Jake and Amanda spent just $4000 on their amazing wedding. Everything, bar the catering, was either homemade or donated by friends and family. The location was a friend’s estate in Chatsworth, California. They chose a secluded clearing amongst the trees with breath taking views as their ceremony spot.
“The décor was modern bohemian and eccletic”, began the bride. “Our theme was kind of rustic American mixed with moroccan and indian influences. The backdrop of our friends property really helped frame a western fairytale. Our intent was to stay true to ourselves while providing friends and family a meaningful ceremony and a fantastic celebration. We felt by having so much help from our family and friends, we brought back an older tradition of a community coming together to truly celebrate the union of their newest family.”
Lauren and Red’s Pennsylvania wedding was a real team effort. It planned by the bride, her mother and their neighbour Patience. The wedding was held on the couple’s own farm. “Patience taught us how to make homemade limoncello and smoked salmon and helped so much during the wedding making sure things ran smoothly”, Lauren explained. “My mother is a crazy collector of beautiful dishes, as well as ideas. She is also a food connoisseur so she helped add tons of vision and plan the menu. Patience’s daughter got married the weekend before so we were able to share a lot of supplies and ideas which worked out very well as well as work trade. My mother in-law Eva planned the rehearsal dinner which also happened to be my birthday. She created a picnic outdoor super with barbecue chicken for 45 two days before the wedding. She also helped decorate!”
This wedding was full on DIY with the bride and her helpers making everything from the decor items to the clothes. Lauren made her own wedding dress from vintage and upcycled materials and the bridesmaid’s dresses were made using hand dyed vintage handkerchiefs which matched the invitations.
Planning a wedding is bloody hard work and sometimes it can all get a bit too much. I’m sure you’ve stressed a little over flower arrangements, worried if your bridesmaids will like their dresses or navigated your way through more family issues than you even knew you had. Big weddings are wonderful occasions but I’m yet to meet a couple who haven’t wondered at some point if that crazy idea to elope was really so crazy after all.
Simon and Leanne wanted to skip all that fuss and drama and so when they married in April, they decided to do just that – to elope on a beach with just a few witnesses in attendance. The ceremony was held on Saligo Beach, a private beach, on the Isle of Islay. “Raymond and Katherine are the kind couple who gave us the use of their own private beach for our ceremony and ‘after party’ picnic”, began the groom. “They treated us like close friends while we were there. Dr Rev Rob Barlow performed the ceremony. His wife Gwen was also there, and alongside Pete, our photographer, was the other witness. We had a truly spiritual service with an enigmatic magnetism that we couldn’t have wished more for.”
Gena and Lea were married on the beach in front of The Shoosh Club in Brighton. They wanted a fun and relaxed wedding and so after lunch and milkshakes at JB’s Diner they booked the VIP area of the club for their after party! Neither venues needed decorating and he whole thing was cost effective and chilled out for the couple and their guests.
“Our wedding was a beach wedding with a 1950s and 60s twist!” wrote the bride. “My whole family travelled over from Belgium, France, Sweden, Finland and so we really had a three day wedding, with late dinners and early breakfasts with everyone all week. We were over the moon to have everyone around us for three entire days! Our friends and family made the wedding awesome. We had a dress code and most of them respected it.”
Pete and Leila had a modest budget for their Southsea wedding, just £5000, but that didn’t stop them having the wedding of their dreams! After meeting Leila at The Blogcademy in London last January I already know what a resourceful and all-round fabulous babe she is, and so I’m thrilled to share this gorgeousness with you all today.
Leila wore a dress which she designed herself and had a local seamstress bring to life. Her headpiece was also home made. Pete’s outfit was from TK Maxx and the bridesmaid’s rocked vintage dresses. Pretty much all the décor was DIY and they even catered the event themselves (although the owners of the venue kindly offered to make the sandwiches on the day). This wedding really does prove that you can have the most amazing day without breaking the bank.
“My dress was definitely a bargain”. Leila began. “We totally saved money by me designing it myself and then asking a local seamstress to draw the pattern and make it. In total it only cost around £200! We really wanted to have afternoon tea as our wedding breakfast, as its kind of a tradition we have that whenever we go on a trip away together we treat ourselves to tea in a fancy hotel or quirky tea-room. We even named our tables with places we’ve had the best tea at. Delegating sandwich making to the owners of the venue meant there was no rushed bread-buttering on the morning, thank goodness. That simple choice, that might be ever so slightly more expensive than doing everything ourselves, was a really good idea and made the whole day less stressful.”
With names like Maayan & Maxim, their wedding was never going to be boring. This Israeli couple were married at Hamirpese, a bar in Ramat Ishay, North Israel. Their wedding was laid back, fun and quirky as you like.
“One of our guidelines for our wedding was to find vendors who we could connect with and who understood our vibe and the feeling we wanted to create”, Maayan explained. “Good chemistry and communication were really important to us. We got all our vendors through friend recommendations.”
“In terms of budget we didn’t go overboard. We waned to maximise our money and get the best of it. For example my wedding dress only cost $230 but still I was overrun with compliments about it on the day! It seemed excessive to spend so much money on a custom made dress just for a single day. I didn’t buy any special jewellery. I used earrings that I already had. The most important things to us were good food, lots of alcohol and a great venue.”