Real Wedding: A Sunny Budget-Friendly Affair
Hand-crafted, creative details can make your wedding day special—without taxing your budget.
Cynthia Etonga and Les Andrew
Most brides on a budget throw themselves into a sea of do-it-yourself projects. Cynthia Etonga, 28, just found the right sources. A major one was the affordable craft site Etsy, where she bought everything from cake toppers to a boutonniere for her groom, Les Andrew, 31. With vendors, Cynthia was honest and bold, asking them to work within her budget (total cost of the wedding: around $9,000). Her photographer agreed to an hourly rate rather than a set package, and the location, iCi, a restaurant in Brooklyn, made meal substitutions for free (the couple also paid less to rent the space on Sunday, instead of Saturday). In the end, they threw a wedding full of creative details. And by seeking out the right help, they found wedding planning didn’t leave them spent.
So maybe you can’t change your health overnight. But you can get a head start.