Austin Chapel Wedding

Kelly, 37 and Steve, 26

Austin, Texas

Wedding Date: September 22, 2010

Number of Guests: 25

Wedding Cost: $5,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Chapel Dulcinea, Austin, Texas

Wedding Reception Location: Chapel Dulcinea, Austin, Texas and then our home

Austin Chapel Wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding
blue wedding dress
Why did you have an intimate wedding?

Many of our family members are scattered across the country and it would be difficult if not impossible for them to attend, no matter how much lead time we could give. We also did not want to spend a tremendous amount of money on a wedding when we have debts to pay down and financial goals we want to reach. We wanted to do something very special to us that fit within our budget instead of doing what you’re “supposed” to do. It didn’t make sense to us to have friends and family spend airfare, hotel, car rental, and other travel money for our 30 minute ceremony and a few hours of reception. That seems to make more sense when you choose to have a few days of celebration, dinners, reunions, etc. along with the wedding itself.

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding
What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

It was actually quite easy! We planned the entire wedding and got everything lined up within a week. It sure helps that we make decisions easily together and have similar tastes and ideas of what we wanted to do.

mixed rose wedding bouquet

mixed rose bouquet

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Not for us. We knew that the vast majority of family would not be able to make it, so we invited them while already knowing their RSVP. We planned on the largest chunk of our budget going to a great photographer (Thanks, Cory!!) and getting photo books and prints made up. We shipped photo books, photos, and elegantly printed copies of our wedding program and text of the ceremony to all our family members. We got lots of compliments on how well those efforts allowed them to share in the wedding even without being there.

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family?

Not at all, they all understood and several said they wished they could have back some of the large sum they spent on their weddings!

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

We loved the location, a beautiful outdoor chapel in our neighborhood. It was also lovely to have so much personalization of the ceremony.  A friend officiated for us, and my daughter, as well as the groom’s sister and a very good friend were big parts of the ceremony. We did a “Love Letter and Wine Box” ceremony that we really enjoyed, it was very meaningful to us and something we had not seen done before.

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Austin chapel wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding
What were the highlights of the reception?

There was time to talk to everyone that attended, and it did not feel as formal as many weddings I have attended. We especially loved our Lego cake topper :) We made a replica of ourselves at the altar out of Legos we had around the house.

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

lego cake topper

chocolate wedding cake

Champagne toast

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

It turned out to be exactly what we wanted at exactly the price we wanted to spend. It truly felt like it was about us and for us, and we didn’t have to compromise anything that we wanted.

Chapel Dulcinea wedding
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

I can’t recommend it highly enough! If you have any family resistance, I would suggest just focusing on the relatives who you are closest to and explaining what you want to do. The rest will just have to get over it! I have been to many weddings that were much more about what the relatives wanted and expected than what the bride and groom wanted, and the “happy couple” was stressed and in debt as a result. Remember that first and foremost this day is about you and your shared love, not about what Aunt Myrtle thinks is appropriate to have as a centerpiece! Celebrate how YOU TWO want to and do what YOU TWO want to remember!

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding

Chapel Dulcinea wedding
Vendors:
Venue, decor, and cake: Chapel Dulcinea

Flowers, champagne, food for home reception, cloth bags for favors: Whole Foods Market

Caramels for favors, flower arranging, food prep for home reception: DIYed by friends

Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse

Bride and Maid of Honor Dresses: Dillards

Photography: Cory Ryan Photography

 

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  1. Posted by Dawn on April 27th, 2011 at 10:56am

    Love that the bride strayed from a traditional white dress. She looks gorgeous in teal!
  2. Posted by Angela on April 27th, 2011 at 9:58pm

    Wow. What a great Texas Wedding! I love the scenery. Ditto on the bride's blue dress. Way to go! Did I mention the Texas scenery? It's so warm and colorful. The chapel is lovely too!
  3. Posted by hannah on May 28th, 2011 at 11:38pm

    What a beautiful and intimate wedding! I too am getting married at Chapel Dulcinea and i hope mine is as beautiful. congrats!
  4. Posted by vencanice on June 29th, 2011 at 6:28am

    Just a perfect intimate wedding. I love it!
  5. Posted by vencanje on June 7th, 2012 at 5:56am

    What a nice wedding. The wedding cake is so interesting. Thanks for a nice post.
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