A mum has thrown her daughter the “cheapest wedding ever” after she refused to spend a penny over £700.
Shelley Watson, from Arizona, has been on a money-saving mission for over 20 years.
And she wasn’t about to change her ways when her daughter Ashley announced she was getting married to Colby Cosgrove.
Shelley revealed her plans to keep the wedding under her $1000 (£700) budget on TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates.
At the top of the to-do list was finding a venue, and Shelley knew the perfect place – the local school gym.
Talking about her choice of location, she said: “The best part about it is it’s free because my friends work here, it’s the perfect place to get married.”
But Denise, Colby’s mum, was far from impressed when she heard the news, as she said: “I thought it was a f***ing joke, nobody in their right mind is serious about having it in a gym. It’s ridiculous.”
“This is going to be the cheapest wedding ever,” Ashley agrees.
Next was flowers, and of course, Shelley has a trick up her sleeve to keep costs to a minimum.
Instead of ordering the bouquets through a florist, she found a warehouse that supplied out-of-season flowers.
“It’s a seasonal distribution company that would have flowers and those flowers are out of season right now so they would be cheaper,” she said.
Adding: “They could have Christmas flowers.”
Thanks to her savvy idea, she managed to pick up an entire box of festive poinsettia for under $10 (£7).
When the two mums visited a bakery in search of a wedding cake, Shelley was horrified by how much they were going to set her back.
Shelley says: “I think spending $400 (£285) on a wedding cake is ridiculous, that is wasted money. It costs $2 (£1.40) for a cake mix.”
So, that’s what she decided to do – bake her own cake.
Then all they had to do was borrow a cake stand from the bakery to make it look the part.
“I think the display cake was the better option for their wedding because it didn’t cost us anything, it was free”, she says.
Now, the wedding dress may arguably be the most important purchase of all, but Ashley’s dreams of picking a dress from a boutique were dashed when Shelley said her only option was to pick from the ones on offer at a pawn shop.
With the choice of three dresses, Ashley miraculously landed on one she liked, only to discover it had rat urine over it.
But this didn’t deter Shelley as she managed to haggle with the shop assistant, bagging the dress at a bargain price of $75 (£53).
When the big day rolls around, Shelley adds: “We actually have more people than we thought and they’re all [bringing their own booze] and they’re also bringing their food and they seemed very happy to do it.”
But Groom Colby wasn’t as impressed as his mother-in-law, as he admitted: “I’m not totally psyched about where and how we’re getting married, but I am excited to make that commitment to Ashley.”
As Ashley walked down the aisle to meet her future husband she was surprised to be met by her mum.
Shelley revealed: “The biggest secret about this wedding that I have not told anybody yet is that I am an ordained minister and I am going to officiate this wedding.”
In doing so she managed to save an additional $300 (£200).