My husband Andy and I have worked weddings alongside each other for years, and have experienced the great… and the not so great. We’ve learned what we don’t like about the wedding industry, which especially influenced us when planning our own wedding.
We spent far less than the industry average on our wedding. For one, we hated seeing other couples go into debt trying to have a wedding they couldn’t afford just because it’s what the wedding industry dictated. But also because we had already started our lives together, had two kids, and we were in the process of buying a house. So we were incredibly intentional when it came to planning each component of our wedding to ensure we stayed under our set budget of $6,000.
On this week’s podcast, we’re sharing how we planned our wedding through intentional choices, coordinated DIY projects (including a taco buffet), and stayed focused on our priorities for the day. We also discuss how our original plans and priorities weren’t all doable within our budget, and why it didn’t matter in the end for planning a wedding that was perfect for us.
We were there to celebrate us and get married, and we wanted to do that surrounded by our family and close friends. Even with all of our DIY projects – everybody who was there as a guest helped set up in some way – it was important to us that all of our guests were present for the ceremony. And we wanted to be able to interact authentically with every single guest at our reception.
Your wedding doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect or something that would be published in a magazine. That’s not what matters. It’s the feelings, moments, and memories you make with the people you surround yourself with on your wedding day that matter.
You have permission to make your wedding what you want.
For more on how we planned our wedding, our incredible vendor team, and the decision making process for having a small, intimate wedding, listen to the full podcast here:
If you know the wedding industry ideal isn't what you want your wedding to be like but don't know where to start, don't panic! I'm going to share with you the exact steps Andy and I took to define our wedding vision, determine our priorities, and ultimately stick to our relatively small budget.