If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I am recently engaged! It came as a complete surprise and I’m so happy and excited to start planning a wedding. I posted about the engagement on Instagram and received awesome feedback about throwing a wedding on a budget. After reading through the comments and doing some research, we’ve started to make a few decisions regarding that special day. As far as a date, we are thinking it will be sometime mid-2017. A few decisions we HAVE set are the budget, wedding theme, and venue. Everything else is still in the works.
We’ve decided on a budget of $10,000 which we will be cash flowing. Fortunately, my fiance has already started saving for this so it should not affect my debt payoff plan. I remember reading somewhere that the average cost of a wedding is between $27k – $30k. I was shocked and knew immediately that we were not going to spend that much. We’ve agreed to put in a lot of work in order to get this wedding to look nice and stay on budget.
Because we will be doing this on a budget, A LOT of DIY projects will be involved. Fortunately, we both love working with our hands so we are looking forward to all the planning and creating. The theme we are going with is an outdoor boho-chic wedding. I’ve started putting together a mood board with ideas which I have included below. I love the casual, simple and relaxed decor involved with this type of wedding.
As much as I would love a wedding here in Palm Springs, the venues we’ve researched are just too expensive. If we were to have a wedding here, half of our budget would easily go to that alone. Because of this, we have decided instead to get married in Tecate, BC. My fiance’s parents own a house on a large piece of property and are willing to let us use the outdoor space for our wedding. Just by making this decision we will be saving over $5k. This frees up a lot of money in our budget to add those personal touches to this space.
Again, Thanks to everyone who left their suggestions and advice on my Instagram! There was so much helpful feedback that I will be taking into consideration as I keep planning the rest of the details.