The Ultimate DIY Wedding for 6K

Photographer: Sawyer Baird
Event Designer, Stationery, Hair Accessories & Flowers: Designed by the bride, Sarah Ingram
Cake: Buttermilk Pie
Dress Designer: Carrie's Bridal Collection
Groom's Attire: Bow Tie: Etsy // Speicher Tie Company
Every Day I love you: made with kit from Rifle Paper Co.
Sparkler tags: Marrygrams
Cookie Bags Starboard Press
Macarons: XK Macaron
Venue: Private Property | Makeup & Hair : Erin Pridgen | Caterer: Betsy NeSmith| Arbor & tables: Made by the groom and his father | Napkins & favor fabric: hand cut and dyed by the bride | Dessert plates: antique/thrifted | Garlands: Triangle garland by the bride (cut card stock) | Cupcakes: Truelove Celebrations | Signs: Hand made by the bride  | Envelopes: hand dying and calligraphy done by the bride.

I hope some of this information is shared, to give other brides like me hope of a beautiful day - that it is still possible with a small amount of money! So read on to see just how much this ultimate DIY wedding cost and to hear how Sam and Sarah met. Please remember that this is one couple's costs, and as vendors grow and years pass their prices are subject to change. So, we kindly ask that you do not haggle a vendor or venue based on this budget. This is simply to give you a general idea.

How they met:
Sam and Sarah met in college, at just 19 and 20 years old. He was boisterous, the life of the party. Sarah was shy and reserved. They became friends and spent time together in a large group where Sarah usually played the level headed lady to Sam's "let your hair down" college guy personality. They remained strictly platonic for 6 months or more before something came and turned them both in a 180 - right toward each other. When Sam finally worked up the courage to ask for an official date, their 9 year story began. Over the next 9 years they grew together in ways they both never saw coming as naive college kids. In the beginning, the couple certainly did not know they would become nearly inseparable, and eventually join in marriage. They ventured into adulthood side by side, hurdling big and small with cautious care for every big decision from higher education to home buying. Two years after the purchase of their first home together Sam proposed, in the privacy of their living room, Sarah still in her pajamas. Distracted by an antique trunk Sam said he got at a yard sale, Sarah rummaged through it's old insides while Sam took a knee. Sarah's alligator tears began to fall, followed by a "yes". Two years later they were married in a small ceremony accompanied by their closest family members and friends.

Their budget breakdown:
Our total spent was just under $5,600. We had to pay for our own wedding aside from $1,500 my parents were able to contribute. I only had about $4,000 in savings so the whole planning process was about coming in as close to that number as possible. This was definitely the epitome of a DIY wedding.

We borrowed chairs and chaffing dishes, built tables, built our arbor from sticks in the woods...you name it we hustled to get it. I used vases and serving dishes that I already had in my home. I painted thrift store frames with chalk board paint and hand painted lettering for signage. I did the florals on my own, purchased from a wholesaler. Our "venue" was the private property of an acquaintance and just $500. I have a wonderful friend that made all of the side dishes, my mom made the cookies and we picked up the rest of the food locally.  35 mismatched dessert plates were found at a thrift store for $15, dinner plates about $30 from Ikea. Napkins were cut from muslin yardage and hand dyed in my yard.  My husband is one heck of a cafe light stringer. I designed the invitations in Picasa, printed with Office Max and water colored and addressed them myself. Our photographer Sawyer gave us an amazing deal, I will always be grateful for. I wore shoes that I had owned for years and vintage bracelets that I have loved for just as long. Through this I learned just how far I could stretch a dollar, as well as the silliness of buying all new things when you can probably find many of them gently loved or available to borrow.

Venue - $500  (Private property)
Photographer - $1,600  (Sawyer Baird)
Dress - $950  (Bridals by Carrie)
Gold crown - $5 (ish) gathered leaves and spray painted them, attached to floral wire with hot glue
Grooms Outfit - $600  H&M, Wolverine Boots, Etsy Tie
Food & drinks - $500
Invites - $80
Flowers - $500 (wholesale)
Officiant - $200
Favors - $100
Dishes/flatware - $150
Decor - $350 (mostly craft supplies, candles, paint, votives, cafe lights)