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Couple has wedding for under $2

No, we didn't forget any zeros.

By Kristin Wong Sep 4, 2013 3:49PM

Georgina Porteous and Sid Innes of the United Kingdom recently tied the knot in a ceremony that included the works: a cake, dress, reception and rings. Their grand total, minus the marriage license fee? $1.56.

Georgina Porteous and Sid Innes (EEEENews via YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RQi9kK4w2Y) Gallery: 30 gorgeous ideas for DIY weddings

“I don’t see the point in these massive weddings. It takes away from what marriage is truly about,” Porteous told the Daily Mail.

But hey, you don’t have to throw a massive wedding to rack up a big bill. The average cost of the dress alone is upwards of a thousand bucks, according to the Association of Bridal Consultants.

Bing: The most expensive weddings of all time

Indeed, the dress was Porteous’ biggest expense. Well, actually, that was her only expense. She found a 1960s handmade ivory wedding gown on Freecycle.com and paid less than two dollars for it, according to the Daily Mail.

Gallery: Affordable wedding dresses for under $1,000

So how did they pull off the rest of the ceremony? Rings were handcrafted from antlers the couple found in their garden. The photographer agreed to donate his services in exchange for some film editing work. The cake was made by Porteous’ aunt, guests brought food, and music was provided by the bride’s saxophone-playing father.

“We have always been a bit alternative and arty so I enjoyed doing something a little different from everyone else’s weddings,” the bride said.

Tell us—are you impressed, or is this too thrifty for your taste?

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Photo: Georgina Porteous and Sid Innes (EEEENews via YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RQi9kK4w2Y)

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Sep 10, 2013 3:01AM
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It's about the couple, not the ceremony
Sep 9, 2013 6:11PM
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We won ours playing slots the night before.
Sep 9, 2013 4:21PM
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If this is the wedding that made them happy...more power to them.  Weddings cost a fortune and are usually a big waste of money because in today's world not that many couples stay together. Big elaborate weddings are just for show.
Sep 5, 2013 3:27PM
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This is a bit misleading. Why not add in the cost of the license? That's definitely a neccessity in any legal marriage ceremony. The headline would then be "under $20" or whatever, but know what, it's more truthful. And while cutting corners is fine (we're not all Midas after all), it makes me a little uncomfortable to know that the guests had to feed themselves. It's okay to go with a potluck in any party but normally that means that the hosts also bring something to the table. This is not meant to take away from the couple's happiness, wish them the very best. It's just that sometimes cutting corners or grabbing headlines goes to the extreme.
Sep 5, 2013 3:16PM
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Sounds like they stiffed the officient. Real classy. 
Sep 5, 2013 3:01PM
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I think what they did was great. Marriage is about the couple and their families and friends. to barter for what you need is a great thing and we all need to start doing it more often. I went to a wedding  where family provided the food and it was the best reception I had attended in a long time. I would rather take the thousands of dollars  and put it on a down payment for a home instead.

 

Sep 5, 2013 2:49PM
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My first wedding cost me about 200$. Well, cost my father. I had my mother's dress, borrowed sandals, borrowed a suit, had TONS of flowers and the location donated by my parents' bible study group. The location was best because all I had to do was paint a small bridge white. The photographer, music, etc... all donated. It was beautiful. The only things we bought were some fake flowers for my hair and corsages, and a dress for my daughter to wear, and bubbles instead of rice. Oh and the ingredients for the cake.
Sep 5, 2013 2:43PM
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Guests brought food?  I've heard it all now.

 

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