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Downtown City Wedding in Ohio with DIY Details

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Julia + Andy

Columbus, Ohio
04/22/2023 · 125 guests
Total wedding budget $25,000

Budget Breakdown

Below is an estimated wedding budget breakdown provided by the couple.

  • Cake/Dessert
  • Partner 1 Attire
  • Flowers
  • Videography
  • Wedding Planner
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Partner 2 Attire
  • Transportation/Travel
  • Music/Entertainment
  • Alcohol/Bar
  • Photography
  • Catering
  • Venue
  • Total wedding budget

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

We got our champagne and a special cup from our trip to Europe the summer before our wedding for our toast!

Ohio State Alma mater song was our last song of the night. I made Andy a cooler as a gift as an ode to the cooler that I had made him for his fraternity formal when we first started dating.

Finally, our ceremony was written in partnership with a good friend and included a ring warming ceremony.

Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

We tried to do as much as we could ourselves! We were able to create our own wedding rings at a jeweler in Columbus.

I made my own bouquet, Andy’s pocket square, and all of the center pieces. I also made the guest box, card box and our save the dates and invitations!

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing we did to save money was DIY, and thinking outside the box. For example, we had pizza for dinner and got cookies from Costco for our dessert table. We kept the bar simple and just did beer and wine! Also, using a park was a huge money saver.

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

Our best advice would be to do what you want! Don’t let tradition or family desires run your day. Think of how your day can best tell your story.

What was your biggest splurge?

Our biggest splurge was transportation – but it made our day so much easier for us!

What was your favorite detail?

Our favorite detail was our wedding rings.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

One of the most memorable moments was our first look.

The other was going to our favorite bar with friends in between the ceremony and the reception.