In October my dear friends Jason and Kim tied the knot! Kim was up to her elbows in DIY projects for a year! They were on a tight budget but still wanted to make it the best day of their lives. Kim and I got to talk over some of the details to share with all you FBF lovelies out there! Here are some of Kim’s tips. And, of course, some photos!
Q: I know a “frugal” or “low-budget” wedding could mean different things to different people. So, what did it mean to you?
A: Being realistic and knowing your limits.
Q: How much was your PLANNED total?
A: Take a deep breath. No more than $5000-4000, which is still A LOT!!!!
Q: How much was your ACTUAL total?
Q: What was your biggest budget saving tip that you can share with us?
A: Be willing to do it yourself if you can, but know that it take up A LOT of your time and make you a bit crazy. I recommend having a long engagement, shop sales, think outside the box, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t have too many expectations.
Q: What resources did you find especially helpful (i.e. websites, blogs, craft stores, etc. )
A: Pinterest definitely!! But definitely used coupons, watched for sales, and clearance areas for: Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, and Target. Also looked other places for items such as lanterns at Kirklands. Day after Christmas sales are awesome. Friends who just got married, use them as resources/advice.
Q: What was the most important service you spent part of your budget on?
A: Most important eh? Most expensive was food of course, but most important was dress I would have to say. What is a wedding without a bride?
Q: What was your favorite moment of the day?
A: The moment I was getting ready to walk down the aisle!
Q: What was the most challenging aspect of the wedding planning for you?
A: All of it! LOL!!! Working with other people and their schedules/inputs/opinions etc. Secondly the money.
Q: Is there anything you would have done differently?
A: I would have cut a few things out that really didn’t matter that would have saved us money. I would not have taken on SO MUCH!!
Q: What advice would you give to a bride planning her own frugal wedding?
A: Make a flexible budget, but stay with it. Realize you will have to spend more on a few things, but you have to decide what is important to YOU and the groom. Unfortunately realize that wedding planning will consume a bit if you are a frugal bride, but it is SO WORTH IT!!
Free For All: Anything that I haven’t asked that you think is important to add.
A: Remember it’s all about what you envision and realize it’s one day (yes an important day), but one day in the big scheme of things. If you set your boundaries with family and friends (which is hard) things will work out. If you think for a moment you won’t have this as a concern, hahaha…. get real =)
Just to list a FEW of Kim’s DIYs: all the decorations, the wedding wreaths, ALL the flowers (including the bouquets), the favors, the sign in book, and much more! Feel like you could never be as DIYey as this?! Contact her yourself! This journey has lead her to open her OWN Etsy store!
Photography: Samantha J. Beauchamp Photography http://www.facebook.com/PhotographySJB?group_id=0
Ceremony Location: Staghorn Chapel http://www.staghornplantation.com/staghornchapel.htm