Cory and Mae’s Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia

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I have another incredible budget wedding for y'all today – Cory and Mae's elegant $4,000 gray and lavender DIY wedding in Virginia. This wedding is a great example of how having your friends and family pitch in with their talents not only makes a wedding special – it can really save you money! It features a fabric bridal bouquet, a surprise processional song, and a sweet lace and a lavender tin pail for the flower girl! Photographed beautifully by Maria Grace of Maria Grace Photography, I think that y'all are going to adore this fabulous budget wedding!

I have another incredible budget wedding for y'all today – Cory and Mae's elegant $4,000 gray and lavender DIY wedding in Virginia. This wedding is a great example of how having your friends and family pitch in with their talents not only makes a wedding special – it can really save you money! It features a fabric bridal bouquet, a surprise processional song, and a sweet lace and a lavender tin pail for the flower girl! Photographed beautifully by Maria Grace of Maria Grace Photography, I think that y'all are going to adore this fabulous budget wedding!

Cory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace Photography
Image Courtesy of: Maria Grace Photography

Description/Personal Details

I did all the decorations myself. Our “guestbook” was a large picture frame with a border about 1 foot thick all the way around. I painted it our wedding colors and put an engagement picture in the middle. People signed with white paint pen and now we have it hanging in our bedroom.

I also included a board with pictures from our childhoods covering it, another board with pictures of us while dating, and another board with interesting wedding facts written on scrolls.

One very personal and special aspect was that I walked down the aisle to “Wonderwall” by Oasis, which was the first song that my husband played for me before we even started dating, to tell me how he felt about me. Walking down the aisle to that song was so meaningful and Cory had no idea ahead of time, so he was floored.

My dad not only gave me away but he also officiated the ceremony, which was super special for me. My brother was the one who asked, “Who gives my sister to marry this man?” (which is something I have wanted my whole life). My little 1 year old niece was my flower girl, and she toddled down the aisle and tried to pick up some rose petals to put in her little lace-lined pail. It was adorable. My sister Maria was my matron of honor and my photographer (I’m still not quite sure how she managed to pull that one off!), my other sister, Megan, was one of my bridesmaids and her and her boyfriend played music during the reception and during our cake cutting. My sister-in-law, Kelsey, was my third bridesmaid. Nathan, my brother-in-law, coordinated all of our music for us, and it went off without a hitch. Cory’s groomsmen consisted of my brother and his closest friends and his brother. Our ring bearer was one of Cory’s nephews, who was absolutely adorable. Overall, having my family so involved in our wedding and close during the process was hands down one of my favorite aspects of our wedding.

Cory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace Photography
Cory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace Photography
Cory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace Photography
Cory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace PhotographyCory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace Photography
Images Courtesy of: Maria Grace Photography

Biggest Save

I did/made my own decorations and had friends do the flowers and catering, and my family helped so much. I could not have had this nice of a wedding on our budget without friends and family pitching in to help. Honestly, it was well worth it because each detail was so much more meaningful because it was personalized and I spent time and effort on each piece.

Although it turned out not to be much of a sacrifice, we decided not to include wedding favors for our guests. We felt that the options we could afford would be items that our guests wouldn’t use anyway. We decided that the alcohol and food counted as a wedding favor!

Biggest Splurge

The venue. It was beautiful and convenient that the ceremony and reception could all be held at the same place. This also saved money because I only had to decorate one place.

Favorite Details

I could not possibly pick a favorite detail. I did love my mason jars with flowers on lace and gray burlap as centerpieces, and I loved my fabric (not silk!) bouquet. “Our Vows,” framed with a frame that I hand-painted and glued fabric flowers to the corner, written with white pen on a black “chalkboard background” was one of my favorites as well. I also loved the little tin pail that I bought for $2 and decorated with lace and a lavender fabric flower for my tiny flower girl. I loved having little unique details like these.

Favorite Memories

There are so many….the funniest one was when we did the exchanging of rings. We each had one line to say, unprompted, and Cory’s was first. He began placing the ring on my hand and I realized he had forgotten that he needed to say something. So I quietly whispered, “with this ring…” (which was NOT how it was supposed to go!—I had forgotten how it began). So Cory starts, “With this ring….” Then he realized that that wasn’t right, and had to turn to my dad to ask what he was supposed to say. This resulted in a room filled with chuckles. Cory said, “I give you this ring as a symbol of our covenant.” Now it was my turn. As I placed the ring on his finger, I completely blanked (even though he had JUST said it) and I started laughing and had to ask my dad what to say. At this point the room erupted in laughter. It was great. Cory and I were both giggling. We’ll never forget it.

Cory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace Photography
Cory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace PhotographyCory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace Photography
Cory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace Photography
Cory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace Photography
Cory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace Photography
Cory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace PhotographyCory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace Photography
Cory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace Photography
Images Courtesy of: Maria Grace Photography

The Budget

Venue: $1000

Cake: $335

Total Flowers: $339 – This was the cost of the flowers/bouquets alone as good friend did all of the flower arrangements for decorating, all the corsages and boutonnieres, and my bouquet was a fabric bouquet from Etsy custom-made in Israel (it cost less than many real flower bouquets, was gorgeous, and I get to keep it forever).

Photographer: $300 – For a second shooter because my main photography was FREE! (a special wedding gift from my sister/matron of honor, as she is a professional photographer).

Music: $10 – My fiancé and I signed up for music for one month on Spotify and downloaded all the songs we wanted onto a playlist.

DJ: FREE – Another special gift from my brother-in-law.

Food: $300 – A friend catered it for free and only charged for the cost of the barbecue food.

Caterer: $200 – A gift to my friend for catering.

Dress: $350 – Found used dress in the wrong size that I loved, had it tailored to fit.

Hair: $170 – For myself and three bridesmaids.

Alcohol: $300 – Bought nice boxed wine and good glass bottled beer.

Table Linens: $235

Seat Covers for Ceremony: $100

Invitations: $50

Decorations: $300

Wedding Wands: $134

All in for: $4123

(Cory and I contributed the additional money above my parents’ original $3.900 budget).

Cory and Mae's Elegant $4,000 Gray and Lavender DIY Wedding in Virginia || Maria Grace Photography
Images Courtesy of: Maria Grace Photography

Vendor Guide:

Hair: Kristin at The Hair Cuttery in Staunton, Virginia
Cake: Buttercream Dreams
Venue: Fairfax Hall
Photography: Maria Grace Photography