When I caught a glimpse of this bride’s quirky-meets-glamorous style, I just knew I had to share, especially when I realised she achieved this fabulous wedding on a strict budget. Eve and Benjamin had a beautiful purple and pink DIY wedding in Montreal. (Check out those French street art backdrops – not your average bride and groom portraits). “A dreamy wedding at a budget price,” is how their photographer Isabella Amodei of Ella Photography described the day.
Eve’s dress hunt wasn’t exactly the stuff of fairytales, but did have a very happy ending as the bride herself explains:
“The dress! Ah what an event. My budget was 300$ and I wanted something big and glamorous. I went to down to St Hubert in Montreal and got the worst looks when I told them I wanted a princess ball gown for under 300$. They told me for 300$ here is a slip. The sales ladies would literally turn around and serve other customers.
“Filled with anger I was determined to find exactly what I wanted and prove them all wrong. I started searching dresses from China, as the dresses from the stores on St Hubert are tagged made in China! And that idea kind of went down the drain as I was scared to get a China direct dress mailed and I did not know exactly what I was getting. This is when I found Celine on Kijiji. She has a home based business and has an array of dresses right there in her living room, which she personally goes out to china and gets dresses from the family business.
“Wow I thought this is great! She shows you the dresses the quality and you have the choice to order it or rent one of the gowns she has on display. The first dress I tried was THE DRESS and fit me perfectly like it was made for me, and guess what I was 100$ under budget for my dress.”
Another area where Eve made great savings was the flowers - “My bouquet, and the bridesmaids’ bouquets were really inexpensive – Twelve dollars for the bridesmaids and twenty four for mine. All fresh cut flowers!”
“DIY projects!? I did most of it myself, with help from family and friends of course. Flower vases center pieces, reception/ceremony decorations, candy bar, and pomander balls for the flower girls. Family and great friends played big part of putting together my tiny budget wedding. “
With thanks to Two Bright Lights.
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