My husband and I were able to have a 200 person wedding for 1/3 of the price of what the average Seattle wedding is said to cost. It wasn’t necessarily easy, but I love crafting, creating Excel spreadsheets, and anything DIY so it was a challenge I was excited to take on.
To start with, you can see information about our wedding invitations that my brother created here, the DIY envelopes I made here (complete with a tutorial and downloadable PDF), and our DIY dessert options here.
To start with, I saved a ton of inspirational images and blog posts. Our wedding took place before Pinterest was really a thing people used (hard to imagine, I know), so it meant a lot of screen shots and URL copy and pasting. I knew in addition to being on a serious budget I wanted a colorful vintage vibe. We got married in a building (Mt. Baker Community Club) that was built in 1909, which really helped solidify our vintage theme.
1.Mason Jars (aka, vases)
My mom actually had a ton of these from her canning days, so we were able to borrow all of them from her. If I had needed to buy them I would have hit up Goodwill, or Joann’s when I could use a bunch of coupons.
A friend of mine got married a few months before us and sold us these giant votives and holders for $20. I ended up selling them on Craigslist after our wedding for the same price. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
3. Vintage Books
The Seattle Public Library used to have an amazing book sale by us. They sold hardback books for 50 cents, so I got as many old cool looking books as possible and took the covers off. I had a stack of three on each table, plus the party favor for everyone was their own book with a bookmark in it thanking them for coming. The book marks and paper bands around each party favor book was made using the same paper I made the wedding invitation envelopes out of. The children who came to the wedding got a coloring book and crayons instead of a vintage book.
4. Table numbers and name cards
These were fun to make because I love paper crafts. It took forever, but I swear to you there’s nothing I’d rather be doing than watching a chick flick and cutting paper. But I totally get that it’s not for everyone. I used this Fiskars lace edge corner punch for the table numbers, name cards and book marks to have everything look cohesive.
I actually made the napkins myself. It was to save some money on renting them, but I also wanted to add more color to the tables. I bought a bunch of different fabric and cut them into napkin-sized squares and serged the edges. The idea is that someday I’ll make a quilt out of all of the fabric I used.
It was a lot of work, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way.
Any professional-looking photos, so the good ones, in this post are courtesy of our wedding photographer Char Beck.