Saying “I do” doesn’t have to mean saying yes to debt—or parting with every penny you’ve saved for a down payment on a home or car.
We know this because, back in 2008, blogger Sara Cotner, author of "A Priceless Wedding: Crafting a Meaningful, Memorable, and Affordable Celebration," married her hubby Matt in front of 80 of their “nearest and dearest” for less than $2,000.
Both teachers dedicated a grand to their wedding—and actually came in under budget.
“We knew we could make it sincere without money,” Cotner says. “Having a smaller budget enabled us to focus on the importance of this major life milestone. It wasn’t about the dress, the flowers, the centerpieces. It was about community, connection, commitment and old-fashioned fun.”
The couple found incredibly creative ways to save, from booking a quaint, no-fee B&B to melting down old jewelry to create custom rings—for a total cost of $109.
So inspired by the challenge of pulling off a memorable—and very affordable—celebration, Cotner now blogs about it at 2000dollarwedding.com.
Here, she shares her tips for getting hitched in style—without “losing your savings or your sanity!”