In this second blog post, I will continue to talk about how to have a Do-It-Yourself wedding as frugally as possible. There are many ways to go about this, but I will tell you what I did to save money and still have one of the best days of my life. In this post, I will concentrate on the ceremony and everything that went along with it.
1. Ceremony Location
When deciding where you want your ceremony, you obviously want it to be beautiful and memorable, and if you are on a budget, inexpensive as well. I decided to have an outdoor ceremony at the beach. This worked well with the overall vibe of my wedding day, as well as my budget. The only cost was for the permit fee to get married on the beach, which only cost $250. I also did away with all decorations. It was just my husband and I, the sand, ocean and our loved ones and it couldn't have been more special. Sometimes less really is more and I think the simplicity of the day made everyone focus on why we were all really there. To celebrate love and marriage!
2. The Bouquets and Boutonnières
In keeping with the simple and frugal theme of my wedding, there were only two bridesmaids and two groomsmen. We chose people who actually were or considered our brothers and sisters. It kept the ceremony meaningful and intimate. This also helped to keep the cost down for the bouquets and boutonnieres. Being the frugal bride that I was, I made them all myself, with the help of some family members. I ordered my flowers online from a company called Blooms by the Box. The flowers came in perfect condition and I assembled three simple, yet elegant bouquets for the price of about $200. If going this route, I recommend choosing hearty flowers that will withstand travel. I chose white calla lilies and hydrangea with some sea grass for greenery. I then chose a ribbon that coordinated with my wedding colors to go around the stem of the bouquets. Since I had a beach themed wedding, I chose starfish for the mens boutonnieres. The starfish were purchased online as well from Oriental Trading. I then glued them onto a pin with some sea grass as an accent. All simple and inexpensive, but unique and one of the best ways to save money on your wedding day!
3. The Officiant
This will obviously vary with ones religious beliefs. In my case, my officiant was recommended to me from a family member. He turned out to be an absolutely wonderful man who performed a very moving ceremony completely free of charge. I know of several people who have become ordained ministers online and have done ceremonies for friends. This is always a very good, and very inexpensive option. If you have a close friend or family member who means something special to you, ask them to perform your wedding! You never know, they might say yes!
4. The Vows
When having a very simple ceremony, the best way you can make it momentous and special, is by writing your own vows. My husband had the whole crowd in tears, including the Minister! This is YOUR moment, so make the most of it! It is also a moment you will remember forever and it does not cost any extra money. So, take full advantage of making that instant as meaningful as possible. I highly recommend this and if you get nervous and you know you could never memorize something, write it down and read it! There's nothing wrong with that. It's the words and the feelings behind them that matter.
I hope this second blog was helpful, especially if you are deciding to take the DIY path for your wedding day! There are so many options out there to make your day great, so be open to them and pick what is best for you! In my next blog, I'll discuss the most expensive part of your wedding day, the reception. So, stay tuned!