Love this simply savvy DIY $2,000 wedding! This couple chose a time to get married that was in between meal times so they didn't have to spend more money on food and beverages! I love the DIY paper flowers in the bride and bridesmaids bouquets, and the simple decor really helped keep costs down. Hope you enjoy this simply savvy wedding! xoxo-Jessica
Aaron & Breanne
December 8, 2012
Columbia, SC, Church of the Apostles
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
Our original budget was as cheap as possible.
Venue – Home church was $400 for wedding and reception (partly paid by parents of the Bride)
Food – We chose the time (2pm) to avoid mealtimes. So finger foods and a coffee/hot chocolate bar were provided by friends and family. Plus around $200 (parents of the Bride)
Decorations – around $400 (Parents of the Bride)
Flowers – FREE – He made flowers for the bridal party out of discarded books.
Bridal Dress & Accessories – She used her older sister's dress. $160 for an adjustment, shoes, and slip.
Groom’s Tux & Accessories: – He had parts of a tux already from past events, so we bought the rest of the pieces for $90
Groomsmen – $47 for matching ties they got to keep. Other than that the bridal party wore black on black for the guys and black cocktail dresses for the ladies (of their own choosing).
DJ – FREE – friend with a laptop
Sound – FREE – gift from a friend (system and tech)
Ceremony Pianist – $150
Invitations – around $50 (parents of the Bride got a friend to print them for the price of the paper)
Programs – $100
Exit Sparklers – $87
Photographer (all-day wedding coverage) – Cousin owns a photography business. $80 for a special lens rental.
Gifts for Wedding Party – $34
Our Total: $ 1,001
Overall Total: $ 1,851
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
The groom made the bridal party's bouquets out of discarded books, as well as making the “guest book” out of tree rings.
As for a personal touch, we decided we didn't want to do any of the traditional reception events. We weren't going to throw the bouquet he made and we figured it'd be nice to talk to as many people as we could instead of being watched by them. So we went for a strawberry shortcake bar instead of a cake and intermittent dancing instead of first dances.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Got bride's dress from her older sister, made the flowers ourselves, and did the reception at the church instead of finding a second venue. We chose the time (2pm) to avoid mealtimes. So finger foods and a coffee/hot chocolate bar were provided by friends and family. Plus around $200 (parents of the Bride)
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Things will go wrong, but you'll end up married either way, and that's the important bit. Do your best to let the little things go…and try even harder to let go of the big things.
What was your biggest splurge?
Edible Arrangements. Although the brides parents paid for them, they ran around $300. It did save us money in the long run though to roll some of the decorations and food into one purchase.
What was your favorite detail?
I think our favorite thing about the wedding was its personal feel. From the hot chocolate to the strawberry shortcake to the hand made bouquets to the laid back atmosphere. Everything felt like us.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
We did a first look and photos before the ceremony. It was nice to see each other and take a breath before the wedding. Not to mention it took a lot of pressure and time out of the transition between wedding and reception.
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