First, let me say that our entire budget for our handfasting, not including my dress or our rings, was $2000. Everyone loved our ceremony, so it is possible to have a beautiful handfasting/wedding on a tight budget. You just have to know where to look. Look for deals, use your connections, be creative.
-The Venue: Our handfasting took place in my parent’s backyard
-The Officiant: Our best friend, Christ
-The Music: IPOD and speakers, playlists consist of music we already own and listen to constantly, arranged by me, conducted by friend, Kelly
-The Photographers: twin friends of my sister who had just received nice, new cameras for their birthday
-The Appetizers and Cakes: Made by family friends
-The Drinks: Made by me, the bride, and my mother
-The Favors: Homemade chocolate covered pretzels (with cute sprinkles) packaged in boxes from party city (purchased with coupon)
-The Service: Buffet style, served chicken, potatoes, rolls, and grilled veggies from local restaurant, we picked it up ourselves.
-The glasses: Ross and Dollar store
-The plates and cutlery: Party city
-The tables, umbrellas, and chairs: rented
-The flowers: Trader Joes, arranged by ourselves
Here’s how it all came together: