When people think wedding, one of the first thoughts is how much it will cost the couple to throw the milestone affair.
But Jenny and Rob from Raleigh, North Carolina, did not want their wedding to send them into debt like other friends before them. With the help of friends and family, the couple threw an intimate wedding in their backyard for just $2,000.
What they created on a budget was a Pinterest-worthy, boho-chic wedding that all came together by the couple getting creative with acquiring must-have elements.
Amazing: Jenny and Rob from Raleigh, North Carolina, did not want to go into wedding debt for their special day, so they held the intimate affair in their backyard for $2,000
Stunning: The boho-chic wedding featured Riley wearing an inexpensive lace dress. For pictures, she brought out her jean jacket which her mom embroidered for the day
Creative: Jenny and Rob already had a lattice arbor in their backyard, so it served as the perfect piece for a makeshift alter
Details: Each seat held a program created by Jenny, dried lavender to throw, and lavender hanging off chair posts
Cute: Jenny made sure to have everything she wanted for her wedding but in a budget-friendly way that looked amazing
‘Think to yourself, “What do I want?” Jenny told Pure Wow about how she and her husband decided to create the intimate affair.
‘If you like a tradition, keep it. If you don’t, skip it! There’s so much freedom when you decide to do things the way truly want, rather than how you think you’re supposed to.’
Together, they decided to keep the small elopement true to themselves by only inviting a handful of people and creating personal touches to each aspect.
The biggest splurge the newlywed couple spent on their wedding was hiring photographer Danielle Riley to capture their beautiful nuptials.
It was a non-negotiable expense at $1,000 for the photography package, and the pictures produced were priceless.
For her wedding dress, Jenny chose an inexpensive white maxi from boho brand Show Me Your Mumu that fit perfectly with the outdoor scenery for the event. She then paired the look with her jean jacket that her mother embroidered ‘Just Married’ on the back for pictures.
Pieces of Jenny’s hair was styled into a side braid and then secured in a lose bun at the base of her neck with curled layers framing her face.
Although the hairstyle looked expensive, Jenny actually got her friend to do both the hair and makeup as an early wedding gift.
Adorable: For flowers, Jenny enlisted her mom’s florist friend to help provide greenery at cost
Rustic: Seating haphazardly came together with wooden chairs from both the couple’s and their parents’ own homes
Simple: Some of the best touches were the small details scattered around the backyard area
Love: After the ceremony, the couple and their guests moved over to a reception area
Cozy: The reception area in the backyard was created with the help of a long piece of plywood from Home Depot and cinder blocks
The budget-friendly choices didn’t stop there.
For flowers, Jenny worked her network and utilized her mom’s friend who runs a floral shop. She selected an assortment of greenery that the friend gave to her at a low cost.
The excess flowers were used to decorate the makeshift alter, which was a lattice arbor already on Jenny and Rob’s property.
Seating for the ceremony came together with the help of the couple’s own dining furniture as well as their parents’ chairs. The random assortment of wooden chairs only further fit the outdoor theme for the wedding.
As added decoration, Jenny hung lavender on the ends of the chairs to help frame the grass aisle she walked down to meet her future husband.
On each of the seats waiting for guests were programs handcrafted by Jenny and printed on cardstock at her work.
Lavender, which was featured hanging off the post of each chair, was also dried and bagged so the moment Jenny and Rob walked down the aisle would be a remarkable display of the pieces floating through the air.
Once the ceremony was over, guests were led to a separate area of the backyard for a cozy dinner provided by the couple’s favorite Mexican restaurant for just $10 per person.
The table was created with a long piece of plywood Rob bought at Home Depot. It was then placed on a few slabs of concrete to elevate it a little over a foot off the ground.
Smart: As an early wedding present, the couple received fairy lights to hang on the neighboring trees
Affordable: Plates and cutlery were bought from Amazon and Mason jars were bought in bulk from Walmart. For dinner, the group had Mexican from the couple’s favorite restaurant
Ambiance: Jars from Ikea and mugs from Jenny’s brother’s coffee shop helped add to the event
Delicious: Jenny also called in a favor from the baker at her brother’s coffee shop who whipped up small blueberry pies for just $100
Heartwarming: The couple’s North Carolina home served as the perfect backdrop for the intimate wedding
The couple then bought pillows from Ikea for $5 and scattered them around the table for cushy seating.
Another early present on their wedding registry was fairy lights, which where hung over the table and attached to the neighboring trees.
Amazon and Walmart helped provide affordable options for the tableware with inexpensive Mason jars bought in bulk and throwaway plates and cutlery.
To satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth, the baker from Jenny’s brothers coffee shop that he owns whipped up some small blueberry pies that cost $100 in total. His coffee shop also supplied a station for the caffeinated beverage where guests could take home a specially designed mug as a party favor.
Helpful: As an early wedding present, one of Jenny’s friends did her hair and makeup
Inviting: The pillows guests sat on during the reception were bought from Ikea at $5 per piece
Romantic: To set the ambiance, candles were lit and scattered on cut tree trunks at night
Picture perfect: The end of the evening was met with sparklers while the couple shared one last kiss in front of friends and family
The couple was prepared for everything when it came to planning the wedding.
After the dinner was over, the party moved over to the dance floor where Jenny’s little brother acted as the DJ using a phone and Bluetooth speakers.
Jenny also found an old Persian rug in a family member’s basement to signify the middle of the dance floor.
To set the ambiance, jars from Ikea were acquired as well as free tree stumps found on Facebook marketplace for a source of cozy lighting at night.
The final act of the evening was everyone gathering around the couple with sparklers as Jenny and Rob went in for one final kiss to end their remarkable (and budget-friendly) day.
Based on the pictures, it was an intimate wedding worthy of any Pinterest board.