Casual Elegance Wedding For Under 7K

Photographer: Rachel Solomon

Cake: The Cake Baketress
Dress Designer: Nordstrom
Groom's Attire: Perry Ellis
Venue: Bride's parents' backyard, Lakeside, AZ | Hair & Makeup: Bride | Flowers: Bride's family | Jewelry: Bride & friends | Caterer: Bride's family | DJ: Bride's family | Officiant: Friend of family | Stationery: Bride & Groom | Veil or Hair Accessories: Bride & friends

Read on to hear about all the DIY projects Mindy and her family did for her big day as well as get the full budget break down for this casual elegance wedding under 7K. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

DIY Projects:
Florals (bouquets, boutonnieres)
Some friends and I made the boutonnieres with baby's breath and white roses

Burlap utensil holders
My mom and grandmother made them mostly (my sister and I helped with the flowers on the top)

Wooden sign
My mom painted them and used old fence wood they tore down before the wedding

Wrapped bottles (LOVE)
Saw the idea on Pinterest and essentially mimicked it with supplies from Hobby Lobby and Michael's

Guest book tree
We made up the idea because we wanted something different so we used a few dead branches from my parents' lot and planted them. Then my grandmother, mom and I cut the hearts from scrapbook paper.

Save the dates, invitations (from where)
We made the invitations (did not have save the dates since we had such a short engagement) with brown Wal-mart paper, my mom's printer, a hole punch, and some twine. Alex and I got the "tie the knot" idea from Pinterest and designed them around that.

Bride & bridesmaid robes
Mine was from Victoria's Secret (not cheap! like $50) and my sisters' were from Macy's (surprisingly reasonable at $30)

All the signs were inspired by Pinterest and my mother and I. She mostly made them all.

Flower crown in your hair
I made it with some flower bunches from Michael's by twisting them together.

Poms in the trees
We made these out of Wax Paper (thank God it wasn't tissue since it rained), and there are a zillion posts on Pinterest about how to make them but we used the simplest (fold up like a fan, tie the middle with wire, trim the ends to make a point, then fan/fluff the layers). We experimented with the number of layers depending on the size.

Little tags on the napkins
We designed them. My mom, grandmother and I printed, cut and painted the edges.

Scrabble picture
I made it. Brother and sister helped me come up with the arrangement!

Chalkboard signs
Friends of the family loaned us the easels and a couple chalk-boards. They made them themselves!


Budget Breakdown:
We budgeted for $5,000 which is almost impossible for a wedding this size but we knew if we aimed small we would probably keep it lower than if we started with a realistic number.  We went over by about $2,000 which put us at approximately $7,000 for the total.  We also really saved money in every way we using what my parents had (venue, wine bottles, old fence that we tore down for signs, dance floor that was later reused to build my parent's shop they were in the process of building, etc).  We borrowed a lot of decorations from a friend who had recently gotten married but didn't want to sell her stuff.  Also, our family made the food which we bought from Costco (we are blessed with amazing cooks)!  My mother, grandmother, and I made most of the decorations from craft store supplies.  We also did not have an official Videographer, DJ, Emcee or serving staff.

Grand Total $6,436.00

Officiant, Hotel Etc. $50

Food $1000
Rentals $1000
Cake $250
Misc $200

Gown (gift) $0
Veil or Headpiece (DIY) $6
Groom's Attire $120

Invitations $60
Thank You Cards (DIY) $15
Postage $200

Bridesmaids Robes $60
Parents Gifts $350

Bouquets $30
Boutonnieres $20
Ceremony Flowers $25
Reception Décor $450

Gifts for Volunteers $100

Photographer $2500