Brianna N
Super October 2019

Pro bam & Budget Breakdown!

Brianna N, on November 25, 2019 at 3:01 PM Posted in Married Life 6 70
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We did it! And it was everything we could've imagined and then some! I got to marry the love of my life and it was such a happy and amazing day. My advice is to remember through all of the stress and planning that it will all be worth it in the end! This will probably be pretty long, so I apologize in advance lol! Smiley xd

My thoughts/tips:

- It is very easy to go over budget, so when you start planning research average costs on everything you can think of so you can go into it with a realistic budget.

- Things will absolutely go wrong, I had a bridesmaid not show up for hair and makeup and almost the ceremony. Instead of freaking out I decided to just let it go. She was either going to be there on time and ready, or she wasn't, and either way I was about to marry the love of my life. She did end up making it, but either way I realized that all of those details don't make the day, getting married to the person you love is what is truly important.

- Soak in every moment. Seriously, the day flew by. It was crazy how quickly it was all over. My husband and I got up and ate breakfast together, just enjoying a few quiet moments before the chaos of the day, and I am so glad we did.

- All those little things that you keep putting off? Get them now. I kept saying later, later... for small things like escort cards, getting ready robes, etc... and before I knew it I was a month out ordering things like crazy trying not to forget anything. Save yourself some stress and just get it out of the way asap!


Budget Breakdown:

This is a rough estimate, but I'll do my best to get it all! Lol.

Guests: 75

Ceremony Venue: $1,600 - Franklin FUMC Historic Chapel - included ceremony musician, church rental fee, coordinator, officiant, and cleanup.

Reception Venue/Catering: $500 room rental fee with $2500 food/beverage minimum. Total ended up being roughly $4,500. Embassy Suites South Cool Springs Nashville (Franklin, TN)

Photographer: $1,145 - Lily & Lime. Included all digital negatives, 8 hours photography, and ended up with over 1,700 pictures.

DJ: $800 - Burton Entertainment. 5 hours (reception only). He was amazing!

Florist: $1,300 - My bouquet, 8 bridesmaids bouquets, 8 boutonnieres, basket & petals for 2 flower girls, cake flowers.

HMUA: $1,000 - Hair & Makeup for me, and 8 bridesmaids & 2 flower girls with varying services (some hair, some makeup). - MHD Beauty, Nashville, TN.

Cake: $120 - Walmart. Last minute switch because of unexpected financial stuff. Ended up being great for cheap!

Wedding Dress: $950 - Bought at a boutique in Atlanta, GA.

Alterations: $200 - Took in bodice, bustle, added cups

Accessories: $140 - Shoes $100. Garter $20, Jewelry $20

Decor: Roughly $500 - Vases, candles, fake flowers for vases, chair covers (amazon), signs, card box, etc.

Rough Total: $12,500

Our original budget was about 6,000 - so it can get expensive fast! But we were able to come up with the money and it was well worth it.


A couple extras not included in budget:

Wedding Bands: $1,000 for both, Zales.

Honeymoon: 1,100 - Royal Caribbean Cruise, 5 days 4 nights to the Bahamas. We also spent about 500 on board, but well worth it!


Last, but not least, pictures!! Smiley smile

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Latest activity by Brianna N, on December 11, 2019 at 4:34 PM
  • MrsD
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    Congratulations! I love your decor & your dress, so pretty!

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  • Vannesa
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    Congrats everything looks so beautiful!

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  • Cher Horowitz
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    Your wedding is gorgeous! I love your dress. Congratulations Smiley heart

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  • Melle
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    Congratulations 🎉
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  • Jeanette
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    Congrats! Thanks for the breakdown, it was really helpful.
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  • JEANIE
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    Everything looked so beautiful! Congrats!
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  • Nicole
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    Beautiful! congrats! Smiley smile

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  • Kaitlyn
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    You look beautiful! Thank you for giving your outline of your budget and tips, super helpful 😊
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  • Lauren
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    Yay! Congrats!! You looked gorgeous! I live in Nashville, and my coworker got married at Franklin FUMC’s historic chapel. It’s beautiful!
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  • Cyndy
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    Congratulations! Your pictures are beautiful.
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  • Samantha
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    Congratulations! Everything looked amazing! And you're right at the end of the day the only thing that matters is that you married the love of your life!!
    Side note the cake looked fantastic.
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  • Fenja
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    Beautiful wedding! Congratulations!! I love you hair and make up, they are on point!!

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  • Jai
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    Wow you look beautiful! Congrats!
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  • Sinéad
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    Congratulations!!! Your photos look absolutely stunning!!

    I hope you had the most wonderful day!

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  • JemLove
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    Congratulations! You look beautiful!

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  • Clíodhna
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    Wow, you were a stunning bride!

    Love your flowers Smiley love

    Congrats Smiley ring

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  • Jennifer
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    GREAT shots!
    Love the kitten on the “Memorial” table... and on the cake!
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  • Brianna N
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    Thank you so much! The cake topper was one of our favorite things, we love our animals and it was very us while still looking elegant! Smiley smile

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  • Brianna N
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    Thank you! My florist was awesome, I just gave her the colors I wanted and she worked some magic!!

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  • Brianna N
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    Thank you so much Smiley heart

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