This $2K BYOB Beach Wedding Was Planned in Four Months


Also? Find out how a wedding stage became a bed, a computer desk, and part of a tiny home

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Alexa, photographer/server & Steve, finance

sum-up of the wedding vibe: A free-flowing and joyful celebration

Planned budget: $1,000

Actual budget: $2,000

Number of Guests: 100

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Where we allocated the most funds:

The bulk of our funds went to the venue, which was pretty inexpensive compared to most places we looked at. We had the park all day long! But we had to hire two police officers because of the alcohol distribution. Materials for decorations were also a large chunk.

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Where we allocated the least funds:

Our beautifully delicious cake and cupcakes were gifted by my best friend! Liquor was also low on our budget since we threw a “stock the bar party” the night before and people brought bottles to the wedding. The alcohol ended up lasting all night and all I bought was a case of beer! My mom bought my wedding dress and Steve’s mom bought our flowers.

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What was totally worth it:

The stress that occurred while planning our wedding day in about four months with not a whole of money was worth the outcome.

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What was totally not worth it:

There isn’t anything that I would take back. Everything happened exactly the way it was supposed to and all of the little moments leading up to our day were necessary pieces to the puzzle.

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A few things that helped us along the way:

Our friends and family were definitely a huge help along the way. Especially the morning of the wedding when so many people came early to help decorate the park while I got ready. We couldn’t have done it without them!

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My best practical advice for my planning self:

If something isn’t working out the way I expect, remember things always end up working out. Freaking out will only distract me from seeing alternative solutions.

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Favorite thing about the wedding:

My favorite thing about the wedding is our photographs! Thanks to the amazing job done by Imani Fine Art Photography, I am able to relive our special day over and over (editor’s note: these two were the photographer’s first wedding, ever!). I’ve also been able to share them with people who couldn’t be make it, and they felt every moment as if they were there.

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Anything else to share:

There was this stage that my husband built for the use of our band. At the last minute the band relocated and never used the stage Steve worked so hard to put together. Shortly after the wedding, he was determined to use the wood for something. It ended up being our bed and shelves that we built in the back of our pick-up truck where we slept as we traveled across the country to our new home in Washington State, and then the same wood turned into our computer desk in our apartment, and next it will be part of the tiny house that we’re building.


The Info:

Photography: Imani Fine Art Photography | Wedding Location; Virginia Beach | Alexa’s dress: Wedding Dress Trend | Catering: J and K Style Grill | Steve’s pants: Dickies | Suspender and ties: Amazon | Decor: Hobby Lobby and Michael’s

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  • idkmybffjill

    Your wedding arch (or chuppah?), so gorgeous. This is amazing!

    • Alexa Aviles

      Thank you :) we found bamboo sticks and out it together haha I had forgotten that one!

  • louise danger

    this is EVERYTHING, what wonderful weather you had – those clouds, that windswept dune! and i share bffjill’s reaction to your backdrop, it’s fabulous. congratulations! :D

    • idkmybffjill

      I would never have thought to pair teal and burgundy! It’s amazing!

      • idkmybffjill

        Or Green? Idk it looks great.

      • idkmybffjill

        Literally just realized they are complimentary colors. *facepalm* GORGEOUS

    • Alexa Aviles

      Thank you louise!! ?

  • Leah

    What a gorgeous place for a wedding, and the love pours out of the photos!

    • emmers

      So beautiful! I love beach weddings.

    • Jane

      So beautiful. I showed this one to my mom because she spent a lot of time in Virginia Beach as a kid and she got all nostalgic.

    • Alexa Aviles

      Thank you Leah :)

  • anon

    I love the photos! But am a little confused as to how the total wedding cost less than the going rate for the photographer?

    • PAJane aka Awesome Tits

      I would love to see a budget breakdown on this one.

      • idkmybffjill

        Yes I wondered this too – my thought was perhaps photographer was also gifted?

        • PAJane aka Awesome Tits

          Looks like they also brought in a tent and tables and chairs, unless maybe the park provided all that? The venue is lovely.

          • idkmybffjill

            Oh yes totally – I know it’s all dependent on what the real life couple submits – but sometimes I think the budgets can be a little tricky to figure out. Like… our parents paid for part of our wedding, my mom bought my dress, if I took out the things that were gifted we could technically say that our wedding was like 8K…. but it was more like 18K, and I think that would be very confusing for an engaged couple trying to figure out what an X amount wedding actually looks like.

