Real Wedding: A Sunny Budget-Friendly Affair
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.
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.
A Charming Ceremony
A save-the-date video was e-mailed to the 45 guests. The ceremony was in the garden of iCi.
Cynthia’s mother and sister assembled the place cards—simple paper flags stuck in lemons—on the wedding day.
For more ideas, see our round-up of creative wedding place cards.
A Handmade Sign
A hand-drawn sign (another etsy find) added a personal touch. Cynthia requested a bright yellow base.
One project the couple did tackle: table numbers. They designed and printed the cards at home.
The bride could even count on etsy for those last memorable details. Guests left with handcrafted, fabric-wrapped soaps.
A Cheerful Cake Topper
Bursting With Happiness
The bride and her mother put yellow and white candy from Dylan's Candy Bar in jars for guests to help themselves.