Budget Bride Tip for June 29: Let them eat pie

Bride and groom with pink piggy bank

We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.

Jeff and Lane’ Bigsby aren’t big cake fans.

So the thought of forking out hundreds of dollars on a wedding cake — which cost an average of $423 in 2011, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company — was simply not appealing.

Instead, the couple decided to showcase local fruit pies at their wedding dinner and reception at Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Ore., last Aug. 13.

Plus, pie complemented the potluck dinner they had planned.

For help, Lane’ looked to guests who enjoyed baking or had access to berries. A friend made four pies using apples from her yard, and her sister-in-law bought berries from a local farmers market for six blackberry and mixed-berry pies.

And the bride knew rhubarb was plentiful in her mother-in-law’s garden, so she developed a recipe. "I made seven rhubarb pies the day before the wedding," says Lane’, 36, a project administrator for an energy efficiency company.

The pies received so much attention that Lane’ finally placed a makeshift sign on the table, asking guests not to dig in until it was time.

“Little kids kept standing next to the table, looking at the pies,” she says.

Lane’ and Jeff, 41, a drafter for an environmental engineering and consulting company, did a somewhat untraditional cutting of their pie, which was adorned with Elvis and Cinderella PEZ candy dispensers as toppers.

After that, she says, it was a “free-for-all.”

Because there was a variety to choose from, most guests sampled more than one, says Lane’, noting that apple was the clear favorite.

“They were baked with love,” she adds.

Here are Jeff and Lane’ on their wedding day ...

These are the pies and potluck dinner they served their guests ...

The Bigsbys didn't put a traditional bride and groom on the pie they cut, choosing two PEZ dispensers to represent themselves instead ...

Here are the other "Budget Bride" tips we've published so far:

Budget Bride Tip for June 1: Throw a potluck dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 2: Say 'yes' to an affordable dress

Budget Bride Tip for June 3: Bake your own wedding cake

Budget Bride Tip for June 4: Put dad to work

Budget Bride Tip for June 5: Turn your reception into a barbecue

Budget Bride Tip for June 6: Take the ceremony to the beach

Budget Bride Tip for June 7: Cupcakes make tasty wedding favors

Budget Bride Tip for June 8: Hold down the guest list

Budget Bride Tip for June 9: Feed your guests wedding cake from Costco

Budget Bride Tip for June 10: Decorate your reception with Craigslist

Budget Bride Tip for June 11: Buy dishes for the wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 12: Go with a lunch instead of a wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 13: Buy your wedding veil online

Budget Bride Tip for June 14: Rent a summer camp for your reception

Budget Bride Tip for June 15: Hire a friend to make your wedding gown

Budget Bride Tip for June 16: Tie the knot on a Sunday

Budget Bride Tip for June 17: Take a pass on gift bags

Budget Bride Tip for June 18: Ask guests to RSVP online

Budget Bride Tip for June 19: Hire a one-man band to provide the music

Budget Bride Tip for June 20: Build, stock and staff your open bar

Budget Bride Tip for June 21: Decorate with locally grown flowers

Budget Bride Tip for June 22: Skip the champagne toast

Budget Bride Tip for June 23: Let guests pour their own drinks

Budget Bride Tip for June 24: Create a homemade photo booth

Budget Bride Tip for June 25: Make the invitations a family project

Budget Bride Tip for June 26: Schedule your wedding on a Friday

Budget Bride Tip for June 27: Wear a bridesmaid dress instead of a wedding gown

Budget Bride Tip for June 28: Find an affordable hairstylist online

Thanks to Jeff and Lane' for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.