          • clarkesara

            I hate that I noticed this, but some of the chairs were chiavari chairs. Which means that either the couple knows someone who has an event rental company who lent them the use of some fancy chairs, or that someone (even if not the couple themselves) paid for event rentals. Those aren’t the kind of chairs a park keeps on hand for barbecues. It was the chiavari chairs that tipped me off that this is not a $2000 wedding. I hate my chair obsession. I hope I forget all the dirty secrets of chair rentals after my wedding is over.

          • PAJane aka Awesome Tits

            Hahahahahaha, accidental rental chair expert!

          • NotMotherTheresa

            It did look like they only used chivari chairs for the head table, so if that’s the case, it probably helped keep costs down. If I recall correctly, chivari chairs at my local event rental place were about $20 each, so not cheap, but you could do one table like that for approximately $160.
            Granted, if I only had a $2k budget, that’s sure not where I’d be spending the $160, but I suppose it would be possible.

          • clarkesara

            For me, one of the things I didn’t realize about all of this before planning is that all those little $150 charges really add up! Everyone is like “oh these getting ready robes are only $150!”, “This cake cutting set is only $150!”, “Upgrade the chairs, it’ll only be $150!” Well, that’s $450 in total.

            Right now I have a budget spreadsheet, and every time we get a quote or actually make a purchase, I notate it and the formulas in the spreadsheet total it all up. So far we’ve bought my dress, my fiance’s suit, and rings. (We are lucky to have a free venue and decided to either skip or use freebie versions of a lot of early planning stuff.) Aside from my dress, which was expensive, it was all $150 here, $200 there, $50 here type purchases. And we’re at more than half the stated budget for this blog post’s entire wedding already. From talking to other recent brides, as well, I know that all those little purchases — especially for things that don’t matter but that you just “have to have” — really get you. So, yeah… I guess what I mean is that more transparent wedding budget posts would be amazing.

            I’m also completely OK with brides who submit their weddings not saying what they cost, if they don’t know or don’t want to disclose that.

          • NotMotherTheresa

            Oh my gosh yes!!!! When I initially set my wedding budget, I set it based on the big ticket items, figuring that the little extras wouldn’t be that much (particularly since I am not the type to upgrade to the chivari chairs or anything).
            Holy cow! I felt like I was being completely bled dry by the $50 here, $100 there purchases…and that was with being super conscientious about spending! I’m just really glad that I built a decent cushion in when I estimated the big ticket items, because coming in significantly under those estimations was the only thing that saved my budget! More transparency would be amazing!

    • emmers

      I was wondering about the band- maybe they were friends who performed as a gift? And also food. Maybe really limited or also a gift?

      • Amy March

        When I’m baffled by a budget in these write ups it’s usually, I think, because of a difference in the understanding of what “wedding budget”- is it a) the entire cost of everything that went into the wedding, or b) the amount the couple paid.

        • emmers

          I think you’re on point!

        • idkmybffjill

          Yes, I agree – I think it would probably be more helpful to couples currently planning to know the actual entire cost, but obviously that might not always be possible!

          • idkmybffjill

            I would also add – it would be helpful to know when contests are won in the planning of a wedding (like that GORG post last week), what the cost would’ve been if they hadn’t won. Totally possible couples either don’t know or don’t care to share (which is obviously up to them!) – but in terms of being helpful to figure out what budgets look like when executed, no one can really plan to win a contest.

        • Lisa

          This is exactly right! I could say that our wedding budget was under $600 for the amount we paid ourselves, or I could say that it was about $25k all in. The first number isn’t too helpful for people who want to see what an *actual* $600 wedding looks like.

          • idkmybffjill

            Right – I feel like that was one of my big frustrations while wedding planning. I’d find something that looked like what I wanted ours to look like, and was of a similar budget, and then realize that the venue was totally free because it was a family farm, or they won a photography contest, or their friends gifted 70% of the services. All of which are AMAZING. But if you don’t have a family farm and didn’t win a contest and don’t have friends with those particular skills to gift it can be a little like…. what do weddings actually cost though?

