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Charming Tennessee Wedding under $12,000 Tuesday, October 2, 2012 ~ 10:30 a.m.

I really love today's absolutely lovely southern wedding for two reasons. 1) The entire thing cost under $12,000 (with 130 guests!), and 2) Thanks to Ashley Michelle Photography, you can actually see how the bride pulled inspiration from other weddings (and wedding blogs, perhaps? ;), created some beautiful things and saved money doing it! My hope is that other brides will see Talia and Dustin's wedding today and think, "Wow! I can pull this off, too!" Because I think that oftentimes (and I know that I'm guilty of it, too), all we see are these over-the-top gorgeous, totally unreal weddings that just seem impossible to live up to. As you'll soon see, this wedding is chalk-full of beautiful ideas, tasteful accents and sweet southern charm.


This past April, Talia and Dustin were married at the beautiful St. John Neumann Catholic Church near Knoxville, Tennessee. Talia's bridesmaids all selected their own mismatched bridesmaids dresses in soft shades of pink and beige; while the groomsmen all wore charcoal grey suits with laced up black Chucks. As for the flowers, Talia let Lisa Foster Floral Design Studio take the lead on designing Talia's dream bouquet filled with pink peonies and other light, "airy" flowers in white.


Each of Talia and Dustin's 130 guests left the church ceremony for an early evening reception at Talia's childhood home, where they had a large tent set up out on the grass. All of the tables were covered in lace linens and mismatched cloth napkins with a simple centerpiece of tall ivory pillar candles. The dance floor was lit by the dozens of hanging mason jars with votive candles that surrounded it. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the bride and groom opted for a full dessert bar, with one small cake and various pies and cookies. Each dessert was dedicated to a loved one who had passed away, the bride's favorite personal detail from the day. Instead of a traditional guest book, guests signed and wrote advice for the happy couple on wooden Jenga pieces. Finally, guests left at the end of the evening with small, charming jars of homemade jam, each wrapped with a pretty floral cloth that matched the table linens.



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Charming Tennessee Wedding under $12,000 - Vendors & Credits

Photographer: Ashley Michelle Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. John Neumann Catholic Church
Caterer: Gourmet's Market
Floral Designer: Lisa Foster Floral Design Studio
Bakery: VG's Bakery & The Pie Pantry
Linens: Rothchilds
Hair Stylist: Catherine Earl
Make-Up Artist: Salon Visage
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Jos A. Banks
"Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" Handkerchiefs: Allie Ruth


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Stephanie Elizabeth (California)

Oct 2, 2012 10:37 AM

Seriously gorgeous! And it looks more like a $30K wedding than under $12K...that's awesome :-)

Cris of Kiss My Tulle (my desk)

Oct 2, 2012 11:04 AM

LOVE! This wedding is a gorgeous example of how less IS more! Totally shared on my Facebook page.

Katie @ Lovebird Productions (New Braunfels, TX)

Oct 2, 2012 11:20 AM

The florals are stunning! I love this wedding. From the sunshine, playful wedding party and big white tent, this bride did an amazing job :)

Alyssa (Wisconsin)

Oct 2, 2012 6:22 PM


The dress is beautiful! The sash adds so much. Where is it from?

NoŽlle (Colorado)

Oct 3, 2012 8:39 AM


What a gorgeous wedding! That absolutely does not look like a 12k wedding!

NoŽlle, Denver Lawn Care

Karen Hine (Alma, N.B. Canada)

Oct 4, 2012 5:23 AM


I do not consider $12,000 for a one day event to be inexpensive. Who has that kind of money laying unused in a bank account? Brides-to-be, consider what you could do for under $1,000. You will be just as married and perhaps have some money for things you need. Change your expectations of what a wedding is. To live happily ever after, avoid going in debt!


Sarah {A Paper Proposal} (Denver, CO)

Oct 5, 2012 12:48 PM


Hi Alyssa! I checked with the bride about your question, and she said that she purchased the bridal sash from the same bridal salon where she purchased her dress. She didn't have a brand/designer name for me, but she purchased it from Lowes Bridal in Tennessee.

Kathleen (TN)

Oct 6, 2012 8:39 AM

Actually, the bridal shop is in Arkansas. This weddings cost was mostly in food due to the size of the guest list.

Layla Mayville {all the little details} (United States)

Oct 9, 2012 7:18 AM

I love love love this wedding! Oh my gosh so cute! Scrabble, blush pink flowers, shabby chic napkins, and no flowers for the reception - LOVE!