We’re buying our wedding ourselves & are creatives/DIYers who, if we had 20k, would rather put a down payment on a house with it. We want a beautiful, festive, classy wedding, but even w/o budget limitations would probably do it this way…it’s just "us".
Venue – cheap! It’s an old movie theatre. Reception will also be here, and there’s a built-in sound system!
Music – iPod playlists. Affordable DJs in the wedding location wouldn’t play what we want anyway 😉
Flowers – either Pick Your Own farm/nursery (to stay as local/in season as possible), or an online vendor like Flowerbud.com
Stationery – DIY STDs and I think we’ll go that route for invites. RSVP online
Food – our guestlist is 70, and we have found a reasonable caterer within our budget w/o skimping
Cake – I don’t like it! So my niece (and possibly me) will be making flourless chocolate torte & strawberry shortcake for dessert.
Linens, flatware, glasses – I need help…didn’t realize the rentals would add up!
Booze – we can buy our own! We may limit it to red, white, sparkling & beer (no liquor? would equal fewer glass-styles to rent), as our friends, not fam, are the drinkers. We will have to hire a licensed bartender, though
Tables/chairs – Enough for the elderly & wallflowers. The theatre has built in seats (dancing area in front of stage, outside deck for caterer, tables) for resting. We also want to encourage mingling and dancing!
Photographer – well, this is tough. Photography & food are where we don’t want to skimp, and we both have BFAs in photo. If we had a wedding photo business, maybe we could afford one Needless to say, we haven’t figured this out yet, as a great photographer often comes with a price, and we’re just beginning research.
Attire – I’m designing/sewing my own dress. He’s buying a nice, yet hip, suit that he’ll wear again. We’re considering these personal expenses & not including them in the budget.
No bridal party/groomsmen
Gifts, centerpieces, etc – I’ll make them
Also have to pass on the photobooth And if it were in a park, I really wanted a moonwalk (uh, for the kiddos, I swear!)
I love the tips about Michael’s coupons! IKEA will also be my friend!