          • Lisa

            Maybe it’s hard to figure out because some or all of those situations occur in most wedding planning? Like that ~$25k I just mentioned didn’t include our flowers because those were a gift, and I straight up have no clue how much they cost. I wasn’t even involved in the planning of them — I showed up at the church, and there was my bouquet! We got our DJ for a $50 iTunes gift card because he was a friend, but his services would have cost way more if we’d hired him independently.

            Most people (at least in this blogosphere) seem to have at least one or two pitch-in moments where someone offers to pick up the tab or donate their skills. Maybe by virtue of that, it’s still a mostly true wedding budget?

          • idkmybffjill

            Great point! I think that’s definitely spot on. I mean, I hadn’t thought of this but we self designed our invitations, and I hand lettered all our signage. If we’d bought custom illustrations for save the dates, paid for someone to water color paint our addresses, and bought the signs on etsy, that would’ve easily been another grand (which to us was only a material cost of like… probably $150.00 for everything?).

          • lamarsh

            I do think, however, that you can distinguish between your mom buying your dress or your parents paying for the band (which is free to you, but still has a real monetary cost to someone) and your friend being the DJ or growing the flowers yourself and arranging them the day before the wedding (both of which clearly have costs of time and money, but are also options people can explore who are looking to save money).

          • idkmybffjill

            Oooh yes – excellent point. Especially for big ticket items like dress/band/photographer.

          • clarkesara

            I mean to me, THAT is the difference between a low budget and big budget wedding, and it’s perfectly fine to talk about the differences in a blog post like this. It really only gets hairy when you say “we had a $1000 wedding!” when you actually didn’t, because your $1000 invitation suite was paid for by someone, just not you.

            Knowing that you can just DIY invitations for $150 is super helpful to know.

          • idkmybffjill

            Ahh yes. Good point. Something that people could actually do as an alternative vs something that was definitely purchased with someone’s money.

          • NotMotherTheresa

            I feel like most people end up with one or two things like that, but WHICH things end up like that varies wildly! I had one friend who did the flowers for the cost of the flowers, which was totally a pitch in moment, but it still didn’t save me the kind of money that say, a free photographer would have! (Particularly since I would have probably done the flowers myself, otherwise.) Our reception venue also gave us a great deal based on the fact that our families had been staples at that country club for decades, so that probably shaved 30% off of their already super reasonable prices. So that wasn’t really a classic pitch in moment, but it still got us a somewhat better deal than the average bride off the street would be able to expect.
            At another wedding I was in, the bride’s aunt made their wedding cake as a gift, which saved them roughly $400…which was nice, but in the context of their $20k wedding, didn’t make THAT big of a difference in their budget.
            I’m totally cool with the wedding budgets blogs give when one or two low-ish end things are pitched in, but I’ll agree that it’s super frustrating when I see a “$5,000 wedding” where like, $25k worth of services were pitched in! It’s great to feature those weddings, and by all means, at the end, go ahead and tell what the couple spent, but I feel like it’s super misleading to prominently feature what the couple paid BEFORE talking about all of the ways other people pitched in!

          • idkmybffjill

            Right – maybe even like, “How this couple got a 20K wedding for 5K!” cause I would also have loved tips on entering contests/winning things from bridal expos, etc. For example, a colleague of mine won both her DJ & photographer through drawings at bridal expos!

          • Jane

            Didn’t even know that there were all these contests. I would love a post on them and how worth it they are to both the vendors and the engaged couple.
            Like, are people actually booking the vendors that run contests? Did people set up a wedding contest email account so they wouldn’t just get a million wedding spam emails from vendors they’re not interested in?

          • idkmybffjill

            Right? Would’ve loved one. ESPECIALLY for huge ticket items like photogs.

          • clarkesara

            My wedding is actually having a free (or close to free) photographer, but the tradeoff is that he’s a talented amateur friend, and because we want him to enjoy the wedding, we are doing very limited pictures. I want pictures of my grandparents, pictures of our first look, a big group picture of everyone who was at the wedding, and he’s on his own from there.

          • NotMotherTheresa

            You know, that’s the kind of thing I actually wish they’d cover more of on here! I remember that they featured one wedding where the bride didn’t have professional photography, but more of that would have been great! When I was planning my wedding, I would have loved to have been able to see more examples of what you get when you let talented amateur friends contribute their talents, as well as more discussion about whether everyone feels like that was a good choice after the fact! (My volunteer “florist” was pretty much the same deal–she’d worked a couple of summers at a flower shop in high school, so she knew more than the average person off the street, but she also wasn’t like, flower designer to the stars! We stuck with fairly simple arrangements to make things easier, and I kept a very open mind as to the end results!)
            Best of luck, and keep us updated on how it turns out!!!!

