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Tying the knot on a budget? Here’s how one couple celebrated their beachy Big Day without breaking the bank

From maidenhair fern centerpieces to homemade garlands, shell collections, and self-designed invitations, this couple has DIY nailed. See more crafty décor from Déla and Joe’s Big Day (and score ideas aplenty) here. Photographs by Carolina Photosmith and stationery by bride Déla Breyne O’Callaghan.

August 8, 2017

Savings Cents at Wedding Events
Tying the knot on a budget? Here’s how one couple celebrated their beachy Big Day without breaking the bank

Written by Catherine Lowe

Since Charleston native and City Paper graphic designer Déla Breyne creates art on a daily basis, there was no question that she wanted to tackle DIY décor for her own beach wedding to Irishman Joe O’Callaghan. As for how they met, the two crossed paths during a trip to Belgium, and three years later Joe proposed to Déla on Garnish Island in his home country. Since Joe was overseas during the wedding planning process, Déla (who had caught the Big Day beach bug) researched private rental beach houses on VRBO, until she found one that she fell head over heels for.

Since the couple needed to stick to a budget of $10,000, they created much of the décor themselves and then invited 20 of their closest family and friends to the relaxing beachfront home where they held a very intimate ceremony and reception. “I knew I wanted something low-key and low-stress,” says Déla, “with a vibe that was romantic and ethereal but not over the top–like a really great dinner party at a friend’s house.”

Want to stay on budget and save cents for your Big Day? Of course you do! So read on for Déla’s nifty advice.

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Tips and Beachy Tricks

Know the rules. Charleston area beaches such as Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah, and Seabrook, all have different rules about do’s and don’ts of hosting ceremonies and receptions on the beach and rental homes. Click here for a complete, up-to-date, easy-to-follow rulebook with extra-helpful links.

The closer the better. To avoid high winds, blowing sand, and onlookers, consider holding your ceremony in your rental’s yard and your reception on its deck or porches like Déla and Joe did.

Double duty. If you’re renting a house, help your wedding party save money on hotel rooms by using it to accommodate them.

Pick a pretty area. Use websites such as VRBO and visit our links for rentals to your advantage. Pick a house (and stretch of beach) that will give your wedding photos a unique pop.

Be creative. Think outside of the box and click here for ideas on crafting the most gorgeous do-it-yourself wedding décor. (Déla created the wedding invitations and heart garlands, while her F&B friends folded the napkins with a flourish in prep for the festivities.)


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