- 6 months ago
- Wedding: November 2018
We received our professional photos the weekend before Christmas and I am finally getting around to putting them all in a recap! My husband and I debated for a long time what kind of wedding we wanted. In the end we decided to attempt a beautiful wedding for 75 guests on a very small budget. We ended up putting together an overall perfect day that was paid entirely in cash and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. We tried to be as practical as possible and chose just a few things to splurge on while saving money everywhere else.
Some of the ways we saved the most:
– Venue: We scored our gorgeous venue for $750. Our rental fee included the newly remodeled green ballroom, a white ballroom that is a work in progress, full caterers kitchen, and a commissioner’s parlor.
– Stationary/Signage: I designed all of our wedding stationary and printed them through VistaPrint. I also hand lettered all of our chalkboard signs.
– Dress: I bought my dress as a sample at DB for $399. It fit like a glove so the only alterations I needed was a hem. A family friend hemmed my dress for $20.
– Alcohol: We were able to supply our own alcohol so we purchased local French Lick wine in bulk and used keg beer $400
– Florals: We opted for minimal florals and I am so glad that we did. We paid $275 for a large bridal bouquet, single stems for the bridesmaids, and bouttoniers. Our centerpieces were fresh greenery wreaths ($200) that looked and smelled amazing.
– Desserts: We went with a dessert bar made of homemade pies and pretty cheesecakes instead of an expensive wedding cake.
– Dinnerware/Oil Lamps: I spent the better part of two years hunting down vintage china plates and antique oil lamps. I scored each plate for less than $1 and each oil lamp for less than $10. We purchased our silverware by wholesale for about 10 cents a piece.
Antique stores and flea markets really made my budget possible and left us with a perfectly vintage theme that our guests loved.
In addition to our pre-loved decor, we also saved tremendously with our bridal party. My husband and I paid for our bridesmaids dresses from Azazie so all of the girls got to pick a style they felt comfortable in in a color I chose. We went the custom sizing route so their dresses fit perfectly. One thing my husband was super adamant about was wearing jeans (GASP!) so all of the guys wore dress jeans in a dark wash. We paid for all of the vests and ties. My best friend is a goddess and did my bridal makeup and my sister in law did all of our hair while we sipped mimosas all morning. It was a perfect and stress free way to start my wedding day.
A lot of people have asked what I would do differently if we had a larger budget but I honestly don’t think I would change very much at all. The day went off without a hitch and while DIYing everything was stressful at times, it has allowed us to save up for our forever home on a much faster timeline. While I wouldn’t ever reccomend DIYing a wedding to anyone of faint heart, it worked out perfect for us and I am so happy with the result!
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