Real Shoestring Wedding – Kiralee and Ben’s Riverside Wedding

Bride and Groom: Kiralee and Ben

Date: 5th of August 2016

How many people: 55

Cost: $14,681

How did you meet your husband and how did Ben propose?

We met when we were around seven, we lived in a small town together and his mum was friends with my grandmother so we had family events together. We were together seventeen months before he proposed. He wrote “Will you marry my dad” on our sons suit when he was three weeks old and unwrapped him at the beach whilst on a picnic.

What was something special about your wedding?

Something special about our wedding is that my husband is in the Navy and is getting posted away so we had to set a date and plan our wedding in 4 months. It ended up being the day before my birthday in the middle of winter and we got lucky and it was sunny and no wind


What was your favourite thing about the wedding?

My dress, hair, makeup and bouquet

What was the hardest thing?

Trying to organise everything

What would you do differently, if anything?

I would have paid someone to organise the day and plan everything etc. I felt like i was the wedding coordinator and I didn’t get to enjoy my own day.


What was included in your Ceremony and reception hire?

The venue for 2.5 days with 4 rooms to sleep in, a pavilion and all tables and chairs, also some decorations.

What was the thing you splurged on?

My dress and photographer.

What was your best bargain?

The wood on my tables for free.

Ceremony and Reception: Terara Riverside Gardens 

Catering: Hackets Catering – Buffet Carvery

Beverages: Dan Murphy’s

Photographer: Kylie Scott Photography

Invitations: DIY kit from Vinnies

Celebrant: Tanya Eames

Entertainment: DJ Ordy

Brides Gown and Headpiece: Illawarra Bridal Centre

Bridesmaids: Illawarra Bridal Centre

Brides Shoes: Payless

Bridesmaids Earrings: Ebay

Brides Earrings: Goldmark

Grooms and groomsmen attire: Ed Harry

Grooms Tie: Lowes

Flower Girl: Vinnies

Paigeboy: Suit-Store in Shellharbour; Shoes-Kmart

Hair: Kristy Reike from Kaotic

Makeup: Natalie Gauci

Cake: Harpers Willow Cakes and Cupcakes

Cake Topper: Etsy

Cake Flowers and bridal table decor: The Branch

Bride’s Bouquet: Flamingo Florist

Bridesmaids Bouquets: Faux Flowers from spotlight

Table Flowers: Friends Garden

Rings: From a closing down sale

Antipasto Platters

Most decorations were from Vinnies, Ebay and the table runners were custom made in bali.
They also had wooden planks on the tables which were cut by the bride’s father in law for free.