Who gave 2019 permission to fly by?! October will already be our one year wedding anniversary and I can’t believe it! The day that took ages to arrive and only a blink to slip between my fingertips and into my photo albums forever.
Most people know that I enjoy crafting, decorating, and organizing. I also love ballin on a budget – so when it came time to plan my own wedding, it was a challenge that I was born ready to accept in more ways than one! So, for anyone who may be planning a wedding in the near future, or is just curious, I wanted to share a few tips and tricks for how I had my dream wedding while sticking to the budget!
– My super beautiful, talented sister and maid of honor designed our invites for free
– I made my own guest favors and hand lettered each one (wildflower seed packets)
– I made my own signs out of recycled wood and bought a few chalkboard signs and wrote on those
– I asked my bridesmaids to choose their own dresses within the same color hue (I wanted them to get something that they would feel confident and gorgeous in and would like enough to wear again someday rather than buying a “one and done” dress)
– We had brunch (chicken & waffles) instead of fancy dinner
– We had donuts instead of cake
– We invited family and closest friends only (probably 60 people total)
– Both the ceremony and reception were at the gorgeous, rustic clubhouse in my parent’s neighborhood
– We had only the necessary flowers and greenery
– The photographer was a friend of ours who gave us a great deal and did an amazing job
– I used my iPhone and Bluetooth speaker as the music and had a set playlist
– We stuck to the budget enough to fund the honeymoon too
– Overall, we kept it minimal and low key
– I reminded myself continuously that this day was about a lifetime commitment with my husband and nothing else
Anyone who may be planning a wedding or hopes to in the future – my advice would be to please spend more time working on building the foundation of the marriage itself rather than stressing over the wedding. That day comes and goes like lightening, but the marriage itself is there for good, and that is sweeter than any cake flavor your could pick out.