Douglas and I began to plan our wedding in June 2011. With a wedding date at the end of July, we had less than two months to get everything together - which was perfect! I didn't need a long engagement, and I knew from the start I wanted a small, personal wedding where all of the planning and details were done by me with the help of family and friends. We also knew that we didn't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money for one day. So with some planning, a little extra work, resourcefulness, and the fact that we're not the fanciest people around, we put together a low-budget but completely perfect wedding that had everything we wanted.
Even though we just passed our one-year anniversary, I still love looking at wedding DIY projects and ideas other people have. It was such an awesome experience to plan ours and kind of fun to figure out different ways to save money here and there. I wanted to share a little about how we did things for our big day as well as a few resources. So here's how we did it:Zara; I couldn't have been happier with it, and it was much more like me than a fancy wedding dress from a boutique. The bridesmaids dresses were from New York and Co. and their black flats were from Target. We asked the groomsmen to wear their own black pants, black shoes, and white shirts.
Grower's Box. The flowers are delivered before they are in full bloom, so by the day of the wedding they were perfect.
My mom along with a few friends and family helped us prepare the flowers together before the rehearsal dinner. I thought it might be stressful to have to deal with that the day before, but it was actually nice to have something to work on. We bought wide silk ribbon, florist tape and pins to make the simple bouquets. For the arrangements we used mason jars and a few thrifted vases and containers to add a little vintage style.
girl I went to high school with. We were acquaintances through band, and I hadn't seen her since high school. I took note of her beautiful portraits and photography she had been posting on Facebook, so I asked her if she would be interested in doing our wedding photography. She was still in school for photography, so her fee was (more than) completely reasonable. At the end of it all she gave us five cd's filled with our pictures. We couldn't have been happier.
For our ceremony music I went through one of my bridesmaids, who was a music major in college. She recommended a wonderful acoustic guitar player. We only needed him for a entrance and exit music during the ceremony, so the price of music was a really small portion of our budget. For music during the reception and for our dances, we made cd's that the staff of the bed and breakfast played for us. Because of this, we didn't spend any money on a DJ or any other emcee.
dafont to make the programs stylish and match everything else. I kept the programs down to one half sheet of paper per program, so getting about 80 printed front and back at a copy shop only cost about $15. The basket they're in was an old Easter basket we had around the house; I cut off the handle and covered the rim with gold glitter.
For example, the basket holding the bubbles up there has been around my parents house forever, and it was perfect for holding these before people picked them up. And instead of buying a guest book, I made a "well wishes" box out of little old toy box my mom had from childhood. I cut little pieces of paper for people to write little messages on. Of course, we had to spend some money for little details here and there, so when we did I wanted it to count. I immediately knew I wanted to have these striped paper straws for our guests to drink with. And they were a perfect (cheap) detail!
The Knot shop) that had our names and wedding date burnt into the wood. They were extremely reasonably priced for a personalized product, and I found that that site has good sales and deals. The favors ended up being a minimal expense because they were useful to the guests...and in the July Georgia heat people definitely needed fans.
Ello There were perfect for us the moment I saw them. They were reasonably priced for what was included considering the prices we saw from local printing companies, and I love having one hanging in a frame in our apartment.
Etsy was also perfect for finding our "Mr. and Mrs." cake forks. I can't remember the actual shop these are from, but if you Etsy search for them, you'll find numerous shops offering similar ones. Like the paper straws, the forks a perfect little, inexpensive detail that added a nice touch to our day. The forks sat out next to our wedding cake before we cut it, and people loved them. And we love using them now and having them as a keepsake.