I can't even believe that I've been married for 6 years this month! It sees like such a short time, but so much has happened since that day! As much of a whirlwind as that day was, I remember it like it was yesterday and what a great day it was! Having planned and coordinated everything by myself, I remember it fondly and am pretty proud with how it turned out! I was the ultimate DIY bride and I love to share what I did to save money and have a beautiful wedding without skimping ;) So here it is! 3 ways I saved money on my own DIY wedding:
#1: I had so many ideas on what I wanted for a cake. After talking with the caterer and my cake decorator, I thought it would be fun to have a cake bar instead of a tiered wedding cake. That way, I could have multiple flavors, designs, and basically 5 "tiers" of cake for a fraction of the cost of a tiered wedding cake!
#1a: I also made my own cake stands. (Chargers+candle sticks in different heights from Hobby Lobby) + a little E6000 = a pretty cute cake spread if I do say so myself.
#2: In lieu of a rehearsal dinner, we opted for a luncheon after the ceremony with our closest family and friends. It was held at the same venue as our evening reception so we didn't have to rent a different room, and we could use all the same centerpieces for the reception in the evening. It worked out well as we took pictures with family and around the venue during the turn around time between the two events.
#2a: These simple centerpieces were so easy to do! While I did buy some vintage bottles from antique shops and ebay, most were actually wine and other alcohol bottles collected for free at a recylery and a restaurant that my sister worked at at the time. Shoutout to my sister for grabbing those for me :* The mason jar centerpieces were easy as well. The jars were borrowed from family and neighbors who do their own canning :)
#3: If you have family or friends that want to help out, take advantage!! Since we had a big luncheon and fed our family and friends, we had a variety of "appetizers" served for the reception - which should probably be considered tip #3a ;) My aunts and my grandmas asked me how they could help with the big day. They were assigned to make a couple batches of their favorite cookies which were displayed on the buffet table in these awesome hurricane vases! It worked out so perfectly for those wanting something sweet without having to wait until the wedding cake was served ;)
#3a (or b? ;) : These hurricanes were owned by the venue and we were able to use them at no extra cost. If you have a decor idea but don't want to buy vases or other supplies, it's worth checking out what the venue already has available!
These are just some other details that were super cheap! These jam jars were super cost effective in bulk and I made the tags myself! The frames for our picture table were so fun to gather by shopping at thrift stores and have made a fun addition to our home decor as we switch out the photos as our family grows :)
You can see the blog post on my wedding here. Do you have your own tips or questions about anything else we did? Let me know in the comments! Happy planning!
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