Guest post by Amanda
The wedding industry has become a beast to be reckoned with. I recently pulled off my entire wedding for less than $2,000. It can be done!
Be prepared to have an army helping you! We could not have done it without so many people offering their services and their time.
Prioritize what you really want and be prepared to make tough decisions. Do things because you and your fiancé want them, not because they’re expected.
1. Our Invitations
We got 100 invitations from Vistaprint.com for less than $35. Formal invitations didn’t fit our not-so-fancy wedding, and we liked that we could customize the postcards. The purpose of invitations is to give people information — they don’t have to be a piece of artwork!
2. The Flowers
The only flowers we had were bouquets, which we got at Kroger for less than we would have spent at a traditional florist.
3. What We Wore
I was lucky enough to find my dress (which I loved!) on sale for $99 at David’s Bridal.
Bridesmaids wore blue dresses of their own choosing. I’ve been a bridesmaid six times and know how expensive it gets. My girls looked great and each of their total outfits was less than $40.
The guys wore black pants and white shirts, and matching ties from a discount online tie shop.
4. The Cake
We decided to do only one small cake and supplement with cupcakes. I made a “tower” for the cupcakes by covering boxes with white wrapping paper and accenting with orange ribbon.
5. The Cake Table
I found a template for a “Just Married” sign online. We ran string above our cake table and secured the letters with clothespins.
The total cost of this was less than $10 and it looked great!
6. Instead of Centerpieces…
We didn’t do any centerpieces for our reception tables. I struggled for weeks trying to think of an inexpensive idea, but even at $5 a table, the cost really adds up. I finally decided that centerpieces weren’t necessary, and they definitely weren’t worth the stress!
I searched online for a crossword puzzle template and made one themed around Dave and I. I used them as placemats and they also served as a fun activity for guests.
7. Reception Decorations
I made tissue paper flowers to hang from the rafters. These were inexpensive and added a great pop of color and dimension to our space.
Don’t be afraid of plastic serving ware! Our color was orange, so I wrapped orange cutlery in a white napkin and secured it with orange ribbon. I also made contrasting ones of white cutlery in orange napkins with a white ribbon. So cute!
8. Our “Guestbook”
We made a homemade “photobooth” by hanging a sheet where guests could take pictures with my digital camera and leave a note on a card made from scrapbook paper in leiu of a traditional guest book.
9. Be You!
Keep things simple and do things that reflect who you are. Dave and I had volleyball at our wedding because we both love it. And people didn’t think it was weird — they loved it!
Our wedding was definitely a reflection of family and community, which made it all the more fun.
Amanda Ungleich lives in Knoxville, TN with her husband Dave. They both work two jobs and are going back to school, so they know the value of saving a dollar!
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