We’re kicking off Wedding Week with a gorgeous Everygirl ‘s wedding and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. When Jennifer King’s wedding popped up in our inbox, we were immediately taken by the romantic and vintage feel of the entire event, complete with thoughtful, feminine details. Read on to see more of this southern Everygirl’s wedding.
Jennifer King, blogger behind If I Must Say So
Our wedding took place on October 22, 2011, at The Winfield Inn in Kyle, Texas – an itty, bitty town just outside of Austin. We fell in love with the venue, and it was just the right size for our 150 guests. The vibe was southern, and vintage-inspired, but we wanted the whole day to feel fun, light-hearted, romantic, and personal all at the same time.
How did you settle on a budget that you felt comfortable with? What factors went into coming up with that number?
We started planning with a rough budget in mind because we didn’t exactly know what to expect to pay. But we were able to solidify a budget once we knew roughly how many people we wanted to invite and the day/time of day we absolutely wanted. I think those are probably the two biggest factors that helped us figure out how much we could expect to pay. Then, we went off that to figure out what were able to allot for everything else to stay within a reasonable budget. We knew we didn’t want to break the bank and we were planning to do a lot of things ourselves – so we had to figure out which things we were willing to put more time and effort into making or DIYing to save some cash and free up some funds for other things.
What was the most important aspect of the wedding to you? (i.e. photography, wedding gown, venue, food, etc.)
Photography, food, and ambiance. Having beautiful photos of the day, amazing food that our guests would really enjoy, and a gorgeous, comfortable venue that felt personal and very special.
How far in advance did you start the wedding planning process?
We started planning about 3 weeks into our engagement. We couldn’t help ourselves! But we had about 18 months total to plan.
How did you save money on the big day?
We did as much as we could ourselves and got help from our friends when we could. For example, our friend designed the invitations – I had them printed myself. I made 80% of the décor. Our friend did all of our floral arrangements and bouquets. A friend officiated our ceremony. The live band was made up of some really good friends of ours. We also saved money by getting our simple cake from a local bakery and pies from another local bakery at wholesale costs. Buying wine and alcohol in bulk also helped us save.
What was the most stressful part of planning your wedding? What was the most fun?
I think the most stressful part of planning, initially, was worrying about what friends and family would think of our wedding. We knew we weren’t planning a traditional wedding, and we had some reservations about what folks would think of our playful décor and less traditional approach to the ceremony and such. But once we got to finalizing all the details, we realized it really didn’t matter what they thought because everything was up to us. In the end, everyone was on board and loved and supported us throughout the entire planning process.
The part that was the most fun for me was finalizing all the styling details and décor. I loved collecting vintage bottles, hankies, and books for the centerpieces, and making all the hanging paper cranes. I loved planning each and every element, and then seeing it all come together just as I’d envisioned was such a wonderful feeling.
How did you make the wedding feel personal to you and your fiance?
We tried to infuse our personality into every element of the wedding, from the invitations to the programs to the décor. We also wrote our own vows and selected all the music for the ceremony and reception. We were just very true to the things we loved, like bright colors, vintage details, and comfort food.
How did you decide on the type of wedding you wanted? Did budget have an influence?
Our wedding was semiformal but we wanted the environment to feel playful and comfortable – not too traditional and stuffy. We definitely worked really hard to stick to our budget, and we did a pretty good job! The budget didn’t have an affect on the type of wedding we had because we were able to work in all the elements we wanted. It did, however, have an impact on our guest list. We wish we could’ve invited everyone!
What did you choose to splurge on for the big day? What did you decide to save on?
We splurged on a photographer and we’re so glad we did. Worth every penny. We also splurged on yummy food and wine. We chose to save on flowers because we weren’t too picky about the kind of flowers we used. We just went with basic daisies, wildflowers, and greenery. We also saved on invitations and décor by going the DIY route.
What were your favorite sources of inspiration for your wedding?
I drew most of my inspiration from blogs (Green Wedding Shoes, Once Wed, Brooklyn Bride), bridal communities like The Knot, and things we love in life like music, literature, and food!
Would you do anything differently?
Sure, there are little things I would have done differently, like be a little more organized here and there. For example, the groomsmen walked down the aisle to the wrong song! But everything worked out miraculously in the end! The itty bitty things like that were only noticeable to me. The night ended up being perfect, and I’m not losing sleep over the small things that turned out differently.
What advice do you have to Everygirls in the midst of planning their own weddings?
If you’re doing everything yourself (all the planning, coordinating, styling, etc.), try to stay as organized as possible throughout the process. It makes a world of difference when you’re juggling 100 things, vendors, RSVPs, the whole deal. Use spreadsheets, lists, wedding planners, or whatever you need to stay organized. Not only will it make planning easier, but it will also make you more calm and confident throughout the process. I felt better every step of the way just knowing what I’d done, what needed to be done, what we had left to spend, etc.
Also, don’t wait until the last month to start on things. There are plenty of things that don’t get finalized until the month before. And that’s fine, but don’t save things until the very end because you will be scrambling. We only had a 1 or 2 tiny things to wrap up the week before the wedding, and it was completely stress free. We spent the week before the wedding hanging out with friends who came in town early and practicing our dance moves. It was perfect.
And finally, make sure everything you do for the wedding is for you! It’s so easy to get wrapped up in what your families want and what you think your guests expect from you. But the reality is, they just want you to be happy – so do what makes you happy!
Bride’s dress: Rachelle Briton Designs / Shoes: Kate Spade / Veil: Twigs & Honey
/ Venue: The Winfield Inn / Hair: Liz Nevin / Makeup: Julie Odom / Photographer: Katherine O’Brien / Bridesmaids dresses: J.Crew, Anthropologie, and Nordstrom / Dessert: Homemade pie by Texas Pie Company / Cake: Whole Foods Market / Floral design: Laura Daly of Mockingbird Domestics / Décor: Wedding banner and poms from Etsy, vintage bottles and hankies for centerpieces, DIY paper cranes, love streamers, and other handmade details / Styling: Jennifer King