I did my entire wedding for 2,000$. Yes, that's right (and this includes all "parental" donations also!)
that may be a cheep wedding for you, but we simply didn't have the
funds. We wanted to make our day special, and not a stress to our
I'll tell you how I did it.
(Note: the pictures used in this article were taken by my bridesmaid Larkin and my friend Cari! I get my professional ones later on this month and will definitely be sharing!)
The Aviary rents for about 200$ every four hours. And the Craddock Terry Hotel
(did YOU know hotels do weddings? And beautiful ones to boot?) The
hotel was 500$ for four hours, but included set up and break down in the
price, which The Aviary did not include. We chose the hotel.
We did our "reception" at a lovely Italian restaurant called Monte Carlo. It was 375$, this included a 25$ rental fee for a large party and the food for our guests (about 15 people came to the reception. 25 out of the 50 people we invited came to our wedding).
3) I bought a used dress. I
LOVE my dress. Seriously, I died when I tried it on! It is used, and
fits me P-ER-FEC-TLY. I was stunned to find a dress that needed no
adjustments! I purchased it from the Shopaholics Outlet,
a high end vintage/thrift boutique and bridal warehouse. I also got my
necklace, earrings, and circlet there. All together it was 350$. They
gave me the necklace as a gift, as they are dear friends of mine :)
4) I (blush) spend 100$ at Victoria's Secret. No scrimping was allowed in this area!
invaluable this night. We stayed at the hotel along with my maid of honor Larkin and another one of my friends.
for 5$ at one of those copy stores.
shutterfly. I designed them myself with my engagement photos, which we also took ourselves. (Tripod and camera remote FTW!)
8) We paid our pastor 50$ (The standard for VA wedding, following the
law) and my husband tipped him. I don't know how much, in all the
excitement I never asked :)
9) Our cakes were made by a friend of my maid of honor. They were 30$ each. :) I chose a white cake with a lovely rose design all over it.
You can have a lovely and memorable wedding and not spend an arm and a leg! There is no sense starting your life off together in a big pile of debt.
Do you guys have any wedding stories to tell? How much did you spend?