          • clarkesara

            We are doing a lot of DIY and friendor, and I’m curious to see how it all comes together. Our wedding is very simple, and I’m trying to stay relaxed about things, so honestly I’m sure it will all go fine. But I’m definitely managing my own expectations.

            I may or may not end up submitting my wedding, but one thing I am super into is some of the stuff that is being discussed in this comment thread: what does a budget wedding actually look like? What can you cut or do yourself, and what is that actually going to mean? Right now I’m debating whether to just go with the flow on hair and makeup, or whether to have something done professionally. And honestly I have NO IDEA. I know I don’t want a big elaborate “done” look, but maybe I’m deluding myself and every wedding photo I’ve ever looked at featured a bride who was styled to the nines and I had no idea. Back to the “Real Wedding Archives” to stare deep into the eyes of every other APW bride! (yes I do this I’m terrible)

          • NotMotherTheresa

            Hahaha, don’t worry, you aren’t the only one staring deep into the eyes of every other APW bride! I did the exact same thing!
            Soooo much of it is managing expectations! My wedding also involved lots of DIY, a friendor or two, and some vendors who didn’t have a ton of wedding experience. All in all? It was amazing! We pulled off a very fun wedding that included pretty much all of the wedding trappings (normal sized guest list, full meal, beer and wine, a good band, a pretty venue, fancy clothes, etc.) for about $6k. At the same time, I’ll be the first to admit that it did not have the flawless shine that the $50k WIC weddings have. Like, all the basic WIC parts were there, but I feel like some of the edges were rougher, if that makes sense. For instance, centerpieces were still being put at tables when guests arrived at the reception, the boutonnières clashed with the groomsmens’ jackets, and since our band was more of a party band than a wedding band, they totally flubbed our timeline. None of it was a huge deal, but I feel like if I’d gone into it expecting for everything to run as seamlessly as it (sometimes) does at the $50k weddings, I would have been really disappointed.
            From the sounds of things, I would love to see your wedding on here! I would submit mine (and I might once I get the pictures), but I feel like mine was probably a little too “conventional” for this audience.

          • idkmybffjill

            Just chiming in for professional makeup! Beauty was one of my splurges for our wedding, and I didn’t initially think it would be.

            There were two reasons I decided to go with it 1) I am an enormous cryer. Enormous. If I’d done my own makeup (I’m not a great makeup artist) it would’ve looked good for about an hour, but my makeup looked great all night and I was able to weep with abandon. 2) After orginally wanting to wear my hair down, I was a bridesmaid in a wedding and realized OMG I WANT MY HAIR UP for dancing/ a long day’s activities. We also paid for our bridesmaid’s hair because they were doing mismatched dresses and I wanted them to have something that pointed them out as really special.

            I wouldn’t change it for my own wedding, but my tips would be – either get makeup professionally done or invest in some professional grade makeup (my MOH did her own and it lasted flawlessly all night, but she used really great products). I didn’t own any and when I weighed the cost for the staying power level makeup I wanted to use vs. using a professional it was basically the same. Basically – I truly found professional (or professional grade) make up to be really worth the cost. For hair – I loved my hair but it would’ve been find to DIY, I think :).

            ETA: Pro Tip from my MOH, she got a spray tan so was able to get a sample from Mac of her professional grade foundation for free! (so it would match her skin)

          • clarkesara

            I think most people have *someone*, and everyone’s wedding is a little of this, a little of that. But on the other hand, there’s a difference to me between being gifted the services of a professional vs. “Do It Together” with a talented amateur friend. For example, with this post, there’s almost no way that the bride’s dress was free via a “friendor” or DIY situation. It doesn’t look homemade or like a hand-me-down. It looks like it was given as a gift. Which is very kind and awesome for this bride! I’m getting my dress as a gift too, so trust me, I ain’t bitter. But I was also in that bridal store trying on dresses, and I saw the numbers on the stickers. I’m under no illusion that my dress was free, just because that money didn’t come out of my personal bank account.

