Love this adorable Oregon elopement ceremony! Just goes to show, even if you can't afford/don't want to pay for a big wedding celebration, you can still have a lovely day. This couple opted to splurge on a photographer to capture the day, which I think is definitely money well spent since your wedding day is a day you will never want to forget! There aren't lots and lots of pretty details in this feature like in our wedding of the week, but I think the happiness on the new family's faces are the BEST detail ever! Don't you just LOVE love? 🙂 xoxo-Jessica
Matt + Jennifer
April 6, 2012
Polk County Courthouse
What was your budget? Please give us a breakdown of how you spent your budget– rough estimates are fine!
Our total expense was about $670. License: $54; Reserved courtroom: $100; Bride's dress: $120; Shoes for bride and groom: $130; Flowers: $12; Photographer: $250
How many guests did you have?
Nine guests total: Five present and four on Skype
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Our entire wedding day required lots of creativity because other than a set time to meet with the judge, it was impromptu. And that was exactly how we wanted it to be. The details that made our day so special happened without any plans or preparation. From an early morning run to the store for flowers, a stroll in our neighborhood arboretum to collect additions for our bouquet and boutonnières, to calling the bride's parent's on Skype at the court room so they could “attend” our wedding, everything felt very personalized and creative.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
The biggest thing we did to save money was to get married at the courthouse. Period. No fuss, no reception, but loads of fun!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
My advice is that whether you are planning in advance for a large wedding, or are wanting something small and simple, remember to make it your own and enjoy yourself every step of the way. Also, make sure you have a reliable photographer to document your special day so that you can look back and relive those priceless moments.
What was your biggest splurge?
Hiring a photographer!
What was your favorite detail?
One of the highlights of our day was the photo shoot that followed our I do's. It started at the courthouse, went across the street to a picturesque alleyway and coffee shop, and ended on a bridge at the city park.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Saying our vows to each other was the most memorable part of our day. Even though we repeated the vows as told to us by the judge, we felt they were written for us and we spoke them from our hearts.