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DIY Fall Wedding on an $8,000 Budget

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We’ve got a lovely wedding to share with you today, from iDrop Photo. I thought we could use a little fall wedding inspiration since we’re all at the point in the summer where we are desperately wishing for cooler temps. Hope this lovely autumn-infused affair cools you off. I love the leaves in the bouquets and of course the pumpkins as decor. (Who’s ready for the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks? I mean, right???) Enjoy- and please forgive me for the absence of our favorite weekly feature. xo Jessica

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Tyler & Daley

October 23, 2010
Madera, California

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

We had $8000 to use for the wedding. The Venue covered most of the main items we needed tables, chairs, tent, and of course wine. They charged us $4 per head. To keep the cost of food down we decided to only do appetizers and desserts.  One of our friends offered to do the food for around $1000 and made our wedding cake a wedding gift. For the decorations, I spent roughly around $500. I scoured all of Fresno’s best thrift stores for items that I could use as table toppers.

We also found a pumpkin patch in the area that gave us a great deal for buying in bulk. For around 50 pumpkins and gourds we only ended up spending $100. Our florist only did the boutonnieres and bouquets. We went the day before to trader joes and bought a couple of bouquets for centerpieces making the cost of flowers stay small. Tyler stepdad built an arch for us to get married under which cost us nothing at all. And my mom and I collected leaves from the trees a few weeks before the wedding and place on the aisle. Our DJ was a friend as well who only charged us $100. Have your wedding early if you want to keep the cost down because if you do it before dinner but after lunchtime, you won’t have to spend a lot of money on food.

How many guests did you have?

A little under 150

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

Creating my own centerpieces from items I found at thrift stores.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Lots of couponing and thrifting! 🙂

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Have a girls night and invite your friends over to help you put decorations and other wedding items together. It bonds your bridesmaids and makes getting everything done that much easier. Also, use whatever resources you have if you know someone who can make something or do something for your wedding for a cheaper cost go for it!

What was your biggest splurge?

Our cake topper! Loved it!

What was your favorite detail?

The bouquets- I was so happy with them!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The father-daughter dance- it was amazing!

Our story is really simple. We met through a church event, but didn’t really get to know one another until we both happened to join our friends for a hang out not knowing the other person would be there. we bonded over movies (Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas in particular) and realized we had a lot of the same taste. Then we started to stalk one another on Facebook and continue group hangouts for a few weeks then finally made it official at a Colby Callait concert on another group date. Shortly after we started talking about marriage in the next couple of years and ended up getting married the following fall.

{all photos from iDrop Photo}


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