My firstborn tied the knot recently and it was a beautiful wedding day. I’ve already posted a few pics from Jon & Molly’s wedding but I wanted to share a bit more about some of the thrifty wedding details.
After a sweet ceremony under a old oak tree we walked into a beautiful barn where thousands of white twinkle lights hung from the rafters. It was the perfect backdrop for celebrating the sweetest couple ever!
Thrifty Groom’s Table
I had so much fun with the groom’s table. My stash of burlap and old lace came in handy.
The groom’s cake turned out super cute. I chose to have a local bakery make the cake and it was delicious. After shopping for the perfect cake topper I decided to make my own! So simple but I love it. Most importantly, the bride and groom loved it.
The chip board letters and burlap love birds are attached to small dowel rods that I wrapped in twine. The burlap ribbon and measuring tape (hubby’s great idea!) added a special touch since Jon works part-time in the lumber yard at a home center. The baker did a great job putting it all together. All the supplies for the cake decor came from Hobby Lobby and were 50% off of course.
Jon is also a full-time student and one of his favorite snacks is milk and cookies. The milk and cookie bar might have been more popular than the cake!
Some of Jon’s childhood toys were on the floor beneath the table.
Thrifty Mother of the Groom
One of my favorite thrifty wedding finds was my outfit. My list of requirements was simple:
- It had to be cool and comfortable. (An important requirement for an outdoor wedding in May in the South!)
- I wanted to be able to wear it again. (Puffy sleeved, sequined taffeta was out.)
- I didn’t want to break the bank or the budget on it. (Must stay away from bridal shops and department stores.)
So where do you think I looked for my dress? The thrift store, of course. Isn’t that where everyone shops?
It took a few trips to all my favorite thrift stores but patience is key when it comes to thrifting. I was rewarded for my thrifty diligence.
The brown dress was perfect! It was lightweight and comfortable and machine washable! After I found the dress at the thrift store I went straight to TJ Maxx for a jacket. This one is so cute and so my style. I’ll be wearing it for years. The flower was mine already and since the wedding color scheme was yellow and gray I knew all it needed was a little burlap ribbon. I wore some cute wedges to the wedding but slipped into my favorite $5 flip flops (Payless) at the reception. We posed for one last pic before the newlyweds escaped.
So thrifty friends, how did I do?
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The thrift-store roadtrip is still in the works. Wanna go? We’ll shop a few of my favorite local stores, eat and talk, and have lots of fun!
(Thanks to Kim and Kip McFry for the beautiful wedding photography.)