Budget-savvy brides, take note – this little gem of a wedding cost under $5000. The bride, Lindsey wanted a fun circus theme for her guests to enjoy at the reception. So she and her friends and family did 90% of the work. “When I told people we were doing a “whimsical circus style wedding” I got lots of looks. People automatically thought three rings, bearded lady, lion tamer(!) …In the end it all worked out perfectly and everyone had lots of fun!”
Lindsey recalls her fondest memory of the day: “My favorite part of the day was after the ceremony, when we walked into the reception and saw all of our family and friends filling up the empty space that we had worked so hard to make beautiful. Everyone looked so happy and everything looked magical. I will never forget looking out on all our family and friends and feeling very blessed and completely happy.”
“When first planning the wedding, I knew it would be an undertaking to get it to look great while being inexpensive. It was a lot of work and there were times when I wanted to cross projects off the list because it was getting to be too much. Luckily, we were blessed to have amazing family and friends who stepped up and spent hours and hours helping us prepare for the big day. In the end it was beautiful and worth every minute!”
When it comes to DIY, nothing was off-limits. “We designed, printed, hand cut and assembled all our wedding stationery, we built the photo booth, designed and assembled the peanut favors, handmade the mustaches for the photo booth, made all the flag banners, designed and assembled all aspects of the candy buffet and made and hung the pom-pom circus tent ceiling.”
Check out this amazing candy buffet (100% DIY) – totally fabulous, and sometimes the elements that are hard work are totally worth it“I absolutely loved all our flowers, the photo booth and the candy buffet. The later two were great sources of frustration during the planning process, but after it was all done they turned our perfect.”
You can tell how much thought and effort Lindsey and Marlon put into their big day, and it really feels personal to them through their photographs.
“Don’t be afraid to take on DIY projects.” Lindsey advises. “They are lots and lots of work, but they add so much personality and uniqueness to the wedding. Little details, like pom poms, a cute sticker or a sweet hand-tied bows add a touch of creativity and color.”
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