- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
Since we had a big overseas move right after our wedding and didn’t want to go into debt at all, we needed to keep the costs really low. We set our budget at $3000, and did our best. Even after I spent a completely insane percentage of the budget on my dress (1/3 the total budget), I think we pulled it together! What do you think?
All of the food was traditional Albanian (my husband and I both grew up in Albania).
Cocktail hour included bruchetta, spinach feta purses, mini pizzas, and stuffed grape leaves.
We had a Mediteranian vegetarian full buffet dinner, made by me, my Maid/Matron of Honor, and my “bridesman”. It included two salads, two pastas, grilled potatoes, stuffed tomatoes and peppers, and soup.
Instead of cake we had three types of cupcakes, which I made myself, and they were Mocha, Almond, and Blueberry. We also had a creampuff tower. There was no alcohol, but there was a large array of drink choices including more than ten kinds of glass-bottled sodas. There was also an international cookie bar, with more than 20 kinds of cookies which also doubled as favors with take-away bags.
Some of my favorite elements were the wood flowers you see on the tables (also in my bouquet and in my hair), which were made from driftwood after the Japan earthquake/tsunami. The proceeds from the flowers went to Red Cross Japan.
Another favorite element was the tablecloth on our sweethearts table. That same tablecloth (hand embroidered from Albania) was on the table on the dock when my husband (then boyfriend) proposed. He purposely used it for the place setting with the idea in mind that it could be used at our wedding and future anniversaries.
So there it is!!! Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions on the budget breakdown or anything. I’d love to help other low-budget brides plan! 🙂