A Budget-Friendly Wedding Planned in just Four Months: Terry & Elle

For Terry & Elle their wedding wasn’t about a big show or how much money they could spend. After a health scare in October 2011 they decided they wanted to get married quickly so planned the whole thing in just 4 months. They wanted a wedding that represented them and didn’t cost a bomb. As the bride explains, “We held a wedding for 90 guests, including bridal party plus all bridal attire, wedding rings the works for under 15,000 AUD (that’s about £10,000) – the average Australian wedding is $36,000 – do it all yourself and be resourceful and you can achieve wonders!”

“We did everything DIY – decorations, catering, fashion everything! Our original quote for catering was $10,000 so we shunned that idea and did it ourselves for $2,000! Whilst DIY allowed us greater control over our wedding and make it cost less, it is very easy to get carried away and become stressed! We learnt that it’s very important to keep on top of it all at all times!”

Elle wore a handmade green wedding dress with accessories which she found at flea markets. “We did a lot of shopping online, in flea markets and at op-shops etc. We also found out 7 days before our wedding that I was pregnant with our first child! It was a challange to keep it a secret.”

Thank you to Terry & Elle and their photographer Lara Luz for sharing this fab day with us today.

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Lara Luz
Venue: Tasma House, Daylesford, Victoria
Bride’s Dress: Handmade couture by Laura Brinson
Bride’s Shoes: KOXKO
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Unique Vintage
Cake: Betty’s Kustom Cakes
Flowers: DIY
Hair & Make Up: Vanessa Barney
Stationery: Horizontal 8 Designs


  1. wow what a lovely wedding you looked so beautiful. you have both given me inspiration to me for my daughters wedding,(when they get married!!)

  2. Jo

    Love the theme and colours. The dress is fantastic and wow, you look great! I am also looking for a coloured wedding dress (purple) and I’m really surprised at how few people decide against white.


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