Introduction: An Idea is Born
Zeke and I are getting married soon, like, really soon. Which means that wedding stuff has kicked into high gear.
High gear, for my wedding, means lots and lots of projects.
see, we have a very limited budget to work with. (Limited= less than
half the amount that most brides on 'Say Yes to the Dress' spend on just
their gowns.) Most of the wedding will be done ourselves. As I thought
about all the work I have yet to do, I found myself wishing that some
other bride somewhere had made it all much easier for me. Found good
vendors, came up with helpful tips, put all her DIY projects in one
And then I had a thought- a thought that often
gets me into trouble and creates hours of work for me. A thought that
makes Pinterest a very bad idea.
I thought, "Hey! I could do that!" And so I am.
So here's what we've got. Our budget is $5,000. My parents are paying
for the wedding, and told us that the money we don't use for the wedding
is money we can keep. We'd like to have about $2,000 left, but that's
probably a pipe dream.
inviting about 300 people, and are planning on about 180 guests. We
both have big extended families, but they are spread out across the US.
The wedding will take place in Zeke's home church, and the
reception will be at my home church. Neither church requires any kind of
fee, as our parents are members. Our wedding is on a Saturday morning-
at 10:00 am. We'll be having a lunch reception.
Things We Aren't DIY-ing:
The wedding dress is paid for, the bridesmaid's dresses too. I bought
my dress on sale at David's Bridal, and the bridesmaid's dresses were
$65 each at JCPenney. I really liked the looks of them- I would
recommend both places for dresses.
Well, I should say, most of the food. We will be having the reception
catered, but are going with hamburgers and toppings, two sides, and a
short appetizer hour to begin. No alcohol will be served at the
reception (the church won't allow it, and for a lunch reception we
didn't think it was necessary). Zeke's mother will be making the
cake, and relatives from our families will be providing cookies and bars
for a sweets table.
-Photography. We hired a
great up and coming photographer. She's never done a wedding before, so
her prices were super cheap. We did look at her portfolio before hiring
her, and she takes very professional pictures. She is only charging us
$300 for the ENTIRE day (before the ceremony, the ceremony, formal
pictures, the reception, and then more formal and informal pictures
after the reception.) She was a total steal, and it feels good to help
her out by allowing her to use our pictures in her portfolio.
-Some of the Decorations.
We are planning on using decorations that the churches already have
available as much as possible, mostly big greenery-type things. The
centerpieces will probably have some items (like glassware) that the
church or our parents already have, but for the most part, we are planning on doing them
ourselves as well.
That leaves a lot yet to do. And I know that I'm not the only bride out there stressing about how to get everything done. I thought I'd share some of my experience with the world, get some of my ideas out there, hopefully be even a little helpful to someone else out there and give someone a chance to take a big deep breath.