- 3 months ago
- Wedding: September 2017
I never got around to posting a recap of my wedding, so here it is! My wife and I went back and forth on whether or not to have an actual wedding, but decided that her family wouldn’t be happy if we eloped. We ended up piecing together the least expensive options for EVERYTHING and I’m actually really happy with how everything came together. I tried to be as practical as possible and we saved a lot of money by booking a venue that is owned by our state’s public parks system.
Here are some other ways that we were able to keep our costs down:
– Inviations and other paper goods from vistaprint
– $20 dollar flower girl dresses
-I found my dress for $750 (a miracle considering it was brand new and the current mori Lee season at the time)
– we found an awesome photo booth vendor that only charged us $220
-we we’re able to provide our own alcohol
-we DIY’ed all of the flowers. We had 6 bouquets, 8 bouts, 12 mini arrangements for ceremony chairs, 4 arrangements for cocktail tables, Centerpieces for 14 tables, and a ceremony arch for about $600. We had a lot of flowers left over to. I bought all of the vases from the Facebook market place. This was A LOT of work, but worth the money we saved ❤️
-We committed wedding blasphemy and hired an inexpensive photographer. I’m talking EXTREMELY inexpensive. For what we paid, I think we got awesome images. Some of them aren’t perfect when it comes to the technicalities of photography, but that was to be expected with a newer photographer at this price point.
-A family friend made our cutting cake. I just loved how special it was to have someone important to us make it.
-My veil was $15 from Amazon
-I found gold flatware rentals for 50 cents per piece 😱😱🙌🏾. That’s unheard of!
Amazon, the Facebook market place and the thrift store were my BEST FRIENDS when it came to collecting wedding stuff.
We did get a discount on our food because of my job, so I won’t count that as an actual bargain. The rest of our wedding was hardcore searching for deals.
To keep things simple, I let my bridesmaids wear their hair however they like, wear whatever shoes they wanted (flats or heels), and I paid for them to get their make-up done.
Even if I had an unlimited budget, I don’t think that I would’ve changed much about my wedding. I probably would’ve just hired a professional florist. We just bought a house in December, so I’m so happy that I didn’t get crazy!
The day went pretty well, but my only regret is not researching my Day-of coordinator more. She ended up being pretty bad which was disappointing since I organized everything myself to make it easy for her.
My wife’s vows were absolutely lovely, and I’m so happy to be married to my best friend. Our budget wedding was a success and everyone had a great time. I wish I could do it again!!
**Pics to follow in the comments! It’s a mix of guest photos and professional shots**