Anita and Lewis, today’s budget-savvy couple, opted to have their wedding ceremony at the local courthouse and enjoy a dinner at local restaurant afterward! I love Anita’s DIY bouquet. She purchased the flowers on Amazon and they are absolutely beautiful! And how fun are their photos outside the courthouse? I love how they embraced their venue and got so many fun shots! Enjoy this courthouse wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Anita + Lewis
December 22, 2014
Southlake Courthouse | Southlake, TX
What was your budget?
Ceremony Venue: $80 ( Southlake, Tx Courthouse)
Reception Venue: $200 (Deposit TruFire Bar and Grill which was later used towards our meal)
Flowers: Gifted! But they were real touch calla lilies that were purchased on Amazon by a friend/
Catering: We went to a restaurant for our reception and our guests graciously paid for their own meals.
Hair & Makeup: $330
Wedding Gown: $1,600
Groom & Groomsman Attire: $370
How many guests did you have?
We had 40 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We asked all of our guests to dress in our wedding colors for group photo-shoots following the wedding.
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
We personalized and handmade our invitations, ring bearer pillow, wine glasses, all décor and centerpieces.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
I focused on the things that I felt would make it memorable and special for me and my husband verses big expensive wedding and reception that could accommodate lots of guest. I kept it intimate, but still had as many traditions that I could fit in.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Looking back on it I know it seems selfish that I had rather got my dream dress and a vintage car to ride in then pay for food at a reception and entertainment etc. however the guests who came love us and were happy to be a part of our union and pitch in any way they could including paying for their own meals.
I would say do what makes you and your partner happy and the people who love you and support your marriage will be happy either way. Receptions are where most money is spent and the reality is they go by so so fast. I had a non-hosted dinner. I had no complaints and everyone was really happy for us. The only thing that was missing was a dance floor and music, but honestly we didn’t even miss that because we were to busy mingling with guests and eating good food.
What was your biggest splurge?
My gown, bridal accessories, hair, make-up and photographer were our biggest splurges.
What was your favorite detail?
The overall ambience of the day!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Taking pictures with my husband in the town square surrounded by all the beautiful Christmas lights in the trees. It was very romantic. Looking in his eyes knowing I just married the man of my dreams, I was overflowing with pure happiness.
Photography: Pink Light Images • Ceremony Venue: Southlake Municipal Courthouse • Reception Venue: TruFire Bar and Grill • Flowers: Amazon • Favors + Decor: Hobby Lobby + Dollar Tree • Stationery: DIY (supplies via Office Depot) • Bridal attire: David’s Bridal • Shoes: Dillards • Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
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