Aren't you proud of us?!
It's been a year since we tied the not (Happy Anniversary, Lover!) and it feels appropriate to blog about that beautiful day as a means to celebrate it publicly =D
So, all of the above was complete truth, however, we did take some short cuts that made for huge savings for us; and that also made for a wonderfully unique wedding that will not be easily forgotten. I loved that we were still able to incorporate just enough tradition to remind us all that we were indeed celebrating a wedding ;)
Here's how we did it:
We started with location.We searched online for beaches that didn't require a permit or scheduling. We wanted to keep things simple. How lucky were we that Newport Beach (our neighbor beach-city) was one of the beaches that fit our desires. To fit their rules, however, we couldn't use sound amplification, decorations, seating, or have more than "fifty people" (we broke this rule by a dozen or two, without experiencing any riffraff from authorities). I completely appreciated this rule. It helped us keep things super simple.
We put up a couple of white 'Easy-Ups' and picnic tables for the food line (Seabirds!) and had family and friends bring their towels and beach chairs, but walked away from that area during the ceremony, so as to ensure any observers that they were only being used as part of our beach-time relaxation ;)
Location - Free.
My wedding dress was a post-season prom dress.My mom did the cutest thing. She bought a handful of prom dresses that had gone on sale after prom season had passed. And had me try them on at home for her and Maggie x) It worked out perfectly. I picked two of the four (she returned the other two). They were sparkly and special, yet simple and sweet, and perfect for me.
$80 (for two wedding dresses, but really, free because Mommy is nice).
Shoes - Free (Didn't wear any ;p)
$100 - Will's tux
We didn't hire any help.My family helped with everything. Will's friend Craig brought the 'Easy-Ups' and helped with so much of the last-minute stuff. Mick, my brother, officiated the wedding (and did it beautifully!). Maggie, my Maid-of-Honor (and entire wedding party), was my personal assistant (thank you, Meg). My cousin, Vikki, offered to take photos, but friends ended up gifting us a photographer last-minute (thank you SO MUCH to the Wrights!), and all of our guests were so sweet to send us the photos they'd taken (as well as hashtagged their photos that day: #mollywillthompsonwedding). My boss at Seabirds simply insisted on bringing and setting up our amazing catering order. I did my own hair and makeup (wore my nails plain as usual, borrowed jewelry [& my mom made me a beaded foot piece]). My aunt gifted me my bouquet (so beautiful, thank you Aunt Lisa!). And I bought two singles-stemmed sunflowers fresh that day for my GodDaughters to walk down the sand-aisle ahead of me with... And for the reception, we walked the beach for sunset, ate, talked, and laughed in the sand. Mick played us Sade, By Your Side, when we got back to the room after sundown. And I played Will a song on my guitar as my wedding gift to him. Later we danced at the cantina next to our room...
Setup/Equipment - Free
Officiant - $50 for wedding certificate, officiant paperwork, and processing fees
Photos - Free
Food setup - Free
Wedding Bouquet - Free
Two sunflowers - $15
Will's gift - Free
Entertainment - Free
The big expenses were still minimal.So what did we spend money on? The room, where I got ready, where we met and rendezvoused, and kept our things. And the food. Seabirds Kitchen... vegan, cali-cuisine-I-call-it. Tacos, sliders. So bomb. I happened to work there and still do occasionally so they're family too ;} and they treated me so, in providing loving assistance, and much-appreciated add-ins like napkins, plates, utensils, etc. Cake came from our other favorite vegan restaurant, Loving Hut. One chocolate, and one "Panda."
Beach-front hotel room with kitchen (one night) - $300
The food - $400
Drink (two 5-gallon jugs of alkaline water) - $10
Water cups, including two plastic wine glasses for the bride and groom - $8
4 two-layer, 8 inch cakes - $150 (thirty dollars each + tip)
We were so gratefully gifted enough money to treat us on our honeymoon to Maui <3
Thank you to all of our Loved Ones who joined us on our special day and made it the most amazing wedding I've ever been to. And for the ones who couldn't make it or that perhaps I was unable to extend an invite to, I hope you understand our desire to live by our means - we wanted the whole world to be there. We continue to feel the love and spirit of our Big Family. Thank you for always sharing it with us. Sending it right back in waves, Much Love, The Thompsons.