See how this Charlotte couple had their wedding in Dilworth for only $2,948

See how this Charlotte couple had their wedding in Dilworth for only $2,948
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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.”

Dilworth wedding, madi and jake

So the two rescinded a few invitations, and three weeks before their May wedding date decided to only invite 11 of their closest friends and family members – and their two dogs.

Dilworth Wedding, 11 guests
“(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.

Dilworth Wedding 1

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.

Madi and Jake Dilworth Wedding

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


Dilworth wedding

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. 

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