          • Maddie Eisenhart

            If you click on the website in the credits, it’s pretty clear her dress probably cost in the $200 range. I think this couple just took allll the gambles (first time wedding photographer, inexpensive online wedding dress shop) and came up aces across the board.

          • clarkesara

            I think that’s kind of the thing, though. As someone planning a wedding, it would be SUPER HELPFUL to know that there are wedding dress bargains to be found out there! I’d definitely want to know more about that!

          • Jane

            I think there’s so much pressure to not take risks with your wedding (see e.g. trial runs for hair and makeup) but usually I would take risks. And I have faith in people who say they will do things. But with weddings, there’s so much pressue to have everything be perfect, taking what seems like a reasonable risk under normal circumstance seems irresponsible for the wedding.
            One thing I loved about that post a few days ago where the dancer ordered her dress online was that she took the risk and kept the panic at bay. She was ready to deal with the consequences.

          • Brynna

            Yes! I’m realizing now that I should have made friends with farmers, vintners, florists, and musicians…

          • idkmybffjill

            Lol yep. I definitely count my blessings that what we didn’t have in free vendors we DID have in monetary resources and/or ability to DIY. I guess it’s just a situation where the resources you have are the resources you have. But I think it would be tough to be a couple who had 2K period and no foreseen pitchers-in to try and find inspiration.

        • AmandaBee

          Yep, this. As someone planning a budget wedding, it was always a little frustrating to see these awesome “budget” wedding posts only to see that 50% of the cost was probably gifted to the couple in various ways.

          For those of us who don’t have talented friends who can provide free music, professional photography, floral design, or designer wedding dresses…weddings cost a lot more!

          For posts like these I wonder if it makes more sense to just leave the budget out entirely. Like, highlight how the wedding felt and why it was unique/interesting. I still love these photos and would’ve read the post without the budget. But calling it a $2K wedding when there’s clearly more here than you can actually buy for $2K feels disingenuous.

          • clarkesara

            I feel kind of OK about leaving off the “retail cost” of something provided by a friendor or done via DIY. Especially if the person gifting that item or service doesn’t offer their services professionally for a price that is meaningful for a blog reader. Like yeah I’m getting my cake for the cost of the ingredients because my bestie from college is a talented baker. But it’s not going to be the same thing as getting a professionally designed and decorated cake from a bakery, so I’m not worried about misrepresenting anything.

            But yeah if we’re talking about the dress, unless your mom sewed something out of an old bedsheet from an old Butterick’s pattern she got at a garage sale, it cost something and you should be clear about how much.

          • AmandaBee

            Right, there are some gray areas of course. I DIY’d my flowers but they were clearly not what any real florist would’ve produced. But in some cases the cost of the wedding clearly exceeds what is reported, which means either folks have some really generous “friendors” who are actually professionals, and/or money is coming from elsewhere. And having done the whole budget wedding thing, it’s even more clear now when there’s a mismatch and it just seems misleading to call your wedding a low-budget wedding and not address it. You could always, of course, just not highlight the cost and not call it a budget wedding. Or heck, just say that you don’t know the full cost because people were super generous. Weddings are weird like that! We still don’t know exactly how much we shelled out in the end due to last minute family contributions, but we could ballpark the total cost.

          • Alexa Aviles

            I bought the dress online. I took a huge risk and spent more on the alterations than the actual dress. It came out to about $500 which my mother paid for.

        • stephanie

          THIIIISSS is a great point, and definitely worth differentiating on the submission form! I’ll get that moving.

      • Maddie Eisenhart

        Hey guys, just wanted to pop in to say that this is something we consider behind the scenes too. We have a disclaimer on our submissions requesting disclosure of any gifted items, but it’s an honor system. However, we are currently working to make it even *more* transparent in our submissions process when the budget is inclusive of gifted items, or is just the budget the couple paid, or anything else that might be misleading.

        In short, we give our real wedding authors the benefit of the doubt, and are simultaneously working on ways to make it more transparent for the rest of our readers!

        • idkmybffjill

          You guys are badasses.

        • Vanessa

          That’s great to hear, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with in terms of ways to make it more transparent. For me it’s one of the most important things that distinguishes APW from other wedding sites, since there is no shortage of lovely wedding photos of beautiful weddings on the internet. If the point of ‘Real Weddings’ posts is to help people plan their own wedding then “we couldn’t afford centerpieces so we went without and this is what that looks like if you’re considering doing the same” is a lot more helpful than “we couldn’t afford centerpieces so my friend gifted them and look how beautiful our tables turned out”.

