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A wedding in LA for 75 guests for under $20,000?  Check out how this couple did it with an eco-friendly mindset too!  Oh, and complete with karaoke! Check out the details from their fantastic planner, Arley at www.aalstudios.com:

The bride and groom’s venue, Smog Shoppe, was their  biggest expense.  Bride and groom spent a total cost of attire was $800 and their wedding party wore their own clothes.
The bride and  and wedding planner made the centerpieces by potting small succulents and arranging them on borrowed platters and cupcake tiers.  The whole operation cost about $150.  The best part is that they doubled as favors, so nothing wasted!  The bouquet and boutonniere were done by Sherene at Wisteria Lane, and the bride was able to plant the bouquet after the wedding, she was absolutely thrilled about that.  They had no cut flowers in the entire thing.

Since it was a daytime Sunday wedding, they did two kinds of mimosas at the bar, as well as wine and beer that were bought wholesale the day before.  The catering was done by Large Marge Sustainables.   Her food is ridiculous delicious, and she uses organic and locally sourced ingredients.  Both bride and groom are vegetarians, so it was a mostly meat-free menu, which also helped keep costs down.

The groom arranged various ipod playlists to run during the event, and then around 7 they had Ground Control Karaoke come on and the guests rocked the mic all night long.  Total cost of entertainment?  $300.

Liz Huston from Photomonium, who is incredible, was another bigger ticket item, but the bride and groom didn’t want to skimp on photography.

So while this is a budget-savvy wedding blog about ways that inspire brides and grooms to save money… this wedding, while still having some bigger ticket items, is such a fantastical example of how the bride and groom prioritized for and planned their wedding budget together.  They made smart decisions with what they were willing to spend on and where they needed to be creative and save.

- Lydia from Ever Ours

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8 Responses to “Real Wedding: An Eco-Friendly Daytime Wedding with Karaoke!”


  1. Corinna

    Great wedding! Love the details and that cake :)

  2. Reese Joo

    It's amazing how much you can do for so little. Kudos to the bride and groom for a lovely, budget-savvy wedding celebration!

  3. 27messes

    This is awesome

  4. Bia

    Everything looks gorgeous! Lovely venue, and that bouquet? Awesome.

  5. wedding favors

    Are the plants real? If it is yes, what a great dedication in preserving the foliages that made the venue looked refreshing. And the bouquet of flowers are impeccable with the theme. :)

  6. arleyann

    Yes the plants are all real :) -Arley

  7. ACK

    What a cool wedding! Very Creative and a fantastic budget!

  8. Wedding Marketing

    Such a budget savvy bride. The green succulent backdrop for the ceremony is so unique and gorgeous!