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

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.

Carey Bucks and Kathleen Dougherty sought a casual and relaxed setting for their civil union that, most importantly, wasn’t ridiculously expensive.

“We both felt that spending a lot of money on a wedding is a waste,” says Carey, 38, creator and owner of two websites.

Renting a section of the beach near the Sunset Pavilion in Cape May, N.J., for a half hour cost just $35 and allowed them to join their lives together while standing barefoot in the sand.

How much more relaxing can you get?

“You could hear the waves crashing in while the ministers were talking,” Carey adds.

She and Kathleen, 42, a senior clinical research associate, had purposely chosen that section of the beach because it’s near the jetty, and they liked watching the waves wash over the rocks there.

The average couple spends about $1,200 on a place for their ceremony, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company.

Carey and Kathleen didn’t spend anywhere near that, even if you count the 40 chairs they rented and the arbor they decorated with white and teal ribbon.

At one point during the ceremony, a surfer caught a wave and glided through the background.

“Yeah, it really was a beach wedding,” Carey says.

Here are Carey (left) and Kathleen (right) during the ceremony officiated by the Rev. Craig van Baal ...

Afterward, they hugged on the beach; this time it's Kathleen (left) and Carey (right) ...

Thanks to Carey and Kathleen for sharing these personal photos with us.