Ahhh! Marriage. It’s a beautiful thing. However, when it came time for me to make that huge transition in life, I did not want to go the traditional route and spend all sorts of money. I had made the move to Atlanta not too long ago and was only working part-time. On top of that, I was never one who wanted a huge wedding. I had been a bridesmaid enough times to know that the whole process of planning a wedding was something I absolutely did not want to endure. It was nice, but it was not how I envisioned spending my last few months of being single! I wanted a small and intimate wedding with just immediate family and I wanted to process to be as simple and enjoyable as possible.
Originally, we planned a nice Vegas destination wedding. I was going to pay one flat fee and all the decorations and planning would pretty much be taken care of for me! All I had to do was show up and smile! However, it was beginning to inconvenience many of the family we wanted to be there. We changed our minds and decided to do something small and intimate locally.
Believe it or not, I did not start seriously preparing for the wedding until the week before the wedding date! The date we chose was special and significant to us so we definitely wanted to keep that date. I wanted everything to feel as simple and natural as possible so I did not really stress over anything. My first purchase toward the wedding was made the Tuesday before we said “I do!”
I just wanted to do a break down to let share how you too can have a perfect wedding without breaking your budget!
First, hair! As you know, I wanted a style that was natural as well as elegant for my day. I got it done at the local African braiding shop, Matou African Braiding. The hair extensions for the bun was included and the style cost $80.
*While I loved this hairstyle, I paid for it in more ways than one! Please see, When Someone Tramples Your Hair Garden!
I did my own make-up so there was no additional costs there.
The comb with the pearls in my bun came from Hobby Lobby and at 50% off came out to $5.
My blusher also came from Hobby Lobby and at 50% off it came out to only $10!
My bouquet was prearranged at Michael’s and I actually picked a lot of green leave out of it to get it to look like I wanted it to. I bound the ends with some pink ribbon. The bouquet cost $15.
Jewelry was my something new and something borrowed and they were both gifts from my mother so no additional costs there.
Dress! I went into a dress shop at the mall called Scarlet looking for a fashionable belt for another outfit and my eye caught this white lace dress. I wasn’t look or even expecting to find my dress there because this was more of a nightclub wear shop. I said yes to the dress once I saw the price tag: $39.99!
I ventured into a department store that I had never heard of before called Von Maur and I found the perfect shoes! They were on clearance (where I always shop) so I was convinced that my size wouldn’t be available but they were! Betsy Johnson shoes for $25!
Mani-Pedi and brow wax came out to $60.
I ordered a simple cake from Publix that totaled $45.
Cake topper came from Hobby Lobby and at 50% off was $10.
4-pack of champagne for our toast rounded to $10.
Marriage license was $60 and courthouse wedding was free!
We had a simple dinner at Bone’s afterwards. Everything else was donated as wedding gifts from friends and family! No photographer or videographer needed because my good friend and partner in crime (KurlFriend) came in and took care of all of that for us! We got plenty of lovely and memorable photos between her and the family!
That was pretty much it. I was able to pull off one of the most special days of my life for just under $400! It took a little patience but I was able to pull it off and wouldn’t have my day any other way! We will have a reception in the spring for all of our family and friends to come and celebrate with us and then we are off to our honeymoon!
I took what was starting out to be a headache and turned our union into an enjoyable and affordable experience with wonderful memories! I wanted our day to focus on our union and the commitment we were making to each other so this was the best option for us!
How did you pull your special day together or how do you plan on doing so? I would love for you to share in the comments section!
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