Jan 09, 2010
Taylor and I got engaged on November 19, 2008. As you may know, the economy had taken a turn for the worst in October of 2008 and my parents were not in a financial situation to pay for a wedding that would accommodate a 300 person guest list and my dreams. Immediately, Taylor and I re-budgeted and began saving to pay for half of the wedding costs.
As the savings account increased and my visions were restructured I began my search for the best deals for my money. Browsing websites such as Project Wedding, I realized that I could use my own creative ideas and skills to create centerpieces, programs, invitations, etc that people spend buco-bucks on which in turn would help me save more money.
As I started saving money on one vendor, I looked day and night for my next deal. Getting a good deal on a videographer, DJ, etc became addictive for me and I wouldn't book until I was sure I had exhausted my options. Fortunately, I had a job that afforded me the luxury of time and internet which aided in all of my deals and ideas.
Once Thanksgiving happened, I quit my job, moved home and in with my mom, and became wedding-centered. I realize that everyone doesn't have the time or luxury to find the vendors I did or create the things I was able to create. I hope my page of "My Wedding" is helpful to people that are on a budget and entering the wonderful, yet laborious world of being a DIY Bride!
Best Wishes to you!