This is a 3-part series to demonstrate that you can get married 3 times for less than the Canadian national average of $31,685.
In our 1st wedding, or our actual wedding, Mrs. T and I got married in a local park by a wedding commissioner. My family and a photographer friend of mine attended this small wedding. The wedding itself was simple but perfect. That night the family went out for dinner together by using a Groupon deal. The entire wedding cost was only $764 or 1.9% of the average wedding spending in 2014.
Our 2nd wedding took place a month after our 1st wedding. We wanted to have a small reception to celebrate our marriage with our friends and families. We invited about 50 guests and had a fabulous time. The total of the 2nd wedding was $4,798.
After two elaborate weddings (in our opinions), we had spent a total of $5,562.
Our third wedding took place a year later. Because Mrs. T’s family do not live not in Canada, we decided to have a wedding celebration with her side of family and her close friends. Since we didn’t have our honeymoon yet, we decided to fly to her home country in Europe for a week, have a wedding celebration, then hop over to Italy for a two week honeymoon. This was our way to fully utilize the cost of our plane tickets and take advantage of the paid vacation I have with my work.
Frugal ways to get married – How to plan a frugal wedding
Just like the first two weddings, we wanted to keep the wedding cost to as low as possible. We kept things easy and simple and did a lot of DIY.
Home-made item #1 – Macaroons for afternoon hygge dessert
For the wedding venue, we were able to rent a local school in Mrs. T’s hometown. We started the wedding celebration at 2 PM in the afternoon with a nice afternoon hygge with our guests. We enjoyed great conversations (mind you half of the time I just smiled and nod because I didn’t understand what people were saying) and played many different games while we relaxed in the summer sunshine. For the afternoon hygge, Mrs. T made chocolate and strawberry flavoured macaroons for dessert. They were delicious and looked fabulous. All of our guests were shocked to learn that Mrs. T made these macaroons herself. They looked like they were made by a professional!
Unlike the first two weddings, we decided to not have a cake.
We spent the entire afternoon basking in the sun and start the dinner reception at 6 PM. We roasted a whole goat and a lot of delicious dishes to go with it. For the evening entertainment, Mrs. T and I had to answer a lot of questions to prove that we were right for each other. We even had a crazy dance off at end of the night. The celebration didn’t end until 3 AM the next morning. These Europeans sure know how to party!
Home-made item #2 – Flower Bouquets
Keeping the tradition strong, we purchased flowers at a local store a few days prior. Mrs. T then made our flower bouquets and also the flower bouquets for the bridesmaids (her sisters). Instead of buying pre-made bouquets, this move saved us a lot of money.
As you can see, I was sporting a pink dress shirt with a pink tie. Mrs. T believes that to be a true gentleman you need to be able to wear pink.
Home-made item #3 – Decorations
While buying roses for the bouquets, we purchased extra roses to place them at each dining table. Although the dinner reception was at school’s cafeteria, we had transformed it to something else. To make the cafeteria look inviting, we went to the venue the day prior to set up everything. We nicely folded napkins, laid out plates, glasses, and utensils nicely, and had tea light candles to set the mood. The decorations were simple yet elegant, exactly the way Mrs. T and I envisioned.
Home-made item #4 – Alcohol
Mrs. T’s family had purchased alcohol in bulk prior to us arriving. Because they purchased everything in bulk, they were able to get some pretty awesome deals. Both of us had A LOT to drink that night. 🙂
Home-made item #5 – Wedding Invitation
Just like the 2nd wedding, we made the wedding invitation as a PDF file and sent it to all the guests via email. We invited 80 people and about 60 people were able to join us to celebrate with us. We really liked electronic wedding invitation because it was environmental friendly.
Frugal Wedding #3 – Cost Breakdown
School Rental & decorations – $100
Flowers – $50
Food & Catering – $2900
Alcohol & drinks – $200
Total Cost: $3,250
Grant total break down
Wedding #1 – $764
Wedding #2 – $4,798
Wedding #3 -$3,250
Total cost of 3 weddings… $8,812 plus a lifetime of stories that we can tell our families and friends.
Wedding can be as expensive or as cheap as you want it to be. For three weddings we spent less than $3,000 per wedding. Food and catering were expensive for wedding #2 and #3 but we had a lot of leftovers and ended up eating them for a few days afterward. Not to mention the foods were so mouth watering good! The total cost of all three wedding was 27.8% of the Canadian national average wedding cost. I think we did very well when it comes to wedding cost.
It’s quite silly to hear people that spend $15K on the wedding venue and catering and that don’t even include alcohol, decorations and other things. I always find it ridiculous to hear people needing to take out a loan to cover their wedding cost. Money is the number one argument topic between many married couples, why do you want to start your married life together already in debt? This will only increase tensions between you and your spouse. Isn’t it better to spend as little as possible for your wedding and save the rest for a better future?