Cheyanne and Tanner had a summer wedding in Oregon. They wanted to DIY everything and so had a long engagement to give them enough time to do everything, save money and research all the options.
“Our wedding was a culmination of everything we love”, said the bride. “Music, fashion, classic cars, dancing, tattoos, comfort food and big parties… We threw in everything! I would say our theme was a 1950s vintage rockabilly and DIY extravaganza! Everyone said this was the most DIY’ed wedding they had ever seen, as well as the only rockabilly wedding they had ever experienced.”
The DIY include all the decor and even the bride’s dress! “What didn’t we DIY!?” she laughed. “From the flowers to the heart marquee lights at the ceremony, to the spray painted vases, designing all the stationery, making my wedding dress… This was one never ending amazing craft project. I am known as The Pennywise Pinup. I believe that whatever is too expensive, is always still attainable with a little creativity and elbow grease.”
They spent around $15,000 on the wedding and their biggest expense was their photographer. “The one thing we weren’t going to scrimp on was the photography so it was the largest part of our wedding budget. It was 100% worth it though for two designated photographers who went above and beyond. Adam even saved the boys who couldn’t figure out how to tie their ties or put on their boutonnieres! I would say that is money well spent. I recommend Adam and Laura from A+L Photo to everyone I know and when they see the wedding photos they completely understand why!”
“We saved money with all the DIY and by spending a good amount of time searching for better deals or options. The areas where we saved the most were DIY flowers, having a food truck for catering instead of a plated meal and having a venue that included everything and more, such as tables, chairs, sound system, bathrooms etc. Also, having a longer engagement gave us more time to research our options, book earlier for better prices and DIY what we wanted.”