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Back with another gorgeous wedding this week that you are sure to enjoy! This lovely backyard wedding captured by Lindsay Nickel is full of sweet and crafty details. The bride, Lauren kept a thorough tally of their wedding spending and did tons of things herself to keep costs down. The end result is a fabulously frugal wedding! I absolutely love the table decor with the flower pots and wine bottles- fashionable and functional! ūüôā Hope you enjoy this lovely wedding as much as I did! xoxo- Jessica

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Lauren + Joe

August 24, 2012

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada


What was your budget? 

DressР$ 350  The dress I fell in love with was actually an ivory bridesmaid dress. This was a huge budget saver!

Alterations– $100

Fascinator– $20

Groom's Suit- $400 We decided to buy a suit so that my husband could get more use out of it, especially since we were way under budget on my dress!

Hair & Make-Up $200 The Worx, Red Deer

Bride's Bouquet- $150 

Food- $1500 My husband and I are in love with the Chinese Food from Monsieur Wong's and had them create a Chinese buffet for us that was filled with our favourite dishes!

Desserts- $0 We asked our Aunts to bake some of our childhood favourites and had a dessert bar for our guests.

Kettle Corn- $0  This was donated to us by a friend. K &J's Kettle Corn

Open bar-¬†$ 1500 We bought all of our alcohol from Costco and set it up in the “drink gazebo”

Gazebo- $150 from Totem

Tent- $1100

Chairs/Tables/ Linnen rentals- $500

Decor-(DIY) $300 I ordered all of the burlap table runners from Etsy and made all of the vases. I found a lot of the other touches from Michaels, Winners and the Dollar Store

Flowers- (DIY) $200 We bought our flowers from Costco and a friend generously offered to make our arrangements for us.

Photography- $500 We were lucky enough to have the amazingly talented photographer Lindsay Nickel capture all of our wedding day moments!

Wedding Favours/ Place Setting (DIY) $ 200 Succulents and terracotta  pots

Invitations- $50 Evite. 

Music/ DJ-$0  Our friend is a DJ and made us a playlist.

Officiant- $200

Limo take-home service -$300

TOTAL: $7720


How many guests did you have?

85 guests


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

Our main goal with our wedding was to have it reflect us as a couple. I didn't worry about planning a “traditional” wedding and it ended up being carefree, elegant, fun and very personal. We planned our own ceremony and said our personal vows and commitments to one another in front of our family and friends. To conclude our vows we turned lemons into lemonade and toasted each other.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Having the wedding ceremony and reception in my parents' backyard eliminated the venue cost. I did a lot of the decor myself with vases found at the dollar store or mason jars. Not having a traditional wedding cake and a DJ also helped us save money.


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

Don't lose sight about what is important! The reason you are planning this huge celebration is because you get to spend the rest of your life married to the person you love. It is so easy to get caught up in details. Most importantly, have fun and make every detail about you! If you are looking to save money plan some DIY projects!


What was your biggest splurge?

I didn't think that I needed a bouquet that was professionally done. I am VERY happy that I splurged! Stems did an amazing job capturing the rustic elegance feel I was looking for. 


What was your favorite detail?

Honestly, I don't think I could even narrow it down to a few favorite details. The whole day was like a dream. 


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Our photographer set up a “first look” before our ceremony and it was amazing to have that moment just between the two of us. It gave us a chance to really be in the moment.




Catering: Monsieur Wong's  //  Photographer: Lindsay Nickel   //   Hair & Make Up: The Worx Red Deer, AB   //  Hair- Connie Burton   //   Bouquet: Stems   //  Rentals: Parkland Party and Equipment Rentals LTD.  //  Invitations: My Invitation Link


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