Mountain Foothills Budget Outdoor Wedding

Mountain Foothills Budget Outdoor Wedding

Every wedding is a beautiful occasion.  I realize I may be a bit biased, but my niece’s outdoor wedding in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains was truly one of the most beautiful I’ve ever attended.

Budget Outdoor Wedding Rustic Wooden Wedding Arch |

My daughter was one of the bridesmaids and my entire family was able to attend, which made the day even more special to me.

It was a budget outdoor wedding, but all the money in the world wouldn’t have made it any lovelier.

Much of the decor was made by family, so I thought I’d share some of the projects and special moments of the day.

My nephew built two sandwich boards to direct guests to the wedding and reception sites.  My mom painted the boards and I made stencils and painted the wording on the signs.

Sandwich board wedding sign |

Sandwich board wedding reception sign |

My nephew also built a beautiful rustic arbor.  My niece asked me to decorate it, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my nephew, my youngest son, my brother-in-law, and two other relatives.  We were crunched for time and it took all of us to get it done.  I think it turned out beautiful.

Rustic wood handmade outdoor wedding arch |

One of the most beautiful parts of the ceremony was when the bride and groom knelt down and took turns washing each other’s feet as a demonstration of learning to serve each other as found in John 13:12-15.

Outdoor Christian wedding foot washing |

Each guest was given a fan that my niece designed with the order of the ceremony printed on it.

Wedding ceremony program guest fans |

She did a wonderful job choosing decor for the reception site as well.  This was the table set up for guests to fill out a card with well wishes or wedding advice and drop it in a large mason jar.  There was a rustic box for cards, and gifts were placed under the table.

wedding gift table decor |

One of the canvas banners I made was displayed on top of the table (tutorial found HERE).

wedding gift table DIY canvas banner |

The other banners were hung around the reception pavilion.

Bride and Groom DIY wedding reception canvas banner |

Plastic utensils were wrapped in napkins tied with twine and placed in one of my mom’s rustic wood baskets.
Outdoor wedding reception utensils in rustic basket |

The four rustic trays my husband and I made were used to serve food (tutorial found HERE).

DIY pallet wood wedding reception food serving trays |

My sister and other niece made all of the cupcakes that were in one of the trays.

Wedding cupcakes on rustic DIY pallet wood serving tray |

Cutting the purple flowers tiered wedding cake |

Since I had made stencils for the sandwich boards, I  reused one of them on a burlap table runner they put on the bride and groom’s table and could use in their apartment after the wedding.

DIY burlap wedding bridal table runner |

Wedding Bridal Table Burlap Table Runner |

I’m now offering custom name stencils that can be used for weddings, anniversaries, housewarmings, and home decor to make signs and table runners like those seen above.

They are available in my online shop HERE.

Custom names stencil for wedding decor, anniversaries, house warming parties and home decor | www/

I hope you enjoyed a little peek into her budget outdoor wedding that lacked nothing except a big price tag.

My niece was a stunning young bride who deserved every moment of joy on their special day.

May God grant them many happy years of love together! 🙂

Outdoor mountain wedding bride and groom photography |

Vaya con Dios,

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  1. Sandy McElroy says

    Perfect, thankyou for sharing !

  2. Oh my! Thank you for sharing. I loved the foot washing.

  3. A lovely couple and a perfect wedding!

  4. Marlene Stephenson says

    It was a beautiful wedding and some great decorations, thanks for sharing and wish them many yrs. of happiness.

  5. Stephanie Mudd Carrico says

    What a beautiful wedding. By hands on prep by so many in the family, wonderful memories were made. Frugal is a good start for a young couple. Great family photo too.

  6. Terri Hughes says

    ”BEAUTIFUL”…….congratulations to your niece and her new husband!

  7. Naomi S. says

    Very lovely and so nice that family members did so much of the prep. Doesn’t look “budget” at all. I think entirely too much money is spent on weddings these days, anyway. It emphasizes consumption rather than the true meaning of marriage in my opinion. A modest, ceremony-centered wedding seems more true to the real purpose of the occasion. And the foot-washing gave an extra dimension of what the marriage commitment is all about.
    Very nice.

  8. LuAnne Larson says

    I love this, weddings have gotten to ridiculously expensive. So much better when family and friends involved and is simple!

  9. So beautiful! So much better than a huge expensive wedding in my book! 🙂

  10. SO beautiful! This is one of the most beautiful weddings Ive ever seen!

  11. What a beautiful wedding. By hands on prep by so many in the family, wonderful memories were made. Frugal is a good start for a young couple. Great family photo too.

    • Yes, I think they were very wise to have a frugal wedding. Some weddings cost so much, but that money could have been spent giving them a good start on setting up their home.

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