I loved my wedding. Not only because I got to marry my best friend but everything about it was above and beyond what I ever thought it could be. And this unbelievably fun, 200+ wedding was less than $8,700. For Real!!!!! (I recalculated the budget about ten times just to make sure I was seeing it correctly- I still can't believe it!) And that includes everything: photographer, flowers, food, drink, labor, accommodations, his ring, my dress, thank you presents for bridesmaids, parents, party hosts, invitations, music, bartenders, wedding favors, fabric, miscellaneous items, etc.!!!!
Now don't go writing it off thinking it was a penny-pinching wedding where we made people stand up during the ceremony and only served water at the reception. AND don't go thinking we had a super long engagement that allowed me to purchase everything during sales and with coupons. Nope, we were actually only engaged for 3 months and were able to serve a full meal including alcohol to a guest list of around 220. However, I can't take all the credit; We were definitely blessed by the Lord with amazing family and friends that pitched in to make the wedding a reality.
As excited as I am that our wedding was so wonderfully inexpensive, my cup runneth over and I can't wait to share with you how we were able to make everything happen. Here are a few pictures of the wedding to get you excited, but keep checking back for some great money saving tips!