        • clarkesara

          You guys are awesome, but from the perspective of someone who is planning a wedding with help from various family members, I don’t entirely understand how there would need to be an honor system? I booked my caterer yesterday. It’s going to be about $1000 (food truck for the win!). My father is paying for it, but in making the arrangements I know the amount that it costs. And even if it were a surprise/someone else did the planning, it’s pretty easy to find out how much it costs to hire out a food truck for a few hours. I know they’re not free. That amount is definitely factored into the overall budget for my wedding. We have a budget of about $5000, including food. Just because the money for the food didn’t come from me doesn’t make it a $4000 wedding now.

          I don’t know if people submitting their weddings are trying to sound more thrifty or it’s some kind of badge of honor to be the cheapest wedding on APW, but just say how much it cost, or don’t.

          • Alexa Aviles

            Congratulations on your wedding :)

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      Just repeating here what I mentioned below:

      Hey guys, just wanted to pop in to say that this is something we consider behind the scenes too. We have a disclaimer on our submissions requesting disclosure of any gifted items, but it’s an honor system. However, we are currently working to make it even *more* transparent in our submissions process when the budget is inclusive of gifted items, or is just the budget the couple paid, or anything else that might be misleading.

      In short, we give our real wedding authors the benefit of the doubt, and are simultaneously working on ways to make it more transparent for the rest of our readers!

      • hannah k

        for usefulness to readers, it would be great if the cost listed on these posts was the total money spent, not the total money spent *by the couple.* if you’re trying to use this to understand what you’ll need to spend to throw a similar event, the total expenditure is the only number that will actually help–even if it’s just an estimate of how much those nice people spent helping out.

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      Me again! The content team is out today which is why I was only able to speak to bigger picture stuff earlier, but they just messaged me that we actually did notice the discrepancy with this wedding, and so they reached out to the couple and it turns out this wedding was shot earlier in the photographer’s career and she happened to be expanding her portfolio at the time, so the rate was much lower than what she charges now. I should have known they’d be on their shit. :)

      • stephanie

        To echo this: they were actually her first wedding ever! So they scored a killer rate. And to echo, times two: we are definitely very deep into making sure weddings are as transparent as they can be. It’s an ongoing process.

        • idkmybffjill

          This is so cool! And also a bonus for couples considering going with a less experienced photographer – can be gold!

        • emmers

          Yay! Good job content team. And I know what you can post is only what couples are comfortable sharing, and money stuff is scurry. So thanks for all that you do!

  • Brynna

    The bride’s hairstyle is gorgeous!

    • Alexa Aviles

      Thank you bryanna!

  • Jess

    Can I take a moment and let you know that your wedding is full of some of the best looking people I have ever seen in a real wedding? Yes? Good.

    Also, this looks like it was so much fun!

    • Alexa Aviles

      Thank you jess! It was truly magical.

  • Jalondra Davis Brown

    Such a beautiful wedding, so creative! Y’all are a beautiful couple, congratulations!

    • Alexa Aviles

      Thank you so much :)

  • Alexa Aviles

    Hello ladies! I just saw this post and read through the comments. I apologize for not knowing the total cost, but I don’t know what people spent on the gifts. For the ladies who mentioned the chairs, I did forget that was another gift from my mother in law. The tent came with the price of the park. The venu was inexpensive because it was a state park and we had it all day. My friends and family came early in the morning to decorate with all of the DIY decorations I worked really hard to put together. My younger sister made our beautiful invitations. Our band was a friend who we payed, but not much. I took a huge risk on my dress and the cost to alter was more than the actual dress which my mom paid for it (about $500). My aunt did my makeup and I did my hair. The photographer I found online and we were her very first wedding so we got an Amazing deal! Her career has taken off after our wedding. My best friend made our cake and cupcakes. We met an amazing couple who catered our wedding for only the cost of the food. To be completely honest, the food went rather quickly. Our wedding wasn’t super formal since it was in a public space, friends were coming and going throughout the day. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep track of every dollar spent. I estimated based on what I remember my husband and I spending. We are blessed to have many friends and big families who were more than happy to help make our dream day come true.