Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your wedding?
We did not do any DIY as we did not have many details involved since we eloped.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
The creative/personal aspect we used was keeping the wedding small and intimate. We are very private and we wanted something that was all about the love we shared, not about too many details for a big wedding. We also went with a beach/boho vibe that really fit our style.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable moment was walking along the beach with my new husband filled with so much love and happiness after we said our I dos!!
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We eloped! We used an elopement company, Simply Eloped. They planned all the details for a very reasonable price. We spent the majority of our money on a memorable and special vacation/honeymoon
What was your biggest splurge?
The biggest splurge was the dress!! And the trip to Hawaii.
What were your favorite details?
My favorite detail was the black sand beach we chose and only having 10 people attend. It was beautiful and intimate and all about us promising to love one another. There was no stress of guests, caterers, vendors, etc. it was such a perfect, fun, stress-free day and I think that was my favorite part, getting to enjoy my big day worry-free!!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
My best advice is to do what feels right to you, and what you want to do. Don’t worry about what everyone else wants you to do or thinks or even about hurting feelings. Getting married is so special and should be celebrated any way you want to. Stay true to yourself!
Share any additional details you’d like us to know about your event:
The budget breakdown: We chose the venue off the Simply Eloped website. Then we picked from 3 packages, we chose the bloom package for $1500. The package included an agent from simply eloped to coordinate and find vendors, the officiant, the photographer and one hour of photography, 2 leis for the ceremony, and the enactment of the ceremony. We then paid $25 for the beach permit through the state of Hawaii. My dress was $2,000 from Luv Bridal. Robert wore a dress shirt and slacks from Dillards, we spent under $200 on his outfit.
The cost of travel to Hawaii: we spent 900$ on 2 plane tickets from Phoenix to Kona and back. We spent one week there, so we needed money for food, drinks, and spending. One of our wedding presents was our hotel stay from my husband’s grandma as she had a timeshare there so we didn’t have to pay for a hotel/air BnB. We spent $1,000 to rent a jeep for the week. The total we spent on the trip was around $6,000.
We didn’t spend anything on our guests, they paid their own way to Hawaii and for their own trip to the island!