So, with my tax return and a little bit of extra money I had after paying bills in hand, we set off to put on a budget wedding. Here are the individual things we did to make the wedding more low-cost:
As previously mentioned, we chose to have our wedding in the church we were attending. It was free and we knew that it would accommodate just about the right number of people. There were some down sides to this, of course.
Because it was in a southern Baptist church, we didn’t share a first dance. That is something that I regret, but that is more because we didn’t have the cash to spring for a nicer venue for the reception. We had the reception in the church’s fellowship hall.
The good thing about this was that it was free and it was easy to reserve the space.
We used some of the leftover fabric from the hearts on our table. We bought some little, stained-glass vases from a craft store and filled them with fake flowers, butterflies, and pinwheels from the dollar store. I bought most of my décor from the dollar store!
I don’t have exact numbers, but I came out way under $100 for the yarn, and my mom made them for me for free!
I had a friend from work take photos at my wedding. She did it for me as a gift for my wedding. She didn’t have much equipment, and I had to edit these for myself. It was free and I got what I needed. But, I know that a lot of my family wish there were more.
I’m not going to complain because it was free and I’m glad I have something!
I also designed my own invite, because I’m a graphic designer. I also made a little activity book for the kids to keep them entertained during the more boring parts of our nuptials. I did blur some information and names, but you see the basic idea!
The food was also good because of the hand cooking J, but I wish it was less intense. I would recommend doing some sort of catering, but we just didn’t have the money for it!
This photo is my favorite. My brother had returned a ring to me that he gave me when I was younger. It made me cry!
MUCH THANKS TO:
Each year, there is always someone on my Christmas list who is difficult to shop for. It is either because we aren't super close or because they just never seem willing to tell me what they want. Well, I've been thinking and researching and I've realized that many of those lists that are out there on the internet aren't exactly helpful. However, the fact that they are written proves that I'm not alone in my problem!
So today's blog post will hopefully give you a few ideas for some things you can get for the people on your list this year.
YOUR BROTHER/SISTER (IN-LAW)
Get your brother or sister (in-law) a gift card to the movies or to an attraction they enjoy. It gives them the opportunity to spend time with you or their significant other.
YOUR LITTLE ONE
CLOSE FRIEND/FAMILY MEMBER
LESS CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
I hope this has helped you finish up your Christmas shopping quickly! Good luck on completing your shopping list.