I've never discussed our budget much on my blog, but the Mister and I decided when we got engaged, that we wanted a small wedding with a very moderate budget. We just didn't understand the need to spend tens of thousands of dollars on one day when the point of the day was a lifetime commitment. (I recently read about a bride who was so proud of keeping her wedding budget under $30,000 and nearly choked on my coffee. In South Carolina, that can easily be a whole year's salary.) This is not meant to offend anyone who does in fact have a larger budget -- it just wasn't realistic for us.
In the interest of keeping our expenses down, we had several do-it-yourself projects to the big day. In fact, we had more than I initially thought we would have. I also have to say the Mister's mother was awesome and helped us with so many of these projects; without her craftiness and style, I think I would have gone crazy trying to get things done.
I've previously shared our Save the Dates and our Invitations. Here are some of the other DIY details that helped save our budget and keep our day unique to our vision:
Rather than having elaborate flowers, my MIL made ribbon bows to decorate the church.
The Mister designed and hand-cut all our programs. Several evenings and bottles of wine went into assembling them.
We decided on candles rather than flowers for the altar decorations. These were moved over to the restaurant to serve as centerpieces as well.
In light of the fact that the ceremony was only going to be 20-30 minutes long, we finally decided not to have a musician play at our wedding. Instead, my best guy friend Rob (my best man) connected his laptop to the sound system and coordinated the music for me.
National MS Society in lieu of wedding favors to honor my mother. However, my MIL was kind enough to bake wedding cookies as a little something sweet for our guests to take home. We told her to surprise us so we didn't know if it was going to be cookies, Jordan almonds or dinner mints until we got there.
read before about my friend Erin baking them for us as a wedding gift. She made from scratch lemon with lemon meringue pie filling, lime with key lime pie filling, orange with orange meringue pie filling. She also made the frosting from scratch at the restaurant when she got there that morning and decorated the cake stand herself. She's awesome!
DIY for me was the flowers. I just wasn't sure what I wanted. In the end, my MOH and I bought about 75 dollars worth of flowers at the local grocery store and put together the bouquets and boutonnieres the day before the wedding. We were going to make corsages for the mothers and grandmothers as well, but it just didn't happen.
All photos were taken by Chi Photography.
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