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.
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A Whimsical Boutonniere
The groom’s button boutonniere was from an etsy shop filled with colorful button jewelry and accessories. Les asked for gray as an accent to the yellow.
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A Charming Ceremony
A save-the-date video was e-mailed to the 45 guests. The ceremony was in the garden of iCi.
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Cynthia’s mother and sister assembled the place cards—simple paper flags stuck in lemons—on the wedding day.