Budget Bride Tip for June 23: Let guests pour their own drinks
We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.
Marisa McClellan and Scott McNulty saved a bundle on wedding costs when the bride decided to make the wedding cakes for their September 29, 2009, wedding.
But they saved even more by making the bar a DIY affair.
"Beer and wine was serve yourself," said Marisa, 33, a food writer and author of Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round.
A professionally staffed open bar is a big-ticket item at any wedding reception. Couples spent an average of $2,463 serving drinks last year, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company.
In fact, The Wedding Report also showed that more couples were switching to cash bars, buying their own spirits for the reception or making it BYOB.
It was one of many decisions Marisa and Scott made to keep their wedding within a $3,000 budget.
Marisa's wedding gown was handmade, and they held the ceremony and reception in the backyard of her cousin's Plymouth Meeting, Pa., home.
Marisa and Scott, 35, an IT project leader and author of more than a dozen technical guidebooks, rented a tent and tables and made centerpieces out of herbs planted in jars.
In Marisa’s eyes, the community atmosphere made for a wonderful event.
"Our wedding was seriously the most fun I've had in my adult life," she says. "It was one of those events where people who didn't know each other would start talking and then realize they'd heard about each other from either Scott or me and then become instant friends on the spot.
"It was great, and I really hope I get to have another party like that someday."
Here are Marisa and Scott during the ceremony performed by the Rev. Jean Erb ...
These are some of the centerpieces they made for the reception ...
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Thanks to Marisa and Scott for sharing their personal wedding photos with us. They were taken by photographer Albert Yee.