How this couple said 'I do' and didn't break the bank
THE first thing couples do when getting engaged, besides shouting it from the rooftops, is organise a wedding budget.
When Darius Nooriafshar and Eliza-Jane Baker sat down to discuss their wedding budget, they both knew that a lavish over-the-top wedding wasn't for them.
Getting married on Friday, July 1 they ended up falling into the 28% of people who spent less than $10,000 on their wedding.
The pair decided on this budget on one condition, they wouldn't miss out on anything.
And they didn't - their day was beautiful.
The couple kept their wedding intimate, inviting close friends and family.
The now Mrs Nooriafshar said she didn't want other friends and family to miss out so they held a large engagement party so everyone could celebrate.
"Organising your guest list can get out of hand really quickly so we kept it small but invited everyone to our engagement party," she said.
"It is a good way to still have everyone part of your special time but still keep costs down."
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The engagement party was held at Inbound and in the weeks leading up to it Mrs Nooriafshar got busy with DIY projects.
"I love creating things myself and it is so easy to find ideas online these days. There are Pinterest pages dedicated to DIY wedding ideas," she said.
Mrs Nooriafshar created her own photo booth by buying a small photo printer and hand-making the props and backdrop.
When it came to flowers for her engagement party she went to the Toowoomba Flower Market and bought flowers to make her own arrangements.
When it came to their wedding Mrs Nooriafshar continued to get creative.
"I have a diploma in events so I am quite creative. It is easy to create special little pieces yourself instead of buying it for triple the price," she said.
"I designed my own marble personalised coasters for each of our guests, by just buying the coasters from Kmart and writing on them myself.
"They would have cost a fortune if I bought them."
Mrs Nooriafshar had a reasonable budget for her wedding dress but said you could get stunning dresses for under $1000 if you really looked.
Also, having a trade in hairdressing she was able to do her own hair.
The couple was married at the Brisbane Registry Office and had their reception at Pony Dining.
"The registry office was really nice and a perfect fit for the size of our wedding. It can seat up to 50 people," she said.
"The reception is the most expensive part of any wedding and this is where we saved most money.
"We had a room at the restaurant to ourselves and I was able to decorate it how I liked and it looked beautiful.
"We still paid for everyone's meals and put on a bar tab but as it was at a restaurant and not at a wedding venue, prices were a lot cheaper."
Photography is another one of the costly aspects of a wedding and Mrs Nooriafshar was lucky her brother is a talented photographer and was able to take pre-wedding photos.
"He is studying photography and it was really handy having him around," she said.
"I know not everyone has a friend studying photography but it is a good idea to ask around for friends and family who could capture your day."
The couple also hired a professional photographer to take post-wedding photos around the city.
"We fell in love with Lara and Susie Photography and they were only $700," she said.
"They did such an amazing job and it just goes to show you don't need to spend thousands to get beautiful photos."
Overall, Mr and Mrs Nooriafshar felt like they didn't miss out on a thing.
"We had an amazing day and didn't break our budget," she said.
"I think expensive weddings are fading out because people want to spend their money on other things like a mortgage, travel and cars.
"I've had an obsession with weddings since I was a small girl and have recently started my own business to help others with their day."
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