Jaclyn & Terry were married November 8, 2008 in Oakville Ontario. With 250 guests, the couple was able to keep to their budget by prioritizing. The splurge: photography. The save: DIY invitations, favors and smart cake and centerpiece shopping.
Here’s their photographer’s (Tiffany from life images.) take on how the couple made their wedding their own.
When we met Jaclyn & Terry, we instantly loved them. They are warm, funny and extremely talented artists. They told us that they were going to try and incorporate their artistic skills into the wedding to personalize the day as well as help meet the budget. The first thing we saw was the invitations. They were so beautiful. Totally personalized and you could tell they were handmade. Jaclyn told me she actually really enjoyed this part, doing just a few each evening.
In the months leading up to the wedding, we learned a lot about this couple. Terry is a huge “Dukes of Hazard” fan. Instead of incurring the expense of a limo, Jackie secretly aquired the services of a replica General Lee car to transport them to the reception. What a great surprise for Terry and an awesome way to get cool photos!!!
At the reception, I could help noticing the very cool, funky “Mad Hatter” cake the couple chose. They later told me they found a photo of a cake on the internet and asked Mary Lou from Wild Flower cakes if she could do something similar. For just $400, it turned out beautifully and along with the center pieces, really made the reception decor come together. The center pieces were rented from the venue saving the couple 1/2 of what they would have paid to purchase them.
As a thank you, the couple gave each guest a personalized mug (discountmugs.com – $0.99) with homemade candies inside. The cutest little drawing of the couple was on the mugs & the candies were made by Jaclyn’s new sister-in-law.
I was really impressed with Jaclyn & Terry’s ability to pull together such a beautiful wedding on a tight budget. The day went smoothly and everyone in attendance had a wonderful time.