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Cover image via Stolen Moments Photography and NY Times. 

In an era where weddings are getting to be more and more expensive and lavish and couples have extended engagements trying to save up to afford it–sometimes even going into debt–the New York Times featured an LDS Bride’s story of putting together her budget wedding in only 5 days. 

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It’s not everyday you see that classic family wedding photo on the steps of the Salt Lake Temple being featured in the New York Times. Check out her story: 

It was the day before my wedding, and I still didn’t have a dress. In less than 24 hours, family and friends would be gathering to celebrate the occasion, and at this point my “something borrowed” was going to be an entire church outfit. Was I concerned? Not really, and not for long. I decided to throw a Hail Mary at my mom by asking if she would make a skirt to match the $10 top I found. She did. And it was lovely.

My wedding dress was just one of many things I wasn’t concerned about.

For example, five days earlier (on a Thursday, which also happened to be New Year’s Eve), I was on the phone with the woman who would become my banquet coordinator. The conversation took place about an hour after I was officially engaged (with an $8.88 Walmart wedding ring purchased that morning) while hiking in the Sedona Verde Valley in Arizona.

It went like this:

HER (choking cough) “Excuse me? You’re getting married in five days, and you’re just calling me now?”

ME “Well, I actually think I’m being quite generous. I just got engaged, and you’re my first call. I figured I should work out some logistics before texting everyone. And no, I’m not pregnant.”

HER “Well this is unusual. How many people are you expecting?”

ME “Probably 100.”

HER (cough) “One hundred people with five days’ notice?”

ME “People do it for funerals all the time. If I’ve underestimated, we’ll have leftovers. If I overestimated, I’ll just make my family eat last.”

HER “I’m not sure how to process this.

To read the rest of the account in the New York Times, click here