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That was a hell of a ride, huh?
Well, we did (twice!) and lived to tell the budget-friendly tale of it.
I mean, we really DID manage to have two weddings and come in UNDER our $5,000 budget for both of them.
Top 15 Budget Tips from My $5,000 Wedding
See, I'm a firm believer that with a little time, planning, and elbow grease – a lovely wedding doesn't have to cost you a lot of money.
With that in mind, I've rounded up the top 15 budget tips from my $5,000 wedding!
This saved us quite a bit in designer fees and labor costs.
We all want our wedding to have a few something specials that aren't really needed – we just want them.
I know from the very beginning that getting an amazing photographer was priority number one for me.
I also knew that in order to get that photographer, I'd have to look for an amazing deal. And I got one – at a bridal show!
Rentals can send you budget through the roof! So, whenever possible,
DIY what you can (we made our own reception tables out of old wood and I sewed all the napkins) and buy the rest.
You can donate anything you buy after the wedding for a nice tax write-off.
The Boy wore a nice suit that he already had in his closet.
For our first ceremony, I wore a pretty white dress that I already owned.
Easy meet peasy AND FREE.
Always think “How can I do this cheaper?”.
Most of the best bits from our wedding were simply us brainstorming about ways to cut costs on that particular item.
So our amazing HUGE ceremony backdrop?
Should have been hundreds of dollars and instead cost us about $10.
Go non-traditional to save a few bucks (and really personalize your wedding).
The bridesmaids don't need matching dresses.
No one needs a favor.
Do your thing and you may be pleasantly surprised by the savings.
Yes. It CAN be done and be lovely.
It will take lots of planning and helping hands but it CAN be done.
And it will save you a bundle.
I wanted bunches of lovely Texas wildflowers but just couldn't afford the amount we needed.
Then, a local florist told me all about a great wildflower farm nearby who sold flowers directly to consumers.
Don't overlook the generosity of strangers.
The wedding gown that I wore for our Texas ceremony was free.
F R E E.
And all because I took a chance of a stranger's offer.
Say ‘yes” to talented friends and family.
My best friend is great at make-up and hair so she did mine for me.
My mother-in-law is a great cook so she made dessert for our wedding rehearsal dinner.
My mom sewed the flower girl dresses.
People want to help! Let them.
Garage sale, thrift, and dumpster dive.
A ton of the reception dishes and glassware came from garage sales and thrift stores.
We dumpster dove for the wood for the reception tables.
The topper and cute bits are temporary – so why spend money on them?
I made ours and loved how they turned out.
Skip the professionals and bust out that iTunes playlist (or Spotify).
We didn't have a band or a DJ.
I just made some playlists for the pre-ceremony music, the ceremony, and the reception and a good friend pushed the play button at the right times.
We jokingly called him the Master of Ceremonies and he was happy to help.
Limit the booze menu.
Most weddings have alcohol – but there is no rule that says you HAVE to host (i.e. PAY FOR) a full bar.
We had a single keg, water, unsweet tea, and lemonade.
And people didn't care.
So why spend money on it?
Images Courtesy of: Miranda Laine Photography