Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Style: Wedding Edition

As you know, this past August, Andrew and I got married. We decided that a big wedding just wasn't us, and opted for a short and sweet courthouse wedding with a close friend in tow as our witness. After our wedding, we decided to take an epic trip to Australia instead. For us, traveling seemed to make much more sense in terms of where to spend our money. Travel is something that we both enjoy immensely and we knew a trip would make us a lot happier than a wedding that would be over in just a few short hours.

However, despite our quick wedding affair, we still decided to have fun and be a little classy. Many people commented on our wedding photos and loved our color theme and attire, and some even asked me to do this post (you know who you are...). To be truthful, we always travel on a budget, and our wedding attire was also on a budget... ok, except maybe not the shoes. Buuuuut, would you expect any less from me? So without further ado, here's the breakdown.

Her /// Dress - Nordstrom, $148 // Sandals - Kate Spade, $228 (splurge!) // Clutch - Milo and Molly, gift (similar) // Earrings - Target

Him /// Pants - Express, $59.90 // Shirt - Michael Kors via TJ Maxx, $19.99 // Tie - Macy's, $49.50

The total new cost of our attire was $445.49, which was half due to my splurge for shoes. We had a little money left over from our budgeted travel expenses, and Andrew insisted that I get the shoes and dress that I wanted. He knew that the shoes would be worn more than once and get some good use, so despite my qualms, he insisted I get them. This in itself is amazing as he most recently was heard saying, "You already have too many shoes!" as we browsed the new DSW that opened up nearby. I also say "new cost" because Andrew already owned the pants as part of his work clothes wardrobe.

I chose the mint cork wedges and tie to compliment the clutch that Kristen made for me as a wedding gift. I had initially found a mint dress at Nordstrom Rack that I was going to wear, but in a last minute fit of wedding panic (I say this jokingly of course, as this was the most stressful part of our wedding and it wasn't even really stressful!), I decided it'd be more fun to do a traditional white dress.

For me, this was a bit more than I wanted to spend on our wedding, but at the same time I realize that our entire ensemble cost less than all of the actual "wedding" dresses I looked at. I'm not sure why they can charge more just because it is dubbed as a wedding dress! And with a mere $15 needed to use the courthouse for 10 minutes, why not splurge a little?

Were you on a tight budget for your wedding? Anyone else out there do a courthouse wedding like us? What were your splurge items for your wedding attire?


  1. I love the dress that you ended up with (though the mint would have been totally fun too) and the shoes are amazing. You definitely look like YOU and comfortable, so that was totally the way to go.

    We had a ceremony at the restaurant that we were going to eat at, my uncle did the service, and we had only family members in attendance. I got my dress on ebay for $42 (sample dress on clearance) and shoes at DSW for $5 with a coupon and a clearance veil that needed a bit of sewing for $25. We definitely didn't want to spend a ton of money on things we couldn't use again.

  2. You guys look great! I know we've already talked about this, but if Peter and I ever get married we will also do the courthouse thing or maybe elope. I can think of a thousand better ways to spend money than on a big wedding. But everyone should have a little something extra special for the occasion, and I love the "splurge" sandals you chose. :)

  3. Woo hoo! The wedding outfit post! You guys looked great, and I'm glad you gave yourself a little splurge. It's nice to have something special for the day, even if you don't want a lot of fuss overall. The trip to Australia was a much more interesting way to spend your money. :-)

    We ended up having a traditional (read: larger) wedding. My parents were the driving force behind that. They wanted to pay for a lot of it, which was nice, but of course that lead to them pressuring me into a lot of decisions. I wanted to just have something small at a restaurant, but they thought I was being ridiculous and insisted it be at a hotel. It was a great day, don't get me wrong, but I feel like they wasted a lot of money by trying to "fit in" with what other families were doing.


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