I’m a crafter, a planner, and a budgeter, so when Mark proposed, I knew right away that we would be having a DIY wedding with a price tag well below the $30,000 average. I spent over two years planning our wedding, which took place last August. Don’t worry though, while I was actively pinning ideas on Pinterest for the full two years, the heavy duty planning and prep didn’t start until the summer before our nuptials. For over a year, my free time was spent designing invitations, making fabric flowers, collecting blue bottles, and comparing sale prices. In the end, it was all worth it! With the help of family and friends, my husband and I were able to throw the wedding of our dreams for under $9,000 dollars. This includes everything from the save the dates to the ceremony and reception. And when I say everything, I mean everything. Invitations, dress, suit, flowers, rings, decorations, all vendors, and drinks, dinner, and dessert for 125 people. Whew! To top it off, it all went down in the Chicago-suburbs, which are not especially cheap.
Since everything was DIY, I have a ton of projects and tips to share with you all! Rather than monopolize The Hump Day How-To for the next few months, I will be posting a separate Wedding Wednesday blog, which will be dedicated to weddings and the related events like bridal showers and bachelorette parties. I’ll be posting lots of crafts, savings tips, advice, and anything else you’d like! Whether you’re having a fully DIY wedding, incorporating a couple crafty elements, or helping a friend plan, be sure to stop by every Wednesday to see what’s new!
Wondering what’s coming up? Check out some of these pre-wedding pictures that highlight some of our projects and crafts. Big shout out to my friends and family for helping chronicle our day!
1. The hubs and I, testing out the Sparkbooth software for our DIY photobooth.
2. Our chairs, pre-ceremony. We kicked it old school with paper chains.
3. Ceiling display with tissue paper poms made by my mom and I, and assembled at the venue by my bridesmaids and cousins. (Thanks guys!)
4. A big jar of chocolate. The arms are my mom and aunt, setting up the candy and dessert bar.
5. Mark, hard at work on our burlap table runners.
6. Our wedding cake (made by my mom) on the finished dessert bar. Yum!
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What’s first on the Wedding Wednesday agenda, you ask? Why, my DIY fabric flowers and wedding bouquet! It’s a big project and a long tutorial, so Part One will be next Wednesday and Part Two will be the following week.