Madi and Jake Levite had a budget of $15,000 for their wedding – but they ended up spending less than $3,000.
“When Jake and I first got engaged, we were planning on having the traditional large wedding,” Madi said.
But with family and friends all over the map, Jake said coordinating dates was a “nightmare.”
So the two rescinded a few invitations, and three weeks before their May wedding date decided to only invite 11 of their closest friends and family members – and their two dogs.
“(People) thought it was a shotgun wedding,” Madi laughed. “They totally thought I was pregnant.”
But in the end, Jake said having a budget-friendly wedding that better suited them was the best decision they could have made.
They found an million dollar Dilworth home on AirBnb, and paid $245 to rent it out for the weekend.
The house had a fire pit, gorgeous gardens, a bar and a mother-in-law suite to get ready in.
The wedding had all the elements you might expect at a traditional wedding, including top-notch catering, a photographer, flowers, a fancy cake, tons of alcohol, pretty decor and a tented ceremony space for the chuppah.
The most expensive thing was Jake’s $825 custom suit. Madi’s dress was gorgeous and only $75 from LuLus.
Here’s a breakdown of the other costs.
- Cake (from Suarez Bakery) $62
- Tent $105 (Madi resold it for $120)
- Photography $644
- Catering (chicken and fish) $502
- Hair $120
- Makeup $0 (bless Sephora points)
- Table/chairs $0 (thanks to the photographer who loaned them)
- Invitations/programs $20
- Nails $72
- Chuppah $50
- Flowers $78 (Trader Joes does it all)
- Decor $68
- Alcohol $82
Jake said had they spent their $15,000-budget all on the wedding, they wouldn’t have been able to afford the “dope” week-long honeymoon they took in Belize or the downpayment they ended up making on a house.
Photos by Indigo Photography.