We love absolutely all kinds of weddings, but we especially adore seeing what a few pairs of crafty hands can throw together on a budget. Not to mention, of course, when these fetes are sent our way directly from the bride. Shot by Dave Lapham, this wedding is filled to brim with ideas for couples on any budget!
From the bride, Tammie: My vision & goal was to make a beautiful handmade wedding without breaking the bank! I did my research for every little detail and although it was a lot of work, I’d rather work hard and not over spend. You have to find a balance in what is worth spending on and what you can probably make your self. I thrifted a LOT, I went to yard sales, I checked craigslist, I checked the clearance aisle any where I went! I would find things on the road, I would just go and knock on people’s doors to see if I can have something! Yep, I doubled dared myself and it helped me out a lot.
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Josh and I got engaged in Paris. I didn’t want the Eiffel tower stamped on everything but I still wanted some of the elements of our engagement in our wedding. I found this gorgeous handmade Eiffel tower at the thrift store for $1.00 and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I made ‘Bride & Groom’ figures out of wood clothespins.
My step dad and I made the dessert & drink tables out of wood pallets that were free. One day I drove by someone’s house and saw they had a vintage bike outside and knocked on their door and asked them what they were going to do with it, and the owner said to me “I was going to throw it away, if you want it, it’s yours” — sold! A free bike? Thank you! I’ve also been collecting little knick knacks here and there before I got engaged. I never wanted to be that girl who was planning her wedding way before she got engaged but my friend, Danielle had the most gorgeous wedding ever seen! It was a Anthropologie dream wedding, really! Her advice to me was “Get over it, you know you’re going to marry him, be that girl and start collecting things,” so I did. A lot of the details I started collecting cost pennies! Trust me when I say, I really wanted to work with what I found.
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Wedding Venue: Private residence / Wedding Photographer: Dave Lapham Photography / Wedding desserts: Publix and Sam’s / Officiant: Kirby Alfaro / Ceremony Musicians: Bonnie Whealton and Leo A. Gallego / Wedding Dress: Bespoke / Hair Accessory: made by bride / Bride’s Jewelry: Target / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: H&M and Forever 21 / Groom’s Suit: H&M / Groom’s Shoes: Forever 21 / Groomsmen’s Suits: H&M