- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
– We didn’t do flowers on our tables. Our favors were plants so that made the table look full enough. The bridesmaids bouquets were DIY and I carried a bible with ribbons (it is family tradition), so we cut out most of the cost of flowers
– No limo. We borrowed a vintage truck from a family member
– No programs. We figured that people are there for it no matter what it entails.
– DIY Invites and Save the Dates, favors, seating chart, place cards, table numbers, table runners (out of free material), “guest book”
– Free and barrowed vintage decor,
– My husband made our ceremony site with some of our family and friends in a beautiful clearing in the woods, so it was PERFECT and free too!
– Used the family business’ model home for the reception, perfect and free
– Won our DJ through a church auction. She was who we were going to get anyway, but it saved us A LOT of money.
– We has strawberry shortcake instead of traditional wedding cake. It is our favorite and our caterers did it as part of our package instead of having to pay another backer for a wedding cake.
– My friend (bridesmaid) is a hair dresser and did our hair. We did our own makeup.
– No veil, made the flower for my hair out of extra material from when my dress was altered.
– No flowers for the guys or family that weren’t in the wedding party.
– No hotel
– No isle runner
– Nothing monogrammed
– Basic linens, chairs, flatware and plates
– Bought him a suit rather than a tux. He looked so sharp but not stuffy like some tuxes can come off. It did costs more but we saw it as an investment that he could wear time and time again rather than a one day purchase, and you could get a cheaper one then we did and make it even more worth the money.
– I got a beautiful dress that I plan to resell, hopefully recouping some of the money spent on it.
– Very small bridal party – 4 people total
– No videographer. We had my uncle take a few home videos just for us to watch in a few years. He always has his camera anyway.
– My other Uncle is my Pastor and did the cerimony for free for us.
– Homemade Photo Booth. A wall with pictures on it, that were cut out so people could stand behind them as if they were in the pictures. My mom made it, and it was a HUGE hit.
We did have a cocktail hour, a sit down dinner with salad served family style, drinks, vintage soda bar, a candy bar, a rented tent and dance floor and great photographers, but we still saved a lot of money and didn’t have to compromise on what made our day wonderful.