1920s Jazz Inspired Wedding In Lithuania

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Kristina and Marijus were married for just €3750 in Lithuania. After a registry office ceremony they had an understated reception at Plieno Paukštis, a small restaurant in the old town of Vilnius.

“Since our wedding budget was virtually non-existent, at first we were planning to do a very small, modest wedding”, explained the bride. “But as we went along, we decided to add a bit of a ‘kick’ to this very important day. We both like antique and retro stuff so after short consideration we decided that a theme for our wedding has to be jazz (or 1920s and 30s art deco).”

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The bride wore a dress by Ghost with Rachel Simpson shoes and a headpiece which she designed herself. “Perhaps the one thing that sets our wedding apart from the norm is the fact that we were able to blend old with a new”, she continued. “Our transport for example was a true museum piece. The only operational 1930 DODGE Brothers 6 Sedan in Lithuania. It has been displayed in a Museum for 17 years and only recently bought by a local collector who decided to put this beauty back on the road.”

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“We did a lot of things ourselves too. The numerous retro style drawings and F.S. Fitzgerald quotes hung at the reception were handmade by me. The antique style photos, candle holders and other table props were collected by us. We also had a signature board for all the guests to sign.”

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“My favourite part of the wedding was the moment we were about to leave the my home to go to the ceremony”, she remembered. “The reality of what is about to happen sunk in and I nearly fainted from excitement! I also loved our photo shoot and the lovely ride in a vintage car through the old town of Vilnius. It was an opportunity to enjoy each other and celebrate the union we had just made.”

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Although this was a low budget wedding, the couple certainly didn’t have to scrimp on style. Their biggest expenses were the bride’s dress at €290 and the groom’s shoes at €200 since they couldn’t make those themselves. “We saved tons of money by not hiring a wedding planner, hair and make up artist, DJ or a band”, she said. “We also made the invitations and other decorations ourselves. Choosing a simple cosy restaurant as our venue and keeping the guest list small (only 35 people attended) also saved a lot.”

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9 comments

  1. Gabriella

    I wonder if the “budget” for this wedding is possibly a typo, seeing how the average monthly wages in Lithuania are less than 1000 Eur 🙂 if over 3000 euro is a “small, understated” wedding where the “budget was nonexistant”, I wonder just how much a big wedding is expected to cost 🙂 A year’s wages? 🙂 lovely wedding nontheless and gorgeous couple as well.

  2. Kristina

    Gabriella, I do agree about average wage in Lithuania and that our budget was a lot of money, but in Lithuania the average wage doesn’t fit the prices :/ for exemple to close a restaurant for your wedding in Vilnius Old Town average price is about 3000 euro and to rent a wedding dress is about 1000 euro… so comparing to that we where cheap 🙂 of cours is always posible to get marry just with few $ in your pocket 🙂 and by saying “budget was non existant” we meant that we didin’t had any money when started to plan the wedding 🙂

  3. Look at those happy faces! They are so beautiful and the bride is absolutely amazing! There is something about Great Gatsby classic beauty in her outfit! I’m in love! Thank you for sharing these pictures- they are really telling a story about love

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