
Groom's Attire & Shoe Designer: Asos
Stationery: Evie Coates
Flowers & Floral Crown: Regalo Design
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Classic Party Rentals & Southern Events
Makeup: Meredith Gizmunt (sister of the bride) | Cake: Rachel Wiener (friend of the bride) | DJ: iPod | Jewelry: Bride's own and family heirlooms | Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Musician: Brad Sample
Read on to see how Tess and Jon budgeted for their rustic wedding as well as how much it cost. 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.
It was really important to my husband and I to keep things affordable. Even though it was such a monumental day for us, it's just not our style to spend a lot of money on any one thing. Our parents paid for a majority of our wedding weekend, so out of respect and love for them we also wanted to stay within their budget and not go crazy. We both just love great deals and did our research before deciding on anything for our wedding.
To stay within our budget, we went the unconventional route. In Nashville, it seemed the average venue price started at around $5k-10k. So we started researching unconventional venues like local bed & breakfasts, day-camps, home rentals on VRBO.com. We finally found the most adorable home/inn on VRBO.com that had a garden and small barn on the property. It was perfect and we saved a big chunk of our budget with the low venue cost and were able to stay there with our family for 4 days as well, which saved on hotels.
To keep food costs down we served it family-style; a little more formal than a buffet, but cheaper than plating each person's meal. It also just made me so happy to see all of our family and friends passing plates back and forth as if we were in our own home enjoying a meal.
To keep alcohol costs down, we chose 2 cocktails to serve and bought a couple kegs. We bought wine wholesale and just put a few bottles on each table to open during dinner.
We were incredibly lucky when our good friends and photographers introduced us to the amazing family that is Twelve at the Table. They usually specialize in curating dinners for twelve people. We were able to magically talk them into taking on their first (and probably last) wedding. They took care of everything from the food, decor, floral arrangements, signage, and even made our two delicious cocktails. It was such a perfect arrangement for us. We just described what we wanted in a couple of casual meetings, sent some inspiration photos and they took care of everything. I really didn't want to be a stressed out bride, so I left everything in their hands and after seeing photos of their small-scale dinners I knew I would love anything they put together. They truly knocked it out of the park and went above and beyond anything I ever could have imagined. And to top it all off, the food was to die for. They are such a talented family and I really can't thank them enough for everything they did for our wedding day.
Other than the above, we took the below cost-saving measures:
- We used an iPad and a Spotify playlist instead of hiring a DJ.
- I made it a goal of mine to get a wedding dress under $500 and we bought my husband's suit from an inexpensive retailer.
- We opted out of the engagement photo and video shoots and were able to negotiate a lower rate for our photographers and videographers. Our amazing wedding photographers are also great friends of ours and graciously gave us discount.
- By only having a total of 62 people attend our wedding (including the wedding party) we were able to save on food/drink costs, rentals costs, invites, etc...
- My sister (the only other female in the bridal party) and myself did our own hair and my sister did our makeup.
- I called in favor from one of my best friends from high school who happens to be a chef. She made our beautiful and delicious pistachio and lavender icing cake.
Photography & Videography: $4650
Event/Floral/Lighting Design & Caterer: $7,100
Groom's Attire: $200
Wedding Party Floral (including Floral Crown): $500
Restroom Rental: $600
Ceremony Music: $200
Reception Music: Free
Grand Total: $20,025