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Crafty Low- Budget Wedding with Sweet DIY Details Monday, March 28, 2011 ~ 3:20 p.m.

Anyone who has planned a wedding knows that a $3,000 budget for a wedding ceremony and reception with 250 guests is pretty much unheard of. However, bride and groom Ali and Chris prove that it IS indeed possible, if you're willing to get a little bit crafty. Last summer, Sarah Christine Photography captured the couple's marriage at a private ranch in Wyoming, with a wedding party of six bridesmaids, five groomsmen, four flower girls and an adorable ring bearer sporting a big cowboy hat.

Now, how did the couple pull off such a beautiful wedding while abiding to such a low budget? Ali and Chris embraced the wide open field venue and kept the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) wedding decor sweet and simple. The bride purchased her wedding dress on eBay, and gave each of her bridesmaids a DIY canvas tote bag and satin coat hanger with her name on it. Guests were welcomed to the wedding ceremony with a crafty wooden sign directing them to "Love," "Reception," "Heaven," "Ceremony" and "Joy," and given a DIY ceremony program fan and a small packet of tissues labeled with, "For your tears of joy." The couple's largest budget expense for the ceremony was the chair rental to ensure all 250 of their guests had seats!

The bride and groom's reception was hosted nearby in a large tent (another one of their significant expenses), with a homemade dance floor that was surrounded by bales of hay and strings of lights. Additionally, the couple and their families kept the wedding reception budget low by cooking all of the food served themselves (via Safeway). As for the decor, Ali embraced a sweet, rustic centerpiece theme using mason jars and milk glass vases holding wildflowers and roses in her wedding colors, soft pink and ivory. Guests were given antique mason jars with wooden utensils as favors and water bottles with special DIY nutrition labels for a serving of, "One Happy Couple," made up of "Love," "Happiness," "Commitment" and "Respect."

DIY, low budget wedding in Wyoming and Colorado
Cheap budget wedding with DIY projects in the late summer
Low cost wedding ceremony and reception for 250 guests
DIY wedding decor, favors and wedding party gifts
DIY wedding on a budget in the summer

Crafty Low- Budget Wedding with Sweet DIY Details shot by Sarah Christine Photography.

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