Quaint Backyard Wedding for $2500
Amanda + Forrest
What was your total budget? Please provide a budget breakdown.
- Invitations: $50 (I ordered them from Vistaprint.com)
- Venue: $0
- Attire: $290 for my dress (we didn’t include his suit since it is re-wearable)
- Veil: $20 (online)
- Flowers: $300
- Cakes: $100
- Decor: $150+- (including table cloths, candle arrangements, arbor materials, lighting, etc.)
- Catering: (This was my mom’s gift to us, so I’m not sure how much she paid for the catering.)
- Photographer: $1000 (I hired Kristen for 4 hours.)
- Hair: Our pastor’s daughter-in-law did my hair as a gift.
- Makeup: Our pastor’s daughter did my makeup as a gift.
- Drinks: $50–We bought sweet tea and lemonade from a local chicken finger restaurant (they have the best sweet tea!)
- Rentals: $300 (5 benches @ $20 each, 50 folding chairs @ $2 each)
Total Budget: $2,500
How many guests did you have?
We had around 40 guests at our wedding.
How did you meet?
Forrest and I met on Tinder! He messaged me first and asked me on a date. The first date was totally awkward for me, but I went on a second date (because he seemed super nice) and the second date went a lot better!
What is your proposal story?
We had been dating for about 2 years and decided that we wanted to get married! We talked about it for a couple of weeks, then went and picked our rings together. It was not a “surprise” proposal when he officially proposed at Bayfront Park in Daphne, Alabama.
Tell us about your wedding vision.
Our main goal was to have a small, intimate ceremony and reception while saving as much money as possible. This is why we chose to have the wedding at my parents’ house in Daphne. We didn’t have a wedding color, but the flower arrangements had mostly pinks and purples.
Tell us about your attire choices.
I found my dress on the Azazie website. They have sample dresses that you can try on and send back for $15 per dress, and I ended up buying my dress there for $250 plus tax and shipping. I recommend Azazie for brides on a budget!
We bought Forrest’s suit and vest from Men’s Wearhouse. We planned on renting a suit but we decided to just go ahead and buy one since they were running a sale.
What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?
The most important thing to us is that we wanted the day to be as stress-free and laidback as possible— and it was! The most money we spent on our wedding was for our photographer, Kristen Marcus Photography. One thing I didn’t mind splurging on was our photos! We skipped having a bridal party and serving alcohol at the reception.
What were your favorite parts of the day?
On the morning of our wedding, Forrest and I went to Chick-fil-A for breakfast and then went to go pick up the rental car that we rented for our honeymoon. A Chick-fil-A breakfast is the perfect way to start your wedding day in our opinion!
My favorite part of our wedding day would have to be the actual ceremony and exchanging of our vows. It was the most special moment of my life. Forrest says his favorite part of the day was our first kiss as husband and wife at the end of the ceremony and “the food was good too.”
Tell us about your wedding flowers.
I bought all of the flowers (minus a few real arrangements and my bouquet, which were a gift from Forrest’s stepmom) from Hobby Lobby, on sale of course. I made the small arrangements for the tables and put them in glass vases from Dollar Tree. I bought all boutonnieres and corsages at Hobby Lobby too. All in all, we spent about $300 on flowers.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
One of my best friends since first grade, Jessica, made both cakes. I am not lying when I say that they were the best cakes I’ve ever tasted in my life! She decorated the bride’s cake with silk flowers that I bought in the Hobby Lobby bundle. I paid Jessica $100 to make both of the cakes. She did an amazing job!
What did you do for favors?
We skipped favors, and no one seemed to miss them or mind one bit!
Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.
Most of our wedding was DIY. Forrest and I made the arbor that we stood under, and I made the floral arrangement that was on it. We borrowed the banquet tables from our church and I made the flower and candle arrangements. My mom found the antique lanterns at various thrift stores and on the Facebook marketplace. We also built the doorway entry for our outdoor ceremony, and the driftwood cross.
My friend Beckie played the violin for our ceremony. One thing I love about our wedding is that so many of our friends and family helped out so much.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Our advice for couples planning their wedding is to do what makes you happy! Having a small, relaxed wedding made us happy. Also, there will be lots of people trying to tell you how to do things, but kindly remind them that it is YOUR day.
Photography: Kristen Marcus Photography | Floral: Hobby Lobby | Stationery: Vista Print | Rentals: Gulf Coast Events and Rentals | Linens: Tablecloth Factory | Wedding Dress: Azazie | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bride's Shoes: Keds | Veil: JJ's House | Headpiece: JJ's House | Submitted via: Matchology