November 19th, 2017 I married my baby daddy + best friend at Millers Creek Rustic Events in Montgomery, Texas surrounded by family + friends.
This industry is crazy + expensive. The average wedding cost in 2017 for the U.S was $35, 329. In Houston, it was $40,285.
We wanted to have a fun party filled with warmth and love without breaking the bank. I dreamt of a Pinterest worthy day and got just that. We were going for a Rustic-bohemian feel with lots of greenery. A lot of neutral tones with hints of blush and navy. Here are some tips to make your day possible for 12k or less.
- New + Upcoming Venue, Park, beach or a friend/family members house/backyard
- Do a Friday or Sunday and save $$$
- Unconventional food (pizza, bbq, food trucks, etc)
- Skip the wedding planner BUT get a day of person to keep things on track
- D.I.Y flowers (more greenery than flowers)
- Local Baker(y) or even Nothing Bundt Cakes
- Goodwill (any resale shops) for decor and special pieces. Plus Target clearance 😂
- D.I.Y stationary (You can download a lot off of Etsy and print it yourself)
- Rent groomsmen attire (even bridal + party attire too)
- Skip the liquor. Doing only beer + wine saves you a lot of money. Plus nobody gets too drunk.
- Have a friend or family member officiate. It’s free online. Takes a few minutes.
- D.I.Y photobooth
- A village of family + friends for set up and break down
I consider us very lucky. We found our venue while searching online. A sweet couple that lives on some acreage with a barn in Montgomery and does everything themselves. They do it for the love of love and are SUPER reasonable. They provided all the tables, chairs and have TONS of decor to choose from. Debra also does the day of coordinating.We chose the Sunday before Thanksgiving because family would most likely be in town anyway.
Pappas BBQ catered for us. People raved about the dinner bell menu (smoked brisket, smoked turkey, mac + cheese with green beans and rolls). It was tastier than your typical southern bbq plus it’s much more fun + half the cost than just chicken + potatoes. We bought beer + wine from Costco, and had soft drinks in ice chests for kids and non-drinkers.
Our flowers came from a local florist and the rest are from HEB + Whole Foods. All of the hard work was done by family, my bridal party and myself. My favorite part was the giant wreath hoops that we wrapped in greenery and hung from the ceiling.
Our cake came from BabyCakes Bakery. She was recommended by our venue and won awards for her cupcakes. If you live in The Houston/Conroe area, you have to try them! We also had donuts from Shipley’s + a bonfire for roasting s’mores.
Our glassware came from months of estate sales, goodwills and resale shopping. These were also our guests favors to take home with them. Our plates + silverware are from Amazon (they’re plastic) but looked like real tableware. We had glass liter water bottles on each table (24 per box from Whole Foods). Because of our connections to the service industry, our linens were borrowed from the Cheesecake Factory. The menus + thank you cards were downloaded off of Etsy and printed, cut and folded by me.
Invitations + programs were designed by Minted but printed by a family friend. A little cheat/hack. Saved us hundreds of dollars. That candle was actually made by grandparents for my parents wedding. Our cake plate was my parents wedding plate. Ring box is from Etsy. Fake moss from Michaels. Handkerchief was a gift from my sister, made by Regenerous DesignsWe rented Kyles suit from Menguin. They have a lot of choices and are very helpful and thorough with sizing and measurements. The groomsmen ties we ordered from Nordstrom Rack (originally $56, on clearance for $12). Groomsmen socks were ordered from Ties . I let my girls pick their own dresses that went with the color scheme.
The photo-booth backdrop was made by me. I got everything from Oriental Trading to make it, along with props to go with it. We had 2 Polaroid cameras out that guests could take pictures with + take them home.
Kyles sponsor officiated the ceremony. We used a non religious script that I found online and added personal touches to it. We also had a tree planting ceremony. Without our family and friends helping us with everything, the day wouldn’t have happened. We’re so thankful to have such giving and loving people around us.
Our photographer is a dear friend who has done all of our family pictures since Cohen was born. You’re a Godsend, Jordan White.
Vendors that helped make this day beautiful: Millers Creek Rustic Events, Pappas BBQ, BabyCakes Bakery, Jordan White, AGB Productions, Enloe Entertainment, Angela Karr, Menguin, and Davids Bridal. <
‘m going to post more pictures of the wedding this weekend. If you have any questions about anything, don’t hesitate to message me.