Remember Raina, the autumn bride who wore her mom's dress? Here's the full scoop on her library wedding!
The offbeat bride: Raina, Graphic Designer
Her offbeat groom: Mike, freelance photographer and TV production guy
Location & date of wedding: The Clayville town library in Clayville, NY
What made our wedding offbeat: We really wanted to save a lot of money and keep it simple, simple, SIMPLE! We only had seven people at the ceremony besides the two of us.
We did it at the tiny library in the town I grew up in. It was perfect because it was so small on the inside, and it happed to be a church at one point which lent itself to the layout of the ceremony well. We didn't have a religious ceremony but it was kind of cute to be in an old church turned library (and my job involves designing book jackets, so it was extra special!).
… We spent literally under 600 dollars on EVERYTHING!
We spent the tiniest fraction of money you can on a wedding — we did this because we live in Brooklyn (high rent!) and our parents didn't have money to give us so we knew we just had to be creative. The first step was to cut out guests and the whole idea of a reception.
Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was dealing with all of the family drama that came along with not inviting my grandmother, and our aunts and uncles and cousins. We had to hear a lot of snide remarks, and people being hurt that we didn't invite them! Our friends all understood — it's so hard to be young and live in such an expensive city, so they were just happy that we were doing it OUR way. Family, however, just didn't understand why we weren't doing this huge, 200 guest shindig. I just have NEVER wanted that, or the stress that comes with it.
My offbeat advice: Do what YOU want!!! I feel like I always read this advice on offbeat bride, but it's so, so important. If you want a small wedding, find a way! If you want a huge one, find a way! Make a budget, too. If it's 500 dollars, trust me, you can do it. If you want a huge wedding, that's fine, just plan out exactly what your vision is before you go forward. You can do it!
Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: